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Product Buyers Guide: What is a Stairlift?

Oct 5, 2022 | Buyers Guide

What is a Stairlift?

Stairlifts, also known as chair lifts, are devices designed to be installed and secured on the stairs to help those with mobility difficulties travel up and down the steps to access multiple floors. They can be manufactured for use either outside or inside the home, and with a straight or curved rail. Stairlifts provide safe accessibility in the home to help you enjoy your independence.

Stairlift Components

Stairlift owners will become familiar with two main components: The rail and the chair.

The Rails

Depending on the structure of the resident’s staircase, the rails can either be straight or curved. Harmar’s exclusive straight and curved rail designs operate with an engineered nylon polymer worm gear, so there is no grease necessary, which means no messes to clean on your floors or walls and minimal lift maintenance.

Curved stairlifts can be fabricated so the chair, when not in use, can tuck around a wall for simple storage. Harmar’s straight stairlifts are compatible with the automatic folding rail, which deploys and folds as the stairlift begins to move.

The Chairs

From simple, to heavy-duty, there is a chair style for virtually everyone. Often, the chair lift seats are designed with folding armrests, seat, and footrest so that when the lift is not being used, other household members or visitors can easily make their way up and down the steps or through halls without any obstructions.

Harmar offers chair lift seats to fit a variety of needs and can be upgraded with additional, optional features to make your chair truly yours. These upgrades can include but are not limited to: retractable seatbelts (standard on select Harmar stairlifts), key locks, and an automatic folding rail. Harmar’s chairs are also designed to transport from 300 to 600 lbs, the only manufacturer in the market to offer heavy-duty lifting capacity up to 600 lbs.

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