D R Services helps to utilise underused storage space
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In victorian buildings with tall ceilings, there is often underused storage space above head height.
But access to these spaces can be difficult.
One solution is the use of library ladders made of steel (the material of choice as aluminium is often too bulky and inconvenient for most premises), which are distributed by D R Services.
“We came across a German company producing art in stainless steel,” said Julie Jarvis, a director of D R Services.
“This company also makes ladders for libraries.”
The library ladders are fixed at the top and not the base.
At the bottom, they have articulated feet so that they can stand comfortably at whatever angle the ladder is sitting.
The company has recently completed a project at a shoe shop in an arch near Covent Garden, London.
The shop had no stock room and so wanted to make maximum use of the above head space.
The stock boxes were used as part of the design of the display area and were stacked up to a height of 5m.
However, the staff had to be able to safely access those boxes.
Julie Jarvis explained: “These ladders are attached on sliding gear to a track that runs along the wall.
“They cannot slip and they can only extend by 60mm.
“This is not much, but it actually brings the angle of the ladder out to 10°, which is a safe and comfortable angle to use the ladder.
“When it’s not in use it gets put back, flush, against the wall so it’s not a tripping hazard.”
D R Services has also worked on a product for the Rothschild Library which involved a 4m high ladder system that goes round corners on one track and has its own safety rails.
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