Curved Stair Lifts

Stair lifts are an essential item that allows people with reduced mobility to be able to access public buildings as well as higher floors in their own homes.  If someone, for example, has lived in a home and community for many years and suddenly finds they are no longer able to travel upstairs, this can have devastating – and costly – consequences.  Rather than forcing these people to move into a form of sheltered accommodation, outside of the home and community they love, a better – and often cheaper – option is to install a stair lift.

Stair lifts come in three main forms:

  • Straight stair lifts - suitable for stairs that do not go around any corners or bends
  • Curved stair lifts - suitable for stairs that go around a corner or bend
  • Outdoor stair lifts - specifically designed to be able to withstand adverse weather conditions.

Curved Stair Lifts versus Straight Stair Lifts

Curved stair lifts are used on stairs that do not go straight up.  Many homes and buildings have stairs that go around a curve and a straight stair lift is therefore not suitable.  The main disadvantage to curved stair lifts, however, is that they are incredibly expensive.  It is possible sometimes to find a reconditioned curved stair lift, but this is very rare.  This is because a curved stair lift is bespoke and custom made to fit a specific stair case.  Hence, the price difference between new and reconditioned curved stair lifts is almost next to nothing.

Unsurprisingly, if at all possible, people regularly opt to have two straight stair lifts installed, rather than a single curved stair lift.  Generally, a straight stair lift costs around £1,500 whereas curved stair lifts cost between £3,500 and £4,000.  Secondly, a straight stair lift is very easy to install and many people even opt to do it themselves.  Curved stair lifts, however, require a lot more work to have them installed.

However, curved stair lifts, although more expensive and difficult to install, do mean that a person is able to travel upstairs in just one go, rather than having to change platforms at the stair bend.  Secondly, there are many stair cases that would require three or even four straight stair lifts in order to reach the top, and sometimes it simply isn’t possible to fit several straight stair lifts.  Furthermore, as curved stair lifts are bespoke and custom made, there will never be any fitting issues.

Curved stair lifts, in summary, are suitable for stairs that travel around a bend or curve and do not follow a straight line.  Although far more expensive, due to the fact that they are purpose built and custom made to the stair case they will be installed on, the fit will be absolutely perfect.  The costs of curved stair lifts are far higher however and it may be difficult to sell the stair lift at a later date as it is unlikely to fit on a new set of stairs.

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