Stairlifts Alresford

The two main styles of chairlift are straight and curved. While straight stairlifts can only move in one straight line, curved chairlift can turn around corners. Curved chairlift cost significantly more.

Alresford, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Tendring has a variety of chairlift manufacturers to pick from. These include

  • Acorn
  • Stannah
  • Companion
  • Brooks
  • Platinum Stairlifts
  • Bruno
  • Access BDD
  • Oto Lift

There's something for everyone from Acorn's affordable range to more customisable models with add-ons and customisations tailored for you, everyone can find something they like.

Pre-owned stairlifts are less expensive than new ones. To ensure you get the most out of your money, buy a refurbished chairlift from a reputable company. All good reconditioned stairlift companies in Alresford will provide installation services, streamlining the whole process. If you do buy a 2nd hand lift, be sure to get at least one-year warranty cover.

Before a stairlift is fitted, you must book a home survey from a professional stairlift surveyor. This process will assess exactly what's required and how much it's going to cost. Once you've approved the quotation, the installation can get started.
Due to the fact that stairlifts attach to the stairs, rather than the wall, there is usually no need for building work. Therefore, installation is usually straightforward and takes less than a day.


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Curved Stairlifts

A curved stairlift would typically be required when there is a curved or non-standard shaped staircase in a home or building. Unlike straight staircases that run in a single, uninterrupted line, curved staircases often have bends, turns, or multiple levels. In such cases, a curved stairlift is specifically designed to navigate these complex layouts.

Curved stairlifts are considerably pricier than straight stairlifts due to their intricate design to navigate turns. The unique design variations of curved staircases will require custom-built rails, which significantly contribute to the overall cost. While the starting price for curved stairlifts is typically around £3,850, additional charges are inevitable for accommodating multiple turns and stops along the staircase.

Common curved stairlift brands include:

  • Handicare 4000
  • Stannah 260 {Siena}
  • Platinum Ultimate
  • Otolift Modul-Air
  • Thyssen Flow X / Access BDD Flow X

staircase types for curved stairlifts

Straight Stairlifts

A straight stairlift is likely right for your home if your staircase goes in one direction without bends or curves. You may need two straight chairlifts if you have two straight staircases linked by a landing. For this to work, you must be able to get between the stairlift seats unaided. Getting a curved stairlift could be a better option if this is problematic.

The starting price for a brand new straight stairlift is around £1,950. Because they have a pretty simple design, straight chairlifts cost less than curved stairlifts. Additional features like a powered hinge rail and a powered swivel seat will cost more.

Popular straight stairlift makes and models: • Acorn 130, • Brooks Lincoln, • Handicare 1100/1000, • Platinum Horizon, • Stannah 600 and • Thyssen Homeglide

Staircase types for straight stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts

If you find climbing the stairs outside your home or garden difficult, consider getting an outdoor chairlift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor chairlift can be life-changing. Outdoor stairlifts in East of England will typically start from £2,400, but this can be higher or lower depending on factors like the arrangement of your stairs. Stairs with turns will cost more.

External stairlifts are similar to internal stairlifts, but waterproof materials make them more weather resistant. For times when your stairlift is not being used, a cover provides extra shielding from the elements. If your property is by the sea, your outdoor stairlift is more likely to suffer weather damage. Salt in the air can corrode the stairlift over time.

Narrow Stairlifts

If your stairs are particularly narrow, you may need a stairlift made especially for smaller spaces. Collapsible parts and compact designs mean your stairlift can be minimal in size and fold out of the way when not in use.
An option for the narrowest of staircases is the Thyssenkrupp Flow X, previously the Flow 2. The Flow X stairlift is designed to work on stairs as narrow as 610mm. The chair automatically turns to get the passenger through the narrowest sections on your staircase without the user's knees hitting the opposite wall.
Another option to look into is a perch stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to lean on. It's excellent if you have restricted knee or hip joints that make sitting uncomfortable. However, it's not suitable if partially standing makes you feel unsteady.


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Heavy Duty Chairlifts

Whilst most stairlifts' maximum weight limit tops out at 25 stone - there are a couple of options for those living in a larger body.

For straight stairs, the Handicare 1000 XXL has a weight capacity of 31 stones, offering a wider seat and extended armrest for comfort. For curved staircases, the Bruno Elite supports up to 30 stones, and the Platinum Ultimate can accommodate up to 25 stones.

If you are at the top end of these maximum weight limits, a Through-Floor-Lift (TFL) is the alternative. When the lift is parked on the ground floor, the lid is strong enough to be walked on above. While it's true Through-Floor Lifts come with a higher price tag, starting at £11,500, they can be a transformative investment that has the potential to significantly improve one's quality of life.

Reconditioned chairlifts Alresford

To reduce costs, you could consider buying a stairlift second-hand. The process of finding a reconditioned stairlift for a straight staircase is typically straightforward. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is easy and safe enough to do. Pre-used curved stairlift rails are not easy to re-fit as they are manufactured to a specific job. One possible approach is to purchase a new bespoke curved rail to suit your home then opt for a second-hand curved stairlift chassis.

Shopping for a pre-owned stairlift can be more affordable than buying one brand new. Purchasing a second-hand one through EBay or a Alresford Facebook marketplace may appear to be a cheap option. However, buying a refurbished stairlift from a reputable company means you can trust that your used stairlift works properly. Reconditioned stairlifts should also come with a one-year guarantee, meaning you're protected if it breaks down in the first 12 months of it being fitted.