Helpful Features of Modern Stairlifts: A Short Guide

Stairlifts have been around for many years, being sold on a commercial scale since as early as before the mid 1900s. They have since gone through many technological advancements and design enhancements, with modern stairlifts being available in a range of designs and with certain features that are made to further offer convenience to users.

In this short guide, we’ll take a look at what some of these features are, so you can see how they may help you and your mobility needs.

Swivel Seats

Many modern stairlifts nowadays come with swivel seats. This means the seat part of the lift can rotate 90 degrees either side, making it easier for you to get on the chair at the bottom of the stairs and safer to get off at the top – allowing you to step straight onto the landing.

This also makes it much easier and safer to get on and off should you need to carry something on your lap at the same time, for example a basket of washing/clean clothes or shopping bags. By facing away from the stairs, you can simply stand up whilst having a good grip on the items you’re carrying, without having to worry about also holding onto the bannister and potentially dropping your items or even losing your footing and falling.

Folding Hinge

Another common feature of many modern stairlifts is to have a folding hinge track. This is where the lower part of the track that meets the floor at the bottom of your stairs can fold up when the stairlift isn’t in use.

This is beneficial in a number of ways. Firstly, if space in your home is limited, then being able to fold the bottom part of the track away ensures that it isn’t a hindrance in your hallway or doorway, so that access to various areas of your home remains clear. They are also beneficial from a safety perspective, as being able to fold the track up stops you or other people from potentially tripping over it.

Remote Control

Most stairlifts will come with two remote controls – one to be kept at the top of the stairs and one to be kept at the bottom. This allows you and any other users of the stairlift in your home to call or send the stairlift from either end of the stairs as required, simply with the press of a button.

Your stairlift fitters may even be able to mount this on the wall for your convenience, ensuring it can be found in the same place and reducing the chances of it being lost.

Reliable Stairlift Installations in Northampton

Are you ready to invest in a stairlift? Perhaps you require an upgrade that encompasses these modern features. Either way, we can help here at Alfix.

With a range of straight or curved stairlifts to suit your individual needs, along with options for new or reconditioned models available to buy outright or rent depending on your financial requirements, we’re the stairlift fitters you can trust.

Get in touch with us today to speak with one of our experts.