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11 Creative Uses for Ladders

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As we prepare for our November issue, which is all about small spaces, we’re thinking small, and that often means creative use of otherwise wasted space above the main floor. Getting to these spaces always requires an equally space-saving vehicle. Enter the ladder, that age-old device that may have its ups and downs (we couldn’t resist), but whether helping us reach for that top-shelf book or getting us to our sleeping loft, can be rendered in so many oh-so-modern ways. Here are some that have graced the pages of Dwell.
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  In law professor Carole Goldberg and sociology professor Duane Champagne’s Los Angeles home, books are stacked to the rafters of the 13-foot-high ceiling. Reaching them, as well as an adjacent sleeping loft, is a snap with library ladders (about $1,500 each from Alaco Ladder Company).Photo by: Shawn Records  Photo by: Shawn Records

    In law professor Carole Goldberg and sociology professor Duane Champagne’s Los Angeles home, books are stacked to the rafters of the 13-foot-high ceiling. Reaching them, as well as an adjacent sleeping loft, is a snap with library ladders (about $1,500 each from Alaco Ladder Company).

    Photo by: Shawn Records

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  Stella needs no help reaching for books in the double-height library of her family’s home in Boise, Idaho. The space was converted from a closet.Photo by: Lincoln Barbour  Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

    Stella needs no help reaching for books in the double-height library of her family’s home in Boise, Idaho. The space was converted from a closet.

    Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

    Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

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  For the Victorian house architect Christi Azevedo shares with her partner, Katherine Catlos, in San Francisco, Azevedo conceptualized the downstairs kitchen and office, complete with a traditional library ladder.Photo by: Dave Lauridsen  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    For the Victorian house architect Christi Azevedo shares with her partner, Katherine Catlos, in San Francisco, Azevedo conceptualized the downstairs kitchen and office, complete with a traditional library ladder.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A rolling ladder made from salvaged wood and components leads to a small, yet well equipped, office in the Zimmerman family’s Craftsman in Seattle, Washington.

    A rolling ladder made from salvaged wood and components leads to a small, yet well equipped, office in the Zimmerman family’s Craftsman in Seattle, Washington.

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  For a residence in downtown Pittsburgh’s Penn-Liberty Historic District, reimagined by developer Eve Picker and her partner, architect Dutch MacDonald of Pittsburgh’s Edge Studio, a sleeping space is tucked away in an alcove above the kitchen, accessible by a track ladder that slides along a rail mounted above the counter.Photo by: Roger Davies  Photo by: Roger Davies

    For a residence in downtown Pittsburgh’s Penn-Liberty Historic District, reimagined by developer Eve Picker and her partner, architect Dutch MacDonald of Pittsburgh’s Edge Studio, a sleeping space is tucked away in an alcove above the kitchen, accessible by a track ladder that slides along a rail mounted above the counter.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  In a young Charleston couple’s reawakened 19th-century house, a ladder created by Peyton Avrett serves as an unorthodox way to the upstairs, and it also serves as a fire escape since the house only has one stairwell.Photo by: Daniel Shea  Photo by: Daniel Shea

    In a young Charleston couple’s reawakened 19th-century house, a ladder created by Peyton Avrett serves as an unorthodox way to the upstairs, and it also serves as a fire escape since the house only has one stairwell.

    Photo by: Daniel Shea

    Photo by: Daniel Shea

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  In Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon’s small Houston house, a ladder leads up to the bedroom, which is tucked under the curve of the vaulted roof.Photo by: Misty Keasler  Photo by: Misty Keasler

    In Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon’s small Houston house, a ladder leads up to the bedroom, which is tucked under the curve of the vaulted roof.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. A series of ladders and cantilevered staircases join the levels.Photo by Dean Kaufman  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

    Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. A series of ladders and cantilevered staircases join the levels.

    Photo by Dean Kaufman

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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  Architecturally minded Im and David Schafer got very creative in their 426-square-foot San Diego rental; the stairway to the sleeping loft is a riff on a ship's ladder. Instead of a handrail, sail cleats are bolted to the walls as hand-holds.Photo by: Misha Gravenor  Photo by: Misha GravenorCourtesy of: Misha Gravenor

    Architecturally minded Im and David Schafer got very creative in their 426-square-foot San Diego rental; the stairway to the sleeping loft is a riff on a ship's ladder. Instead of a handrail, sail cleats are bolted to the walls as hand-holds.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    Courtesy of: Misha Gravenor

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  A delicate ladder leads from the main living area to the upper floor in “2004,” a home in Matsumoto, Japan, designed by Hideyuki Nakayama.

    A delicate ladder leads from the main living area to the upper floor in “2004,” a home in Matsumoto, Japan, designed by Hideyuki Nakayama.

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  While it’s not technically a ladder, this metal-tube staircase fabricated by a maker of ship’s ladders gets the residents of this converted restaurant in L.A.’s Chinatown to their sleeping loft in style.Photo by: Bryce Duffy   Photo by: Bryce Duffy

    While it’s not technically a ladder, this metal-tube staircase fabricated by a maker of ship’s ladders gets the residents of this converted restaurant in L.A.’s Chinatown to their sleeping loft in style.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy 

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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