Stair Lifts Costs

Stair lifts are usually installed in the homes of people with limited mobility, allowing them to once again make full use of their home and garden.  Having a stair lift installed can be life saving for some people as it often quite literally means the difference between being able to stay in the home and community in which they are comfortable or having to move home or even into a care home or sheltered accommodation.  Stair lifts are also installed on many public buildings, particularly older ones that do not have elevators.

The Different Types of Stair Lifts

Stair lifts come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to fit each stair case specifically.  Stair lifts costs will vary depending on these types.  The three main types of stair lifts are:

  • Curved stair lifts which are bespoke and custom made to fit a staircase in which there are bends or corners.
  • Straight stair lifts that run on a single straight rail.
  • Outdoor stair lifts that are usually straight and are made to last in adverse weather conditions.
The stair lifts costs will vary slightly depending on the type of seat that is installed on it.  The different types of seating arrangements are:

  • Standing stair lifts – on this type of stair lift the user faces the wall and holds on to two railings.  This is particularly useful for people who have issues with bending their legs.
  • Seated stair lifts - these have a chair installed for the user to sit on.  The user will travel whilst facing away from the wall.
  • Perched stair lifts - these are in between seating and standing, allowing users to have some lower back support whilst they travel up and down the stairs.
  • Platform stair lifts or wheelchair stair lifts - these are able to carry a wheel chair.

Average Stair Lifts Costs

As said, stair lifts costs will vary depending on the type of stair lift that needs to be installed.  The seating arrangement will somewhat influence stair lifts costs, but only marginally so, with the exception of wheelchair stair lifts, which are much more expensive.

With regards to straight stair lifts costs, you can expect to pay around £1,500 for a new stair lift, with installation.  It is, however, possible to purchase a second hand one and it is also possible to install it yourself, with the help of someone who has some knowledge of DIY.  This can significantly reduce stair lifts costs.

In relation to curved stair lifts, the cost is far higher.  This is because curved stair lifts need to be designed specifically to fit a stair case, and each one is unique.  It is possible to purchase a second hand one, but this would need to be custom adapted to fit the new stair case.  This is why stair lifts costs for curved stair lifts are almost the same between new and second hand ones, being between £3,500 and £4,000.  It would also be very difficult to install a curved stair lift yourself.

Outdoor stair lifts are generally straight stair lifts and are hence not too expensive, generally in this case stair lifts costs are only slightly higher than straight stair lifts, to reflect the more expensive materials that are used.

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