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Custom Stairwell Doubles as Handy Bookshelf

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These stairs provide access to a loft room in a tiny apartment as well as a nifty spot to place loads of old paperbacks and CDs. As someone who is getting threats to start getting rid of books on a near daily basis, I can appreciate this.

Another thing that's interesting is that this is the first set of stairs I've seen that has a prescribed way of going up and down them. You're meant to step on the side that sticks out more with the indent allowing the traveling foot to clear it. I think I'd want a handrail if I wanted to prevent any houseguests from plummeting down and slamming into the door at the bottom, though.

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Stairs that double as dressers

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zinc72 (author)2010-08-18

BEYOND EPIC. . . i need to build one. . . if only i had a second floor ( T-T)

titivillus (author)2010-03-21

beautifully done.  I have bookcases built behind my doors made of old oak dressers drawers that I have found on treebelts in my town.  I screw a drawer to the wall, skip a space, fasten another drawer and space till I end with an empty space near the ceiling leaving, of course, enough space to place books on top.  the blank spaces need bookends or if you have enough books (I do) to go wall to wall.  the idea is mindless and anyone with a driver can attach them to the studs in no time at all.  my addiction to books was so out of hand that my wife said don't bring another book into this house unless you have enough bookcases to house them; this works very well and now my attic and cellar walls are lined with this used drawers.
james

OlYeller21 (author)2010-03-03

I'll probably never make something like this (I can't even read) but I just wanted to tell you that I think this is beautiful.  Good work.

ecks51 (author)2009-01-20

It looks to actually be a ladder and not a set of stairs, technically.
Riser > Tread = Ladder
Tread ≥ Riser = Stairs.
Either way it's cool. For those building/remodeling single-story houses this would be a great idea for accessing any attic space, unless you're house has a flat roof, instead of a folding ladder.

surfwizz (author)2008-12-25

Can someone please figure out how to build a set of these and post an instructable?

cory.smith (author)surfwizz2009-01-08

I found a book once at Borders that covered all kinds of crazy innovative ways that they were using every nook and cranny to store stuff in and around their homes. There were even some apartments that had staircases that moved out from the wall and such. I should have bought that book, I know it! All in all, I can't imagine that something like this would be hard to build. It could even be built in a standard stair framework like you would see leading down into a basement. Our basement is finished now, but instead of putting the riser plate directly on the stringer, it would be moved back slightly to allow for storage. Making an extension of the tread plate could be accomplished with a piece of pine bracketed on the stringer and attached to the tread extension. Then stained to match. Cheap and easy. Seems easy enough. I don't have a flight of stairs to build this on, or I would for sure! Let me know if someone decides to actually do it!

11010010110 (author)2008-12-22

wow ! great work ! reminds me of the 36 pc cases which mates and me stacked in a room at school last year and used as storage place ! (and now are on the way to become computers again)

amandab (author)2008-12-20

You lucky thing. We have a one storey house and I am trying to figure out how I can have one of these! (I am from Australia that is why the funny spelling).

theophilus (author)2008-12-18

no muddy shoes

strawberry (author)2008-05-02

that is the coolest bookshelf i've ever seen!

pabloanm (author)2008-02-21

Amazing!!!. Very good work.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-02-20

Awesome! too bad the house I'm building is only one story (except for the garage, which is 6 feet lower)

Patrik (author)2008-02-20

Nice - me want!

Have to agree with the comment by curiouscomputer at Gizmodo:

"the only way to make this more awesome would be to have the steps retract into the shelf, so you have to push a secret button (or pull on a secret book?) to go up/down!" :-)

KentsOkay (author)2008-02-20

Hmm... Useful!

jessyratfink (author)2008-02-20

Oh, wow. I need one of those. All the more reason to build my own house. :D