Straight Stairlifts

A straight set of stairs is easy to identify and fitting a straight stairlift is a fairly simple affair, providing you choose a company who know what they’re doing!

A straight stairlift will take the user from the ground floor to the main landing or a flat intermediate landing. At the top of the stairs the chair stops level with the landing and swivels 90 degrees to allow a safe dismount. This can be operated manually or with powered options.
Man calling his straight stairlift down with a remote control
Man sitting on his straight stairlift using controls on either side of the arms
Right hand sided slimline straight stairlift at the bottom of the stairs
The chair does not continue up onto the landing. This can easily be done, but to do this the rail would require a bend in it, which would mean a curved lift is required. For a straight stairlift to be installed the rail has to be completely straight.

There are instances whereby a flight of stairs may look straight, but a straight stairlift would not be suitable and a curved lift is needed.

For example, if there were a flight of stairs, an intermediate landing and then a continuation of the flight, all in one straight line. In this instance a curved lift would be required to get to the top landing. (Two straights may also be a possibility providing there is sufficient space available).

Another example would be in a situation where there are fanned steps at the top, middle or bottom of the flight. Installing a straight stairlift in these circumstances would require the user to dismount on triangular steps, which is very dangerous operation. Again a curved lift would be the solution here for safety reasons.

It is worth noting that no reputable company would install a stairlift unless the user is able to mount and dismount onto a flat surface.

In certain circumstances a hinged rail may be required. A straight stairlift rail usually protrudes approximately 13 inches. If there is a door or an open walkway at the bottom, then this causes a potential tripping hazard. Sometimes a guard rail can be fitted, which forces people to walk around the rail. In other scenarios a hinged rail will be needed This can be operated manually or by using powered options.