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Welcome to our range of library ladders – the perfect addition to any space in need of a touch of elegance and practicality! Whether you are a book lover, a home cook, or a fashionista, our library ladders are sure to impress.

Crafted from high-quality materials, our library ladders are built to last. With a range of finishes and colours to choose from, you can customise your ladder to match your décor and personal style. You can even choose between hook on or rolling hardware, giving you the option to create a hook on or rolling ladder, depending on your needs.

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These ladders aren't just for libraries or bookcases. They are versatile and can be used in many different spaces, such as kitchens, pantry rooms, larders, dressing rooms, or bootrooms. Wherever you need a little extra height, our library ladders are up to the task.

And when you're not using your ladder, it can be stowed away vertically, taking up minimal space. With a range of heights available, you're sure to find the perfect ladder for your needs.

So whether you're reaching for your favourite book, grabbing a hard-to-reach ingredient, or picking out the perfect outfit, our library ladders are the perfect tool to help you get the job done safely and stylishly. Invest in a library ladder today and elevate your space to new heights!

With our easy-to-use ladder bundle builder, you can mix and match different sizes, hardware types, and color options to create the perfect ladder for your project. Whether you prefer a hook-on ladder or a gliding rolling ladder, we've got every option to suit your bookcase, library, kitchen, or storage needs.

Get ready to elevate your space with a ladder that not only helps you reach new heights but also adds a stylish touch to your home.

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The Ladder Range

The range has countless options, allowing you to create a ladder order that suits your room, interior and your application. Whether you need a ladder to access the top of a bookcase, high level kitchen storage or an extra tall wardrobe, you can build the perfect ladder order for your needs.

If you are looking for a brass hardware finish - shop here.

How to Order

Please use the tabs below to see explanations for each of the ladder, hardware and colour options to help you build your ladder order. If you get stuck please Get in touch.

Hardware Options Explained

Full Rolling

(Available in all finishes)

Hook Rolling

(Available in all finishes)

Hook Over

(Not available in Brass)

Basic Hook on

(Not available in Brass)

Corner Rolling

(Only available in Black)

The classic rolling hardware is attached to the rail and has two rollers on each side of the ladder. This hardware is paired with the braking bottom wheels to create a smooth, silent and effortless roll from side to side. This hardware has an inbuilt mechanism to allow the ladder to be stowed vertically against the wall/joinery. Read more

The hook rolling hardware still has all the rolling hardware attributes but has the added benefit of allowing you to lift the ladder from the rail and relocate the ladder to another rail. This means you could use the ladder in multiple locations. The top rollers are paired with the braking wheeled feet. This hardware has an inbuilt mechanism to allow the ladder to be stowed vertically. Read more.

The sliding hook hardware allows you to hook your ladder on and off from the rail. This hardware has two hooks on the top of the ladder and is paired with the non-slip rubberised feet at the bottom of the ladder. To move the ladder along the rail you need to lift the weight of the ladder up without unhooking and you can walk the ladder along. This hardware has an inbuilt slider to allow the ladder to be stowed vertically. Read more.

This is the most basic option for hardware and is has a 'double hook' at the top of the ladder and non-slip feet at the bottom. This allows you to hook the ladder on using the top hook and then lift and use the lower hook to stow the ladder away vertically. To move the ladder along the rail you will need to completely lift the ladder off of the rail and hook the ladder back on in the location you want to use it. Note: For safety, this hook is a tight fit on the rail, therefore you need to be careful hooking the ladder on and off the rail, to ensure the rail remains damage free. If you have concerns, opt for a 'sliding hook hardware' instead.

If you are looking for the ultimate in premium design them look no further than the 'swivel rolling' hardware. This hardware allows you to lift and roll your ladder around a 90degree curved corner rail. This means you can have a continuous rail around your room. Read more.

Hardware Colour Options
Matt Black
Oil Rubbed Bronze
Satin Nickel
The finish on the hardware is a sprayed paint finish and comes in three colours. Matt Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Satin Nickel. (Please note the colour names are descriptive regarding the paint colour)

 

Brushed Brass 

We have recently added Brushed Brass to our range of ladder ironmongery. To shop the Brushed Brass finish - click here. 

