als painting updated white logo

Tips for Painting High Ceilings and Hard-to-Reach Areas


Painting any room in your home can be a daunting task, especially when it involves high ceilings and hard-to-reach places. In Eau Claire, we run into homes all the time with high interior peaks that can create dangerous situations for DIY painters. In this article, we want to explain the correct techniques and tools needed to tackle those hard-to-reach spaces in the hopes that it will help at least a couple of people avoid serious injury in the future. With the right tips and supplies, you can easily tackle this project!

You’ll feel confident knowing that you have all the information needed to make sure your paint job looks great. So don’t put off this project any longer; follow these steps for a successful outcome!

Preparing the Room

Preparing the room is crucial for painting high ceilings and hard-to-reach areas; it’s essential to ensure a successful paint job!

First, move all furniture away from the walls and any other area where you’ll be painting. If possible, move furniture outdoors or into another room until you’re finished. When you are painting so high up, the chance of a drip landing further from the wall is much greater.

Next, set up scaffolding if needed so you can reach the highest parts of your ceilings with ease. Make sure all pieces are properly locked in place and stable before beginning. Another option is an extended ladder. We recommend having a friend hold that ladder while you are on top of it for the safest scenario.

Finally, seal off any baseboards with painter’s tape to avoid getting paint on them during your project. This step is especially important as it can save time and money when it comes to cleaning up afterward.

Take some extra time here to make sure everything’s secure and ready for painting. Think through scenarios like how you will be holding paint on top of the ladder, how you will be refilling your brush, and how to wipe off any paint that goes in the wrong place. This will save plenty of hassle down the line!

Gather the Right Supplies

Gathering the right supplies is essential for tackling those tricky spots that are hard to get at. Before you begin, make sure you have the following items:

  • Masking furniture to protect any items in the room from paint splatter
  • Ceiling scaffolding or a ladder tall enough to reach the ceiling safely and securely
  • A quality paint brush with an extra-long handle that can help you reach high spots without having to use a ladder or scaffolding

It’s important to double-check your supplies before starting any painting job – especially one that requires lots of reaching and stretching. Having the right tools will make it easier for you to move around and give you confidence knowing that you are safe doing it. Plus, having all these things ready beforehand ensures that there will be no lost time when you’re elbow-deep in paint.

To get the best results, ensure all your supplies are up-to-date and fit correctly for the task. If anything needs replacing or updating, do it beforehand so painting goes smoothly and safely!

Choosing the Right Paint

Choosing the right paint is crucial for creating an eye-catching and beautiful look in your home. When selecting a color, it’s important to consider the size of the room and the amount of natural light that enters.

With so many options available today, you can find a perfect hue that’ll illuminate any room with its vibrant hues. Consider going bolder than usual to create a dramatic effect in your space.

Remember that whatever color you choose should be able to stand up against dirt and stains while also providing long-lasting coverage on those tricky corners or ceiling edges. Take the time to research different paints so the results are as beautiful as you imagined.

Painting Techniques

Once you’ve selected the right paint, it’s time to consider painting techniques to turn your vision into a reality. Depending on how difficult the climb is to the peak, it could be worth it to use an extra wide roller to minimize your time climbing up and down.

Edging the ceiling when it’s high can be difficult just to reach alone. There are some really neat paint edgers that you can use on the end of an extension pole. They protect your roof while allowing you to paint a line close to the ceiling from a distance. (1)

To paint high ceilings and hard-to-reach areas, here are some tips:

  • Use ladders or scaffolding for safety when reaching higher surfaces.
  • Invest in quality painting tools such as rollers with adjustable handle lengths and brushes designed to cut corners and edges. If you can’t get close to the top, paint edgers should be considered.
  • For larger jobs, use an extension pole attached to the roller handle with an extra wide roller to apply paint without repeatedly climbing up and down ladders.

These tips will help reduce the time required when tackling big painting projects by making reaching high ceilings and tricky spots easier. The techniques for painting high ceilings can also be beneficial for other areas, including bedrooms. Learn more about bedroom painting methods and how to achieve professional results.

With these tips in mind, you can create stunning results quickly and efficiently!

Safety Precautions

When it comes to painting, safety should always be your top priority.

When painting high ceilings or hard-to-reach areas, the risk of falling increases significantly. To minimize this risk, ensure that you follow proper fall protection protocols and take all necessary precautions to ensure ladder stability.

Always inspect the ladder before use for any signs of wear or damage. Make sure the ladder is secure on a stable surface before climbing up. Make sure you have a spotter who can help steady the ladder if you extend it to its limits. If the ceiling is extremely high, we recommend considering a safety harness attached to a stable anchor point as an additional safety precaution. It can seem overkill to have a harness, except for that one time you wish to have one.

If possible, use an extension pole instead of a ladder when reaching higher areas – just make sure that whatever tool you’re using is safe and secure so you don’t end up in a precarious situation.

If using multiple ladders to reach high ceilings, never try to move them while standing atop them; instead, dismount and reposition each one individually for maximum safety.

No matter what precautions you take, accidents can happen when painting high ceilings or other hard-to-reach areas – so be prepared for anything by having all the necessary safety equipment on hand (such as goggles, gloves, and dust masks).

Take regular breaks during long stints of painting work to prevent fatigue from setting in, which can reduce concentration levels and lead to potential hazards.

Being aware of potential risks and taking every step possible will help keep you safe while working on those difficult surfaces!


We hope this article was helpful in building you up to paint those hard-to-reach places. Painting is no easy feat; in fact, the average DIY painter spends over 4-6 hours in a single room. (1)

So be patient; don’t rush yourself. Move smoothly from one step to the next, and enjoy the impact of your new paint. After mastering the art of painting high ceilings, maintaining that pristine look becomes crucial. Discover practical tips to keep your home looking its best.

If you struggle or find the interior painting of your home difficult to confront, you can always reach out to Eau Claire’s number one interior painter, who has been working on homes around Eau Claire for over 50 years. There are many benefits in hiring a professional painter rather than DIY.

Click here to discover more about our interior painting service! You can reach Al’s Painting at (715) 710-1106.



Table of Contents

Schedule A Consultation Today

General Question

Frequently Asked Questions

Choose a ladder tall enough to reach the highest point in your ceiling. Consider how much of the painting you can get done with an extension pole so you can paint from the comfort and safety of the ground and avoid any potential risks.

Yes, you should. Anything you can do from an extension pole will be safer than climbing a precarious ladder. An extra wide roller may be an option, as well as a paint edger.

You think painting high ceilings will be easy, but drips and runs can quickly ruin your work. Avoid them by using extension poles or purchasing scaffolding to reach the hard-to-reach spots.

Gather tarps, gloves, and protective clothing, then clean up the walls. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess paint, and dispose of any used materials responsibly.

Wait for the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat. Water-based paints can dry rather quickly, and oil-based paints may take a day or two to dry out.