Stairlifts Tiptree

The two main types of chairlift are straight and curved. While straight stairlifts travel in a straight line, curved lifts can handle corners. Curved lifts cost much more than straight stairlifts.

Tiptree has plenty of chairlift makes to suit your individual needs, as does Marks Tey, Witham, Heybridge. Common ones you may of heard of include: Acorn, Access BDD, Bruno, Handicare, Stannah and TKA There's something for everyone from Acorn's reliable and simple chairlift to more state-of-the-art models with add-ons and customisations tailored for you, you'll find something to suit every taste. All major brands provide installation, making the process stress-free.

Pre-owned stairlifts tend to be cheaper than buying new. Buy a pre-owned chairlift from a reputable company rather than a private seller to ensure safety and quality. All reputable reconditioned stairlift companies in Tiptree will offer installation within the price, simplifying the process. For peace of mind, make sure your lift includes at least a one-year warranty.

Prior to a stairlift being fitted, you must book a home survey from a professional stairlift surveyor. The survey will assess exactly what's required and how much it's going to cost. If you're happy to proceed with the quote, the installation can get started.
It is not necessary to do any building work as stairlifts connect to the stairs, not the walls. Installation typically takes less than a day because of this.


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Curved Stairlifts

If your staircase bends or curves, or you have two straight staircases connected by a landing, a curved chairlift would be suitable for your home. Look at the curved staircase designs below to see if your stairs look similar.

Curved stairlifts have a higher cost compared to straight stairlifts due to the complexity involved in navigating corners and bends, which requires a more intricate design than a straightforward, linear path. Since curved staircases come in a variety of shapes and sizes, a custom-built rail is always necessary, adding to the overall expense. The base price for curved stairlifts typically starts at around £3,850, with additional costs incurred for multiple bends and stopping locations.

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 stairlifts by yourself.

Straight stairlifts are less expensive than curved stairlifts because the rail is straight and therefore easier and cheaper to make. The cost of a straight stairlift starts at around £1,950. Features like a powered hinge rail or optional extras, like a swivel seat will increase the total cost.

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

  • Handicare 1100
  • Handicare 1000 including perch seat option
  • 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 should take half a day, at most, to fully install and handover a straight stairlift.

Staircase types for straight stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts

Are you finding steps to your home a challenge? Consider getting an outside chairlift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor chairlift can reduce your risk of a fall and make life much easier. 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 factors like length of rail and staircase design will affect this. Stairs with turns will 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 cover can provide additional shielding from nasty weather conditions. If your home is 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 Stairlifts

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 tight spaces is the Thyssen 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 chair automatically swivels to get the chairlift user through the narrowest sections on your staircase without hitting anything.
The other option to consider is a perch 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 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.

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 getting close to or exceeding these maximum weight limits, a Through-Floor-Lift (TFL) is the alternative. When the lift is parked on the ground floor, the lid is designed to be strong enough to be walked on above. They are more expensive than a stairlift, starting somewhere around £11,500. However, the benefits can outweigh the cost.

Reconditioned chairlifts Tiptree

For those with a restricted budget, it's worth considering a pre-owned stairlift as a cost-effective option. Typically, it is straightforward to find a reconditioned stairlift for a straight staircase. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is generally straightforward. Finding pre-owned stairlifts to match another curved staircase is almost impossible as they've most likely been manufactured to a specific job. One possible approach is to purchase a new custom-made curved rail to fit your home then use a reconditioned curved stairlift seat.

It's usually more affordable to get a stairlift second-hand. Purchasing second-hand from a private seller in the Tiptree area may seem like a good idea but inevitably never is. However, buying a refurbished stairlift from a reputable company in Tiptree is more sensible idea. A refurbished chairlift will also come with a one-year guarantee, meaning you're covered for a year should it stop working.

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