Want a sample? Drop us a message.

Rails Explained

The ladder rails or poles are an essential component in the ladder kit and your ladder will roll along them. They are made of high-quality 25mm solid aluminum, ensuring durability, as they are not hollow.

These rails are available in 6ft (1828mm) and 8ft (2438mm) lengths, which can be connected using a joining kit to create longer rail runs. Alternatively, you can customise the size after you receive your order by cutting them on-site. Rail brackets support the rails, and each end should be finished with a rail end cap.

To simplify the ordering process, use the Build your Ladder Order builder. It helps you select the right rail length and automatically adds the necessary rails, joining kits, rail brackets, and rail end caps for each rail run. If you are looking for brass hardware - shop here.

Cutting the rails: 

If you need to cut your brass rail during your installation process, we recommend that you wrap the rail with painters’ tape where the cut is to be made, this will minimise the chipping of the paint/plating. Use a fresh-bladed hack saw with a metal cutting blade, and a good quality mitre box. Alternatively, you could use a standard mitre saw with a carbide blade, or a wood cutting blade, again ensuring you use a fresh blade. After cutting, slowly and carefully unwrap the tape.

Important Note: It's important to note that the aluminum rails have a sprayed paint finish (unless plated brass), which may show manufacturing marks caused by hooks used during the spraying process. Once installed, these marks will be hidden from view.

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Attributes & Quality

The Quiet Glide ladders are high quality, perform effortlessly everytime and come with a lifetime guarantee (if fitted correctly).

The range has countless options, allowing you to create a ladder order that suits your room, interior and your application. Whether you need a ladder to access the top of a bookcase, high level kitchen storage or an extra tall wardrobe, you can build the perfect ladder order for your needs.

+ Rolling or Hook Over options for the hardware

+ Large range of standard/stocked ladder heights

+ Option to order a made to measure height ladder if none of the standard ladders work

+ Four hardware colour options; Satin Nickel, Satin Brass, Matt Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze.

+ Create a rail as long or as short as you need.

+ Stow the ladder vertically when not in use.

+ Option to purchase the hardware components seperately, for example, if you have your own ladder.

Quiet Glide & the ladder system

Quiet Glide is the brand name of the fantastic rolling and hook over ladders available on our website. Every part of the Quiet Glide range is manufactured in the USA by American craftsmen and tested 10,000 times to ensure the technology can withstand a lifetime of use

The gliding technology (hence the name quiet glide) houses a patented technology, allowing a beautifully smooth and quiet running mechanism every time.

Ladder System

The clever ladder systems allow you to create orders that fit your needs and therefore are made up of several components. Your ladder sits on a rail which is mounted to your bookcase or wall using rail brackets and the rail is finished at the ends with end caps.

Depending on which hardware you choose, the ladder will have wheels/feet mounted at the bottom and rollers/hooks mounted at the top.

The timber ladder is given extra strength with a support rod and fixings that braces the ladder underneath each step tread.

Which hardware Is right for your ladder?

Do you want your ladder to roll without lifting it off the floor?

For the most effortless rolling ladder we recommend theFull Rollinghardware or if you want to move your ladder to multiple rail locations then we recommend theHook Rollinghardware.

Do you want your ladder to roll around a corner on a continuous rail?

We have the perfect option for you, theCorner Rollinghardware. This hardware type allows you to incorporate a curved corner section of rail and rollers that allow the ladder to roll around the corner.

Are you looking for a hook-over ladder than does not roll?

We recommend choosing the Hook Over hardware. This clever hardware, sometimes known as the sliding hook, allows you to lift your ladder off the floor and walk along with it, without unhooking it from the rail. This makes it the safest hook option.

If you are looking for a simple hooked hardware then choose the Basic Hook On hardware. This double hook design is a firm fit onto the rail and you will need to take the entire ladder off the rail if you want to relocate it somewhere else along the rail.

