Historical records have shown that the very first stairlift was used by
King Henry VIII of the United Kingdom in the early 16th century! The 30 stone king, injured through jousting, used a chair that was hauled up and down stairs on a block and tackle system by servants at the ancient Whitehall Palace in London.
Modern stairlifts have been around for around 80 years, but they took the form you see today around 25 years ago.
The first were very crude, mains power operated, pulled by a cable which wrapped around a drum. Today
the latest utilise a hidden rack and pinion system and are battery powered so they still operate in a power outage.
The best manufacturers are constantly updating their product range with new features
and improved stairlift models with such features as digital display panels.
Acorn Stairlifts are the World's leading manufacturer and supplier of stairlifts
and offer the very best features on their stairlifts such as:
- Padded seat and backrest
- Directional paddle switches
- Inertial reel safety belt
- Folding arms, seat and footrest
- Lockable swivel seat
- Fast, no mess installation
- Lockable on/off switch
- Diagnostic digital display
- Safety sensors
- Remote controls
Does the stairlift rail fix to the wall?
All modern stairlift rails fix directly to
the treads of the stairs, straight or curved, the stairs support the
weight of the stairlift. There is no need to redecorate when you have a stairlift fitted, the installation is trouble and mess free.
How long does it take to install a stairlift?
A straight stairlift can be fitted within an hours, a curved stairlift depends on the complexity of the staircase, and the number of corners involved, but can usually be completed with 3 or 4 hours.
What happens if there is a power outage?
All modern stairlifts now run on rechargeable batteries that automatically charge when the stairlift is in its parked position, either at the top or bottom of the staircase.
What is the maximum weight a stairlift can carry?
Maximum weight depends on model of stairlift, but it ranges from 250lbs to 350lbs for the heavy duty models.
How much does a stairlift cost?
Always a tricker question to answer, as it depends on the staircase that it is being fitted to and the requirements of the user, which will determine the options necessary. An Acorn straight stairlift is usually between $2,500 - $4,500 supplied and
stairlifts are in a higher price range due to the extra complexities, but start around £4,000. For
a no obligation quote, to get a more accurate figure based on your requirements contact
If I order a stairlift, how long would it be before I could get it installed?
Next day installation is available for
new straight stairlifts, but usually it takes three to five working days. Curved stairlifts can usually be fitted in about 2 weeks from the technical site survey.
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