Library Ladders: How to Choose One for Your Home

What are library ladders?

Modern library ladders, in addition to saving space, securely, safely and easily allow access to out-of-reach storage areas. They are popular choices for home libraries, home offices, kitchens, dens, closets, wine cellars, and more. In addition, when installed in the right space, their beauty enhances the room’s atmosphere.

Modern Library Ladders

How to choose a library ladder?

Decorating is like a puzzle – it’s about piecing together different elements of a room to create an awe-inspiring masterpiece. Finding the perfect furniture for a particular room you’re decorating is no different. Modern library ladders are an elegant way to enhance a space. However, choosing the ideal rolling ladder isn’t always simple. There are a variety of sliding library ladders to choose from, which is great news if you’re looking for something in particular. Each rolling ladder comes with its own unique aspects that make it worthy of purchase. Here are each of these aspects, explained in greater detail:

Style: What Is the Best Ladder for Home Use?

Style is, of course, the most obvious consideration when choosing any piece of furniture, including sliding library ladders. These are the three general styles of sliding library ladders:

  • Straight: This is one of the most commonly purchased modern library ladders. It is just as it sounds, straight up and down. It’s typically used for scaling a wall or cabinetry, such as what you’d find in a kitchen or study.
  • Bent: This has a slight variation in the design. There is a bend midway up the ladder, making it ideal for working around obstructions, like a radiator cover or counter top. This can be customized to be used in your home without worry of obstructions.
  • Loft: This can be used in modern and contemporary homes that sport a loft. This style of ladder has extended side rails at the top, making it easier to access a loft.
Straight Library Ladder

Materials: What Is a Good Quality Ladder?

The material a piece of furniture is made of is just as important as its style. In many cases, the material can be a deal breaker or deal maker. Just think of a person who dislikes leather. A couch can have the most alluring design ever, but since it’s made of leather, it’s a no-go. The same goes for rolling ladders. Some people have their particulars.

You have the option of choosing between the traditional wooden sliding library ladder or a metal rolling ladder. Which you choose will be determined by the vibe you’re going for and the design of the room it will be placed in.

Wooden ladders tend to have a Victorian-era appeal and flat steps. They come in various wood types, such as cherry, birch, white oak, red oak, walnut and mahogany. You can opt to leave them unfinished or have them stained. A coat of clear finish would also suffice. Some people even choose to paint them.

Metal ladders are ideal for those who want more of a modern appeal – exactly what Modern Stainless Ladders has on offer. They are excellent for streamlined spaces. Metal can easily be implemented into a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and other modern components. When the metal ladder you choose is an MWE stainless steel ladder, crafted by skilled German artisans, it’s an assurance of durability.

Akzent Steel Library Ladder

Mounting Style: How to Install a Library Ladder?

There are two ways modern library ladders are designed:

  1. Hook Library Ladders: A J-style hook at the top to allow for manual removal and placement onto the track, or
  2. Rolling Library Ladders: A rolling mechanism that is permanently attached to the railing.

Choosing between these two should be simple enough. If you have railings throughout a room, on either side, then a ladder with the J-Style hook functionality would be ideal. If there’s only one location you need to operate the ladder, then the rolling mechanism would be suitable.

Rolling Library Ladder

If you decide to go with the hook ladders, make sure to take into consideration its weight, height and whether there are any obstructions, such as light fixtures or other objects that can interfere with the ladder’s functionality.

Hook Library Ladder

Modern library ladders are the perfect puzzle piece for a home’s décor. Find the right place for one in your kitchen, living area, study or bedroom, and send your design specifications over to Modern Stainless Ladders’ team. Their customer service team will help customize your ladder order to your specifications, so you get your project right the first time.

About Modern Stainless Ladders is the library ladder division of Specialty Doors & Hardware, and the #1 supplier of stainless steel library ladders and carbon steel library ladders in the United States. The Norwalk, California-based company has an exclusive focus on ladders precision-manufactured from high-quality materials, combining industrial engineering and modern design into an elegant work of art; their products include the complete line of German-made library ladders by MWE.

Modern Stainless Ladders’ customer service personnel have a combined 100+ years experience in hardware and design. By reaching their support, customers get professional help choosing and customizing their ladder, so they need not look elsewhere for advice.

Modern Stainless Ladders is located in Norwalk, California, and has helped hundreds of architects, contractors and designers in North America and the world with complex ladder specifications. To experience the same renowned customer service, customers can call 1 (866) 815-8151 (Monday-Friday 6am-4pm PST), or request a quote online at

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