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Small Step

Small Step

$495

26"w x 15"d x 27"h  (exterior)
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This updated version of the classic Japanese Step Chest makes an unconventional end table and a wonderful conversation piece.

Versatile and unusual, the Small Step Chest has plenty of different-sized storage compartments, and the steps themselves make excellent display areas.

Its sliding doors and pull-out drawers are accessible from both sides, making it one of our most multifaceted end tables.

Available in Elm or Gingko wood, with your choice of stain and hardware.

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History of the Step Chest

The most recognizable piece of Japanese furniture is the Kaidan Dansu or Step Chest. It first appeared in the late 1700s in stores and homes with loft spaces.

The idea was simple -- why not have a staircase that could actually act as storage space as well?

These giant pieces (usually about 7 ft. high) would be constructed by the local carpenter who would build it to the owner’s specifications.

The chests would usually consist of a combination of sliding doors and drawers and different-sized storage spaces.

Then the next clever idea was spawned. Since the government at that time taxed owners on their livable floor space, someone thought of making the step chest in pieces.

The idea was be that when the tax inspector came around, you would simply disassemble your staircase and claim that your loft was only storage and had no permanent access. This worked for a while until, predictably, that loophole was closed.

These antique step chests remain one of the most unique and collectable pieces of Japanese furniture. Because of this, prices remain very high and availability is limited.

 

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