A custom made curved stairlift is the perfect solution for you if your staircase has bends, corners, right angles or 180° turns in it (if your staircase is completely straight please go to our Straight Stairlifts section) . It is not an issue if your stair case is narrow or steep because no matter how complicated your stair case is, there is a stair lift out there for you.
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Typical features on a Curved Stairlift:
• Comfortable padded seating & back rest
• Fold up seat, foot rest & arms
• Battery powered
• Safety sensors
• Remote Controls
• Diagnostic Digital Display
• Safety Belt
• Directional paddle switches
• Swivel seat
Prices from £3,500
Examples of Popular Curved Stairlifts
Some individuals have no choice but to buy a curved stairlift. This is because they have a staircase that has bends in, usually at the top or the bottom. For example your staircase may look like this one on the right. If it does, then you need to buy a curved stairlift. Although they cost considerably more money than straight stairlifts, if you need one, you need one.
Luckily you have found UK Stairlifts, so we can do the hard work for you, for free! Read these examples of trusted curved stairlifts that we have listed below. We provide nothing but honest information and have done the research for you. This means, all you have to do, is make your decision.
The Acorn 80 Curved Stairlift
Perhaps the most popular curved stairlift, the Acorn 80 is uniquely designed to make it the quietest and smoothest journey possible. Read below to see some of it’s various features, so you can decide whether it is the best one for your home;
- It is battery operated, so it is much quieter than a lift that is connected to the mains. Noise isn’t the first factor that you would think of when purchasing a lift, however Acorn don’t fail to take it into account.
- Unique design helps assist a soft start and stop. Thus this means there will be no jolting at the beginning or end of the journey, so it is less dangerous for the user and it contributes the smoothest journey you can imagine.
- Incredibly fast and tidy installation. This curved stairlift almost takes just as much time as a straight stairlift to install, there is no need for an electrician either because it is battery charged and not connected to the mains.
- Tidy and convenient because there is no need to interrupt the decor to connect it to the domestic domains electric supply. The list also attaches to the stairs and not the walls, meaning there is absolutely no chance it can damage your wallpaper.
- It can attach to almost every staircase because it connects to the stairs and is custom made for each household.
- Comes with a swivel seat which allows for easy entry and exit to the stairlift. This is because you can rotate to the direction you wish to get on/off.
- Very easy to control. It can even be called remotely when you are not on the stairlift, so this means it is virtually impossible to get stuck upstairs or downstairs.
- The footrest can fold away so that if anyone else needs to use the staircase, they can.
- It is built to last. This is because it comes with a Diagnostic Display which will make the user aware of any problems with the stairlift as soon as they occur. Thus, the staircase maintains it’s good condition for a long time.
- Comes equipped with all the safety features required, giving you piece of mind.
It’s clear to see why the Acorn 80 is a favourite. It comes with a large variety of features and can virtually fit any home. So, it is clearly an excellent option for anyone.
Sofia Curved Stairlift
The Sofia curved stairlift boasts a modern design and lots of features to ensure the comfort and safety of its user.
The Sofia is designed to fit on both curved and straight rails. Stannah’s curved rails are designed specifically for the staircase to which they are to be fitted. The twin rails are slender but strong, giving the Sofia a smooth, firm ride up and down.
A large well cushioned seat gives the user lots of lower back support when they are on board. The seat covering of either vinyl or fabric comes in a range of colours, to help the stairlift co-ordinate with the home.
The stairlift is operated by an easy to use control by the passenger or by remote controls at either end of the stairs. This means that for any reason the stairlift is not on the same level as you, you can call it at the push of a button.
The lift can be folded away quickly and easily with a great ‘one step folding’ system. By pulling the arm rests up. The rest of lift is then folded away automatically.
The Sofia has a number of safety features including a swivel seat to make getting off the lift at the top of the stairs safer, a seat belt to keep the passenger secure, sensors to detect any objects on the stairs and stop the lift and when the passenger is safely aboard and a key switch to immobilise the lift when not in use.
The Liberator Curved Stairlift
The whole Liberator range is manufactured in the UK. It is designed to offer maximum safety, reliability and comfort for those who find difficulty in negotiating stairways in their homes.
