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Single Vintage Library Ladder Step Item #49388
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7-Pack of Vintage Library Ladder Steps and Spindle
7-Pack of Vintage Library Ladder Steps and Spindle Item #45514
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Rockler Vintage Library Ladder Steps

Achieve a vintage turn-of-the-century look with these cast metal ladder steps—use our Design Wizard to see all the options!
Build your custom rolling ladder!

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Our cast aluminum ladder steps let you achieve a vintage turn-of-the-century look for your library ladder. Durable black finish is a good match for our Rolling Library Ladder Hardware Kit (#42285, sold separately). The 7-pack of steps is enough to build an 8' ladder. If you need a taller ladder, purchase one step (#49388) for each additional foot in height. Cut your own ladder rails from the wood species of your choice, or purchase pre-machined ladder rails in 8', 9' or 10' lengths, in three wood species (e.g. #43720, sold separately).


  • Sturdy cast aluminum steps, based on vintage design
  • Includes all necessary mounting hardware
  • Smooth black finish matches our satin black Rolling Library Ladder Hardware Kit (#42285, sold separately)
Single Vintage Library Ladder Step
(1) Cast Vintage Library Ladder Step
(4) Mounting bolts
(4) Cap nuts

7-Pack of Vintage Library Ladder Steps and Spindle
(7) Cast Vintage Library Ladder Steps
(1) Decorative metal spindle (for top bar only; do NOT use as a step)
(30) Mounting bolts
(28) Cap nuts
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Brand Rockler
Tech Spec Single Vintage Library Ladder Step
  • Step Material: Cast aluminum
  • Step Count: 1
  • Finish: Satin black

