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I am building an 8' tall hardwood ladder to access a loft in a room. I want the ladder to be angled to the floor when needed to climb into the loft, and placed flat against the wall when not in use. My idea is to hinge the bottom 12" or so to fold up, similar to an attic ladder, and allow the ladder to lay flat against the wall. The only problem is that the ladder will need a special hardware set up at top to allow the ladder to move away from the wall to lie flat. The ladder MUST stay attached to something at top and I have to angle it for climbing.
Anyone have a solution or idea?