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Stay Safe With a Heavy Duty Step Stool

Updated on September 27, 2011

Do You Need a Heavy Duty Step Stool?

Whether you are big & tall or just want to be able to carry a load over 15-20 lbs, a heavy duty step stool can be very useful in your home.

While folding step stools and step ladders can be convenient to carry and store, they generally aren't as secure as needed. Secondly, their weight limits tend to be lower and, thirdly, some are hard to operate.

A step stool with a 200 or 225 Lb weight limit can be a problem even if you weigh 180-200 Lbs. If you pick up an object that weighs over 15-20 Lbs. with these, you're taking a risk.

A good heavy duty step stool can help you get in and out of the bathtub, your car, or simply allow you to step up to retrieve items that are just out of reach.

Buying Tips

When choosing one of these stools or ladders, you need to consider how much height or reach you want. A single step will generally offer 8-9" of reach. This is adequate perhaps for in the shower or for reaching low shelves. However, there are also two step models and so forth that can offer 2 feet of reach.

A good one should also provide stability. A non-skid top and rubberized feet are a good start for assuring neither you nor the step will slip. The larger those feet the better. A wide base of support can also prevent slipping, tipping, and give you some space to place large feet or to maneuver a bit once you're there. For those who are a bit unsure, a handle to help steady yourself never hurts.

Of course you need to consider the load rating. Keep in mind any load you'll be carrying as well. Most bariatric models will offer extra bracing and reinforced joints.

Single Step Stools

With a wide base of support, extra bracing, and a non-slip surface, this heavy duty step stool is safe and reliable. This single step bariatric model is 9" high, 14" 1/4" long and 11 1/4" wide. It has non-slip rubberized feet and top surface to prevent skidding and slips. It features a welded reinforced "X" brace for additional strength. This stool will support up to 500 Lbs.

For added stability, you can also choose this step stool with a 1" diameter, 36" tall handrail.It's perfect for helping you to get in and out of the car, bathtub, bed, or getting to items that are just out of reach. It's light weight and easy to move to wherever you need it.

This bariatric stool has a 600 Lb capacity. It is made with a 1" thick laminated plywood base and steel reinforced stress points. To prevent slipping, it has a safety tread top and for added strength, a bolt-through design.

The surface of this heavy duty step stool is an easy to clean laminate surface and carrying it is trouble free with the easy grip handle cut outs. It measures a generous 23" long, 8" high, and 23" wide for excellent stability.

Mobile Step Stool

If you are looking for something that is easier to move around, then this Rubbermaid heavy duty step stool may be the answer. It has retractable rubber casters that allow it to be moved across the floor without having to carry it. It also features a non-skid bottom floor ring to keep it level and secure when it's in use.

This model has a load limit rating of 350 Lbs.

Werner Heavy Duty Step Ladder

This step ladder from Werner will support weights up to 300lb. It is a 2 ft ladder with a molded top which creates a large standing platform. It features slip resistant "traction-tred" round rungs, molded vinyl foot pads which are riveted to the rails, and external pinch-proof spreaders to assure this heavy duty step stool stays in place.

Double channel braces on the bottom step provide even more support and stability. This ladder can provide more height or reach than many other options available.

Two Step Stools

Sometimes you need more than a single step. This two step heavy duty step stool can support up to 600 Lbs. It is constructed from chrome plated 16 gauge steel and has a skid resistant rubber mat on top and rubberized feet.

For added stability, there is also a model with a 1" handrail that reaches 43" high from the ground.

Building Your Own

If you don't see what you need, and you would prefer to build your own wood step stool, you can find a number of plans online for sale. There are however, some free resources as well. One such plan can be found on this site or perhaps if you want two steps, this site offers what you want.


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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Good info and I like the way the hub is laid out.

    • irenemaria profile image

      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      I like the ones with a tall handle

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      Simon 7 years ago

      Is these step stool made of wood? I think the steel one is more durable. I'll choose the one with more legs and stabile.

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      LizzyJean 7 years ago

      Some great options.


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      craftdrawer 7 years ago

      This would be good for parents and older people something more sturdy is a good idea!