Climbing up and down the staircase is one of the most common challenges faced by older adults and people with mobility issues. Stair lifts resolves complex staircase challenges by allowing the user to glide up and down a flight of stairs easily and comfortably. Leading manufacturers offer innovative models of stair chair lifts to suit the different types of indoor and outdoor staircase configurations. If your home has a curved/spiral staircase with bends, turns or landings, then a curved stair lift is the ideal option. The device features a motorized seat that runs along a track attached to the side of the stairs (not the wall). The lift will faithfully follow every curve of the staircase from top to bottom and allow the user to travel up and down safely and comfortably in a seated/perched/standing position.
Quality curved stair chair lifts are integrated with high-end features to provide a smooth and safe ride. They come with a slim foldaway design that allows the device to be folded and kept out of the way when not in use, thereby enabling the free flow of regular stair traffic. Some of the common safety features incorporated in these devices include swivel seat, hand-held remote controls (allows users to ‘call’ or ‘send’ the lift up and down the staircase), lockable key switch (to prevent unauthorized use), seat belt and safety sensors that automatically stop operation if any specific obstruction is encountered.
Popular Models of Curved Stair Lifts
- Bruno Elite Curved – Featuring a safe, durable design, this model can be virtually on all types of curved stairways. It comes with a total weight capacity of 400 lbs and a strong, resilient drive system that ensures safe operation and durability.
- Handicare 2000 – Integrated with a twin rail system, this model has the tightest track bends for more room on the staircase. Seats are available in three variations – Smart, Perch and 2000 Simplicity. This model comes with a standard weight capacity of 253 lbs and this can be increased to 300 lbs by having the heavy duty kit fitted on the lift.
- Handicare Free Lift – This comes in three models:
- Vermeer – Ideal for multi-storey houses and apartment block stairwells, this model comes with advanced features such as a wide range of track configurations upstairs and downstairs and LED diagnostic system in the armrest.
- Van Gogh – This model is mainly designed for the outside of the stairs, normally the longer wall or banister measurement. It comes with a single tubular track, which is less than 8 cm. in diameter.
- Rembrandt – Ideal for the inside of the stairs (normally the shorter wall or banister measurement), this design leaves plenty of space on staircase. It features two standard remote controls (one upstairs and one downstairs) that allow users to send lift up and down the track without having to sit on it.
With the technical jargon involved and the wide range of models available, buying a curved stairlift can be confusing. To choose the right option, get informed advice from your dealer in accessibility products. Established dealers would also offer the best prices, free shipping, and professional installation support.