Curved Stair Lifts

Curved Stair Lifts

A stair lift can mean the difference between mobility and stasis for someone. Whether the person is disabled or elderly, being able to move around is important, especially in your own home. Because so many homes already have staircases in varying shapes and designs, sometimes curved stair lifts will be necessary.

Curved staircases are beautiful as a feature of a home. The great thing about curved stair lifts is that they conform to the shape of your stairway, and you don’t have to throw out the idea of a stair lift simply because your stairway isn’t straight.

Stair lifts today are built to accommodate all shapes and sizes of stairways. They are attractive and will mesh well with your house’s interior design. So many advances have been made in stair lift design, that this is no longer an issue.

Curved Stair Lift Changes

Many years ago, choices in stair lift design were extremely limited. They only went in a straight line, and they tended to be larger and not work as well. They only worked on AC power, which meant that you wouldn’t be able to use your lift in the event of a power outage. The lifts constantly needed lubrication, and the old rope pulley systems that sometimes used linked chains often broke down or required a lot of maintenance.

Nowadays, stair lifts are able to run on DC power, and their power packs are able to be discreetly tucked away underneath the chair or at the base. You can use straight or curved chair lifts if the power is out, and they generally require much less maintenance and break down far less often.

Curved Stair Lift Designs

There are a number of different manufacturers of curved stair lifts today, providing you with a number of options when you are looking to purchase a lift. Some companies manufacture curved lifts that continue on past the stairwell so that the lift does not end abruptly at the top or the bottom of the stairs. This can have a nice aesthetic effect, as well as maintain a consistent, flowing look to the chair lift that is visually appealing.

Some curved stair lifts have a double rail design which many people also find to their liking. The double rail provides security and stability for the journey up and down stairs. Some people prefer a single track. It really is a matter of preference and taste.

Most curved stair lift designs will hug the wall very tightly, using a minimum amount of space while providing the maximum comfort for the ride, as well as leaving lots of extra space for other people to walk up and down the stairs.

There are a number of seat designs as well when you are selecting a curved stair lift. All of them are comfortable, and most of them also have a swivel feature in order to negotiate the turns and curves of the staircase as it is moving up or down. There are also a number of color and style options so you can choose something that will match well with your décor.

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