Different Types of Stairlifts

If you are a sufferer with mobility problems and need a stairlift to help you up and down, then there are a number of different models available for you to consider. The main problem people face with these things is actually knowing which ones are right both for them, and their homes.


This article will hopefully set you straight(no pun intended) with which stairlift is the right choice for you, and also a quick rundown of the different types.

The straight stairlift is the most common one used today. It’s designed to be used on stairs that have no curves and go straight up and down. No matter how small or steep the stairs are, these models can be fitted to them.

A reconditioned stairlift can be a wise choice if they person that needs it cannot afford a new one. A good reconditioned unit should come complete with a warranty for labour and parts. However this type of stairlift may not suit all types of stairs, so you need to make sure that it will fit properly first.

If you only need a stairlift for a short duration of time, then you should think about renting one. This will work out much cheaper, and you can rent them for a period of weeks or months. Therefore, you’ll only need it for when you have someone staying for a duration of time.

Some older houses have narrower staircases which makes practical stair lifts a bit of a problem. Ease of access can be difficult in these type of houses.

Did you know that there are also stairlifts that are made for the outdoors? They’re not just limited to indoor use. They are basically the same as their indoor counterparts, except that they have full waterproof seats and can take a battering from the weather.

Some people have also problems bending their knees into a sitting position. So you’ll be glad to know that there’s a perch stairlift that has a small seat which allows the user to stand while he/she is transported to the top or bottom. Obviously these stairlifts come with safety belts as well.

For users who are wheelchair bound and unable to get out of it easily, then there are stairlifts that have a platform so that they can easily get on and off when they want to.

An alternative to the platform, is a floor life. This can bring the wheelchair through the roof of the room up in the next one.

There are many options out there for stairlifts.