Features and options

Manual swivel seat
When you arrive at the top of the stair the manual swivel is released by levers positioned at the side of the seat, this enables the user to dismount onto the top landing. There are normally 3 locking positions to allow safe alignment.




Powered swivel seat
The same principal as above only the motion is power operated. The swivel is activated from the joystick control which operates the lift and allows variable stopping positions through its travel. The powered swivel can also be operated from the wall buttons top and bottom.


Manual hinged track

A hinged track will be required if there is a doorway or passageway in close proximity to the bottom step. As a general dimension, if a doorway or passageway is less than 300mm/12” from the bottom step then it is likely the track will need a hinged section. The manual hinge is usually assisted with a gas strut, however can be difficult for some users to operate and if this is the case you should consider a powered hinge.



Powered hinged track
As above only the hinge is lifted by pressing buttons located on the upper and lower landing and is lifted by an actuator or motor.



Automatic hinged track
As above only the hinge is activated automatically by the lift travel.




Sliding track
This option also allows doorways and passageways to be kept clear, the whole track slides up and down as the stairlift acends/decends on the track.




Downward facing seat
This option is only available for curved stairlifts and is used when the stair width is insufficient to accommodate a user travelling in the conventional position.  This may be because the user has limited knee flexion or simply because the stairs are too narrow.  These images represent a user with a fixed leg extension.




Footrest linkage
This device enables the footrest to be folded/unfolded without the need for bending down.  It can be linked to the seat, armrest or by a separate lever in most models.



Powered footrest
As above only the footrest is power operated and can be operated from a button on the chair arm or by simply lifting the seat the footrest will automatically fold away.


For users who have difficulty bending at the knees or for stairs which are too narrow to sit in the conventional way, this option allows the user to ride in a half standing or full standing position.  It may not be suitable if the user has balance problems, vertigo or suffers from dizzy spells.  A barrier arm can be fitted on the downside to give added protection.



Heavy duty
Stairlifts can cater for users up to a maximum weight of 30 stone.


Extended arm width
The width between the arms can be increased on some models to cater for clients who require extra width in the seat.


Space saver seat
This can be used where the user needs to sit further back into the seat or where clearance for the knees is limited.



Powered stand-up seat
If the user has difficulty standing up from a seated position this option will raise them up into a standing position, it works on a similar principal to a rise and recline chair.




Seat belt options:

  • Clasp – This supports round the waist and is normally the standard type of seat belt, it has similar fixings to rucksack straps.
  • Velcro – This supports round the waist and can be fitted if the user has poor dexterity.
  • Inertia – This supports round the users waist and has a retractable reel, it is also useful for users who only have use of one hand.


  • Diagonal Lap Belt – This supports round the waist and diagonally from the shoulders, it is normally provided for users who need upper body support.
  • Centre fastening retractable lap belt – This supports the user around their waist and has a retractable reel on both sides and secures in the centre.


Control options:

  • Joystick/Lever – This is the standard and most common type of control as it can normally be operated by most users, the joystick is simply moved in the desired direction of travel.


  • Buttons – These are positioned on the end of the armrest and there is an up button and a down button.


  • Rocker Switch – This is similar to buttons, however the switch pivots from the middle, again the lift will move according to the direction pressed.



  • Paddle Lever – This is a large lever which sticks out of the armrest and again could be used where the user has poor dexterity or is unable to grip with fingers.




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