Types of Stairlift

If you struggle to walk up the stairs then a stairlift may be the right solution for you. Navigating the world of stairlift companies can be a daunting task, so having some knowledge before you start will make you feel more confident to ask the right questions. If you keep scrolling down this page you’ll find our simple 1,2,3 guide to the different types of stairlift, as well as links to our stairlift partner, who we recommend because you’ll get the best possible products and service, with no pressure selling guaranteed. 

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There are three main types of stairlift and one of them will usually fit the layout of your staircase. As staircases are all different, your stairlift will be tailored to your particular stairway. Many people believe stairlifts are fitted to the wall but, in fact, they fit to your stairs or steps via a track – which means there is minimal work and no need to redecorate! With easy to use controls, in-built safety features and attractive fold-away seats, we are sure you’ll find a design that is right for you and your home. There are even special seating options if you have limited flexibility in your hips, knees and shoulders. If you choose to use our partner you can expect an excellent level of service – and no pressure selling - guaranteed!

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Straight
stairs

If you have straight stairs you will be recommended a straight stairlift. This is the easiest and cheapest design to make and install as there is no bending of metal when making the aluminium track. Your stairlift will include a choice of upholstery designs, an easy-to-use seatbelt, easy controls built into the arm, wall controls, plus a selection of optional extras so you can customise it for your needs.

  • Straight stairlifts can be installed within 3 working days from the time you order, however if you have an emergency need, do talk to our partner they may have stock they can fit the next day
  • It is important to note that there is virtually no resale value for a stairlift, it’s bespoke to your stairs so it’s like a fitted kitchen where resale is limited
2
Curved
stairs

You will be recommended a curved stairlift if you have a staircase or landing that bends. The rails have to be custom made to the correct angles and then fixed to the steps of your staircase. Your stairlift will include a choice of upholstery designs, an easy-to-use seatbelt, easy controls built into the arm, wall controls, plus a selection of optional extras so you can customise it for your needs.

  • Multi storey installations are available, if you need to travel up more than one floor
  • As it is a more complex process to build and fit a curved stairlift, the cost is higher than a straight stairlift
  • The time from order to installation is usually within 10-14 working days
  • It is important to note that there is virtually no resale value for a stairlift, it’s bespoke to your stairs so its like a fitted kitchen where resale is limited
3
Outdoor
stairs

An outdoor stairlift will help you to navigate outside steps more easily. These have been especially designed to withstand the unpredictable British weather all year round! The outdoor rail is straight and can only be fitted to solid concrete, solid wood or metal stairs. It comes with a handy protective cover to keep your stairlift clean and dry when not in use.

  • Suitable for straight staircases only
  • Are usually fitted within 3 days from order
  • It is important to note that there is virtually no resale value for a stairlift, it’s bespoke to your stairs so its like a fitted kitchen where resale is limited