Stair Lift Accessibility
Stairlifts from Next Day Access are available in a variety of styles and models so that you can find one that matches your budget and style. With elegant touches and master craftsmanship, our stair lift selection meets the needs for different weight capacities and configurations. Additional options include a powered swivel chair or folding rails at the bottom of the staircase so that the rail does not impede high traffic areas or doorways.
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It is important to know that stairlifts are bolted directly to the treads of a staircase, not the wall. This ensures that they are compatible with nearly any staircase, regardless of whether it has walls or banisters on either side. The chair and motor run along an aluminum rail, which is attached to your stairs with a mount on every few steps. While your stairlift is battery powered, the lift will need to be plugged in to keep the batteries charged– it requires a standard wall outlet, the same as you would plug a lamp into.
We offer straight stairlifts for rental. They are a great option when you have a friend or relative visiting who needs assistance getting up the stairs, or while recovering from an injury. Rental options are more affordable than buying a lift. Custom curved stairlifts are not available for rental because they are custom-made to your staircase. In some situations, two straight units can be installed for rental use in split level homes or staircases that have landings in the middle. You also use that double unit option while you are waiting for your custom curved lift to be built.
Our stairlifts battery powered–the battery charges at the top or bottom of the rail. The unit will charge anytime it is not in use. In the case of a power outage, a fully charged unit will continue to run for multiple trips before needing to be charged again.
Most standard units have a weight capacity 300 lbs. to 350 lbs. There are heavy duty lifts available with weight capacities of 600 lbs. Typically if the end-user’s weight is near the capacity of a particular lift, we recommend moving to a higher capacity stairlift. Heavy duty lifts come with wider seats to ensure a comfortable ride.
Stairlifts usually only take up about 24” of space on the staircase, depending on the make and model. When not in use, the seat, arm rests, and footrest can be folded up to about 14” wide, creating more space on the stairs. Stairlifts also come with a remote control that can be used to send the chair to the top or bottom of the stairs when not in use.
For the large majority of households, the answer is yes! There are two main types of stairlifts: straight rail, and custom curved rail. The straight rail variations are perfect for stairs that don’t have any turns, curves, or landings along the way. They typically cost between about $3,000 and $5,000, and can often be installed quickly because they do not require customization.
Custom curved stair lifts are custom fabricated to fit a specific staircase. The turn corners and wrap around walls. Typically, we come to your home to take photo-survey of the staircase using a special 3-D camera. The images are then sent to the manufacturer to fabricate your custom railing. This is more complex, and these stair lifts typically cost about $10,000 and $15,000. The custom manufacturing process also takes longer, so it typically takes about 6 weeks from the time when the photo-survey is taken to the time when the unit can be installed.