Like a good curved stairlift should, the Liberator guarantees to fit a complex staircase with twists and turns. Engineers find this model useful because of it’s adaptability to fit any staircase. The expertise of the Liberator stairlift shines in these curved applications. So, its definitely worth contemplating buying a Liberator curved stairlift if you have an awkward staircase. Here are some of the features from liberator.
- The Liberator stairlift’s unique rail design can fit into the narrowest and tightest of stairways. Furthermore, because it has the least number of joints, you get a smooth and sturdy ride.
- The battery powered drive system ensures smooth quiet operation and also guarantees travel even in the event of a power cut.
- Light finger tip pressure on the joystick in the direction of travel gives effortless control. Liberator designed this stairlift for those who have very limited hand movement.
- Call/ Send stations that are positioned at the top and bottom of the stairs are operated by infrared handsets. Avoiding the need for electrical wiring installation. It also means that you can’t lose a remote control because they are always at the top and the bottom of the staircase.
- Liberator designed this stairlift to look as good as possible in your home. They fix the rail to the stairs and not to the wall, and along with the addition of cabling loops on the back, removes any requirements for trunking to your skirting boards.
- Pressure-sensitive edges are installed to the foot rest and carriage. These stop the curved stairlift if it hits an obstruction. Thus, preventing you from having a potentially serious accident.
- Comes equipped with an over-speed governor that will prevent you building up an unsafe speed.
It’s safe to say that the liberator curved stairlift is a very competent model and an option definitely worth considering.
The Sarum Curved Stairlift
The Sarum stair lift from Stannah is part of their classic range. They designed the lift for curved stair cases, so the lift is suitable for tricky staircases. Here are a few features of the Sarum;
- Sarum stairlifts run on twin, slim-line rails designed to fit your stair case exactly. The bespoke fitting means the rails take up as little room as possible, leaving the stairs clear for other people. Also, the pearl finish blends rails in with the existing décor of your house.
- Includes a swivel seat, operated by levers on both sides of the chair. It makes mounting and dismounting the stair lift safe and easy. A powered swivel is available to make this process even easier, but does not come as standard.
- Conveniently designed with a fold away foot rest. There is no need to bend down – just use the footrest lever and the rest comes up flush to the carriage. Simple.
- A strong retractable seat belt is fitted with the stairlift. It keeps the passenger comfy and secure whilst in the seat of the stair lift.
- In-built sensors make the Sarum even more safe. They detect any unusual objects on the stairs that could potentially cause an accident and stop the lift if it does so.
- Sarum stairlifts come with a key switch beneath the arm rest that immobilises the lift. Thus, this means that no inquisative grandchildren or children use it when they shouldn’t.
- The Sarum is battery powered, running separately from mains power. This ensures the stair lift can be used in the event of a power cut, never leaving you trapped upstairs or downstairs. The battery recharges itself, so it is always ready to go.
- It is very simple to operate, wherever you are. It can be fitted with either a push button or a joystick, on either arm. You can also call the stair lift when you are not aboard, from either the top or the bottom of the stairs. This is because controls fitted to the wall mean you can call the lift from wherever you are.
- Stannah provide a full two year warranty of all new Sarum stairlifts. This also includes two free services, to keep your curved stair lift in tip top shape. If for some reason your stairlift breaks down, Stannahs nationwide network of engineers can be called out at any time of day, every day of the year. The Sarum curved stairlift is also available as a reconditioned model.
Stannah have made a very competent stairlift in the Sarum. It is definitely a good option for a curved staircase.
Minivator 2000 Curved Stairlift
Minivator, well-known for its wide range of stair lifts, has aimed the 2000 at the curved stairlift market. They have optimised the track for the best ride, making the stairlift neat and versatile. However your relative’s staircase is configured, the Minivator 2000 curved stair-lift will fit tightly to their wall. Meaning that they don’t have to worry about the shape of their staircase.
One innovation on the Minivator 2000 curved stairlift is a twin rail system. This helps level the chair when going around corners and also cuts down on maintenance expenses, as there’s no need for a second motor. For example, on some starilifts there are two motors. Two motors mean that the maintenance cost is considerably more.
Types of Curved Staircase
Choosing the correct stairlift to fit your staircase is a hard task. This is because there are many different types of staircase out there. Here are a few of the different types of curved stairlifts.
