if you struggle going up the stairs it could be you need a stairlift installed. Here we explore what the different types of stairlift are and how you can decide the best one for you.
If you are looking to get a new stairlift installed in your home, or one to replace an old one that you might have had, the market can feel like a daunting place. With so many different stairlifts out there, you could be left wondering just which is the best option for you. But while it might seem there are a large number of stairlifts on the market, the majority of these fall into the category of either curved or straight. Here we take a look at the main differences between the two and give some tips on how to choose your next stairlift.
What is a stairlift?
Simply put, a stairlift is a mechanical device that helps those with difficulty getting around up and downstairs. A rail is usually mounted to the treads of the stairs where a chair will be attached. From here, users can sit on the chair and safely be manoeuvred between the floors of their home. Stairlifts can help those with limited mobility or disabilities to get around. They can also help you avoid any potential accidents such as trips or falls occurring. Stairlifts can be equipped with a range of features such as call stations, adjustable seat heights, folding steps for ease of access and a seat belt for additional safety.
What to consider when purchasing a stairlift
When you are looking to purchase a stairlift, some of the main things you will want to consider include:
– Your budget and how much you want to spend
– The number of stairs and flights of stairs you have
– The location of the stairs and if there’s anything near the top or bottom that could cause an obstruction
– How easy the stairlift is to use and operate
– How comfortable the chair is to sit on and if you want it to come with any additional features
– Whether you want to purchase a new or second-hand stairlift
What are the main types of stairlift?
A straight stairlift
If your stairs are a straight line, this is where you would only require a straight stairlift. Designed to adapt your home and make it much easier to get around, your stairlift will be attached via a rail and will travel up and down the stairs in a straight line. All of our stairlifts here at Premier are quality checked and installed by our own Premier Community Engineers. This will give you complete peace of mind your stairlift is safe and secure.
A curved stairlift
If your stairs are curved or if you handle multiple tiers of stairs that involve going around a corner, a curved stairlift is the best option for you. Curved stairlifts can be a bit more expensive than straight ones. This is due to the fact it needs to be made to measure and to cater for the structural features of the property. Stairlifts can span over multiple floors, serving the same purpose as a lift but being much more cost and space-effective. You could travel up from the ground floor to the second floor, for example, without having to get up and navigate the space on foot.
These are the two main types of stairlift, though a number of different lifts fall under these categories. Be sure to do your research into the different specifications to find one that matches your needs. For more information or to find out about our range of stairlifts, please get in touch with us today.