ISSUE 45  |  Scandinavian Design

10 Easy Pieces: Step Stools and Ladders

November 10, 2010 11:15 AM

BY Lizzie Hand

As the holiday season approaches, we’re starting to think about putting up (and pulling down) decorations. Here’s a roundup of ladders and step stools up to the task, starting with a few high-design offerings and ending with a couple of budget options.


Above: The Heaven Step Ladder in lacquered aluminum by Swedese is available through Hightower (contact them directly for pricing). It’s also available in the UK from the Lollipop Shoppe for £528.


Above: Designed by Karl Malmvall, the Design House Stockholm Step Ladder is available in black, red, or white high-gloss painted wood for $295 from YLiving.


Above: The Upper Stepstool with polycarbonate steps in crystal (clear), cobalt blue, orange red, and citron yellow by Kartell is $450 from Lumens.


Above: The Flo Folding Step Ladder is made in Italy by Magis of aluminum and plastic: $579 at Popmap.

melio-step-stool-dwrAbove The classic Melio Step Stool is available in black, white, or red: $70 from Design Within Reach.


Above: Lightweight yet sturdy, the Ultraslim Aluminum Step Stool folds to a 1.75-inch width for compact storage; $119.95 for the two-step model (a three-step model is $139.95) at Williams-Sonoma.


Above: The EZ Folds Plastic Step Stool is $14.15 at Amazon.


Above: The Original Kik-Step Steel Step Stool has spring-mounted casters that retract when the stool is stepped on. Steel construction with nonslip vinyl treads and protective bumper around base. Available in several colors (shown in black); $70.24 at Amazon.


Above: Painted white, a solid beech Beckvam Step Stool from Ikea; $19.99.