Collection by Erika Heet

Creative Uses for Ladders


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.

Dan Garness used paint and well-placed windows to keep Duane’s office bright and airy.
In a Boise home, a former closet was transformed into a double-height library, complete with a reading nook and a...
Now rented out as an office/retail space, the downstairs contains a kitchen, which is fitted with Ikea lamps and steel...
A rolling ladder made from salvaged wood and components leads to a small, yet well equipped, office.
Sleeping space is adventurously tucked away in an alcove above the kitchen, accessible by a track ladder that slides...
The ladder, created by Peyton Avrett, is an unorthodox way to the upstairs, and it also serves as a fire escape since...
A ladder leads up to the bedroom, which is tucked under the curve of the vaulted roof.
The Douglas House is a clear nod to Les Terrasses, a 1928 residence created by Le Corbusier in Garches, France.
The stairway to the sleeping loft is a riff on a ship's ladder: "We spent a lot of time figuring out how much space we...
Here's a view from the second floor, which is accessed via a ladder from the charcoal gray mezzanine.
Lewis descends a metal-tube set of stairs fabricated by a maker of ship’s ladders.