- Spiral Staircases – Spiral staircases are an obvious one to start with, they are just a constant curve until you’ve reached the top. If you have a spiral staircase, fortunately you can rest assured that you have a high chance of a stairlift fitting. On the other hand, you will need a curved stairlift so it would be a curved price.
- Half/Quarter Landings – A half or quarter landing is when you have a large square step between two flights of stairs. These half landings can be found right in the middle of the staircase or even one step from the top, it will differ from staircase to staircase. Now with this type of staircase you will most likely have a few options. Option:1 – The most obvious, but most costly option is a curved stair lift which will start at the bottom curve around the half landing and drop you off at the top. Option:2 – If you have one part of the staircase which is shorter than the other, you might choose to have one straight stairlift fitted on the longer flight and not on the other, this way you save money, as long as you are able to climb the remaining stairs. Option:3 – is to have two straight stair lifts installed so you can hop off the first, and onto the second one on the half landing, this way you may end up paying less than getting a curved stairlift.
- Fan/Wedge Shape Corners – A fan shape is where the stairs when the stairs will turn but instead of having a big square step like a half landing, you will be faced with 2-4 steps that are triangular shaped. With this type of corner a lot of people will want the stair lift to start or finish on top of this turn so they can hop on and off, this will result in havin a straight stairlift installed which will save money, however, due to health and safety regulations it is no longer allowed. If you have this type of turn on your stairs you have to have a curved stair lift so it can actually take you past the corner.
- Overrun Staircases – Some staircases may be fine to fit to, but when it comes to getting on and off the stair lift at the top or bottom, it may be a bit awkward. This is where an overrun comes in. An overrun means that the stairlift will not only cover the stairs, but will extend onto the landing at the top or bottom of the stairs. This is usually to make it easier to get off the stair lift, or to be more practical for the shape or space of the landing. If you require or want an overrun, even if the staircase is straight, you will require a curved stairlift as the rail will have to bend to extend onto the landing.
Evaluation of a Curved Stairlift and some things to note
Your relative’s curved stairlift must precisely fit their staircase. Unfortunately, this unique process makes a curved stairlift more expensive than a straight stairlift. The exact figure is dependent on how curved the stairlift needs to be. A curved stairlift manufacturer will be able to give you an exact installation quote once they’ve measured up your staircase.
Curved stairlifts have many advantages – not least that your relative will be able to stay in their own home – but there are some disadvantages, too. Another individual could not buy a curved stairlift from you. This is because you have uniquely fit the stairlift for the purpose of your house. So, your relative really has to consider whether they really need one – after all, a curved stairlift might cost £4,000 or more.
Because of the customisation issue, renting a curved stair lift or opting for a reconditioned one is not feasible, either. Maintenance and servicing of a curved stairlift are also more costly than for straight stairlifts.
On the plus side, a curved stairlift doesn’t detract from the elegance of a staircase and can be fitted on either side of the stairs. One of the most vital things is finding a stairlift manufacturer that will fit a stairlift that exactly matches your relative’s staircase measurements. Remember, if it’s not perfect for your relative’s staircase, then it won’t be perfect for anyone else’s either. So this means they could lose £4,000 or more if they decide they don’t need it and can’t sell it on.
Should you decide that you don’t need to spend this much on a curved stairlift, then there are two alternative options;
- Bridging Platform – Instead, your relative could have a bridging platform installed. This is a small folding wooden platform allowing your relative to transfer from the stairlift to the landing without the need for a curved stair lift. This can save a lot of money, as a curved stair lift is likely to cost at least £3,000. If your relative is not very steady or has vertigo or similar problems, a bridging platform won’t be suitable, though.
- Two Straight Stairlifts – Another alternative to a curved stairlift is two straight stairlifts. Again, this will save a lot of money over a curved stair-lift. You might like to bear in mind though that, with two stairlifts involved, there’s twice the risk of something going wrong, and twice the cost of warranties and servicing. There’s also the issue of the delightfully named ‘mid-flight transfer’, a manoeuvre that’s not suitable for all users.
Hopefully you now have enough information to make your decision. However, if you still wish to get in contact with us just call 0800 080 7887 alternatively, you can email us at:firstname.lastname@example.org or use our Free Stairlift Assessment Form on the right hand side.