The range of stairlift types
Although there are lots of different types of stairlift available, most fall into two main categories: straight and curved. The latter are the more bespoke, as the stairlift rail has to be made to fit around the shape of your stairs. This makes them more expensive and means you’re unlikely to find a reconditioned stairlift suitable for your particular curved staircase.
If you have a straight staircase it should be quite a straighforward process to instal a stairlift running along a straight rail.
Most come with a seat (either fixed or drop-down).
Note – narrow staircases may be an issue, doors at either end could be obstructive.
Seated stairlifts for curved staircases
For stairlifts that need to go around a corner you need a Curved stairlift.
These are more expensive as they required bespoke curved rail units fitting.
These are used for narrow staircases with there is no room for a seat.
These take you from one floor to the next through a hold made in the ceiling.
These are more common for wheelchair users who are not able to transfer safely to a stairlift seat.
The brands of stairlifts
Below are a list of stairlifts we use.
The Homeglide Straight Stairlift: a stairlift suitable for straight staircases.
The Homeglide Extra: our most popular stairlift, with a range of options to tailor to your specific needs.
The Flow 2 and Flow X: a stair lift used on extra narrow curved staircases.
Handicare 1100: suitable for straight staircases, with friction drive and no rack and pinion meaning no grease required.
2000: suitable for curved staircase and a twin tube rail.
Brooks T700 Superglide 130: suitable for straight staircases.
OTO: The two lifts OTO make are for a staircase with bends.
OTO Module Air: a single tube rail system.
The OTO Two: a twin tube rail system.