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Things To Consider When Purchasing A Stairlift

Investing in a stairlift can be a daunting decision and it’s likely that there are many considerations to think about before making a purchase. Our trusted advisors and engineers can guide you through the different options we supply and install so that you can rest assured you know exactly what you are getting from one of our stairlifts.

The following considerations will help you decide whether a stairlift is for you and also what kind of stairlift you will benefit from the most. From the alterations to home necessary to maintaining and using your stairlift, these following points will help you decide.

Curved & Other Shaped Staircases

Our stairlifts can be used on straight or curved stairs. However, some staircases have a combination of straight flight stairs and curve steps as they move from bottom to top. So, whatever sort of staircase you have, there is usually a solution available, even for those with smaller stairwells.

Fitting The Stairlift To Your Home

The stairlift rail is attached to support legs that are fastened into the stair treads. The first support leg often begins on the first tread and ends on the final tread or top landing, with additional support legs placed between each third or fourth tread. More support legs may be required depending on the style of staircase and the complexity of bends (if any exist), so it’s worth asking how many and where they’ll be installed.

Stairlift Rails & Supports Come In All Shapes & Sizes

Because stairlift rails come in a variety of forms and sizes from different manufacturers, it’s a good idea to ask our engineers to show you a sample so you can see exactly what you’re getting. For some users, the rail size is a critical and emotional consideration. Some clients have been disappointed when they see a full-length rail installed on their real staircase.

Some manufacturers’ rails on straight and curved stairlifts are larger than others, i.e. some have twin tubes while others just have one tube. With rails being constructed from steel, while others are built of aluminium. Steel ones are usually powder coated and come in a variety of colours to match your décor, however, some vendors may charge extra for this. Some rails may be made to run up the stairwell on either the left or right side.

The 3 Key Parts Of A Stairlift

Essentially most stairlifts are made from 3 major components;

  • The Rail: This is fixed to the staircase treads and matches the profile of your stairs.
  • The Carriage: This is the main section of the stairlift and includes the sections that sit on top of the rail. This is the section that controls the movements of the unit and houses the battery amongst other key components.
  • The Seat: This fixes on top of the carriage and is the area most important to the user. The seat should be comfortable and support your back at all times. This section also includes the armrests if any.

The Seat Is Important

Seats come in a range of forms and sizes, and based on your specific needs, you may choose from a variety of choices to accommodate a variety of medical or physical issues.

Some chairs even allow users to ‘semi-stand,’ and are ergonomically intended to help with posture or for users who find it difficult or impossible to extend their legs due to medical reasons. Our advisors will be able to guide you on your best needs throughout your own user survey.

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Contact Us About Stairlifts In Cornwall For More Information

If you would like to enquire about stairlift installation in Cornwall, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of engineers and advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have about any of our mobility equipment products.

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