A Rhode-Island-based company called Hideaway Solutions has designed the Step 180, a clever and compact stepladder that seamlessly integrates into one's kitchen:
The seemingly simple device has a host of well-thought-out features:
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Amazingly, it only takes up 1.5 inches of width within your base cabinets.
It might be a pain to retro-fit, but for the height-challenged among you who are currently renovating your kitchen or planning a new one from scratch, this looks like a must-have.