Learn about Library Steps

A set of steps, usually with a handrail, used for reaching the upper shelves in one's library. Also designed for the same purpose are metamorphic library chairs, a chair which opens up to become a set of library steps. These are quite rare and keenly sought because of their dual function, when they come onto the market.
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A set of pine pantry steps, 19th century. 100 cm high, 39 cm wide, 79 cm deep

An original set of Edwardian library steps 60 cm high, 30 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A turned ash timber and steel library ladder, French, 19th century. 232 cm high

A very rare Louis XVI walnut library ladder, French, 18th century. 155 cm high

A set of oak library steps, French, 19th century. 234 cm high

A pair of Victorian mahogany and leather library steps. 71 cm high, 80 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A set of huon pine bed steps, Tasmanian, circa 1840, 73 cm high, 49.5 cm wide, 72 cm deep. Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollahra p. 313 (illustrated)

French faux bamboo library ladder. Height 290 cm. Width 38 cm

A good bamboo carved oak library ladder, French 19th century. 331 cm long, 43 cm wide

A good set of oak library steps, French, 19th century. 208 cm high, 44 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A set of folding oak library steps, French, 19th century. 80 cm high

A set of French walnut library steps, 19th century, of openwork design, comprising five steps with stylised bamboo stretchers, iron handrail, strapping and X-frame back support, 85 cm deep, 169 cm high

Framed Disney print, taken from the film 'Mr Duck Steps Out' 1940, 64 cm x 54 cm frame

Regency mahogany library steps early 19th century, the library steps have leathered tops with hinged lid, the middle step has a sliding drawer with a hinged lid on turned legged base. Height 68 cm. Length 72 cm. Width 43.5 cm

Antique library stairs inlaid and with green tooled leather steps

A Victorian Ash library ladder, a well finished six step graduated ladder with a rail above the top step and also a felted board to facilitate leaning the ladder against a wall. Height 210 cm. Width 59 cm. (at the base)

Vintage library steps with folding hinge and handle, 150 cm high

A set of oak four tier spiral library steps 20th century, 178 cm high

A wooden faux bamboo library ladder, French, 19th century, 275 cm high, approx. width 48 cm

A set of metal mounted folding wooden steps, 19th century, 95 cm high

A set of Georgian style three-tread library steps. 78 cm high, 46 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A set of reproduction mahogany and tooled leather library steps, four risers with turned support and brass finial. English make. Height 114 cm

Library steps, pole ladder style, early Victorian oak. English c. 1840

A set of metamorphic library steps, which converts into a side chair

An Edwardian library steps with maker's plaque, Simplicity. Length 160 cm.

A rare pair of cedar library step ladders, Australian, 19th century

A set Georgian oak library steps, circa 1820, the newer red leather tooled top above three steps standing on turned feet. Height 68 cm

An unusual three step Victorian flame mahogany library steps with inset leather tops. Height 72 cm. Length 95 cm. Depth 53 cm

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