Stair Lifts Atlanta Tip: The Difference Between a Straight and a Curved Stair Lift

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There is no newel at Loretto Chapel’s spiral staircase (the “Miracle stair”) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here at Stair Lifts Atlanta we encounter many situations in which our customers are confronted with having to solve accessibility challenges in their Atlanta residence. You may be seeking to solve accessibility challenges for yourself or a loved one due to a disability or a progressive illness.

You may realize that in order to gain access to your Atlanta residence, you or your loved one will require some kind of home modification, such as a ramp or a stair lift, in order to gain access to your home. Do you know the difference between a straight and a curved stair lift? Would you like some tips on how to select a stair lift?

Your first decision is to decide whether you need a stair lift or some other form of accessibility modification. Once you have determined that a stair lift is the best option for your home, the next step is to decide whether you need a straight or curved stair lift. Many people have difficulty understanding the difference between a straight and a curved stair lift. The following are facts about straight stair lifts and curved stair lifts.

Straight Stair Lifts
Every straight stair lift has a straight track, with no curves, turns or changes in the direction of the track. Straight stair lifts are economical and available to order–able to be installed in a reasonable time frame. The reason for this is that they are not custom made but rather are available as stock items. The stair lift installer will measure the stair and cut the track to fit the stair length in your home. Straight stair lifts are the answer to many of the accessibility challenges you face in your home.

Curved Stair Lifts
Curved stair lifts are installed on stairs that are running in multiple directions with a landing in the middle. This type of stair would be a switch back stair or a stair that goes up to a landing and makes a U-turn, or turns right or left. Curved stair lifts are also used when the steps are irregular, or there is a long step in the middle of a straight run of stairs. A curved stair lift will require custom manufacturing based on the details of your stair. The curved stair lift will have a longer lead time (ordering time frame). The curved stairway is significantly more expensive than a straight stair lift.

Some Considerations
Switch Back Stairs: For a switch back stair (which can be described as a stair with a landing in the middle), individuals with the ability to get on and off the chair on the stair lift, and take a few steps, it may be economically more feasible to install two separate straight stair lifts.

How is the Stair Lift Supported? Both straight and curved stair lift’s are supported on the individual steps of the stair. They are not mounted on the wall and do not require additional structural support from the wall.

Georgia Certified Stair Lift Installation: Every stair lift installation in the State of Georgia is required to be completed by a state certified stair lift installer.

If you would like a Georgia certified stair lift installer to contact you to discuss your options for having a straight or curved stair lift installed in your home, please contact Stair Lifts Atlanta by telephone at 770-880-3405, in order to schedule an in-home appointment.  Now you definitely know the difference between a straight and a curved stair lift!


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