ISSUE 45  |  Scandinavian Design

10 Easy Pieces: Step Stools and Ladders

November 10, 2010 11:15 AM

BY Lizzie Hand

As the holiday season approaches, we're starting to think about putting up (and pulling down) decorations. Here's a roundup of ladders and step stools up to the task, starting with a few high design offerings and ending with a couple of budget options.

Above: The Heaven Step Ladder in lacquered aluminum by Swedese is available through Hightower (contact them directly for pricing). It's also available in the UK from the Lollipop Shoppe for £528.

Above: Designed by Karl Malmvall, the Design House Stockholm Step Ladder is available in black, red, or white high-gloss painted wood for $295 from YLiving.

Above: The Upper Step Ladder with polycarbonate steps in crystal (clear), cobalt blue, orange red, and citron yellow

by Kartell is $380 from All Modern.

Above: The Flo Step Ladder is made in Italy by Magis of aluminum and plastic: $516 at YLiving.

Above The classic Melio Step Stool is available in black, white, or red: $70 from Design Within Reach.

Above: Lightweight yet sturdy, the Ultraslim Aluminum Step Stool folds to a 1.75-inch width for compact storage; $119.95 for the two-step model (a three-step model is $139.95) at Williams-Sonoma.

Above: The Nuova Step Ladder designed by Andries Van Onck for Magis is made in Italy of steel tube, ABS, and aluminum; $302 at All Modern.

Above: The EZ Folds Plastic Step Stool folds from a 12-inch-high step stool with a 300-pound weight capacity to an easy-to-store 5-inch width; $23.40 at Amazon.

Above: The Original Kik-Step Steel Step Stool has spring-mounted casters that retract when the stool is stepped on. Steel construction with nonslip vinyl treads and protective bumper around base. Available in several colors (shown in silvertone); $56.95 at Amazon.

Above: Stained solid beech Beckvam Step Stool from Ikea; $19.99.