7-Pack of Vintage Library Ladder Steps and Spindle
  • Step Material: Cast aluminum
  • Step Count: 7 (additional steps are available separately, #49388)
  • Finish: Satin black
  • Decorative Spindle Length: 16-3/8''
  • Spindle Tenon Diameter: 7/16''
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12 Reviews
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Very satisfied!
Highly recommend this product. We Love the sliding library ladder. Very good quality!
(We had a professional install it, which is why I selected advances for woodworking experience.)
July 23, 2019
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love the ladder
Very sturdy and moves well. Easy to assemble and install. Be carefully what you order, the site is a bit confusing.
Vintage ladder kit with ladder rails and track.
Vintage ladder kit with ladder rails and track.
September 27, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very nice worked very well looks great. Just had to ream hole to get it to fit rails.
Ready for the house!
Ready for the house!
September 16, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Super easy to build with very detailed instructions
Awesome addition to our bookshelves. Great step by step instructions
Awesome addition to our bookshelves. Great step by step instructions
September 5, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works Well
I was not sure how well this would work with the pipe shelving but it worked well and operates very smoothly.
Library ladder with pipe shelving.
Library ladder with pipe shelving.
February 14, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler Vintage Rolling Ladder
Easy to assemble -- good the Oak wood came unfinished which allowed proper staining to match the rest of of the bookshelf. We didn't go with the Rocker offered track as it was a bit 'plain' for us, but 1" black gas pipe with flanges and right angles at each end worked great and gave that look we wanted. Only drawback (or rather lack of offering) is there is no 'vintage' safety wheels' -- the ones that break when you step on the first rung and pop out to roll when you're off the ladder. Good quality, impressed with the proper hardware for step mounting. Look forward to many years of stability - now if we can only keep our 6-year old from thinking it's a toy :|
Rockler Vintage Rolling Library Ladder on a new custom made bookshelf/entertainment area.
Rockler Vintage Rolling Library Ladder on a new custom made bookshelf/entertainment area.
February 2, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I bought the kits to build my own ladder, cut and finished my own side rails, and put it all together. I managed to bust one of the wheel brackets during application. I made it clear that it was likely my doing and they still replaced the item so that I could finish the project without added expense. Thank you as your customer care is not too common these days!
January 18, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
Great looking ladder and works as you would expect it to. Easy to install and fast delivery.
January 11, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent choice.
I anticipated and ladder would be labor-intensive until I discovered these ladder treads. All I had to do is drill holes and attach with Screws.
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May 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
has been on back order for months, check if available before purchase
September 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Metal steps vs wood
Jan D on Jun 25, 2018
Love the black metal steps.
Mary S on Apr 5, 2018
Metal steps vs wood
Jan D on Jun 25, 2018
Great steps, I've used them before. Please sell the other library ladder hardware separately instead of the kit. Thanks!
Thomas B on May 19, 2018
Love the black metal steps.
Mary S on Apr 5, 2018
Good quality
John B on Feb 13, 2018
Matches our color scheme
Patricia B on Aug 22, 2017
Online Google Search and Carpenter. Thank you
Anthony D on Aug 14, 2017
bought set and needed one more step
Cenith w on Jul 10, 2017
Classic Elegance
Robert S. B on Jul 2, 2017
Classic look-- fun too!!
Mark M on Jun 24, 2017
Had floor-ceiling bookcases installed and the ceiling height is 12 ft. I needed a ladder to reach the upper shelves.
Hank W on Apr 21, 2017
The red oak will look great contrasting against our birch floors.
Matthew M on Apr 16, 2017
Alot less expensive to build yourself, then have custom built, or buy pre built. Used these kits before and they are top qaulity
Timothy S on Mar 24, 2017
Pre-cut pieces will simplify the project
Allan B on Feb 23, 2017
Good reputation, best fit my my old house.
Henry S on Feb 23, 2017
The black finish was the best match for my knotty Alder. Looking forward to the complete project.
Lucille C on Feb 21, 2017
Having a library ladder adds a classic and classy element to your home. Having one in satin black only emphasizes this classic/y look.
James D on Dec 30, 2016
Love the vintage black steps and hardware with the oak!
Susan H on Dec 7, 2016
Great price; reputable company.
Lynne F on Nov 30, 2016
Made a nice custom movable ladder for an entry into a small loft inside a custom house.Used this ladder hardware kit and made custom side rails ,with hand hole cutouts, out of hemlock!
Casey B on Sep 21, 2016
Present for Daughter & Son in law they picked.
Susan H on Sep 6, 2016
to go with a set of bookcases we are having custom built for our library
Lisa T on Aug 3, 2016
Based on Price
Chris D on Apr 11, 2016
looks cool
Ed F on Mar 30, 2016
Just looks super cool!!!!!
james s on Mar 15, 2016
we love the look - it fits our 100 year old house perfectly!
Claude H on Jan 22, 2016
Looks nice and I could get all the parts from one place.
WILLIAM S on Nov 28, 2015
To go with the dark stained mahogany and we are using vintage style legs on the cabinets.
Russell P on Sep 22, 2015
cost efficient and great looking
Laura K on Aug 8, 2015
Great look to this ladder system, plus I have new unstained maple bookshelves as well so I can stain it the same color for a uniform look. Cant wait to add this to my library!!
Thomas C S on Jun 5, 2015
Great steps, I've used them before. Please sell the other library ladder hardware separately instead of the kit. Thanks!
Thomas B on May 19, 2018
Good quality
John B on Feb 13, 2018
The distance from the floor to the top of the landing is 82"; can I use an 8 foot ladder?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry no, these ladders are not suitable for loft access type situations.
How far does a ladder extend from the bottom of the cabinets?
Keath G on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Ladders extend out 25 percent of their height.
does the ladder push in when not in use (if you raise ladder up to move closer to wall will this work or will it lift off track)?
james l on Jun 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The top connectors to the rail slide up and down. As you move the ladder in, they slide down so the ladder does not come off the rail. The build design sets the steps at the right angle so that when the connector slides all the way up, the ladder angle puts the steps horizontal. You can estimate other lengths of rail height using what they give you, or if you are into the math, you can set up a spreadsheet to tell you everything for any height. I did the latter on my design. It worked out great. Tip: the step screws are tight into the wood. You should clamp the two rails together, use a tool to ensure the drill is perpendicular to the rail, and drill both rails at the same time. Otherwise, the ladder will twist on you like mine did. Had to enlarge multiple holes which is not good. Am going to redo the rails.
I assembled the vintage library ladder and the brackets won't slide. Any suggestions?
David A on Jan 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: David: I installed the library ladder for a loft at my cottage. It sits flat against the wall and when used slides forward 18 to 24 inches so that their is enough angle to climb. We don't really slide it horizontally. Didn't have any difficulty with the brackets. Are the wooden sides to the latter stopping the brackets from sliding?
I have a 11 ft room across and see the track comes in 12 ft. Can I cut the track down to the size I need?
Frank M on Jan 19, 2016
Yes, you can cut the track at the size you need.
We have a hardwood floor. Do the wheels wear down the floor?
Heidi on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I installed the ladder on oiled hardwood and haven't noticed the slightest bit of ware to the floors after one year.
How wide is the ladder?
Darin H on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The steps are 14.5 long, which makes the ladder on either end that wide. I find it has ample room for me and I'm an average size 12 woman. I do recommend getting the locking wheels, as it can move and be a bit wobbly when coming down from the very top.
what is the size of the Vintage treads
Glenn B on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The dimensions of the cast aluminum step is 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 14 5/8
Do the hooks scratch the bar when they slide horizontally?
Andrea P on Jan 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've had mine for about a year and a half and the scratches that I can see are not very noticeable (in fact, I didn't notice them at all until this question peaked my curiosity and I had to check!). The scratches that are there on mine are very thin, and so high up that you really have to be standing on the ladder to even see them. The ladder actually glides very smoothly on the rails. I wouldn't move it while anyone was on it though.
I had a guy build this ladder for me, but I almost fall off when I climb it as it moves. Is there different feet/wheels I can get that lower to the floor when I'm on the ladder and that stabilizes the ladder so it doesn't move?
Fred K on May 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Fred: I installed my ladder at my cottage to give access to a bedroom loft. Didn't really need the ladder to slide along the rail, just needed it to lay flat against the wall and then pull forward when using it. I didn't put the wheels on the bottom (just put some felt padding under the legs so that it doesn't scratch the hardwood floor as it is not sliding horizontally so that may be why the ladder is stable. I can send you a picture but not sure how to do it on this website!

