If you find going up the stairs painful, a stairlift will help you to navigate your home freely and feel safe again. The two main styles of chairlift are straight and curved. As their names imply, straight stairlifts move in one straight line, curved chairlift can travel around corners. Curved chairlift cost much more than straight stairlifts.
Priory Heath, Greenwich, Ipswich, Kesgrave has a good choice of chairlift manufacturers to meet your requirements. These include: Acorn, Access BDD, Bruno, Handicare, Platinum, Stannah and Thyssenkrupp
There is something for everyone from Brook's affordable range to more high-tech chairlift with additional features, colour and upholstery options, you'll find something to suit all budgets. All major brands provide installation, making the process stress-free.
Refurbished stairlifts are often cheaper than new. To ensure you get the most out of your money, buy a second-hand chairlift from a reputable company. All good reconditioned stairlift companies in Priory Heath will facilitate the install, making the process easy. Make sure you get a one-year warranty on your lift purchase to ensure peace of mind.
You should have a home survey performed by a stairlift surveyor before buying a stairlift. All stairlift companies in Priory Heath have installation services, making the fitting process convenient. It is not necessary to have any building work done since stairlifts are attached to the stairs rather than the walls. As a result, installation is usually simple and takes less than a day.
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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.
The following list includes some of the more popular curved stairlifts:
- Acorn 180
- Handicare 2000
- Stannah 260
- Platinum Ultimate
- Thyssen Flow 2
- Thyssen Flow X
If the stairs travel in one direction without any corners, a straight stairlift is a suitable option to consider. If you have a straight staircase, it might look like one of the images illustrated A-D.
Consider fitting two straight chairlifts if you have two straight staircases linked by a half landing. For this to work, you need to be able to transfer between the stairlifts seats. Getting a curved stairlift can be a good solution if this isn't possible.
In addition, straight stairlifts are more affordable compared to curved models, starting at approximately £1,950. However, it's important to note that the inclusion of motorised features such as a powered swivel seat will bump up the price.
Popular straight stairlift brands: • Acorn 130, • Brooks Lincoln, • Handicare 1100/1000, • Platinum Horizon, • Stannah 600 and • Thyssen Homeglide
Finding it difficult to climb an external set of stairs? Consider fitting an external chairlift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor chairlift can be an excellent investment. Stairs can pose a significant risk for individuals with limited mobility or balance issues. Outdoor stairlifts offer a secure and stable mode of transportation, reducing the chances of injury. 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 than a short straight staircase.
External stairlifts are similar in design to internal stairlifts, but waterproof materials make them more weather resistant. For times when your stairlift is not being used, a cover can provide extra shielding from the Great British weather. If your home is by the sea, your outdoor stairlift is more likely to suffer environmental damage. Salt in the air can damage parts of the stairlift over time.
If your staircase is narrow, you can get a stairlift designed especially for tight 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 excellent stairlift for narrow stairs is the Thyssen Flow X. The Flow X stairlift is designed to work on stairs down to 610mm wide. The chair 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 or you suffer with vertigo. It's a great option if you have constricted hip or knee joints that make sitting challenging.
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Heavy Duty Chair lifts
If you are concerned that you might be too heavy for a traditional stairlift, there are a couple of stairlift manufacturers who provide a HD bariatric option.
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 exceed these maximum weight limits, through floor lifts(TFL's), sometimes referred to as home lifts or residential elevators, provide a safe and secure way to move between different levels of a home. TFL's consist of a self-contained cabin that moves vertically within a dedicated shaft or enclosure.
To operate a TFL, a user enters the lift cabin at one level and selects up or down. The cabin ascends or descends to the chosen floor, allowing the user to exit at their destination safely.
Through floor lifts typically use an electric motor and a system of cables, pulleys, or hydraulic mechanisms to move the cabin. They are designed to be space-efficient and can be customised to fit the specific dimensions of a home.Through floor lifts provide a practical solution for individuals with mobility challenges, enabling them to move between floors effortlessly and comfortably. A TFL is more expensive, starting at around £11,500. However, the benefits can outweigh the cost.
Reconditioned chairlifts Priory Heath
If you're on a limited budget, you might want to consider a second-hand stairlift. Sourcing a pre-used stairlift for a straight staircase is straightforward. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is generally straightforward. Finding a used curved stairlift rail to fit your curved staircase is not an easy task as they've most likely been manufactured for a specific customer. One possible approach is to buy a brand new custom-made curved rail and opt for a 2nd hand curved stairlift chassis.
It's usually more affordable to get a stairlift second-hand. Purchasing second-hand from a private seller in the Priory Heath area may seem like a good idea but inevitably never is. However, buying a refurbished stairlift from a reputable company in Priory Heath is more sensible idea. A refurbed chairlift, from a reputable company, will also come with a 1 year guarantee, meaning you're covered for up to a year should it malfunction.