Straight Stair Lifts

Stair lifts can be an absolute life saver for those people who have reduced mobility.  It once again allows them to make full use of all the rooms in their homes, without having to feel unsafe walking up and down stairs.  Another benefit of stair lifts is that they are designed to carry the load of a person, meaning that they can also be used to carry shopping up and down stairs or laundry for example.  There are two main types of stair lifts available, which are:

  • Straight stair lifts
  • Curved stair lifts

What are Straight Stair Lifts?

Straight stair lifts travel up and down staircases that are completely straight, i.e. do not have a bend or curve.  They run on a single, straight track, making them easy to install and very similar to produce.  This also means that it is possible to purchase second hand stair lifts.

How Do You Use Straight Stair Lifts?

Straight stair lifts used to come with a button that needed to be pressed at the bottom of the stairs or at the top of the stairs.  Many people felt this was cumbersome and would often require a second person to press these buttons for them.  Most straight stair lifts now come with a remote control, making operation much easier for users.

Is My Staircase Suitable for Straight Stair Lifts?

Whether or not your staircase is suitable for straight stair lifts depends entirely on the type of staircase you have.  If you contact a company with a request surrounding stair lifts, they will be able to advise you on whether or not you can fit straight stair lifts.

Benefits of Straight Stair Lifts

There are many benefits to straight stair lifts.  Some of these are:

  • They are the cheapest type of stair lift as it is possible to fit them onto any staircase that does not have bends or curves.  A new straight stair lift with installation generally only costs around £1,500.  However, as straight stair lifts are not custom made, it is also possible to purchase second hand models that would be much cheaper.
  • Straight stair lifts are the easiest type to install and anyone that has some DIY knowledge would be able to install one themselves.
If you do find that a straight stair lift is not suitable for your staircase, it may be worth purchasing several straight stair lifts rather than a single curved one, as you would probably still be financially better off.

Installing a stair lift in the home of someone with reduced mobility can quite literally give them their lives back.  Very often, these people live with the fear of being forced to move home, possibly into sheltered accommodation or even a nursing home.  Many people are very opposed to this, as it means they will lose their independence.  If they have a straight staircase, however, installing straight stair lifts could be the solution to all their problems, not only allowing them to once again travel up and down stairs, but even enabling them to carry heavy loads.

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