We're delighted that third-generation makers Christopher Howard can share the results of their latest project with us. As part of the restoration of a Georgian mansion, the client specified a library to be designed to sit in the large drawing room - the rolling library ladder was integral to the scheme. 

"We were delighted with the quality of the ladder system both in terms of construction and finish."

This quote from Howard illustrates the perfect synergy between the style and practicality of our library ladders - “the function of design is to let design function”.


1. Tell us about your business and what makes it special

Christopher is a third-generation maker and the love and art of creating beautiful furniture has been passed down through the generations. He opened his own workshops in 1990 and continues to oversee all manufacturing.

As truly bespoke makers, there are no constraints on design or build and we approach each project individually which ensures every aspect is perfect for the client.

2. You recently used one of our library ladders in an office scheme - was this integral to the design and how did you pull it all together?

We were approached by clients to design bookcases for their newly acquired Georgian Mansion house which they were restoring back to its former grandeur.

The library bookcases were to sit in the generous drawing room and so needed to be of a proportion that suited the scale of the room, in both width and height. We suggested an overall 2.9m height and at 5m in length, a library ladder was a must for horizontal and vertical access!

Rolling library ladder bookcase from Library Ladder company c/o Christopher Hamilton

3. What did you like about the ladder system?

We were delighted with the quality of the ladder system both in terms of construction and finish. We suggested to the client to opt for the bronze oiled finish and it complements the cabinetry perfectly and ironmongery on the doors. It forms a feature of the whole project.

4. What comes first - function or style?

For us, both go hand in hand. We go with the saying, “the function of design is to let design function".

Hand built bookcases by Christopher Hamilton using a library ladder from the library ladder company

5. What was the most popular home addition you were asked for during lockdown?

We saw a rise in enquiries for home studies and bookcases. Where clients were required to work from home, it did not suit them (or the rest of the family) to work at the dining room table.

They wanted a dedicated and comfortable space in the home to work and for the furniture to be not only functional but be tasteful and suit the style of their property.

A number of clients, we understand, have not returned full time to the office but, split their time between so having that personal space in the home makes life easier.

Hand built bookcases by Christopher Hamilton with a library ladder from the library ladder company

6. Which is the most satisfying part of your job?

Seeing designs come to life and the delighted response from clients.

Find out more

Christopher Howard have offices in both Edinburgh and Gullane. 

Find out more about their services here: 


and get in touch info@christopherhoward.com /  0131 226 2255