Stairs come in all shapes and sizes. And stairlifts come in different designs to suit the needs of your home. If you’ve been finding the stairs a bit of a struggle and have a staircase that has one turn or more, or a small landing midway, you may have asked ‘can stairlifts turn corners?’ and wondered what type of stairlift is best for your stairs. A curved stairlift might be just the answer you’re looking for.
Can Stairlifts Be Fitted to Any Stairs?
Stairlifts can be fitted to most staircases, but if your stairway is particularly compact or has a turn or bend, you may want to arrange for a home assessment. With a home assessment, an experienced engineer will visit your home and measure your hallway, stairs, and landing, and evaluate whether a stairlift is a suitable option for you. If your home measures up, the engineer would then recommend the best type of stairlift to meet your requirements.
If your stairs run in a straight line, usually from a hallway to a landing, then a straight stairlift would be the best type of stairlift.
If your stairs have a turn or a corner, then a curved stairlift would be the best option.
So, Can Stairlifts Turn Corners?
Yes, some stairlifts can turn corners. Curved stairlifts are designed to go around any corners or bends on stairs. They are customised to suit the measurements of a specific staircase. This means you can complete your staircase in one continuous journey, without the risk of transferring yourself across a landing or trying to manage the final few steps on your own.
How Does a Curved Stairlift Work?
A curved stairlift is fitted to a specially designed track that follows the curves and turns of your staircase. It is operated in the same way as a straight stairlift and will come with many of the same features.
Curved Stairlifts are usually battery operated. Your curved stairlift will need to be on charge when it’s not in use, just so you can use it in an emergency if there’s a power cut.
How Much Does a Curved Stairlift Cost?
Curved stairlifts are often more expensive than straight stairlifts. This is because they are manufactured, customised, and installed to fit your stairs perfectly.
Reconditioned curved stairlifts can be a more affordable option. Fully serviced and carefully restored, they are reliable and comfortable to use and can often offer better value for money, depending on your budget.
Because of the bespoke nature of many curved stairlifts, it can be difficult to give an accurate estimate. Our quick quote system can give you an accurate quote in no time at all based on the information you provide, so you can make an informed decision about buying a curved stairlift.
If you want to find out more about curved stairlifts, take a test drive in our Speke showroom, or want to arrange a free no-obligation home assessment with one of our engineers then give us a call on 0800 644 7766.