Curved vs. Straight Stairlifts

Not all staircases are alike and if you’re looking at getting a stairlift, you’ll need to understand the difference. Some stairs are quite straight from top to bottom, while others have a landing in the middle. Others are curved and circular, so see below to find out more about which stairlift would suit you best.

Pros and Cons of Straight Stairlifts

Straight stairlifts are much faster to install as they are already available. You can often find standard sizes of rails and simply have them set up in your home. The installation is rapid and you only deal with minor issues, such as positioning.

Straight stairlifts are much simpler to install, so they tend to be cheaper. This makes them a good choice if you are looking for a way to speed up the entire process. Of course, you do need to have straight staircases in order to use them.

A straight stairlift is faster to install and will only take two or three hours to get it all set up and ready to use. This includes the time that is spent showing you how to effectively use and maintain the device.

Pros and Cons of Curved Stairlifts

Since even circular stairs are not standard, each stairlift that is meant for a curved staircase will need to be built specifically for that stairway. This means spending more money, as they are designed for your particular staircase. In some cases, if the curve is a popular design, you’ll find options that are suited to it for a lower price, but they won’t fit quite right.

Curved stairlifts are far more elegant than straight ones and are well designed. They can look really nice alongside your staircase.

These devices also take longer to install, due to the more complex nature of the design. You can expect it to take a couple of hours longer than the straight versions. However, they are just as secure and in the end, the use of these curved stairlifts is identical to those of the straight ones.

If you’re planning to build a home with a staircase, you may wish to consider which type of stairlift you’ll want in the future. This can help you figure out which option you prefer and you can plan ahead for it.

Are you ready to install a stairlift in your home? Whether it’s curved or straight, Alfix has exactly what you need and the experienced technicians to go with it. Contact us now for a quote on your project.