The Quiet Glide Rolling Library Ladder is a classy way to add functionality to your library, closet, wine cellar, kitchen, pantry, or loft. With the Rolling Ladder, it is all about choice.
Our unique ladder rail system is the only kit on the market that offers solid aluminum rails, not hollow tubes
All our Quiet Glide Rolling Ladder parts are machined or manufactured by American craftsmen - from the metal work to wood work to the steam-bent handrails. If the stock options are not what you are looking for, we have custom options with eleven (11) species of wood that we can cut to match any height up to 10 feet.
Add elegance to your home with our rolling library ladders. Their graceful style and functional design will stand out in any space, and the huge variety of customization options ensures you'll find a perfect fit for your home décor.
Rolling library ladders provide access to otherwise unreachable areas in pantries, walk-in closets, bookshelves, wine cellars, and high kitchen cabinets. Their beauty and functionality makes them an increasingly popular option for almost anywhere in the house, but before placing your order, be sure to understand the dimensions of your space and determine which options will serve you best.
Purchase and Assembly
CSH Quiet Glide is your best option for an easy, yet affordable premium rolling ladder! The easiest way to place an order is through our Ladder Order Form, which lets you customize your own kit that includes everything you need to assemble your ladder (other than the tools). Alternatively, you can choose to browse and purchase our ladder hardware components individually. Either way, you shouldn't have any trouble as long as you're prepared to do some sanding, finishing, and assembly. All you need are the instructions, a few basic tools, and a DIY attitude!
Planning Your Installation
When planning your ladder installation, you’ll need to make sure you have adequate support for rail installation. If you’re installing the ladder to existing cabinetry, you will not need extra support as the cabinet is already anchored to the wall. However, if you plan to affix the rail to a wall with no wood to mount to, extra support is likely needed. Remember, the rail supports not only itself and the ladder, but the person standing on the ladder and the torque created by movement. When stationary or with someone standing on it, the force of the ladder is absorbed by the floor. The extra force created when the ladder is pulled out from the wall or pushed/pulled side to side requires that the ladder mounts are attached to something solid.
Before ordering your ladder, make sure the floor in the room of your planned installation is even. If the rail isn't parallel to the floor, the ladder will get stuck due to raised or sagging stretches of floor. Also keep in mind that the ladder will roll best on hardwood or tile surfaces (and will not damage them due to the non-marring wheels), but will also roll fine on most carpeting.
Storing a standard ladder upright will require seven inches of clearance from the track to the ceiling. If this is not possible, it is possible for you to modify the top of the ladder and gain a little more clearance.
Ladder Kit Options
The ladder height you need will be determined by the location you want to mount the rail. When deciding which ladder height to order, keep in mind that you will need to install the rail at a height of 5.5" less than the total height of your ladder.
Also remember the taller the ladder is, the farther the foot of the ladder will be from the base of the wall, so be sure you have enough space for your ladder application. When not in use though, the QuietGlide ladder features the ability to be stowed flat against the wall to save space.
For more information, see the chart on page 5 of the installation instructions (PDF download available on this page). And keep in mind that if the three standard heights don’t work for you, we can also do custom heights! Please call us at 262-375-7960.
One of the basic decisions to make is whether or not you want a rolling or a non-rolling ladder. Library ladder wheels provide easy lateral movement over just about any flat home surface. Hardwood or tile is ideal. Wheels are available with and without brakes, and in a few different styles to suit your desired look. The non-rolling library ladder uses no wheels or top rolling hardware. These ladders use non-skid feet and hooks that connect to the rail and allows for removability.
Our ladders are available in two styles — the normal/classic kind, and the ladders with built-in handrails for added security. Stocked ladder species are: Red Oak, Maple, Cherry, and Walnut (normal ladders only). If you wish to purchase ladders in other wood species, you may place a custom-order with us.
All ladders are pre-drilled and include cut dados for steps, and arrive unassembled/unfinished (sanded to 120-grit).
Rails are typically sold in 4-foot, 6-foot, and 8-foot sections to accommodate a variety of spans. Curved rails that allow ladders to navigate corners are typically sold with either 90-degree curves or more open 135-degree curves to fit different corner angles. If you are purchasing curved rails, you will need to use top swivel rollers, as they will allow the ladder to follow the rail bends with ease.
Rails must be capped with rail stops to prevent the ladder rollers from coming off the rail. End stops are usually sold in pairs and are available in a variety of styles from simple to more decorative.