Great Ways to Hang the Ladder

Recommended Ladders
Recommended Ladders

Best Garage Wall Ladder Hook

One thing I’ve found about ladder hooks is that a lot of them have quality issues with the rubber or plastic coating. The hooks themselves are usually strong enough. It’s just that the coating comes off, which leaves a cheap feeling all around.

I looked for three features in a proper ladder hook: a wide hook mouth; a decent load capacity; and a reputation for holding up through time and weather.

My favorite ladder hook is the Art of Storage UH2000 Utility Hook. This is the hook with really wide mouth and thick rubber coating that holds a ladder up to 50 lb.

The UH2000 is super-wide, which adds to its strength. When a hook is too weak for the job, you need to use two hooks to balance the load. The UH2000 is 8 inches wide, which distributes the load over a much wider distance than a regularly-sized hook.

Art of Storage UH2000 hook carrying an A Frame ladder.
Art of Storage UH2000 Ladder Hook carrying an A Frame ladder.
The Art of Storage UH2000 Hook has excellent load distribution properties.
I like the Art of Storage UH2000 Ladder Hook because it has a solid rubber grip and wide load distribution properties.
Art of Storage UH2000 hook carrying a wheelbarrow
Art of Storage UH2000 Ladder Hook holding a wheelbarrow.

I’m also fond of the 30 lb. capacity Tornado Ladder Hook, but for the same money, I’d get the wider UH2000 with the higher load capacity. See the latest price on Amazon.

Best Proslat Slatwall Ladder Hook

NOTICE! You must use the Proslat Slatwall storage system to use these hooks.

If you have the Proslat Slatwall garage organization system, you know that the system’s hooks are strong and reliable.

Power tools hanging on the Proslat 13010 hooks
You can hang heavier tools and sports gear on the Proslat 13010 8 in. Double Hooks.
Proslat 13010 hooks
The Proslat 13010 8 in. Double Hooks come in packs of three.

The 8 inch Double Hook, for example, is made from heavy duty steel and is wrapped in a durable rubber coating. The Double Hook can carry 50 lb. It’s sold in 3-packs, so you can store a heavier ladder across two Double Hooks and have one to spare. This is the hook to use when storing your ladder on the Proslat slatwall system. Check the 3-pack price here.

Best Gladiator Slatwall Ladder Hooks

NOTICE! You must use the Gladiator GearTrack or GearWall storage systems to use these hooks!

Gladiator GearTrack
Gladiator GearTrack
Gladiator Wall Panel
Gladiator Wall Panel

I love the Gladiator slatwall tracks and wall panels. Use any of four of their hooks to store your ladder on your GearTrack or GearWall.

If you don’t know about Gladiator, you start out with tracks or wall panels. You then put locking hooks anywhere along the wall. If you want to move a hook, you unlock it, move it and lock it again. Takes about 5 seconds.

Ladder on the Big Hook
These hooks are locked into the Gladiator GearTrack.
The Gladiator Deep Hook is a good choice for ladder storage.
The Gladiator Deep Hook is a good choice for ladder storage up to 30 lb.
Gladiator Deep Hooks holding a boat.
Gladiator Deep Hooks holding a boat.

The Utility Hook, the Dual Hook, and the Big Hook all carry 50 lb. The Deep Hook carries 30 lb. All four hooks lock securely into the wall channel, and have meaty surface areas to hold the ladder.

If you’re just getting started with Gladiator, get a package of GearTracks and the Big Hook for vertical ladder storage, or two Big Hooks for horizontal ladder storage.


The Gladiator Utility Hook holds 50 lb.
The Gladiator Utility Hook holds 50 lb.

The Gladiator Utility Hook

The Utility Hook is 3.75 in. W  x 5.75 in. H x 4.5 in. D.

This hook hangs ladders, wheelbarrows and string trimmers.

The Utility Hook distributes the load weight across two surfaces and a tall spine.

Use two Utility Hooks for horizontal ladder storage, or one Utility Hook for vertical storage up to 50 lb.

Get the latest Gladiator Utility Hook price.

The Gladiator Dual Hook

Gladiator Dual Hook
The Gladiator Dual Hook holds up to 50 lb.
Dual hook holding a wheelbarrow
The Gladiator Dual Hook holding a wheelbarrow

The Dual Hook is 10.75 in. W x 5.75 in. H x 2.75 in. D.

It’s especially good for bulky gas-powered equipment like string trimmers and edgers.

The Dual Hook spreads the weight loads across a huge (10.75 in.) area.

Using two of these gives you a very steady horizontal ladder hanging on four hooks.

Hang up to 50 lb. on one Dual Hook.

Get the latest Dual Hook price.

Gladiator Big Hook
Gladiator Big Hook

The Gladiator Big Hook

The Big Hook is 4 in. W x 7.5 in. H x 7 in. D.

