What exactly do we mean when we refer to a ‘straight’ stairlift? It’s quite simple, a straight stairlift has a rail that runs completely straight up the steps. There would be no bends, curves, or dips in the rail. The rails can vary in length depending on what is required for the installation.
Around 70% of households will only require a Straight Stairlift, but occasionally a custom curved stairlift may be needed. Sometimes the installer will recommend a straight stairlift with the addition of some custom elements such as a hinge or slide track which is an addition to the rail that helps avoid obstructions such as a door at the top or bottom of the stairs.
Straight stairlifts can also be upgraded with extra features such as a powered swivel so that the seat automatically turns to let the user dismount. A powered footplate may also be added so that it folds up automatically without the user having to bend down. These features can be particularly helpful for users who struggle with back pain or without much strength in their arms.
What types of Straight Stairlifts are there?
Acorn / Brooks:
- Superglide 120 (discontinued)
- Superglide 130 (discontinued)
- Acorn 130 T700
- Stannah 400 (discontinued)
- Stannah 420 (discontinued)
- Stannah 600
Handicare /Companion/ Age UK:
- Handicare 950
- Handicare 1000
- Handicare 1100
Thyssenkrupp / Access:
- Levant Comfort
We offer straight stairlift removal, and buybacks for current models. If you have an unwanted stairlift that you require removing, please get in touch on 0800 177 7266 or Contact Us for a response in less than 24 hours.
No, straight stairlifts must be straight all the way up the rail. If it has any bends, even if most of the rail is straight it is classed as a curved stairlift.
Unfortunately, we don’t. We do however purchase the majority of makes and models if it is a current model that is being manufactured and under 5 years old. For more information on which straight stairlifts we can purchase fill in our contact form and a staff member will get back to you.
They are simpler to remove than curved stairlifts, and therefore take less time (around 30-45 minutes) but we would only recommend an experienced stairlift engineer removes it. Removing a stairlift yourself can be unsafe if you aren’t an experienced professional.
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