Attic pull-down stairs are permanently attached to the attic floor. They collapse up into the attic and are covered by an access panel lying flush against the ceiling below. Attic access is obtained by pulling down the cover and unfolding or sliding the stairs down.
Installing pull-down stairs can increase the amount of storage available in a home. Pull-down stairs are rated by load capacity. Carrying large loads up and down the stairs may increase the risk of injury. The stairs can become wobbly over time and may require replacement. Heat loss can occur through the opening for the pull-down stairs, which can result in higher energy costs.