Best Kitchen Step Stools and Ladders

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The step stool hunt began when I got tired of boosting myself onto the counter to reach the items in the double-tiered upper cabinets. The situation was equally as ugly jumping for a book on the top shelf of the library, and dare I mention the shoebox falling on my head while trying to get one finger on a corner of the box. Step stools are one handy item if they are accessible, but how do you find the best step stool for your situation? Do you own just one or do you have several in different areas of the house? Do you want an artistic form of modern art, a vintage design, or will strictly utilitarian do?


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Tiramisu Stepladder by Kartell (above) is by Andries Van Onck for Kartell.  Many of his designs are in the collections of the museums of modern art in Chicago, London, Amsterdam and at the Louvre in Paris. This stool closes to a slim 2.75” for easy storage. Steps are slip-resistant for safety and the large handle can double as a wall mount. It is available in 5 colors. Priced at around $400



Above (lower photo) is the Tricam 200-Pound Capacity Skinny Mini Stool, and it folds to a remarkable 2″ thin. It is a lightweight and stable with sturdy steel steps. It’s easy to fold and weighs only 12.5-Pounds. Above (top photo) is the Werner StepRight 225-Pound Duty Rating Step Stool. This is a foldable step stool with three steps and a convenient hand grip, comfortable tubular rail and oversized slip resistant steps. The feet are mar-resistant so your floor will not be damaged. What’s great is it folds flat for storing.



This is an attractive step stool. The Brushed Aluminum/Wood Step Ladder folds to 6″ and is so attractive it can be hung in sight.




If you want a super skinny (folds to 1 ½”), stepstool (like the one above) that will fit/hide in a standard 24” kitchen cabinet, you’ll want to go for the Polder 2 Step Stool without Rail. Step up to the top and you’re 17 inches off the floor, perfect to access your upper kitchen cupboards, lightbulbs, and windows. Available for about $30 at Amazon.




Step Stool Hafele

The Hafele Step Stool above is also a great smaller stool. It folds to only 4 inch thick, taking up minimal space. The step stool can be installed in a base toekick or it can be hung on a cabinet side panel with an optional bracket. The step stool also locks in the open position for safety.






Powell Bed Steps – Perfect for graceful country living, the Powell stool in “Antique Cherry” finish has a subtle distressed surface that includes fly spec, cow tail, and rasp surfaces. There are two steps to the top, and the top step includes hidden drawer.



French Today’s Menu is a black and white two-step wooden step stool handcrafted and hand painted by skilled artisans who have a love for their craft and an eye for detail.





The stool above (Little Partners Learning Tower) is a super safe step-stool design for the kitchen and is available at Amazon. A stepstool in the bathroom or the kitchen is great for empowering kids and getting them involved in kitchen life.




The Fantasy Fields Hand Painted Step Stool perfect step stools for growing children! The first features a vintage airplane on a blue and white striped backdrop.




The Winsome wood folding step stool   shown left has two levels for low and high reaches. It is crafted of solid wood with an antique walnut finish.

A similar looking stool you might want to check is Boraam’s Folding Step Stool shown right.

Which step stool suits you best?


Other kitchen stools we love…


See more of our editor’s picks for pantry necessities in our designer resources.

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