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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Staircase in a Closet

Our family has a cabin in the Coquihala Valley of British Columbia.  It's a very basic one room design with a loft.  As kids, we got to sleep in the loft which, for a 7 year old, was about as cool as you could get.

At first, the only way up to the loft was a step ladder which we had to balance on top of while hoisting ourselves up into the attic.  Was it safe?  Nope.  But we did it every night until we installed a cheap folding staircase from Sears which I swear was more dangerous than the stepladder.

Today, 35 years later, we have a proper staircase.  Why the delay?  Space.  When the cabin was first built, there wasn't enough of it for a proper staircase.

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It's too bad that EeStairs wasn't around back then.  EeStairs, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a design company that specializes in the design and production of staircases.  Have a look around their site, they offer some beautiful and well designed products.  But what really caught my eye was the 1m² ® staircase.  It's literally a staircase that fits into one square metre, perfect for tight spaces like our cabin.  Just don't ask me to carry a sofa up one of them.

Good news!  EeStairs has distributors in North America.  

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