Greg D
My track height will be 96 inches exactly. How long does the ladder need to be (a little longer than the 95 5/8 inches shown for a 93 3/4 inch track height?)?
Sean B on Jan 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This ladder kit can be adjusted to any desired track height. I would used the longer measurements for ladder height as you can trim it down later if needed during installation.
I am using this for a closet and the track height I can take is specifically at about 83". I see that the shortest 8 foot ladder is used for a track height of 93". Can I still use it?
Wen N on Nov 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi--You should be able to just leave one step off cutting the side rails shorter. If predrilled ladder set, you can always re-drill the holes after cutting bottom off. Hope that helps. KA
How wide are the wheels? Overall width, including both wheels?
LORI W on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Lori, Here is the info you asked for. When you build the ladder to their specs using 3/4 inch wood the total width of the ladder with wheels is 26". I would also recommend that if you do purchase this kit on the inside of each ladder rung you install a drop down door stop on each side so the ladder doesn't take off when you are on it.
Good Luck
Where can I purchase the rails on the ladder that is shown in one of the customer gallery pictures? I installed my ladder as access to a lofted sleeping area. I'd like to have the rails for added safety.
scotty j on Jul 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The hand rails shown in the gallery are not available from Rockler. They appear to have been custom fabricated for that application.
How deep is the step?
connie g on May 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The dimensions of the cast aluminum step is 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 14 5/8
if you want the ladder to be on 2 walls that are connected - can you buy one ladder with tracks on both walls and lift ladder off one track to put on the other track?
janice g on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The top hooks extend and contract to allow the ladder to sit at various angles including vertical. Once in the vertical position, the ladder can be lifted off the rail and moved to another location.
Can the wood be stained?
Karen C on Nov 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You provide the wood. It is only the metal parts that come with the kit. So yes you can stain the wood.
Does the Ladder Hardware Kit, Hook Style (#42285) kit have the same items as theVintage Ladder Kit (#45514) kit? Or would I have to purchase both?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I ordered both without duplicate
The vintage ladder kit has only the steps for the ladder.
How far does the ladder extend from the wall at the middle and base? How much clearance do we need to allow for around lower cabinets?
Watson M on May 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: See the technical download on the websites info re library ladder.
It depends on your specific cabinetS
How far out from base does a 9 foot ladder extend?
diana m on Jul 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The ladder is 25” away from the bookcase.
Are the steps slippery? or is there a textured finish or something to prevent slipping?
Kirk M on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are not textured, but for regular use they do not seem slippery. I would not use them in a damp area or outside however as the finish is smooth and might be slippery if wet.
What are the dimensions please? Length and width.
Wesley on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The step is 14-5/8" long by 4-7/8 wide.
will this roll on carpet?
MIkela R on Feb 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would think so Mikela. I have only used it on hardwood floors, but the wheels run smooth. My concern on carpet would be wearing out the carpet if it was used frequently. -- Regards
How much support does the ladder require as far as closet shelving?
Rick M on Oct 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If your climbing all the way up it ..I'd build it supports to be stronger than your weight plus whatever objects that your hauling up and down the ladder.
The slope of the ladder is 25% of height. How far out from the cabinets do the brackets position the ladder at the top?
John W on Oct 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The back edge of the ladder would be approximately 4 inches from the wall when the bracket is riding on the track.
I want my ladder to run straight up and down by the lower cabinets and then angle to watch the to runner pole. Will this kit work with that type ladder?
Vicki H on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The ladder stringers are prepped so that the steps are positioned on an angle so you could keep the ladder stored vertically but you cannot climb it that way
What is the diameter of the track?
Jonas K on Oct 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The track diameter is 1-1/4"
will your track turn corners?
donald m on Jan 15, 2016
are all components in this kit metal?
Holly L on Aug 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Every thing except the wheels.
How do I order just the bar?
I already have the ladder.
Susan H on Oct 24, 2017
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