libraryTraditional Living Room, Portland

Louise Lakier Photography © 2012 Houzz

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ewalden01 wrote:Oct 31, 2012
  • Beth Buffetta
    I like the bookcase against the left wall. Where is that from?
  • summilux
    Hi Beth B.- The bookcase is from my shop. I made it to house records primarily, but it is also where we keep recently acquired books.
pmikejunot wrote:Nov 3, 2012
  • summilux
    The hardware (metal ladder parts, rail) are available from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware ( While the ladder itself is not included (they cater to woodworking hobbyists), the instructions are very strait forward. When doing my homework, I saw other sites that could sell you the whole works, but they were of course more expensive and type of wood I wanted (cambia poplar) wasn't an option.
  • Mary Elizabeth
    If you are in the Minneapolis area, there is currently one on Craigslist - search "library ladder"
Tracey Briens wrote:Sep 13, 2014
  • summilux
    @Tracy Briens- thanks for the complement and your interest. You need some steel plate brackets that a metal fabricator/worker can make for you easily and fairly inexpensively. I used roofing joists recycled from a carport I tore down and from the roof and ceiling removed to raise the ceiling height for this room. These were glued together to make 13 inch wide shelves. It is important to use lag bolts to secure the brackets to wall studs. Then screw in the shelves to the brackets. Hope that helps and sorry for the late reply. I look in on Lakier's ideabook of our house to answer questions and see folk's comments. Like many DIY's I have a blog about our ongoing work to our home.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Mitchell Parker added this to Design Debate: Should You Use Books for Decoration?Oct 5, 2016

“If the client asked me why, I would tell them there is something frankly fake about books put on a shelf that will never get touched. There is something about books that have been sorted and displayed by color (unless they are a series, like law books or old tomes) that seems pretentious, even superficial. Like telling the world the content of the book is not what’s important; that it’s the exterior shell that is. Doesn’t that seem to go against everything we try to teach our young people about humanity? It’s what’s inside that counts. Looks aren’t important. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Remember? “When displaying intentionally by color, the books morph into chunks of red, green, blue, yellow and so on, and they no longer appear to be books. So why use books if color blocking is the goal? I think designers who sort books by color, and the client that allows this to happen, are missing the point of books. They need to look at other pieces to display, or forget about having bookshelves. Support your local artists instead.”

Tiffany Carboni added this to Over-the-Door Shelves Offer Sneaky StorageNov 12, 2013

Taking the library to new heights. If you have a tall room, emphasize its height with a floating library that doesn't rob floor space. Just make sure you can access it. A rolling library ladder like this one fits the bill nicely. If a rolling ladder isn’t your style — or if your space can’t accommodate one — make sure you have another safe way to access your shelves. Folding ladders stash out of view when not in use.

Louise Lakier added this to My Houzz: Old-World European Flair in OregonSep 27, 2012

The living room's vaulted ceiling made space for a library with open shelving and a custom sliding ladder. Reclaimed fir from Barnwood Naturals adds warmth to the high ceiling. Sal built a wall with two archways between the living room and the kitchen to separate the two rooms.Red oak finished with a water-based polyurethane grounds the entire first floor. Geri hand made and installed the floor tiles at the hearth.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Beth Robinson added this to bookshelvesJul 7, 2019

Beth likes high bookshelves with ladder but maybe there isn't a good space to do it? Joe thinks of dialing 911

chrisyount2000 added this to Interior renoMay 9, 2019

If we can’t loft, book wall with ladder?

Stacey Olgado Residential Construction Management added this to Los TrancosFeb 11, 2019

lofted space with library ladder --how many books do you have?

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