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Polder Slim Folding Step Stool

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Polder Slim Folding Step Stool


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Two wide, deep, heavy-duty steel steps provide secure footing and stability in our Slim Folding Step Stool. An integrated handle makes it easy to carry. It folds to a 1-1/4" width for compact storage in a closet, pantry, or between the washer and dryer.

  • Made from steel
  • Supports up to 225 pounds of evenly distributed weight



  • 19-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 18" h

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 76 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Very frustrating to open That red latch that opens the ladder has always been the issue. First of all is just difficult to use and open. Second, I'm left handed and the latch is on the right, meaning it takes extra care and concentration to open. It "sticks" a lot and you have to fiddle with it, which made me return it today. It's stable once open and is a quality product, but it's not recommended because of the difficulty opening it! This issue has been going on since I bought it two years ago until now. I should have returned it sooner, but at least I got store credit now, thanks to The Container Store's return policy! May 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to tuck away I love this little step stool, it folds up so small I can just tuck it away in my closet. It's really light and easy to carry so I can use it all over the house. It's very sturdy and automatically locks in place when you open it. Definitely worth the money. April 29, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fits the need I wanted a combination folding step stool and folding seat (to tie my shoes). This step stool meets my need. The stool easily props against a wall or my Elfa drawer system and it takes little space. In fact, I don't even notice it. I must have purchased one with a not-so-easy-to unlock-release button. It takes two hands to fold it and doesn't always release with a simple push of the button. I purchased the stool before reading the reviews so I'll try the display one at my store. I still think it's the right solution for me so if it's a flaw with the stool I purchased, I'm confident The Container Store will make it right. They always do. March 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by closes fine; really stable Several reviewers noted that their ladder was quite difficult to close; a big concern but, I took a chance anyway since the step stool was otherwise the best solution I'd found for my purpose. Happily, mine closes quickly & easily. I lift the ladder, push down on the back of button labeled "press" and gently push the rear legs against my own leg. The close is smooth and quick. I'm so glad because ... In use, this step stool is especially stable and steady. All four feet sit squarely on the floor & hold well. I can move around on the top step and there is no wiggle, noises, or movement between the parts. It has a low and slim profile for storing and is easy to move around. It really is a "great" step stool. February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Step Stool This is a great Step Stool . Perfect height, folds compactly to put away. It is a little bit tricky to open and close though - that is why I gave it 4 and not 5 stars February 2, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by too heavy I ordered this online but when I went to the store to pick up, it turned out to be more true to the "heavy duty" description than the "slim folding" that I had in mind. I was looking for something that would be compact and light weight to be kept around in the kitchen and could be easily opened up to reach top shelves. This would not serve that purpose. January 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Almost there Overall I think this stool is good. It is definitely slim, but the smoothness from open to close is a bit tricky and sometimes sticky. I'd love for it to simply ease open and closed. June 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Step Stool This two step stool is perfect for reaching high shelves in the kitchen. The slim folding feature allows it to fit between my washing machine and refrigerator for easy access that is hidden from view. April 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect size Great price for a great step stool. Takes up very little space and I can reach the top shelf in my pantry with it. April 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great little ladder I love this little ladder. I'm short and always needing an extra step. This ladder is perfect - I keep it in my closet and can always reach the top shelf. I love how it takes up almost no space. Folding it was a little bit tricky at first, but totally worth it. April 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by step stool Great step stool. Had to learn how to close it, a lil tricky, but thats probably just me. Closes flat so I can stash it in my vertical cabinet for easy access. I can reach the top shelves easily in my kitchen with this stool. love it. April 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by good but seriously flawed I've owned about 6 of these stools for my home and for professional use as a location photographer. Its the best most portable stool I've ever found but it really needs to be improved in important ways. The red catch button is extremely sticky and tricky to operate, the carry handle always breaks after a couple months of just light use and the rubber feet often come off and go missing. Despite bringing these problems to the Container Store's and the manufacture's attention nothing changes over the years. Maybe this review will help. April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Durable step stool Great step stool. Easy to open and close. Closes flat so can be stashed anywhere. Very stable. I buy it for all of my clients. I buy one for every room that has high storage. That way you never have to go looking for a ladder. March 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Space Saving Step Stool We have a larger and sturdier folding step stool from The Container Store already but I needed one for just my office. I didn't want a huge bulky thing so I opted for this smaller one. It does what it needs to do and takes up very little room when folded up. I found it a little difficult to close when I first got it. There is a red plastic cap that you have to press in a certain way plus pull on a strap at the same time to close. Our other step stool folds away by pulling on one small lever. I think it was really stiff when I first tried it out. It seems to close up a lot quicker now. Still requires a little finesse though. It says the max weight is 225lb but I'm not sure how well it would hold up to the max weight for a long period of time. I am 118lbs and I find it just sturdy enough for me. Also, the bottom edge underneath is sharp metal (where the metal folds under). Its not rounded off or smoothed out. Also the place where it folds on the side could be an easy place to catch your finger. You definitely have to follow the directions to a T when folding it up. And keep all this in mind if you have little ones. For quick use well under the max weight, I say this works great. February 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great stepstool Love this stepstool. It's the perfect height for reaching tall kitchen cabinets. And it stores perfectly in a narrow kitchen cabinet (it's about 22" high x 1.5" wide when folded). Easy to fold up, too. November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by STEP ON IT What's there to say.....It's a step stool. I step on it and I can reach stuff I couldn't before. October 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Exactly what I wanted! I had been looking for a step stool that was preferably made of metal, small but sturdy and without the usual tall handle. All I saw were the plastic one steps. I couldn't believe it when I found this while roaming through the store for the very first time. My mouth dropped and I actually said to myself, OMG! I bought it right away and I love it. It's so easy to use. October 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sturdy stool... almost too sturdy! Got this stool for my master bedroom closet, as we have some pretty high shelves in there that I regularly need access to... This is an awesome, sturdy stool at a great price. It is perfect for my intended purpose, especially since it has two steps-- and, when it folds up, it requires verrrry little storage space (about the size of half a Greater Houston Area phone book). This stool is SO sturdy, sometimes it's difficult to collapse when you're done using it. (Directions are simply stated and firmly attached to the underside of the lowest step-- duh!) So, I'm sure I'll keep this for YEARS to come-- much like everything else I've ever bought from Container Store, it's built to last! September 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this step stool This is an excellent step stool. It is very sturdy. It folds up easily and takes up a minimual amount of room. September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by The step stool is compact, sturdy and lightweight. August 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy Fold Stool My daughter needed an easy stool for her closet in order to reach items that were out of arm's reach. This was a good product with a good price. August 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by wonderful tiny step stool with punch I held my breath whenever I purchased this product due to the previous reviewers dislike of the release button being too difficult to activate. My step stool must have been redesigned because the red release button works wonderfully! Also, I purchased this because the step stool I bought at a different store had a large handle, and my children couldn't quite figure out where to stand, because if you think about it, do you stand behind the huge handle, or try to stand on the platform/top step in front of the handle. I am glad the container store design puts the handle on the side of the platform/top step to utilize the entire surface area for standing. My kids haven't had any trouble using this and I feel it is much safer than the "typical" step stool. I really like using it too. August 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by this is a great little stool! I love this stool because it is so sturdy and folds up to only like a 1 3/4 inch. It fits in the narrow opening by the fridge. August 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Works good I like the slimness of it BUT having a hard time getting it down.. It holds me and is sturdy.. I feel safe when on it.. July 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Reliable step stool This step stool honestly just happened to be bought because we didn't have one and saw it while browsing, but I love how sturdy it feels. And obviously it helps me get up in places I cannot easily reach. It is tricky to close, the red button really doesn't fully release, but once you get the hang of how to close it it's not a problem. If I could explain I would, but at least I know it won't close on me! July 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by sturdy boost This fabulously sturdy stepstool helps me everywhere around my home. It's slim profile allows me to stow it away easily and I love the rubber grips on the step surface. Well worth the cost. I know this one will last for decades. June 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Absolute Best This is the absolute best step stool ever! We own 2 - one for in the house, one for the garage and gave one to our granddaughter for Christmas when we saw it was on her list. We have the chrome stools because I wasn't sure about chipping of the white finish. You won't regret this purchase. March 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great, handy, sturdy! Great little step stool. I'm 5'6. Being a midget isn't so fun sooo... now I can easily reach the top of high cabinets. Ta da! Seriously though, I've had mine for years. It's stores away very skinny and fits into small places. March 18, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Difficult to close This is a good size and does fold very slim for storage, but it is very difficult to close. The red button you are supposed to use to close doesn't work at all. To close you have to actually move the metal connection latch with your fingers which could very easily lead to pinched fingers. I will be returning this item. March 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by a must have for the closet This step stool is fabulous. I bought it for my new elfa closet since I know have shelves up to the top. It's lightweight, slides into the closet and doesn't take up space and it supports all of my 185 pounds! I love it. Oh yes, very ez to open and close. March 10, 2013
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Community Q&A

When open, how high is the top step from the ground?

Asked by: JTaylor
measured 17 3/8"
Answered by: ZoeS
Date published: 2015-06-27

When folded, how tall is the ladder?

I need to determine if it will fit in the necessary space when it is not open.
Asked by: LadderQ
22" high exactly when closed also, 19 5/8" wide @ very widest point between the front rubber feet
Answered by: ZoeS
Date published: 2015-03-14

when folded, how wide is the folded stool?

I'm trying to find out how much horizontal space I need to store the folded stool. Thanks for any help.
Asked by: Janna
It folds to a 1-1/4" width for compact storage.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2016-09-14

How much does the step stool weigh?

Need something lightweight. What is the weight on this stool?
Asked by: TexasCustomer10
This Step Stool weighs 8.42 pounds.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2017-03-14
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