10 Ways Library Ladders Give Rooms a Lift
Yes, they're great in libraries. But library ladders also work wonders in bathrooms, pantries and many more spots around the home
Library ladders, which are rolling or sliding ladders that hang on a rail to provide access to high shelves, lend such a refined, polished air to the room they occupy. As you might guess from the name, they traditionally were used in libraries with high ceilings so that people could reach books stored on the top shelves. But today homeowners and designers use them in every room of the house. Check out 10 of my favorite ideas below.
1. In the bathroom. Install a sliding ladder to reach sundries stored in high cabinets. As a bonus, you can use it for hanging towels.
2. In a living space. Against neutral walls and white millwork, this library ladder looks like a piece of striking sculpture.
3. In the larder. What better way to maximize pantry storage? A library ladder allows you to store jars and bottles on high shelves and nooks that may otherwise go unused.
4. In the mudroom. Stash hats, gloves, sports gear and more in baskets, then tuck those baskets on upper shelves so guests can't look in and see the jumble. Use a library ladder to access what you need.
5. In the kitchen. Choose a ladder that can slide out of the way of the work zone so that it doesn't interfere with your cooking.
6. In the butler's pantry. No more climbing on the countertops to reach the soup tureen or fondue pot you break out once every few years.
7. At the beach house. Because vacation homes often are crowded with guests, sleeping space can be at a premium. With ladder access, unused upper space can be transformed into a loft.
8. In the den. Tuck CDs and DVDs behind closed doors — you'll be able to reach them quickly when needed.
9. In place of stairs. No space for a stairwell? A library ladder makes a fine stand-in. Just be sure it's secured — you don't want it to skid as you reach the landing.
10. In the home office. Extend your workspace vertically with a ladder that allows access to files and supplies placed out of the way.