Stairlifts Felixstowe

The two primary types of chairlift are straight and curved. As their names suggest, straight stairlifts travel in a straight line, curved ones can navigate around corners. Curved ones cost significantly more.

If you live around the Suffolk area you'll find a variety of chairlift brands to meet your requirements.

These include

  • Acorn
  • Stannah
  • Handicare
  • Brooks
  • Platinum Stairlifts
  • Bruno
  • TKA
  • Oto Lift
From Acorn's dependable and simple chairlift to more customisable products with automatic options and customisations tailored for you, the selection is wide and varied.

Refurbished stairlifts tend to be cheaper than buying new. To ensure you get the most out of your money, buy a reconditioned chairlift from a reputable company. All good reconditioned stairlift companies in Felixstowe will offer installation within the price, streamlining the whole process. To ensure peace of mind, make sure the lift you purchase comes with a one-year warranty.

The first step toward getting a stairlift is to have a stairlift technician come to your home and do a home inspection. The installation process is convenient since all stairlift companies in Felixstowe provide installation services. Since stairlifts attach to the stairs rather than the wall, no building work is normally required.


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Curved Stairlifts

Curved stairlifts are custom-made to fit the unique shape and dimensions of the curved staircase. They have a flexible rail system that curves along the staircase, allowing the user to travel smoothly and safely around corners or up multiple flights of stairs. This makes curved stairlifts an ideal solution for individuals with mobility challenges who need assistance navigating curved or multi-level staircases in their homes or public buildings.

Curved stairlifts are generally pricier than straight stairlifts because navigating corners requires a more intricate design than travelling in a straight line. As curved staircases are less universal in shape than straight ones, you are more likely to need a custom-built rail, which can also be expensive. The starting price of curved stairlifts is about £3,850. Multiple bends and stopping locations will be extra.

Common curved stairlift brands include:

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

staircase types for curved stairlifts

Straight Stairlifts

If your stairs in your home travel in one direction without any bends, a straight stairlift is the right option for you. If you have a straight staircase, it might look like one of the staircase designs illustrated A-D.

Consider fitting two straight chairlifts if you have 2 straight staircases linked by a quarter landing. This is only an option if you're able to transfer between the stairlifts seats. Getting a curved stairlift can be a good solution if this isn't possible.

The starting price for a brand new straight stairlift is around £1,950. Because they usually 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.

Here's a selection of straight stairlift models you may want to investigate:

  • Handicare 1100
  • Handicare 1000
  • Brooks Lincoln
  • Stannah 600
  • Platinum Horizon
  • Access BDD Homeglide
  • Thyssen Levant / Thyssen Comfort
  • Acorn 130

Because of their more straightforward design, straight stairlifts are quicker and easier to fit than curved chairlifts. It often takes half a day, at most, to fit a straight stairlift in your property.

Staircase types for straight stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts

Do you have trouble getting up and downs steps to your home? Consider getting an outdoor chairlift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor chairlift can restore your confidence and independence.

An outdoor stairlift will cost in the region of £2,400, depending on the overall length of rail and design of stairs. Stairs with turns will cost more.

External stairlifts are the same as indoor stairlifts, but include waterproof components to make them more weather resistant. When you're not using your external chairlift, a weatherproof cover will provide extra shielding from the elements.

If you live near the sea, your outdoor stairlift is more likely to suffer environmental damage. Salt in the sea air can damage 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 very narrow stairs is the Thyssenkrupp Flow X. This stairlift works on both curved or straight staircases. The Flow X stairlift is the narrowest on the market, designed to work on stairs down to 610mm wide. The seat automatically swivels to get the chairlift user through the tightest sections on your staircase without the user's knees fouling the opposite wall. Another option to look into is a perched seat stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to lean on. Although, it's likely not suitable if you find partially standing difficult. It's a great option if you have constricted hip or knee joints that make sitting challenging.


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Heavy Duty Stairlifts

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

The highest weight capacity for straight stairs is the Handicare 1000 XXL, with a maximum weight capacity of 31 stones. It styles a wider seat, larger base, and extended armrest to keep you comfortable. For curved staircases, you can choose the Bruno Elite stairlift, which can carry up to 30 stones, or the Platinum Ultimate, with a weight capacity of up to 25 stones.

If you're near the higher end of these maximum weight limits, a Through-Floor-Lift (TFL) is your only option. When the lift is parked on the ground floor, the top 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 Felixstowe

If you're on a limited budget, you might want to consider a second-hand stairlift. 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 cheaper than buying a brand new rail. Sourcing a used curved stairlift rail to fit your curved staircase is much more difficult as they've most likely been custom-made to a specific customer. One possible approach is to buy a brand new custom-made curved rail to fit your stairs and buy a second-hand curved stairlift chassis.

It's usually more affordable to get a stairlift second-hand. Purchasing second-hand from a private seller in the Felixstowe area may seem like a good idea but inevitably never is. However, buying a refurbished stairlift from a reputable company in Felixstowe is more sensible idea.

Reconditioned stairlifts will also come with a 12 month warranty, meaning you're covered for a year should anything go wrong.

If you’re considering a stairlift and live in Felixstowe, give us a call today on 0330 223 6584 or book your free home visit.