Antique bed steps and Antique Library Steps were a Victorian invention usually with a dual purpose. In the bedroom, as beds were quite tall with large stuffed mattresses, you would need these steps to climb into bed. Quite often they would have a lift up lid with a concealed commode built into them. They were also used for the help to reach top shelf on a large Victorian bookcase in a library. Each step would usually have a moulded edge with tooled leather insert for extra grip when climbing on them. On library steps, the central step pulls out and has a hinged lid which when opened reveals a useful storage area rather than a commode. Both types of antique steps would stand on four turned feet and be built using Mahogany timbers. Have a look below at some of the examples we currently have for sale along with a few previous examples we have had in stock.