Environmental Credentials & Safety

The Quite Glide timber ladders are from FSC certified suppliers and are sourced responsilbly from suppliers who are active in their efforts to minimise their environmental impact.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) uphold principles for responsible forest management worldwide and supply chain integrity; meeting stringent environmental, social and economic standards.

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You should feel completely safe when you are using one of the Quiet Glide ladders, therefore it is of the utmost importance that the library ladders are safe and made of the highest quality. All of the ladders with rollers and wheels have built-in brakes that automatically lock the ladder in place as you climb it.

The technology allows every ladder to be stowed away vertically when not in use to avoid accidents. Each ladder is made of solid wood and has been tested through 10,000 cycle checks to ensure they can withstand a lifetime of use. On this basis, each ladder comes with a limited lifetime guarantee.

*The limited lifetime guarantee is issued by the Quiet Glide manufacturer. The warranty is based on the ladder and the hardware being installed in accordance to the fitting instructions.

Customer reviews
Customer reviews
"The ladder is extremely well made, feels sturdy, and gives the client great confidence when climbing high up to top shelves. The wide assortment of fixings and fittings make the system extremely versatile to fit all shapes and sizes of room."
— Nook Design
Customer reviews
"We absolutely love our ladder. It's wonderful, and its purchase has fulfilled one of my husband's bucket list wishes. I cannot recommend the company enough."
— Helen Watson
Customer reviews
The ladder system itself is sturdy, attractive and its wheels and rollers run exceptionally smoothly as it moves. We love that it arrives unfinished so we are able to stain and lacquer it according to suit. It's well designed and versatile."
— Mundy Design
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FAQ

Product Questions

Why should you install a library ladder in your home or space?

Are you tired of constantly having to climb on chairs or step stools to reach high shelves or storage spaces in your home? Look no further than a library ladder! Not only do they provide easy access to high spaces, but they also add a touch of sophistication and elegance to any room.

Library ladders are not just for libraries, they can be installed in a variety of spaces such as kitchens, pantries, closets, and even bedrooms. They come in a range of styles and finishes to complement any décor, from sleek and modern to traditional and ornate.

Not only are they functional and aesthetically pleasing, but library ladders also add value to your home. They are a unique feature that potential buyers will surely appreciate, making your home stand out from the rest.

Additionally, library ladders can improve safety in your home. No more wobbling on unstable chairs or risking falls from standing on tiptoes. With a library ladder, you can easily and safely reach high spaces without any risk of injury.

So why settle for a cluttered, hard-to-reach home when you can install a beautiful and practical library ladder? It's the perfect addition for any homeowner looking to improve functionality, safety, and style in their living space.

What is a bookcase ladder?

Imagine yourself standing in front of a majestic floor-to-ceiling bookcase, filled to the brim with your favorite books, mementos, and trinkets. You gaze up, trying to take it all in, but there's just one problem - you can't reach the top shelf! That's where a bookcase ladder comes in.

A bookcase ladder is exactly what it sounds like - a ladder that's designed to help you reach the highest shelves of your bookcase. But it's not just any ordinary ladder. It's a beautifully crafted piece of furniture that adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any room.

Picture a sleek, wooden ladder with elegant curves and intricate details, leaning against a rich mahogany bookcase. As you climb the rungs, you can feel the smoothness of the wood under your feet and the warmth of the sunlight streaming through the windows. You reach the top shelf and your eyes wander over the titles of your favorite books, taking in the beauty of your personal library.

A bookcase ladder is not just a practical tool, but a statement piece that adds character and charm to any room. It's a symbol of knowledge, learning, and exploration - a reminder that there's always something new to discover in the pages of a book. So next time you find yourself struggling to reach the top shelf of your bookcase, consider adding a bookcase ladder to your collection.

Can I use a bookcase ladder in a kitchen?

Absolutely! A bookcase ladder can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any room, including your kitchen. Not only can it provide additional storage space for your cookbooks and kitchenware, but it also adds a stylish element to your kitchen decor. Plus, it's a fun and unique way to access those hard-to-reach cabinets and shelves. So why not take your kitchen to the next level with a bookcase ladder?

