Collection by Zachary Edelson

Rolling Ladders in Modern Homes


The rolling (or sliding) ladder, set within the tall musty bookcases of a patrician library, is an old cliché. Extra-high bookcases can be a smart way to add storage to otherwise unused space. Check out these five contemporary designs that revisit and renew an old idea.

A rolling ladder made from salvaged wood and components leads to a small, yet well equipped, office.
Hughes’ collection of hundreds of books is stored on a vertiginous two story bookcase, which takes up the whole of the...
Dan Garness used paint and well-placed windows to keep Duane’s office bright and airy.
A key request from the client was ample room for books.
The guest room cleverly shoehorns four bunks into a small footprint.