Fitting a straight stairlift to a straight staircase is very simple. There are many varieties of straight stair lifts compared to the variety of curved stairlifts; this gives the user many options that will best suit their needs and requirements.
The diagrams below illustrate the style of staircases suitable for straight stairlifts.
- A – Straight staircase. Simplest and cheapest staircase to install a straight stair lift.
- B – Straight staircase with a single step. Assumes user can manage last single step or requires a bridging platform which can only be considered if suitable for the individual user. Bridging platforms are less popular nowadays, and some companies will not consider them under health and safety. A curved stairlift would be the preferred, safer option.
- C – Straight staircase with fan turn. Requires a curved stairlift.
- D – Split staircase. It's possible to fit two straight stairlifts into a split staircase, allowing the user to manoeuvre between them. Alternatively, a curved stairlift would be the preferred option.
When looking for a straight stair lift, there are a number of key things to consider: Cost, ease of use, safety, and comfort being some of the most important.
Stairlifts for straight staircases are less expensive than stairlifts for curved staircases, starting at around £1875.00 for both the stairlift and the installation. However, the price often depends on the supplier and the specification of the stairlift. A stair lift gives the assurance that the user can get up and down stairs safely and in comfort, making the cost of a straight stair lift very much justifiable.
Straight stair lifts can differ in cost depending on the specification. Some features, such as padded seats, armrests, and swivel seats, are standard. This ensures the user experiences maximum comfort when sitting in the stair lift and getting on and off the stair lift. Stairlifts will always be fitted with safety sensors and a secure safety belt for safety purposes. In 2023 stairlift legislation changed. Now, all new stairlifts must detect the seatbelt is fastened before the stairlift will move.
Additional features such as remote controls, powered swivel seats and powered hinge rails will add to the cost. Remote controls allow the user to call the stair lift to them or send the stair lift back to its original position if a second user requires it. Powered swivel seats enable the seat to swivel automatically at the press of a button once at the top of the stairs. Powered hinge rails allow straight stairlifts to be fitted even when there’s a doorway at the bottom of the stairs, causing an obstruction for the chairlift seat to park.
Most stairlift suppliers offer a free home survey to assess the staircase and advise which straight stair lift is best. The straight stair lift price depends on this survey; it is important to have the home survey to give an accurate quote. The survey will provide essential information to ensure the right straight stair chairlift is specified for the home. The surveyor will advise which optional extras will be most beneficial for each user to ensure the stair lift is as easy to operate as possible.
The installation for straight stair lifts is often very simple and hassle-free. Many suppliers offer next-day installation, too. Not only are surveys and installations easy to arrange but the work can also be completed quickly too. Straight stair lifts are far easier to install than curved ones and can typically be installed in half a day.
Acorn Stairlifts manufacture a straight stairlift called the Acorn 130. Companion Stairlifts produces the Handicare 1100 and 1000 straight stairlifts for straight staircases.
Take a look at our stairlift comparison table to get an overview of each straight stairlift model side-by-side.