If you have a curved staircase, don’t worry. There are curved stairlifts available to accommodate your needs. Installing a curved model is a little more difficult than installing a straight one, so it’s important to work with an experienced professional to insure your lift is installed correctly.
Installation of Curved Stairlifts
One of the best things about buying a curved stairlift is that you don’t need to make any structural changes to your home. The installer usually attaches the curved stairlift to the steps, not the wall, which means you don’t have to worry about cosmetic damage or expensive contractor bills. Curved stairlifts are ideal for homes with multiple stories, stairways with multiple landings, and stairways with 90-degree curves.
Terms You Need to Know
Before you start shopping for a chair lift, take time to familiarize yourself with some of the terms commonly used in the industry. Knowing these terms will make your shopping experience easier. The “track” of a chair lift is the metal portion attached to the stairwell. The term “carriage” is used to describe the platform that carries you up and down the stairs. A “cycle,” also called a round trip, refers to going up the stairway once and down the stairway once.
Most models come standard with battery backup and a hand controller for your convenience, but there are other options available. If you have limited space, think about getting a model that has a folding chair. When you get out of the chair lift, all you have to do is fold the chair’s arms and seat to create more room to move around. A folding chair is ideal if your stairway ends near a door. When choosing a stairlift, consider your height and weight before making a selection. Some models are made to accommodate tall people or people who exceed the weight limit for a standard lift.
Curved Chair Lift Safety
Curved stairways are difficult to navigate if you have mobility problems. A curved stairlift makes it easier for you to get up and down the stairs without tripping or falling. Curved stairlifts are also ideal for people with chronic illnesses such as lupus and fibromyalgia. If you experience a disease flare, you don’t have to worry about climbing the stairs when you feel weak or fatigued. Most models have several built-in safety features to protect you from getting stuck in the middle of the track. For example, specialized sensors are able to detect obstructions and stop the lift from moving.
Convenience and Comfort
Curved chair lifts have several features designed to keep you comfortable. A padded chair reduces pressure on your back and makes it easier to sit upright while traveling up and down your stairs. Swivel seats eliminate the need to twist your body when you are getting on and off the chair lift, reducing strain on your joints and muscles. The controller requires a light touch, making it easy to operate your chair lift even if you have a medical condition that limits flexibility in your fingers. Contact us today if you are ready to regain your independence simply by installing a curved stairlift in your home.