Sliding Pole

McIntire Brass Work’s entry-level Model 19 uses a latching safety gate to prevent the unwary from falling through the floor opening. The company’s more advanced poles include self-opening trap doors—activated by the user’s weight—to provide separation between upper and lower levels.

A refurbished pole—which predates the steel-mesh safety gate—provides the owner of this artist’s studio with a direct route downstairs.

And there's always the benefit of on-the-fly access to the uppermost bookshelves on the way down.

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