When it comes to certain jobs around the house that need a ladder in order to reach it there's nothing worse than being at the top of the ladder, ready to start the job in hand, only to find that you have no where to put the tools that you don't need straight away, but you know you'll need it very soon. You've have the choice of slotting them in your pockets, or in your belt, or try balancing them in the round rungs of the ladder. But what ever you do you know that the tools are going to end up on the floor many feet below.
Only there's a simple idea that I have been using for a while now that helps me out when it comes to being able to keep the tool, or paint tin, up the ladder with me. That idea being this, the ladder paint tray.
It is simply a tray, albeit yellow, which sits on a rung of your ladder, with a couple of metal wires that are designed to attach to the rung above the tray.
And that's it. That is all it is....
As for the size, it is about 350mm wide, 300mm deep and 35mm thick. The metal rods, that each have a loop on each end, are about 400mm long.
And that's the size....
I just can't get over the simplicity of this. It is one of those ideas that makes you think 'why did I not think of this ….?' It sits nicely on one rung with the two hanging rods fitting snugly over the next rung.
The tray sits straight and is big enough to accommodate quite a bit, like a tin of paint, screws, nails, even tools, and the slight lip that goes around it stops any smaller items rolling off the edge.
The price of this simple but great idea is about £25 - £35.
If you're a painter, or do a bit of painting in and around the house. Or maybe you just like being up a ladder with all your things around you, then this is a cracking thing to have up there with you.
Plus, for easy storage, the two metal rods close into the tray so that this can be stored away on the narrowest of places when you don't need it.