Good Questions: Pointers for Space-Saving Steps/Ladders?

Good Questions: Pointers for Space-Saving Steps/Ladders?

Heather Blaha
Sep 19, 2006
Hi AT, I have been looking around for good small-space solutions for a ladder/staircase leading up to a storage platform or loft bed. That's when I stumbled across this beautiful piece of woodworking. If you scroll down to the 'Step cabinet Australian silver ash' you'll see a fantastic modern interpretation of a traditional japanese step cabinet - brilliant! Unfortunately I won't be able to use the idea for my place so would appreciate if you had any good pointers to space-saving but nice-looking steps or ladders. Cheers from sunny Sydney, Erika
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Dear Erika, We loved the Japan Woodworking ladder you sent in, and can see issues with it being "space-saving" as it really extends a lot and eats up space (the storage underneath is the real benefit). Here are a few good possibilities for more vertical solutions (although we're not sure what type of ladder your place in Sydney can accomodate):

Built-in ladder from SSBS

Other loft ladder sugggestions (mainly simple, rolling ladders) from AT:NY are here, including many reader suggestions like Dave and Im's ladder from this year's smallest, coolest contest:

Any Chicago readers have some other ideas?
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