Will a curved stairlift fit on my stairs?
In order to determine the design of track and the model that best your needs, your chosen supplier will conduct a survey of your staircase and assess your needs. They will be able to advise on whether the lift should travel on the inside or outside bend.
After carefully assessing the dimensions of your stairs, they will work out which model will be best suited to the layout. If you have if you have narrow or steep stairs with tight bends then a compact model or one with a perching seat may be required.
All the main stairlift companies in the UK offer models for curved stairs. Outdoor curved models are also available if you are having difficulty using the external steps leading to your door or garden.
Where can I get a curved stairlift?
Manufacturers specially design their stairlifts so that they are easy and safe for users to use. They have a range of features that are helpful for the elderly with limited mobility and disabled people of all ages. For example, a swivel chair seat can make it easier for a user to transfer to or from a wheelchair.
All stairlifts have a maximum weight limit, which varies according to each model, but is usually between 18 and 22 stone. Very large or obese people may need a heavy duty stairlift with extra capacity.
In the UK not all manufacturers offer heavy duty curved models, but they are available from the following companies:
- Companion Stairlifts
- OakTree Mobility
- Stannah Stairlifts
- Bruno Elite
How much will it cost?
Prices for curved stairlifts are higher than for straight models. This is because it costs more to make a custom built track to fit a staircase with turns or corners. It also takes longer to fit a curved rail to the contours of the stairs.
It’s hard to give an average price for a curved model as every situation is different. The cost will depend on the number of stairs, the amount of work involved in manufacturing and fitting, as well as which features you choose.
As a rough comparison prices for brand new curved stairlifts start from £3950 with Companion, £5000 with Acorn and £5200 with Stannah. These are just guide prices to give you an approximate idea. You will need to get a personalised quote to find out exactly what you can expect to pay.
Could I save money by getting a reconditioned or used model?
Some companies sell reconditioned curved stairlifts, which can be cheaper than new models. It is important to know the difference between the terms reconditioned and used.
Reconditioned means a second-hand model that has been fully checked and had any faulty parts replaced to ensure it is safe and in working order. Reputable suppliers will offer a guarantee, a customer helpline and a professional installation service.
If you are considering purchasing a reconditioned model be sure to read reviews and choose a reputable company before parting with your cash.
Used stairlifts are sometimes offered for sale by private sellers on Ebay and other websites. It can be tempting to buy a used model, as these are generally the cheapest option. However, we don’t recommend this as you will have no guarantee that the stairlift is safe or reliable. If it breaks down you may have to spend a lot on repairs and new parts.