The Big Hook has both huge depth and a tall spine to spread the weight it’s carrying.

Use two Big Hooks to balance the ladder horizontally on four surfaces total.

Hang up to 50 lb. on one Big Hook.

Check the latest Big Hook price.


Gladiator Deep Hook
Gladiator Deep Hook

The Gladiator Deep Hook

I like the deep hook for hoses and ladders because it has a wide carrying shape.

Just be aware that the Deep Hook carries 30 lb., not 50 lb. like the other Gladiator hooks we’ve discussed so far.

Double up to create a huge landing zone that carries 100 lb.

The Deep Hook is 7.5 in. wide and 11 in. deep, which adds massive holding capacity to its sturdy body.

It’s great for holding ladders, sawhorses, canoes, snowboards and other long gear.

Check the latest Deep Hook price.

The best simple ceiling rack

The StoreYourBoard ceiling rack holding two ladders
The Store Your Board Hi-Port Overhead Mount ceiling rack holding two ladders
Store Your Board Kayak and Ladder Ceiling Storage Rack
Store Your Board Kayak and Ladder Ceiling Storage Rack
Hi-Port rack holding two kayaks could just as easily be two 32 ft. ladders
The Store Your Board  Hi-Port Overhead Mount  holding two kayaks could just as easily be two 32 ft. ladders.


The Store Your Board Hi-Port Overhead Mount ceiling rack is the best simple garage ceiling storage rack. There are no moving parts.  The simple design easily holds two 32-foot ladders.

Even long ladders aren’t very wide. Suppose you needed to store this Louisville 32 ft. extension ladder. Even a huge ladder like this is only 18 inch. across. When stored, the Louisville compacts down to about 29 ft. long. It weighs 59 lb. The Store Your Board Hi-Port can store two Louisville 32 ft. extension ladders.

The Hi-Port has a 75 lb. per side weight limit. The Louisville ladder in our example is 32 ft. long and 59 lb. But the longer Louisville ladders weigh more than 75 lb., so they would be too heavy for this rack.

The Store Your Board rack handles up to 30 inch wide cargo, more than enough for the 18 inch ladder width.

32 ft. Louisville Ladder
32 ft. Louisville Ladder

This type of ladder storage is for you if you want a simple ceiling solution for long items.

Just remember that you need a step ladder to get your extension and A Frame ladder down from the ceiling.

Hang the step ladder on the wall and the huge ladder overhead. Check ceiling weight loads before storing anything on the ceiling.

I like the Store Your Board because it’s a sturdy yet simple overhead ladder storage solution.

Check out the latest Amazon price.

The Best Household Ladder

The best household laddersThe Little Giant 22 Ft. Ladder configured as a step ladderThe ladder is an essential home owner tool. In my home we have two step ladders and an extension ladder. We’re shopping for a multi-use ladder like the Little Giant to make our own scaffolding when we paint the house. The most popular kinds of ladders are the extension ladder, the articulated (multi-use combination) ladder and the step ladder.

What is an Extension Ladder?

An extension ladder is made of two or three sections. You slide the extra sections  to lengthen the ladder, then slide them back to shorten it. Extension ladders run from 32 ft. to 72 ft. long, depending on the model. To use an extension ladder, you lean it against a tall structure. The ladder cannot stand on its own.

Safety is important on all ladders, and especially so when climbing tall heights. Here’s a good tutorial on how to use an extension ladder.

28 Ft. Louisville Extension LadderExtension ladders are usually made from aluminum or fiberglass. Because you might find a gutter in your way, you can add “stand off arms” (also called “stabilizers”) to the extension ladder which will move the ladder load from the edge of the roof to the roof itself. You can also use a stabilizer when the ladder leans against a vertical surface to move where the ladder weight meets the structure it’s leaning on.

Both Louisville Ladder and Werner are make reliable extension ladders. If I were going to buy a new extension ladder, I’d buy the Louisville FE3228, which has a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. The Louisville extends to 28 ft. tall, accepts a 300 lbs. load, and itself weighs 40 lb. Check out the Louisville Extension Ladder on Amazon.

What is a Multi-Use Articulated Ladder?

The Little Giant 22 Ft. Ladder configured as a step ladder The Little Giant 22 Ft. Ladder configured to use on the stairs
An articulated multi-use ladder has multiple hinges and locks that allow you to change its shape into useful configurations. Use an articulated ladder as a step ladder; as an extension ladder (lean it on a building);  and as a scaffold. Configure it to work on stairs or to reach heights. It’s really an amazing piece of engineering. Little Giant popularized this type of ladder and they still own the top ratings for quality and customer satisfaction. One excellent example is the Little Giant 22-Velocity 15422-001 reaches 22 ft. high and comes with wheels so you don’t have to carry all of its weight (which is 39 lb.).

The Little Giant 22 Ft. Ladder configured as a scaffold