Choosing A Stairlift

Choosing a Stairlift2

The decision to have a stairlift installed is sometimes a difficult one to take but when compared with the alternative of moving home or living on one level of your property, many people have found a stairlift to be their preferred option.

When choosing a stairlift, there are 3 main specifics to consider:

1. Configuration of your staircase
2. Your personal needs
3. Affordability & how long it’s needed


 

1. Configuration of your staircase:

Staircases come in various shapes and sizes. In the stairlift industry they are commonly put in to two categories: straight staircases and curved staircases. If your stairs go in a straight line then you’ve got a straight staircase, if they do anything else (even if they don’t necessarily feature a curve or bend) then they usually fall in to the curved staircase category.

Straight staircase:

If you’ve got a straight staircases then you will need a Straight Stairlift.Example Of a Straight Staircase

Straight stairlifts run on a straight rail. They can be installed on various straight staircases including narrow, steep and long runs. They are only suitable for use where a stairlift travels in one straight line; for example from the bottom to the top as shown in the picture to the right.

At Unicorn Stairlifts we offer a varied range of straight stairlifts to accommodate the vast majority of different straight staircases and user requirements. To see our selection, please click here: Straight Stairlifts.


Curved staircase:

If your staircase features any type of curve, bend, fan shaped steps or a corner then you will require a Curved Stairlift.Example of a Curved Staircase

Curved stairlifts run on a bespoke design rail that is built to fit the configuration of your staircase perfectly. They can be designed to be installed on a number of staircases from standard 90° staircases to ones with multiple turns and bends. Curved stairlifts are not usually set priced due to variation. Prices are calculated on how many bends the staircase features plus the length of track. To get an accurate price we would recommend a staircase survey, you can book a FREE survey by clicking here: Stairlift Survey

We offer a varied range of curved stairlifts to accommodate the vast majority of staircases and user requirements. To see our selection, please click: Curved Stairlifts

Stairlift Hinge TrackAdditional Points of Note:

Consider obstructions such as doorways, radiators, pipes etc near the staircase particularly at the bottom. If you do have an obstruction then we can usually offer a practical solution. For example, if you find that having a stairlift would block access to a doorway at the bottom of the stairs we could install a folding hinge as pictured to the left (click here to see how a hinge track works) Many of our stairlifts can be adapted with various functions or alterations to the track to over come such problems.


 2. Your personal needs

Before purchasing a stairlift it’s important to consider your personal needs. Stairlifts can be adapted with various features to suit your requirements. Most stairlifts come with an array of standard features that are perfectly suited for the majority of users. In the event that your mobility could potentially hinder you from using a stairlift, then we can usually make adjustments to cater for your particular need. Stairlift features you should consider before buying are:

Controls:

If you have physical problems with your hands or wrist and find it difficult to keep the control button pressed for the whole trip then you may find a joystick mechanism easier to operate (on selected models). Also if you’ve got limited movement in one hand and would prefer to use your stronger hand, then we can usually put the controls to your preferred side.

Height:

If you have any hip, knee or back problems the height of the stairlift seat is important. We can adjust the height to suit your needs (only available on selected models).

Swivel Seat:

Example of Stairlift Swivel SeatA manual swivel seat is a standard feature on most stairlifts - this means you have to swivel the seat manually when getting off the stairlift at the top for access to the landing for example. This for the majority of users is fairly straight forward. However for those with hip or spinal problems it can be difficult. At Unicorn Stairlifts we can overcome this problem by fitting a power swivel to the stairlift (only available on selected models) which will automatically turn the stairlift at landing level. For curved stairlifts we can run the track on to the landing if there is sufficient room or again fit a powered swivel seat.

Footrest:

If you have problems bending down then reaching the footrest could be troublesome. Most stairlifts come with a manual footrest which require the user to bend down to fold/ Example of Stairlift Foot Rest2unfold. Most of the times the need to fold the footrest upwards isn’t necessary as it would stay down at all times. If however you do need to fold and unfold the footrest on a regular basis but have trouble bending down then we can offer a solution.The first solution is to link the footrest to the seat arm this enables the user to rise or lower the footrest by moving the chair arm up or down. (only available on selected models) The second option is to have a powered footrest fitted which means the footrest rises and lowers at the press of a button. (only available on selected models).

Weight:

Example of weight limit of stairliftStandard stairlifts have a user weight limit of between 18 (114kg) - 19 (120kg) stone. This can vary depending on the angle of the staircase - the greater the angle the less a stairlift can carry - typical staircases are between 40° - 44°. For users over the standard 18 - 19 stone limit, we can offer heavy duty stairlifts which take up to 25 (158kg) stone.


 

3. Affordability & how long it’s needed

We offer straight and curved stairlifts to buy new, reconditioned or for rental. We are an independent stairlift company meaning we are not tied to one particular brand of stairlift. This means we can offer you an array of different stairlift manufacturers to suit your needs and budget. We stock Acorn, Brooks, Bison, Stannah, Platinum and Minivator stairlifts.

Rental Stairlifts:

We offer straight and curved stairlifts for hire. We are one of only a small number of stairlift companies offering curved stairlifts for hire in the UK.

Renting a stairlift can be flexible and cost effective option when a stairlift is only required for a short period of time. If the stairlift is required for longer than 18 months for example, then it can become more expensive than the purchase of one outright. If you find that the rental stairlift is needed long term, we offer a discounted buy-out scheme when required.

An installation fee is required when renting a stairlift: £300.00 for straight stairlift rental and then £10.00 per week. £950.00 for curved stairlift rental and then £20.00 per week.

Rental stairlifts come with a continuous warranty, 24 hour response service and FREE removal.

Fully Reconditioned:

Reconditioned models offer large savings when compared to buying brand new stairlift.

Reconditioned models have usually been used (sometimes not for very long periods), purchased back and then fully reconditioned before installation.

We recondition the stairlift 100% throughout. This is carried out by our reconditioning specialists and when completed the used stairlift looks and works as you'd expect when buying new. We only recondition the latest stairlift models available which are generally no older than 1-3 years from date of manufacture. We don't offer older models as we usually find parts can become obsolete and no longer manufactured.

Reconditioned stairlifts come with 12 months warranty as standard with extended warranties also available.

Brand New:

Generally the most common purchase is buying a stairlift brand new. We order brand new stairlifts in advance so that we have them in stock for express delivery, other companies order them directly from the manufacturer which can mean longer waiting times. Also buying a new stairlift directly from an approved supplier like ourselves is cheaper than buying directly from the manufacture.

Brand new stairlifts come with 12 months warranty as standard with extended warranties also available.

 

 

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