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No matter how difficult they find climbing the stairs in their home, some people are put off investing in a stairlift because they assume their staircase is too narrow to accommodate one.

That’s particularly the case if only one person in the household would use the stairlift, while others continue to access the stairs in the usual way. Staircases in older properties, or traditional terraced houses, tend to be quite narrow, but the good news is that Acorn stairlifts are designed to fit almost any situation.

Firstly, our stairlift rails – made from slim but extremely strong aluminium ­– are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. Acorn stairlifts use a single shielded rail, unlike some of our rivals who still use a more industrial-looking and intrusive double rail system. 

The Acorn stairlift rail is mounted securely to the stairs, positioned close to the wall on either side of the staircase, whichever side best suits the situation. The rail occupies only a small part of the staircases’ full width, meaning other people can continue to use the stairs without fear of knocking into it or having to tread carefully to one side.

Mounted on the rail is our Acorn stairlift carriage – the chair which carries you up and down the stairs – with the same slimline carriage design used on our stairlifts for both straight and curved staircases. When the stairlift is not in use, the seat, arms and footrest of the carriage can all be folded up vertically, keeping them neatly out of the way and maximising its space-saving capability.

When folded up in this way, the front edge of the carriage sits just a touch over 12 inches (31cm) from the wall on a straight stairlift and just an inch more (33.5cm) on a curved staircase. A range of other options and modifications are available to maximises space saving, depending on the individual circumstances of the installation.

Acorn also supplies an innovative ‘sit-stand’ stairlift. As its name suggests, this modification allows the user to either sit on the carriage in the conventional manner or use the lift while standing upright and using the robust additional handrails for extra support. This option is ideal if you find it difficult to bend at the knees or if the stairlift will be used by more than one person and whose needs differ.

While we cannot give a 100% guarantee that your stairs will be suitable for a stairlift, it is extremely rare that our experienced Acorn home surveyors and installation engineers come up against a situation which defeats them. Since every staircase is different, the only way to know what type of Acorn stairlift would best suit your situation is to book a free, no-obligation home survey.

Our surveyor will not only advise on your made-to-measure Acorn stairlift solution, but will also provide a comprehensive quote. It will have no hidden extras – what we quote is what you pay – and it will be valid for up to 12 months, giving you plenty of time to make up your mind.

The key thing is not to assume your stairs are too narrow and then struggle on in pain and discomfort, when an Acorn Stairlift could instantly remove that daily strife and give your life a lift.

To order a comprehensive Acorn Stairlifts brochure, including Dr Hilary Jones’ DVD guide to buying a stairlift, or to arrange a free, no-obligation home survey, just call free on 0800 073 9775 today.

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