Best Stepladders & Step Stools 2012

Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide

There are a million reasons to have a stepladder on hand. There's that light bulb to change, the top of the cupboards to clean, the upper shelf of the closet to access ... the list goes on and on. Rather than do something terribly unsafe, like put a chair on a table or lean on a the ledge of the kitchen counter, invest in a step stool and safely climb to new heights.

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Biblio 3-Step Wooden Ladder from Williams-Sonoma $289.95
Ladderkart Professional Grade Stepladder from Amazon $62.99
STEP Stepladder from Truly Swedish Design $329
Wooden Step Stool from Frontgate $89

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One-step Slimline Ladder from Frontgate $79.50
Little Giant Utility Stepladder from Grainger $185.50
Rolling Office Ladder from U-Line $287
BEKVÄM Stepladder from Ikea $39.99

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3- & 5-Step Aluminum Ladders from Container Store Starting at $79
Mini Red Step Stool from Crate & Barrel $24.95
Safety Aluminum 3-Step Stool Folding Ladder from The LA Shop $69.99
Retro Chair/Step Stool from Sears $98.03

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