Curved Stairlifts

Curved stairlifts are tailor-made to fit each individual staircase. The rails can be manufactured to go around simple, two-dimensional bends or more complicated, three dimensional bends, including spiral staircases. State-of-the-art technology ensures that the chair self-levels along the route.
Curved stairlift with single rail track at the bottom of the stairs in unfolded position
Lady watching her partner going upstairs on his curved stairlift, he is wearing the seat belt and controlling the lift by using the paddles on either side of the chair arms
Slimline curved single track fixed to the stair treads not the wall or banister, this chair is in the folded position
The rail is secured to the stairs, not the wall, so depending on the configuration of the stairs, the lift can be fitted on either side of the staircase.

There is very little mess incurred and no re-decorating will be required. There are four potential starting positions for the lift, depending on the shape of the stairs. At the bottom of the stairs there could be a standard start, similar to a straight lift, or the rail could be bent to provide a 90 degree or 180 degree start position.

In certain circumstances a hinged rail may be required. The stairlift rail will protrude at the bottom of the stairs. If there is a door or open walkway at the bottom, then this causes a potential tripping hazard. Sometime a guard rail can be fitted, which forces people to walk around it and avoid the rail. In other scenarios a hinged rail will need to be supplied.

Operating a hinged rail is fairly straightforward. As the chair moves up the stairs the rail is automatically raised to clear the hallway of the tripping hazard. When the chair comes back down the rail senses it and drops back down. The user then gets off (at ground floor level) and uses the remote control to park the chair on step 3 on the staircase. The rail automatically rises. When the chair is required again the remote control is used to call the rail and chair back down to ground level.

If there is insufficient room to take the chair onto the landing the termination will be the same as for a straight lift. At the top of the stairs the chair stops with the footplate level with the landing and the chair swivels 90 degrees to allow a safe dismount. This can be operated manually or with powered options.

(Reputable companies will only allow the user to mount and dismount on flat surfaces, never on triangular steps).