Stairlifts Stanway

The most popular types of chairlift are straight and curved. While straight stairlifts can only travel in one straight line, curved ones can move around corners. Curved ones cost much more.
Stanway, Marks Tey, Colchester, Tiptree has a variety of chairlift brands to suit your individual needs.

Brands you may of heard of include: Acorn, Bruno, Handicare, Stannah and Thyssenkrupp
There is something for everyone from Acorn's reliable and simple designs to more state-of-the-art models with additional features, colour and upholstery options and customisations tailored for you, there is a solution for all.

Reconditioned stairlifts are less expensive than new ones. To ensure your second-hand stairlift works properly, purchase a refurbished one from a trusted stair lift manufacturer. All good reconditioned stairlift companies in Stanway will facilitate the install, making the process easy. It's a good idea to ensure the purchase of a recon lift includes at least a one-year warranty for peace of mind.
To get a stairlift, you must have your home surveyed by a stairlift technician. Installation services are available from all stairlift companies, making the fitting process as easy as possible. As stairlifts attach to stairs, not walls, no building work is usually required. As a result, installation is usually simple and takes less than a day.


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Curved Stairlifts

If your stairs have a turn or corner, or if you have two or more shorter straight staircases connected by a landing, a curved stairlift may be an ideal choice for your residence. Take a look at the following curved staircase designs to determine if they resemble your current stairs. If they do, you will need a curved stairlift.

Curved stairlifts are considerably pricier than straight stairlifts due to their intricate design to navigate turns. The unique design variations of curved staircases often demand custom-built rails, which significantly contribute to the overall cost. While the starting price for curved stairlifts fetches around £3,850, additional charges are inevitable for accommodating multiple corners 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

If your stairs travel in the same direction without any corners, a straight stairlift is the right choice. 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. For this to work, you need to be able to move yourself between the stairlifts seats. Getting a curved stairlift can be a good solution if this isn't possible.

Straight stairlifts are less expensive than curved stairlifts because the rail is straight and simple to manufacture. Prices start from around £1,950. Features like a powered hinge rail or optional extras, like a swivel seat will increase the overall price.

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

Staircase types for straight stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts

Finding it difficult to climb an external set of stairs? Consider fitting an outside 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, but this differs depending on factors like length of rail and design of your stairs. Stairs with turns will naturally cost more.

External stairlifts are similar in design to indoor stairlifts, but waterproof materials make them more weather resistant. For times when your stairlift is not being used, a waterproof cover provides additional shielding from the Great British weather. The waterproof cover also keeps the seat dry.

If you live near the sea, your outdoor stairlift is more likely to suffer environmental damage. Salt in the air can corrode parts of the stairlift over time.

Narrow Chairlifts

If your staircase is 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 excellent stairlift for narrow stairs is the Thyssen Flow X. The Flow X stairlift is the narrowest on the market, designed to work on stairs down to 610mm wide. The carriage automatically turns to get the chairlift user through the narrowest sections on your staircase without the user's knees or toes fouling the opposite wall. The other option to consider is a perched seat stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to lean on. Although, it may not be suitable if you have minimal mobility, which makes partially standing tiring or unsafe.


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Heavy Duty Chairlifts

The weight capacity of stairlifts can vary depending on the model, and certain brands including Bruno and Handicare provide heavy-duty options, commonly referred to as bariatric stairlifts. These specialised stairlifts are designed to accommodate individuals with higher body weights safely.

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 exceed these weight limits, through floor lifts(TFL's), sometimes referred to as home lifts or residential elevators, provide a convenient and efficient way to move between different levels of a home. These lifts consist of a self-contained cabin that moves vertically, through a newly made aperture within a dedicated shaft or enclosure.
To operate a through-floor lift, a user enters the lift cabin at one level and selects up or down. The lift moves smoothly and quietly, through the aperture in the ground floor ceiling, guided by a rail system. 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 also provide a practical solution for wheelchair users.

Starting at £11,500, Through-Floor-Lifts can be expensive. However, it's usually cheaper than moving home.

Reconditioned chairlifts Stanway

If cost is a concern, consider inquiring about approved-used stairlifts as a budget-friendly option. Sourcing a pre-used stairlift for a straight staircase is straightforward. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is cheaper than buying a brand new rail. Pre-used curved stairlift rails are not easy to re-fit as they've most likely been manufactured to a specific job. The solution is to purchase a brand new custom-made curved rail then opt for a 2nd hand curved stairlift seat.

Shopping for a pre-owned stairlift can be more affordable than buying one brand new. Purchasing a second-hand one through EBay or a Stanway Facebook marketplace may look like a cheap option. However, buying a refurbished stairlift from a reputable company means you can trust that your used stairlift is professionally fitted and will operate safely.

A refurbed chairlift, from a reputable company, should also come with a one-year warranty, meaning you're covered for a year should it stop working.

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