Side Hung Stairlifts

Having a mobility impairment is something that many people don’t ever want to think about.  It has such bad consequences for these people that their entire lives are literally thrown upside down.  They are suddenly no longer able to go up and down the stairs, for example.  Sometimes, this even means not being able to enter their own homes anymore, particularly if they live in one of the very common old Victorian properties in the United Kingdom that have several steps leading up to the front door.  For some people, this can mean having to leave the homes and communities they know and love to move to a bungalow property or even to a care home, nursing home or residential accommodation.  An alternative solution, however, is to install a stairlift.

The Different Types of Stairlifts

There are many different types of stairlifts available.  They are subdivided into two main categories first, being:

  • Straight stairlifts where the lift is not able to go around any corners or bends
  • Curved stairlifts which travel around curves and bends, for example on spiral staircases
Following this, the stairlifts are further subdivided into the type of platform the carry, such as:

  • Seated stairlifts, where the user sits on a chair facing away from the wall.
  • Standing stairlifts, where the user stands on a platform holding on to two handrails, facing the wall.  These are particularly useful for people who cannot bend their knees and joints.
  • Perched stairlifts, where the user faces away from the wall and essentially has some support in the lower back, making them more suitable for people who have issues with balance.
  • Wheelchair platform stairlifts
Some of these can be what is known as side hung stairlifts.

What are Side Hung Stairlifts?

Side hung stairlifts are fantastic solutions for those who have small or narrow staircases and do not have the space for a full stairlift without blocking the entire staircase.  This is important, as there may also be people in your home or visiting your home that do not require the use of a stairlift.

Side hung stairlifts can be both straight and curved stairlifts, meaning that there are only very few staircases onto which a side hung stairlift cannot be attached.  Of course, they are just as safe and reliable as any other stairlift.  Furthermore, side hung stairlifts are generally made of more durable materials, making them suitable to be used by people that have mobility issues due to obesity.  These types of stairlifts can generally carry up to 36 stone, instead of the 20 stone that is carried by other stairlifts.  These types of stairlifts are often able to travel up to a height of 3.6 metres.

Some of the features that are generally found on side hung stairlifts include:
  • Mechanisms that self level on floors that are uneven
  • A frame that is made out of lightweight aluminium but is very strong and durable
  • Drive systems provided by hydraulics and traction
  • Lights on the inside that have a time out delay
  • User friendly controls that are very large
  • Possibilities to use these types of stairlifts to go in and out of cars and other vehicles
  • Call stations included as standard in case of an emergency
  • Vision panels, grab handles and an interior mirror
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