With the advances in stairlift technology, the size and shape of stairlifts has changed, and with this the ability to be slimmer, and with functions like automatic footrests and perch seats, there is most likely a stairlift that will fit your stairs. At Carelift Services, we will visit you at your home and take measurements of your stairs, and from that point we will be able to assess which stairlift will be best for your stairs
What is the minimum width for a stairlift?
As a rule of thumb, a straight stair case would need to be at least 750mm (~29.5 inches) wide. If the stair case is curved the minimum width will increase to 850mm (~33.5 inches). However, those with narrow staircases need not worry – there's likely to be a solution out there for you. Stairlifts can typically be fitted to almost all width staircases, you just lose the luxury of having lots of manufacturers to choose from and those manufacturers who can provide a solution often come at a higher cost.
what custom features can make made the stairlift fit smaller staircases?
Compact designs and folding parts maximise space and efficiency. Folding arm-rests and seats, a folding footplate and a slim rail enable compact stairlifts to be neatly folded away when not in use, ideal for both the user and other members of the household who will be able to use the stairs as normal.
If your staircase is on the narrow side, is straight and you are able to sit on a higher seat, then the perch smart seat with its reduced wall to knee/toe measurement is the perfect solution.
A Perch seat means that the user is almost in a standing position when they are using the lift. There is a shortened seat (and retractable seat belt) which provides a stable support area for users to ‘perch’ on. This means that Perch Seats may also provide a solution for particularly narrow staircases where a user would not have room to travel in a seated position.
What about Curved Narrow Stairlifts?
If you have a very narrow curved stairs there's really only one stairlift available, the Access Flow range of stairlifts, they are manufactured and programmed bespoke to your slim staircase. When the carriage (seat part) approaches a bend, it electronically swivels the seat round to point the user's knees 45 degrees down the stairs, thus reducing the space between knees and opposing stair wall.
Will you find a stairlift suitable for steep stairs?
Yes, most stairlift companies have come to manufacture stairlifts to fit on steep stairs from the standard 42 degree pitch right up to 80 degrees. Stairlifts for narrow and steep stairs are widely available with a range of features to suit the user and make the most of the available space.