House clinic: where can I find library steps?

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Library steps
I’m looking for folding library steps to reach high bookshelves in my study. Any wood is fine but mahogany would be ideal.
RG, High Wycombe.

Restall Brown & Clennell, 020 7627 1298,, makes four-step mahogany library steps with brass detailing at £1,035. A stylish alternative in oak is a set of library steps with wheels, £558, to order from Retrouvius, 020 8960 6060, Biblio steps, in hardwood with a dark stained finish, have lower steps that pull out from beneath a small side table and cost £290 from Oka, 0844 815 7380, Further options are step chairs. The library step chair in mahogany finish, £174, from Artisanti, 0845 259 1410,, and classic step chair, £89.95, from Scotts of Stow, 0844 482 2800,, unfold into steps. I’m sending you images from each company’s website.

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