First time we’ve had a Ladderax drop-leaf dining table
Some time in the late 1960s Staples Ladderax introduced a small but well thought out dining table . They don’t come up for sale very often as very few were bought back in the day . The table is designed to sit between standard width units when not in use , and was obviously for those in smaller homes .
Possibly not the smartest dining table you will see , but it was extremely well thought out as even though it’s really quite small it was designed to take 4 or even 6 seats . An original Ladderax catalogue describes it as ” The table top is hardwood veneered teak and the special steel frame is recessed to avoid obstructing seated persons ” . We’ve seen one person online claiming it would even seat 8 , but we can’t see how this is possible !
We have a 1974 catalogue with price-list and the table was then priced at £45.80 including VAT at the then low rate of only 10% . An online inflation calculator puts that at around £540 in today’s money , so not a cheap piece in its day .
The matching dining or desk chairs also don’t come up for sale that often . They had a tan leather hide slung usually , but black was also available . We have 1 chair , and that is the only one we’ve had the chance to buy , but like the tables they do turn up from time to time on Ebay and in auctions . Neither the tables nor the chairs are labelled so it may be that some will come for sale without the seller knowing they’re Ladderax .
The tables and chairs were available in black , white , bronze or even grey enamelled steel . However they’re virtually always seen in black . It will be possible to have the bases re-done professionally .
The chairs were available with or without arms , and cost £21.40 without and £25.85 with , or in todays terms about £250 and £300 each . This was definitely not cheap and furniture , it was style at a price .