Straight or Curved Stairlift

Which is the right stairlift model for you?

At Stannah we make both straight and curved stairlifts, made to measure you and your home. The big difference between the two is the rail. It may not be as obvious as it sounds, so read our handy guide to find out.


Each staircase is different, so each stairlift needs to be adapted to fit your personal needs. A staircase with bends, curves or a landing will need a curved rail, and a straight staircase will need a straight rail.

During your home visit, one of the advisers will measure your staircase precisely and talk you through all of your options. It may not be as straightforward as you think, as we must look at doorways, radiators, windowsills and where the chair will sit when it’s not in use.

Nothing to worry about though. The chairs of all our models fold away neatly so they barely take up any space.

The big difference between our curved and straight stairlift models is the rail.

The only things you need for a straight lift are a staircase with no bends or turns and a landing at the top and bottom of your staircase that will mean you can get in and out of your chair safely.

To go around a corner, you need a special rail that bends at exactly the same angle as your staircase, so that it is the perfect fit (and takes up less of your stair space). Whether your stairs are spiral, curved or have a landing half way up, you’ll need a curved stairlift to whisk you all the way up.

For both curved and straight rails, the rail attaches to your stairs, not the wall. It doesn’t matter what your stairs are made of: tile, concrete, metal, or plaster, we will be able to attach your stairlift for maximum safety. The best part is; there’s no building work! A few little holes are drilled to attach the feet to your stairs and you’re all set.

Straight stairlifts

Your steep staircase might seem like an unsurpassable problem. The good news is that our straight stairlifts can make your staircase usable again.

Straight stairs are stairs that don’t bend, turn or have a landing in them. If you only have one set of stairs in your house, a straight lift is exactly what you need to make them accessible again. We just need to make sure you have enough landing space at the top and bottom of your stairs to allow you to get in and out of the chair safely, and you’re good to go. The sales advisers will walk you through the whole process during your free home visit. By the time they leave you’ll have no doubts about which stairlift is the right one for you.

Our straight rails are compact and discreet. Therefore you don’t have to worry about other people still having room to use your stairs comfortably, they will and with your new stairlift, so will you.

What are the rails made of?

Our straight rails are made of aluminium and come in a variety of finishes, to suit your tastes.

Curved stairlifts

All houses are different, and each staircase is different if your staircase has a bend in it or curves we need to measure it precisely. Whether your stairs:

  • Have a half landing (two sets of stairs running parallel to each other)
  • Are a spiral staircase
  • Have a quarter landing (two sets of stairs at 90° to each other)
  • Are ‘fanned’ (two sets of stairs are at an angle less than 90°)

As long as we can measure the angle of the curve, you can rest assured that we can fit your stairlift.

As each stairlift is custom made to fit your stairs perfectly, the rail needs to be made to measure. This means that you might have to wait that little bit longer for your lift to be made and installed, but that’s the only way we can make sure you have the perfect stairlift to suit your needs. And you know it was made just for you.

Where are the rails made?

From the moment you order your curved stairlift, a drawing of your stairs is sent to our own rail factory where Stannah’s engineers start making your rail. They can see your name on the sheet, and the country you come from, so they know exactly where their handiwork is going. They know their work is improving people’s lives all around the world, so they make each rail their best work, making sure it is as safe as can be.

Our stairlifts are made with you in mind. Our experience has thought us that by splitting our rails into as few sections as possible, you will have a smoother ride. Fewer connections, fewer bumps, more safety, and more comfort.

How can I be sure that my stairlift is going to fit my staircase?

Before it leaves the rail factory, each stairlift is tested to make sure it will run smoothly from the top right to the bottom of the stairs and back up again. Each bit of the stairlift is closely monitored, so if the slightest thing is wrong it gets sent back to the engineers so that it gets fixed immediately. A model of your stairs with the exact same measurements is put up and your stairlift set up on it, so before our installers get to your house we know your stairlift will be a perfect fit.

What if my stairs are too long for a curved stairlift?

Our curved rails can be made to be much longer than our straight ones. The longest rail we’ve made so far is 72 metres long, but that doesn’t mean it’s the longest we can do!

Even if you lived in a castle or a lighthouse, we could make a stairlift to fit you and your home.

Your path to getting your whole house back starts with you picking up the phone, sending us an email or contacting us via our contact form. As you dial our number, picture the freedom that awaits you just around the corner. You’re just three quick steps away. Contact us now to take the first step.