The library ladder is the quintessential (and old-school) use of an elegant ladder in the home. I picked this photograph because it completes a very strong, masculine statement being paired with the grand piano, bookshelf and periscope.
There were a number of factors involved when purchasing my downtown Atlanta loft, but I have to admit, having this ladder lead to a reading nook above my bedroom was a major seller. There are few places to escape when living in what is basically a big, open room, but this allowed for a little bit of cozy privacy that is rare in loft spaces.
The first time I went skiing as a kid, we stayed in an A-frame mountain house complete with a potbelly stove and a sleeping loft where my best friend and I bunked. In this photograph, I like how you have to take a ladder to get to the loft of this A-frame cabin, and also how the ladder doubles to reach both sets of bookshelves.
Many times ladders are used as a bit of a focal point, but I like how seamlessly this ladder blends into this entertainment wall. By riding flush against the wall (versus coming out at an angle), the thin ladder lines play nicely with the slickness of the television, the window and elongated piece above the fireplace.
Outside of library ladders, ladders to bunk beds and ladders to sleeping lofts, ladders that lead to storage are a stylish way to connect the home you want people to see, and the all the junk that you stuff out of site. This daybed/storage/ladder combo is super cute, but who knows what lies behind that monkey on the left.
I love how this weathered ladder acts as a practical towel rack while also being the focal point of the washroom. It stands out both in color separation, as well as for its vertical height. And … the fact that the towels look like they came out of a YMCA circa 1955 only adds to the allure of this room.
Bunk beds: saves space in a practical way and totally makes sleeping fun when you’re a tyke. No matter if you’re sleeping over at a friends house or away at summer camp, there is just something about bunk beds (in both design, and adventure) that seems more fun than normal.
Ladders aren’t just good for climbing vertically; they’re also fantastic for displaying items in the home. If you don’t already have a tasteful ladder that you’re ready to put to use as a shelf, look for storage ladders made solely for this purpose at modern emporiums like Crate & Barrel or West Elm.