Midcentury Ladderax Two Bay Modular Shelf System in White
Truly versatile pieces of furniture, British maker, Staples, made modular Ladderax storage systems, incorporating shelves, desks, bookcases, corner units, drawers and more. These different elements can be configured in whatever way suits. This two-bay shelving system is in very good order indeed and also features the more desirable but less common, white metal ladder uprights. It incorporates three cabinets (two with glass, sliding doors and one with a wooden sliding door), a large cupboard with a pull-down door, an original white-fronted drawer and a book shelf. Move the shelves and cabinets around to suit your requirements and use this for books, plants and storage, showing off your favourite homewares and more. This piece of classic, vintage midcentury furniture would work in any room in the modern home from lounge to bedroom to kitchen, creating a high-impact, statement feature. More often than not, the component parts of original Ladderax systems are bashed and scratched with use but this particular set is in excellent vintage order.
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This is an original, vintage modular piece that is ‘sold as seen’. It is in very good – excellent, used condition. It has been thoroughly cleaned and the teak shelves and cabinets polished with natural beeswax polish. The full inventory for this modular shelving system is:
3 x Tall White Ladder Uprights (H: 201cm / D: 36cm)
1 x Large Glass Front Cabinet (W: 89cm / H: 47cm / D: 35.5cm)
1 x Large Drop Down Writing Cabinet (W: 89cm / H: 40cm / D: 35.5cm)
1 x Drawer (W: 89cm / H: 13cm / D: 35.5cm)
1 x Small Shelf (W: 58.5cm / H: 2cm / D: 35.5cm)
1 x Small Glass Front Cabinets (W: 58.5cm / H: 47cm / D: 35.5cm)
1 x Small Wooden Door Cabinet (W: 58.5cm / H: 47cm / D: 35.5cm)
12 x Metal Support Rods plus screw fittings to secure cabinets onto ladders
In our experience Ladderax systems are often quite heavily worn and marked, because of the nature this multi-purpose, high-use piece of furniture – this set however is in fantastic condition. There are some light surface marks and scuffs here and there but these are minor and in line with its age and function. All glass doors and internal glass shelves are original and in excellent order, and all glass doors slide with ease in their runners. The same goes for the other sliding cupboard. All interior wood is clean and tidy. The shelf is in good order too and the drop-down cabinet is clean and tidy, inside and out as well. This cabinet comes with a working lock and key, and the drop-down hinges move with ease. The large drawer is in excellent order inside and out, and this can be locked with the same key. It protrudes a little further than the other two large cabinets so the top could be used as a desk. The white enamelled, metal ladder uprights have some small paint chips here and there. You could opt to disguise these with a dot of paint but we’ve left them alone as we feel they’re not noticeable. All three sliding door cabinets have the original Ladderax Staples maker’s mark inside. Please do browse all our photos for an accurate sense of condition.
The nature of this modular system means it can be configured in all manner of ways – we would recommend that there are two people on hand during assembly. The uprights are designed to lean against the wall (it’s not freestanding) but you don’t need to secure it to the wall.
H: 201cm / W: 155cm / D: 36cm