The Iford Library Step Chair


(5 customer reviews)

As featured in Homes & Antiques, the Iford Library Step Chair is Charlie’s contemporary take on the mid-18th century metamorphic library steps.

  • An original design, handmade in solid wood by Charlie in his UK workshop
  • Available in ash, oak or walnut
  • Handstamped with CC maker logo, date and edition number
  • Free UK delivery (allow 8 – 10 weeks)
  • International shipping also available
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Multi-functional, space-saving and intriguingly classified as ‘mechanical furniture’, in a modern-day setting this step chair is becoming increasingly popular as a set of kitchen steps, whilst also providing that extra dinner chair when needed.

After handcrafting each step chair to order, it is then finished with three coats of a specialist oil. Before oiling, each piece is hand stamped with a Charlie Caffyn maker logo, the date and a unique product number to personalise your piece for generations to come. It is then carefully packed and sent free of charge by courier to customers in the UK.

The Iford Library Step Chair comes in the following wood types:

Cherry wood is also available upon request, please get in touch to discuss options.

Read more about wood types here.

Height: 85cm, Width: 36cm Depth: 52cm (As Steps)
Height: 85cm, Width: 36cm Depth: 43cm Seat Height: 43cm (As Chair)

Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for delivery.

Price includes delivery to UK (international shipping also available)

Additional information

Dimensions 48 × 37 × 48 cm
Select Wood Type

American Oak, Ash, Cherry, European Oak, Maple, Oak, Walnut

5 reviews for The Iford Library Step Chair

  1. M & V Guiry

    We saw the step chair in the LRB. Thought it looked right for our purposes but wanted to see the actual step chair. Wondered about Bradford on Avon: worth a drive to visit Charlie? After a gander on the internet we ended up booking a week there. Phoned Charlie, who very kindly picked us up from our holiday cottage and brought us to his house and workshop. Yep, the chair was exactly what we had been looking for. After an introduction to his daft dog and a coffee we discussed the details and lo the step chair arrived before Xmas. The aluminum stepladder it replaces now languishes in the garage.

  2. M Runcie (verified owner)

    This is an elegant simple, Shaker- style chair, reminiscent of old church pew chairs in design, ideal for a bedroom ,kitchen study , playroom or hall, with the wonderful bonus of turning itself into safe and useful set of steps . We love ours in ash wood.

  3. Pete Scheibner

    I received the chair this past week which was shipped across the pond to New York – it’s just what I wanted. Wonderful!

    Once I get my book case set up I’ll be able to reach the top shelf and we have high cabinets above refrigerator that allows me to reach can goods and food stuff that are in the back reaches.

    It was worth the wait. Many thanks. Glad that I saw your ad in the London Review of Books.

  4. Sadie Mauries

    I recently received my ash Iford Library Step Chair. It is simply a beautiful product made with skill, love and care. Charlie also offers a great service, dealing attentively and quickly to any queries you may have.
    I highly recommend them.
    Thanks Charlie!

  5. Lisa (verified owner)

    I just received the Iford Library Step Chair. It is beautiful and one of the coolest pieces of furniture I have seen. The communication with Charlie (I live in the states) was amazing. He gave updates as he was building it. If I ever get the opportunity, I will order from Charlie again.

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