Stairlifts assist mobility impaired individuals by giving them the ability to travel up and down staircases in their homes. Instead of being stuck on the ground floor, these people are now free to move around in every part of their house.

One of the most common types of stair chair lifts are straight stairlifts. Their name is derived from the straight track that they are attached to. Straight stairlifts are designed for staircases that are in a straight line (ie. containing no bends or curves). If you have a circular staircase, you might find a curved stairlift more appropriate.

If you are confused as to which type of stairlift should be installed in your home, then fear not! Most stairlift companies will first visit your home to assess the environment where the stairlift will be installed. They will then be able to advise whether indeed a straight stairlift is the right option for you.

Straight Stairlift Models

There are a large number of straight stairlifts available on the market today. Below is a list of models from some of the most popular manufacturers.

Bruno Straight Stairlifts

Bruno’s range of straight stairlifts cater for both indoor and outdoor needs:

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 Electra-Ride LT (SRE-2750) Electra-Ride II (SRE-1550) Electra-Ride Elite (SRE-2010)Outdoor Electra-Ride Elite (SRE-2010E)

Stannah

Stannah offer a wide range of straight stairlifts to suit your individual requirements:

  • Starla
  • Saxon
  • Outdoor
  • Solus
  • Sofia

For more information about these models, you can visit the Stannah website.

Straight Stair Lift Installation

Straight stairlifts are the easiest kind of stairlift to setup. The installation does not need to bend around any curves or require any special modification as it is essentially a straight track. This also means that they are generally cheaper than their curved counterparts, as the only variable between installations is the length of the straight stairlift track. Mobility impaired users in wheelchairs also often feel safer using straight stairlifts.

Despite the fact that straight stairlifts cannot go around corners, your vendor might give you the option to install 2 straight stair lifts instead of a curved one. This will definitely end up being cheaper, as curved stairlifts are significantly more expensive units.

Straight Stairlift Features

Modern straight stairlifts come with a number of useful features that make operation a breeze.

Wireless Remote Control

stairlift-wireless-remote-controlWireless remote control means that the user can call the straight stairlift up or down the stairs whenever it is needed. Lifts are operated using a basic joystick, and the user has access to a lap harness which ensures they are fully secured when using the stairlift.

Safety Cut-out Sensor

One of the most important features of a straight stairlift is the safety cut-out sensor. If the sensor detects any type of object blocking the path of the lift, it will immediately shut down. This prevents the stairlift from crunching into anything, and therefore avoids any potential injuries being sustained by the user.

Swivel Seat

Another great feature of straight stair lifts is the swivel seat. The user can lock the seat into position before they board the stairlift. Once they have reached the final destination either at the top or bottom of the staircase, they can then swivel the chair to the most accessible angle for disembarkment, and lock it into place before getting out. This is one of the most important safety features of a straight stair lift.