A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. – Norman Cousins
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin
With 10-foot ceilings, the Chennai apartment has space for very tall shelves. We plan to install a little library of bookshelves in a corner, with a reading lamp and comfy chair. But because I’m a petite five feet, much assistance is needed to reach heights. Thus I seek inspiration for library ladders.
Photo from Arhaus
Photo from Arhaus
Short on wall space in rooms? Fit bookcases floor-to-ceiling in a hallway with ladder, as shown here at Greene Furniture Design.
Making use of all available space at AtticMag.
If you don’t want large dark shelves looming over you, install cool white bookcases, as shown here at Canadian House & Home.
A custom modern version from Saxum in the UK.
With all the windows in our apartment leaving slivers of walls near corners, bookcases such as these featured at Colchu may be a possibility.
This one wins today’s Creative Multi-Tasking Award. Shown at ConcepTrends, this is a ladder and bookcase in one unit.
I love-love-love this more rustic version from French Dressing. If our design decisions swing more toward ”country house weekend escape” (that’s yet to be determined), something with this finish would work.
More country/farmhouse style from Country Living. Oh vertigo!
For a very different look, here are minimal metal bookshelves with a ladder. Another blogger got excited about seeing some DVDs on the shelf and doodled here.
A library ladder used as the shelf, at Chapmans in the UK.
To close, the New York Times ran a story about the Putnam Rolling Ladder Company, one of the last makers of library ladders. According to the writer: “On entering the Putnam Ladder Company, one senses some faint climate change, not in temperature so much as time.” That’s a perfect capture of the feeling brought by library ladders.