5 Favorites: Library Ladders in the Kitchen by

Issue 41 · Genius Storage Solutions · October 14, 2014

5 Favorites: Library Ladders in the Kitchen

Issue 41 · Genius Storage Solutions · October 14, 2014

The biggest mistake I made in my Seattle kitchen remodel was not extending my cabinets to the ceiling. I thought it would be a waste to install inaccessible storage; but instead the space just became a collector of dust and paper airplanes launched by my children. Why didn't I consider a library ladder?

Stainless Steel Kitchen in a New Zealand Loft, Remodelista

Above: The high-elevation storage in this TriBeCa Kitchen by Fearon Hay is accessed by a steel design from German manufacturer MWE. The Positionable Classic Stainless Steel Ladder doesn't require a rail—the stable rocker arm and rubber feet allow the ladder to be safely adjusted to any tilted angle; $2,402 (for the eight-foot size) at Better Building Hardware.

Quattro Stainless Steel Kitchen Ladder, Remodelista

Above: The MWE Quattro Rolling Stainless Steel Ladder has top and bottom rollers to allow for easy movement without any lifting. An automatic stopping device is activated by stepping onto the ladder, preventing it from budging while in use; $5,218.40 for the standard system with a 10-foot rail and an eight-foot ladder at Better Building Hardware.

Papabubble Display Case in New York City, Remodelista

Above: The rolling ladder at New York City confectionary Papabubble was sourced at Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market, a seasonal monthly market in New Milford, Connecticut. A sure-bet source for something similar: Putnam Rolling Ladder Co., a downtown New York institution since 1905. Custom rolling ladders start at $1,137.

Bunker Workshop Kitchen Ladder, Remodelista

Above: Architect Chris Greenawalt used a wood hook ladder to optimize storage in the kitchen of a small apartment in a historic building in Charlestown, Boston. Spiral Stairs of Erie, Pennsylvania, offers Rolling Wooden Ladders in red oak, maple, and cherry in 8-, 9-, and 10-foot lengths; $490 to $740. Corresponding Rolling Wooden Ladder Hardware Kits are $468 to $715 depending on finish.

Stainless Steel Hook Ladder, Remodelista

Above: For ultra-secure footing, consider the Azkent Stainless Steel Hook Ladder with stainless steel steps (as opposed to bars); $3,903 for an 8-foot ladder and 10-foot rail system at Better Building Hardware.

Like ladders in kitchens but don't have out-of-reach storage? See Sarah's DIY: Ladder as Pot Rack. On Gardenista, discover the Eiffel Tower of Ladders.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 3, 2013, as part of our Cult of the Kitchen issue.

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