Check out this new type of access to attic and areas above. Compact, easy to install, inexpensive, and can easily be installed by a DIYer. This product is one we will be installing, the foot print is tiny compared to the pull down attic stairs we have looked at - 22 X 22. The opening can be larger but not smalled. It comes in 2 sizes, one for ceilings between 7 ft 4 in and 8 ft 4 inches and another for ceilings up to 10 ft 3 in.
Prior to attempting to install one of these be sure you space (attic or otherwise) is capable of handling the weight you want to put on it. Never cut trusses or supporting structures in your attic or anywhere in your home, doing so can impair the structural integrity of your home. IE - it can fall down, sag or otherwise cause really big problems! To see this cool new telescoping ladder follow this link or click on the article title. http://www.lernerladders.com/