Closets come in all shapes and sizes. So, when I’m designing closets that have a height advantage, I like to optimize the verticality of the space, especially if there are other capacity constraints. That means pieces of a client’s wardrobe can be six, seven, eight or more feet high off the ground. To help clients reach their items that hover high above their heads, I bring in one of my favorite closet accessories -- a step stool! Traditionally, step stools are considered pedestrian and unexciting; but, but over the years I’ve found some pretty sexy stools in a variety of aesthetics that do their job and look good, too! Here are a few of my current favorites.
Tom Dixon Screw Stool -- This clever stool features a cast iron tripod base with a wider footprint for optimal stability, making it great for grabbing a hard-to-reach handbag or sitting to put on shoes.
UZIT Stepladder -- Chic chair meets elegant step stool, making this the ultimate statement-making accessory to accompany a well-designed dressing room.
Ultraslim Aluminum Step Stool 2 Step -- Lightweight, compactable and portable, this stool works as well in the closet as it does in the kitchen.
Dragonette The Social Climber Lucite Step Stool -- Though this is on the pricier side, the stylish stool is as much a piece of art as it is a height-helper!
Ikea BEKVÄM Step Stool -- A good step stool doesn’t need to be complicated and this one proves even a simple stool can fit effortlessly into a designer closet.
Kartell Upper Stool -- Available in a range of colors, and blending form and function, this modern stool elevates a closet (and you!).
Schoolhouse Utility Step Stool -- A small but mighty stool, I appreciate its retro and industrial design, and versatility.
Step stools aren’t the only way to gain elevation in a closet; built-in designs like a pull-out cabinet that you can stand on or concealed space for a stool offer a leg up on standard closet cabinetry!