Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Step Stool

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byJeremy Helligar|
Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Step Stool
Rubberized feet provide extra security. Amazon

A step stool may seem like one of the most uncomplicated things money can buy, but getting the right one isn’t as cut and dry as stepping up and stepping down. There are at least three important things to consider: the material, the height you need it to be and finally, the storage issue. If you have limited space, you’ll want to go with a step stool that can easily fit into it. But don’t worry about that just yet. We’ve got you.

Great Design
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The double-iron safety-buckle design enhances security, and horseshoe rubber feet prevent it from scratching the floor.

Plastic stools are very lightweight, so they’re best used for simple tasks around the home or office that only require a temporary boost. Aluminum and steel stools are both portable and durable and can be used for a wider range of tasks. If you’re doing carpentry and electrical projects, a stool made of non-conductive fiberglass would likely be up to the job.

Light and Portable
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Self-locking and weighing in at eight pounds, this can be easily transported from room to room.

Naturally, the number of steps you need on the stool will depend on how high you need to go. As for the weight limits, go heavy duty (250 pounds) or extra heavy duty (300 pounds or more), if multiple people will be using it, in order to safely accommodate fluctuating sizes. For painting jobs, wheels and handles will allow you to move around without having to keep ascending and descending the stool, and platforms will give you a place to set your tools.

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It has a maximum height of nine inches and a grip-dot textured surface that offers protection from slipping.

Low on storage space? Then you’ll want to go with a folding stool that can collapse, flatten and fit right into tiny openings. If space isn’t an issue and the thought of climbing up leaves you feeling a bit weak in the knees, then a molded stool, especially one made of wood, could be a better bet since you might feel more safe and secure when you’re standing on top of it.