What is a rolling ladder?

The term ‘rolling ladder’ refers to the rolling motion of the top of the ladder fixing along the rail and any ladder equipped with castors. Full rolling ladders are superior to ‘hook over’ ladders that do not include the Quiet Glide technology that allows for the ladder to glide along a rail.

Our classic rolling ladders are made to the highest quality specification with two rollers on either side of the ladder, braking wheels at the base of the ladder and an effortless roll along the rail. Rails are not hollow and are made from solid extruded aluminium. The hardware allows you to stow the ladder vertically. 

How does the ladder arrive?

The ladders arrive unassembled and unfinished. This allows you to apply a stain or paint to your ladder prior to your assembly.

We offer a fantastic range of Mylands Paint colours perfect for painting wood. Choose from over 160 colours and make sure to order paint for 'Wood & Metal'.

If you would rather stain or oil your ladder, Mylands have a great selection of coloured stains and protective oils. See the full range of wood finishes.

What finish should I apply to my ladder?

We offer a fantastic range of Mylands Paint colours perfect for painting wood. Choose from over 160 colours and make sure to order paint for 'Wood & Metal'.

If you would rather stain or oil your ladder, Mylands have a great selection of coloured stains and protective oils. See the full range of wood finishes.

Can I order components individually?

If you are looking to purchase individual components separately then you can shop on our All Ladder Hardware & Components

Does the hardware come in brass?

Yes, the hardware is now available in Brushed Brass. You can shop the brushed brass finish, click here.

The rail is not the right size, can I cut it?

We supply in 6 ft (1828mm) and 8 ft (2438mm) which can be joined together or cut down to the perfect size onsite.

Can the ladder be stowed vertically?

Yes, the hardware at the top of the ladder allows the ladder to be lifted into a vertical stowed/docked position up against the wall or cabinetry.

What is the finish on the rails?

The ladder rails/poles are made from 25mm solid aluminium (not hollow). The finish on the aluminium is a sprayed paint finish and comes in three colours. Matt Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Satin Nickel. (Please note the colour names are descriptive regarding the paint colour)

*Please note that when the rails are sprayed during manufacturing they are held up using hooks, these hooks cause regular marks in the paint on the rear of the rails. Once the rail is fitted these manufacturing marks will be hidden.

Do the ladders come in different colours?

The library ladders are available in either red oak or walnut. They arrive raw so that you can choose how you finish them, either leaving them natural, using a lacquer or painting them to suit your scheme.

Can I use a bookcase ladder in my pantry or larder?

A bookcase ladder is a versatile and stylish addition to any pantry or larder. It not only adds a touch of elegance to your storage space but also makes it easier to access those hard-to-reach items on the top shelves. With a bookcase ladder, you can say goodbye to teetering on chairs or stools to reach that elusive can of beans. So go ahead, add a touch of sophistication to your pantry with a bookcase ladder and make your life easier at the same time!

Ordering Questions

How do I select a ladder height?

We stock ladders of a set size which means that you will need to work to those measurements where you install your ladders. See here for a guide to stocked ladder sizes.

If none of these standard sizes work for your project we can make a ladder to your required height measurement. Download the guide to measuring for a custom sized ladder.

Do you provide samples of the hardware colours?

If you would like to see a sample of the finish, please email us. Please note that we do not have samples of the Brushed Brass finish.

How long does delivery take?

Generally, we hold a good stock of the ladder and hardware range and therefore your order should be delivered in a timely manner. If items are in stock then your order will be picked and ready to sent out within two days. The delivery will be on a next day service. Overall the lead-time for delivery is around 5 days.

If your order includes a custom, made to measure ladder the lead-time will increase to 6 weeks.

Occasionally there are delays with some stock items and if there are any delays with your order we will get in touch straight away to let you know. You can then either decide to continue with your order and wait, or request a refund.

Please note - made to measure ladders are non-refundable and non-returnable.

What is the returns policy?

