Andy Roberts
26th October 2020

Getting a Stairlift Fitted in Your Home

You’ve decided to get a stairlift, now it’s a time to decide which one is perfect for you.

Fundamentally, why do you need a stairlift? Does going up and down the stairs feel like a herculean task? Is it due to limited mobility, breathlessness or lack of stability? We’ll help you identify the “why” to help pinpoint and choose the right product options for you.

Stairlifts are easy to use; once you get the hang of the operation, it’s literally smooth gliding from there on up. Smoothness and comfort are the top two descriptions of a stairlift especially our Acorn 130 Superglide straight stairlift.

Importantly, with a stairlift independence is restored. Although most of the time stairlifts are purchased by and for seniors with mobility issues, other people in the household can benefit from them. The long-term nature of the installation is beneficial for those recovering from an injury or illness. It can also be fun to have one in your home, especially for little ones who will look forward to visiting and having a ‘ride’.

man by stairlift

As a stairlift is a life purchase, understandably there can be a lot of questions. Which is the best stairlift for me? Do stairlifts need servicing? Can stairlifts go around corners? Can stairlifts be fitted to any stairs?

Firstly, look at where you’d like the stairlift installed, do you have straight, curved or split stairway? Our options can be fitted almost anywhere for any flight of stairs but look at how you would like to utilize the stairlift?

We can assure you that getting a stairlift fitted in your home is a great mobility decision.

Types of Stairlifts

Before beginning to look at specific models or brands of stairlifts, you need to know which type will work in your home. Stairlifts are available in either battery powered or electric modes. You can make your choice depending on which is complements your home lifestyle.

The track and mechanism come in different shapes and sizes so, there are no real out of the box products but the most common will be discussed below.

The three main types of stairlifts available for the home are straight stair lifts, curved stair lifts and outdoor stairlifts.

Straight Stairlifts

A straight stairlift is the most common type of stairlift, it is a simple and affordable installation option. If you have stairs that go straight up from one level to another, this is your ideal choice. Straight stairlifts mount up and travel in a straight line without interruptions by landings, curves or turns.

lady on stairlift

Due to the simplicity of the design this option is the most affordable type of lift. Simply, fitting a straight stair lift into a straight staircase is straight forward. There are different varieties of straight stairlifts on offer giving you more options to pick from to get the right fit for your home.

When looking for a straight stairlift, there are several things to consider; cost, ease of use, safety and comfort are a few preliminary questions.

As previously mentioned, this type of stairlift plus the installation is relatively cheaper than other options, although the specific price depends on the supplier and the specifications of the stairlift.

Fortunately, getting this type of stairlift installed and fitted in your home is hassle free and quick. After an initial home survey helping you determine the right stairlift for you in most cases, you can get installation after 24 hours from the point of purchase.

Curved Stairlifts

If your home features an elaborate stair flight that include turns, spirals or landings, we recommend a curved stairlift. When going around corners, a special rail needs to be installed curving to the same angle as your staircase to ensure a perfect fit.

Many times, when dealing with a straight staircase, a buyer can choose from premanufactured, off the shelf stairlifts. With a curved staircase, a stairlift would have to be tailor-made for you, to suit your home, spacing and function.

We understand all staircases are different, our engineers will make a definite and precise measurement to offer the best product option for your home. Rest assured, it doesn’t matter what exact type of stairs you have – as long as we can measure the angle of the curve, your curved stairlift can be installed.

As expected, installation times are longer, and costs are typically higher but with this more bespoke option, the number of benefits increase; the overall look, craftmanship and attention to detail are all considered.

Outdoor Stairlifts

That’s right, you can also get outdoor stairlifts. Whether it be a full flight or a a few steps down to your garden, the option is there and widely available. Visit our retail unit based in the heart of Harrogate, Kings Road and we can verbally evaluate and explore which option is best for you.

These outdoor stairlifts are guaranteed to work in hot and cold temperatures. So, come rain or shine you will be able to get to your favorite outdoor areas safely.

Answering Your Stairlift Questions

Can stairlifts be fitted into any stairs?

There are different types of stairlifts, and they can be fitted depending on the type of stairs. Straight stairlifts can be fitted into straight staircases and curved stairlifts can be fitted into curved staircases.

Although there are varieties and specifics to choose from, the heart of it remains; a curved stairlift won’t go in a straight staircase.

Can stairlifts go around corners?

Curved stairlifts are designed to go around corners and turns. They can be customized to the exact shape and size of your stairs, to suit the curves and landings if any. Installation of curved stairlifts do take more time due to specific engineering but getting a stairlift fitted in your home is incredibly beneficial in the long term.

Do stairlifts need servicing?

Yes, a stairlift like every other piece of engineering requires servicing at least once a year. Every new stairlift usually comes with a two-year warranty that includes two free services as a standard.

Your stairlift is also still a piece of furniture so proper and adequate maintenance will help to keep it in perfect working condition.

How are stairlifts installed?

Contrary to popular opinion, a stairlift is not attached to your stairs, it is attached to your walls. During stairlift installations, a track is attached in brackets that support and keep the rail elevated. If you are worried about the structural integrity of your stairs or walls, please make this known during your initial home survey. Commonly, a stairlift installation will do no damage to your stairs or walls.

Will a stairlift damage my carpets?

The simple answer is no, it will not. A stairlift is always installed at a reasonable distance from the floor to prevent any scuffing or scraping. You should note however that if carpets are not in a good condition, stray threads might be an obstruction to the track.

We do not advise that you install your stairlift independently. You should always seek help from a professional or reputable stairlift company.

Now you have all the information you need to pick out a stairlift that is suitable for your home.

If you would be interested in our Acorn 130 Superglide straight stairlifts, you can check them out here. For more information and enquiries about getting a stairlift fitted in your home, you can always reach out to us at Change Mobility.

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