|that in your picture, the stairs would be coming down towards the right, not towards the viewer from that perspective.|
| of the rectangle to fold up into I don't see how you would be able to use a traditional fold down style going the other way.
Perhaps a fixed ladder with some sort of heavy duty hooks bolted into it could be attached hung from the attic when in use and then simple lifted and laid on attic floor when not in use. Not not sure that would be much easier than just using a sturdy step ladder which I assume you are currently using.
The only other thought, and probably not worth the expense involved, would be to perhaps have someone rebuild the opening to run the direction you need for it to and attach a tradition folding attic stairs.
Good luck with it.
| In comment 13680672 jcn56 said:
that in your picture, the stairs would be coming down towards the right, not towards the viewer from that perspective.
I don't have a pic handy, but jcn56 is correct. My opening looks like the one in your picture; however the stairs would have to open to the left or right (perpendicular to the length of the hole).
May have to try one of those compact Werner ladders. Was hoping for something a bit more substantial, though. Railing not important. This is mainly an area for storage bins, cardboard boxes, etc. Compact Werner Ladder - ( New Window )