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Stepladders and Stepstools

Split Step Stool

If you’re going to have a step stool, you might as well make it this one. Why? Well, it’s made of molded steel- that’s what gives the split-legged design its sleekness and strength- and it’s very minimalist. So minimalist, in fact, you could even leave it out all the time as a resting spot for books or a special plant. You’d not say the same for any other step stool you find at the local hardware store, would you? Now on sale.

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Price: $154.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Trappestigen Stepladder

The Trappestigen Stepladder has an integrated sidepiece that works as a railing, so you’ll not need to sacrifice your design aesthetic for the sake of safety. If you’ve ever lost your balance- or almost lost it- while on a step stool, chances are you’ll appreciate the extra security this one has… question is, can you afford to spend almost ten times as much (plus international shipping) as what you’d find at your local hardware store?

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Price: AUD990.00
Available from: Grate Dane Furniture

Hardwood Step Stool

You won’t like the price of this step stool, but you will understand it once you see that it packs a lot more punch and pizzazz than anything you’d find at a hardware store. Architect-turned-furniture designer Aaron Poritz designed the Hardwood Step Stool with storage in mind. Slide-away storage panels for books- or anything else you’d rather not see on a daily basis- are tucked in between each step, making it a handy storage option and side table as well as a functional step stool. Nicaraguan craftsmen make the Hardwood Step Stools from century old Nancinton trees felled during the destruction of Hurricane Felix.

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Price: $579.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Heaven Freestanding Stepladder

While this stepladder is a bit above the average budget, it’s really a wonderful object. Without the normal A-frame support, the ladder seems to float and the slight narrowing towards the top gives the illusion of the stepladder reaching upwards. The flat base gives structural stability.


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Price: £606.00
Available from: Utility

Hi-Gloss Stepladder

Stepladders usually hide out in our broom closets and garages, but this guy is a different breed altogether. With a simple, clean-lined frame and super high-gloss wood, it begs to be noticed. An indent at the top of the frame and accompanying lacquered peg means it can be hung on whatever wall you deem appropriate, though considering the price tag I’d recommend the closet rather than the garage. (Also, be sure to check out the Lucano Stepladder ($200) for comparison.)

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Price: $400.00
Available from: Horne

Scalo Modern Stool & Step Ladder

This is terribly expensive for a stepladder, even though it works triple time as a stool or bookshelf. However, in examining the details (hidden hinges, stainless steel stop) and materials (bent plywood), one can understand how it would cost more than, say, a simple small step ladder found at a furniture store. The price is probably (definitely) more than most of us wish to spend, yet there’s something to be admired for a piece that combines all three functions in such a nicely finished way.


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Price: $2,016.00
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Step Ladder

If you’re in need of a small step ladder to reach those upper shelves in your kitchen or closet, this retractable solid oak one might be a perfect fit.

“Two-level retractable step ladder in solid oak. A practical design that functions as a compact 3-step ladder with the lower pedestal pushed in. Alternatively, the lower pedestal slides out along safety runners to create a 2-level version for a surer footing. Handmade in SmÃ¥land (Sweden).”

(Link and price updated March 21, 2011.)

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No longer available.

Melio Step Stool

The industrial step stool we all know and love is now available in red and light grey.

A staple of libraries for the last half-century, this versatile rolling Step Stool has been updated in plastic to be lighter and more dent resistant than earlier metal versions. Sitting on retractable casters that lock in place when weight is applied, this Stool provides two extra steps – or even a seat – where needed, in a size that’s much more convenient than a ladder. The wrap-around rubber bumper protects walls and furniture, and the textured tread helps prevent slipping, even in damp areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Whether used at home, in the garage or in the workspace, when something is this functional is it any wonder it has been around for 50 years?

Lightweight plastic; rubber bumper.
H 15″ Diameter 11-16″

(Free Standard Shipping from September 4-16, 2008)

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: DWR

Step by Konstantin Grcic

This witty library ladder is perfect for anyone who has bookshelves that stack higher than their arms can reach.

“Lightweight and easy to use library steps that can be leaned against virtually any bookcase. The book-rest invites you to stop and peruse a volume or can be used as a writing surface, making the ladder similar to a stand-up desk. The surface that leans against the wall or shelving is covered with grey felt. Made from solid beech.”

Please allow 28 days for delivery.

Dimensions: h150 x w51/33 x d50cm