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A Rolling Library Ladder Is the Secret to Getting More Kitchen Storage

Emma Bazilian
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From House Beautiful

In need of more kitchen storage space? Before you start knocking down walls, take a pause—the answer might lie in expanding up, not out.

When Krysta Gibbons of Kipling House Interiors was designing a childhood friend’s new house near Jacksonville, Florida, she took full advantage of the 12-foot ceiling height in the catering kitchen by building the cabinets all the way up to the top. To ensure that the ultra-high cabinets would actually be accessible on a day-to-day basis, she brought in a brilliant feature: a rolling ladder, just like the ones you see in libraries.

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"Unlike a standard step ladder that you have to pull out, this one is on wheels, so you can easily roll it from one side of the room to the other," says Gibbons. "It really lets you use all the vertical space!"

The mahogany-and-brass piece, which was made by Putnam Rolling Ladder Co., also adds some serious design flair. "Truth be told, even though it's practical, the ladder definitely adds a cool factor, t0o," Gibbons adds. "I love how the brass rail separates the accessible cabinetry from inaccessible cabinetry—it's like jewelry!"

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