What are the Different Types of Stairlifts?

Stairlifts restore independence to those who struggle to get up or down stairs due to mobility issues. A one-off stairlift installation can give you the freedom to enjoy every area of your home without having to rely on others.

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If you’re interested in a stairlift, make sure you choose the right one for you. There are three types of stairlifts, two of which are available with delivery, installation and a 2-year warranty from Ideas in Action. This article will help you discover the perfect stairlift for your needs.

Straight Stairlifts

If you ask someone to think of a stairlift, they’ll almost always picture an indoor variety. That’s because indoor stairlifts are far more common. They provide all the benefits of an outdoor stairlift but are better protected from adverse weather, damage and vandalism.

Straight stairlifts are the most popular type of indoor stairlift. They consist of a chairlift stair and straight track that is fitted to the stair tread. The track is not fitted to the wall, making them simple to install and easy to remove. The stairlift takes a straight path between its start and finish point, so it’s perfect for anyone with a straight staircase.

If you have a completely straight staircase, the straight stairlift can transport you from one end to the other without having to climb any extra steps. This makes it the ideal choice for those who suffer with aching or painful joints, or a disability or condition that affects their mobility, such as osteoarthritis or multiple sclerosis.

Curved Stairlifts

Another popular option is the curved stairlift, which is designed to help users travel up spiral or cornered staircases.

Curved stairlifts can manage the trickiest of turns — even those at a 90° angle. No matter how unorthodox your staircase might be, curved stairlifts give you the freedom to travel up and down without relying on others. Both the single rail system and twin rail system offers a smooth, judder-free ride, plus there are seat belts and a foot rest for extra safety.

We’d recommend a curved stairlift even if your staircase is mostly straight. Installing a straight stairlift on a mostly straight stairlift will still require you to walk up or down a few stairs. Curved stairlifts eliminate this problem and prevent any stress being placed on aching or painful joints. We make each curved stairlift to order, ensuring it fits your stairs perfectly.

Outdoor Stairlifts

Stairs aren’t limited to the home. Outdoor stairlifts help you transition from indoors to outdoors safely. Perfect for when the ground is icy, outdoor stairlifts enable you to bypass slippery steps and get onto the ground in a safe and controlled manner.

You won’t need to worry about others using your stairlift, either. Many of these chairs include a key system to prevent unauthorised access.

Cash for Scrap on New Stairlifts

If you are in need of a new stairlift, come to Ideas In Action – we can take care of installing your new stairlift, and removing your old one. We are now offering up to £100 off your new stairlift, if you scrap your old one with us.

Contact our team to ask about new stairlifts.



Ideas in Action offers straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts to customers across Birmingham and the West Midlands. We understand how important it can be to have a stairlift in your home, which is why we offer flexible options to our customers to find the right equipment and plan for them.

In addition to selling a range of straight and curved stairlifts, we also provide stairlift rental for those who have temporary mobility conditions or regularly move between homes. Whatever you need, our friendly team will speak to you and carry out an assessment of your staircase to find your perfect fit.

Get in touch today on 0121 371 0780 or via our contact form