If you change your mind about your purchase and no longer want your goods, you have 14 days to let us know. (*Unless the goods are made to order or custom made) The 14 days starts from the day your order has been delivered to you. You need to contact us by email to let us know you would like to start a return and we will advise you on the steps that need to be taken. You will be responsible for re-packaging and organising a reputable courier to deliver the goods back to us unused and undamaged within 5 days of your request to return. Once the goods have been received back at the warehouse, they will be checked and if the goods are free from damage and without any signs of use, your refund will be issued within the following 14 days.

*Please note that if you have purchased a bespoke, made to order or custom made item such as a made to measure ladder, you cannot return these goods unless they are faulty.

How does the ladder arrive?

Your ladder will arrive unassembled and unfinished ready for you to paint or stain to your desired colour or finish. The delivery will include the side strings of the ladder which will be predrilled and notched along with a set of steps and a turned hand rung for the top of the ladder. You will need to assemble the ladder and if you are not handy with a drill we recommend using a trusted carpenter.

What is the warranty?

The manufacturer offers a lifetime gurantee on the ladder and hardware when fitted together, and as long as the components have been fitted correctly, as per the installation instructions.

Can I return a made to measure ladder?

We cannot accept returns for any ladder that has been custom made or made to measure.

Shipping costs

£0 - £100 Order - £11.95 delivery

£100 - £600 Order - £29.95 delivery

£600 - £1400 Order - £39.95 delivery

Over £1400 – Free delivery

Technical Questions

What clearance do I need above the rail?

The ladder protrudes above the rail by 70mm when the ladder is in the climbing position. Allowing 70mm clearance above the rail will allow upper cabinet doors to open above the top of the ladder.

When the ladder is in the stowed vertical position the ladder will protrude 153mm above the rail.

How do I work out which ladder height I need?

We stock ladders of a set size which means that you will need to work to those measurements where you install your ladders. See here for a guide to stocked ladder sizes.

If none of these standard sizes work for your project we can make a ladder to your required height measurement. Download the guide to measuring for a custom sized ladder.

Can I stow the ladder in another location?

Yes, the hardware at the top of the ladder allows the ladder to be lifted into a vertical stowed/docked position up against the wall or cabinetry.

You can use another piece of rail in another location to stow your ladder there.

How wide is the ladder?

All of the library ladders are 16 inches (406mm) wide. The size is comfortable to climb, but not overbearing in the room.

How far does the ladder protrude into the room?

When the ladder is in the angled climbing position it will protrude into the room by approximately 79cm.

Installation Questions

How does the ladder arrive?

The ladders arrive unassembled and unfinished. This allows you to apply a stain or paint to your ladder prior to your assembly.

We offer a fantastic range of Mylands Paint colours perfect for painting wood. Choose from over 160 colours and make sure to order paint for 'Wood & Metal'.

If you would rather stain or oil your ladder, Mylands have a great selection of coloured stains and protective oils. See the full range of wood finishes.

Who will fit my ladder?

Your ladder will arrive unassembled and unfinished ready for you to paint or stain to your desired colour or finish. The delivery will include the side strings of the ladder which will be predrilled and notched along with a set of steps and a turned hand rung for the top of the ladder.

If you are a handy person with diy experience you should be able to assemble the ladder yourself however if you are not handy with a drill we recommend using a trusted carpenter.

Please download the installation instructions for more information.

Do I have to assemble the ladder?

If you are a handy person with diy experience (can drill pilot holes) you should be able to assemble the ladder yourself. We would recommend getting an extra pair of hands to hold up the rail while you fit it.

If you are not handy with a drill we recommend using a trusted carpenter.

Please download the installation instructions for more information.

What tools do I need for installation?

The ladders arrive unassembled and unfinished so the first thing you should do is lightly sand the ladder if required and apply your stain or paint using a spray gun or brush.

To assemble the ladder you will need the following tools;

- Pencil

- Spirit level

- Drill and 1/4inch bit

- Screw driver

- Wood Glue

- 2 x 5mm Allen keys

Need more help?

If you need help with ordering, or have a questions about the product please get in touch and we will be delighted to help.

To learn more about the ladders, visit our detailed page about the range and options, learn more.