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If you’re familiar with modern UK stairlifts, then you’ll know that there are three main types of stairlift: straight, curved and outdoor. But depending on the layout of your home, you’ll want to know ‘what are the different rail options available?’

Ultimately, the rail type you’ll need will depend on the type of staircase you have, and where in your home you want to get your stairlift installed. Read on to find out more about hinged rail stairlift options.

What are hinged rail stairlifts?

Hinged rails are an important part of making your stairlift safe as they help to prevent the stairlift track from becoming a tripping hazard. With a hinged rail stairlift you’re able to move part of the rail out of the way and into the air so it no longer crosses open passages or doorways. This leaves the area clear and free of obstacles.


Who needs a hinged rail stairlift?

The most common reason for needing a hinged rail stairlift is lack of space.
If you have a household obstruction at the bottom of your stairs such as a door, cupboard, or radiator, then you’ll qualify for a hinged rail. The minimum distance required for a stairlift is 26 inches or 650mm. This ensures you have ample space to park your stairlift safely at the bottom of the stairs.


Types of hinged rails

There are two types of hinged rail stairlifts to choose from: manual and powered. Manual hinge rails can be lifted or lowered by hand. These put the user in control and are designed to make using them as easy as possible. However, if you aren’t able to bend down, then this might not be the right choice for you. Users of a manual hinge rail need to be physically able to bend down to take the track in and out when needed.

The other option is powered hinge rails. These are a great option if your mobility is particularly limited. They fold/unfold and store themselves away automatically, without the user having to bend or kneel down during each use. With powered hinge rails, you simply pull the toggle provided and your track does the rest for you.

Still unsure whether you need a hinged rail stairlift? Not to worry – when you request a callout from Halton Stairlifts, a qualified stairlift engineer will always call to double check the suitability for installation before anything moving forward.

The team at Halton Stairlifts offer a wide variety of stairlift options to suit all needs. To learn more about our full range of stairlifts, rails, and installation options, call our friendly team on 0800 644 7766  to request a brochure or to arrange a no-obligation quote.