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Styles of Stairlifts

Styles of Stairlifts

There are five different styles of stairlifts; a ‘Chair Lift’ (chairlift), ‘Sit or Stand Stairlift’, ‘Perch Seat Stairlift’, ‘Perch or Stand Stairlift’ and a ‘Wheelchair Stair Lift’.

Chair Lift

Chair Stairlift Providing Access to the Upper Level

Chair Stairlifts are the most conventional styles of stairlift for the home. The majority of users is capable of walking, but finds it difficult to climb or navigate the stairs.

You must be able to sit safely on the seat during the journey and transfer on and off at the top and bottom of the stairs, sometimes with the assistance of a caregiver. A Swivel Seat and lift up armrests and footrest will help make getting onto and off of the chair seat much easier. Fold-up Design Stairlifts have a fold-up seat, arm rests & footrest. When not in use, the seat, arms and footrest of the stairlift can be folded away to provide easy access to the stairway.


Walking sticks or canes may be carried on the stair lift, but if you use a larger walking aid frame, it is advisable to have two walking aid frames in the home, one to be used on the first floor at the bottom of the stairs and another at the top of the stairs.

Sit or Stand Stairlift

Dual Purpose Chair
Sit or Stand Capability


Manufacturers Sit or Stand Stairlifts assist passengers to have the option of Sitting or Standing on a Stairlift. Dual Purpose stairlifts come in two forms a Sit or Stand Stairlift and also a Perch or Stand Stairlift .


Stand Stairlifts are for passengers that have restricted movement in the hip joints, knees or back and find sitting difficult or painful and prefer standing during the journey up and down the stairs. Passengers stand on a foot platform on the stairlift and hold onto a grab bar or wander lead while traveling on the stairlift.


A Sit or Stand Stairlift is designed for multiple users in the home with different requirements; the Sit/Stand Stairlift allows one user to sit in the chair or the other user to stand while using the stairlift.

Sit or stand stair lifts are the perfect choice when one person is able to sit safely when using a stair lift; and the other has difficulty bending their knees.
With many of the same features and options as straight stair lifts, the sit or stand stair lift gives the user the option to either sit or stand in comfort and safety.
An Infra-red Remote Control can 'send' or 'call' the stairlift for another's use. The stairlift user can use the Stair lift, then the user using a Remote Control can send the stairlift back to the original location, up or down the stairs, for the second user to utilize the stairlift. A remote control can also be used by a care giver.

Perch or Stand Stairlift

Man 'Perching' on a Stairlift and a Man Standing on a Stairlift
Man 'Perching' on a Stairlift and a Man Standing on a Stairlift

Perch Stairlifts and Perch/Stand Stairlifts


A Perch Stairlift with a perch seat or standing stairlift assist passengers to sit on a perch seat or stand on the stairlift; passengers that have restricted movement in the hip joints, knees or back find sitting difficult or painful. 


If you have restricted movement in your knees, or your legs will not bend enough to allow you to sit down on a stairlift there are mobility solutions to help make it easier for you to get up and down the stairs, such as a perch seat which is available for both straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Perch seat stairlifts have a platform for the user to stand on and a small seat which the user can lean against as they travel up and downstairs.

The perch seat is placed above the stairlift carriage and is much smaller than those found on the standard chair seated versions of the straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. The perch seat reduces the struggle of movement in and out of a chair when mounting and dismounting from the stairlift.

Perch seat stairlifts help passengers finding sitting challenging, difficult or painfult to sit. Perch stairlifts are very similar to standing stairlifts except that they provide a small amount of additional support, a perch seat for the user to "sit" in a standing position. The passenger is transported in a perching position, a position between sitting and standing.

The Perch Stairlift is also perfect for people who have narrow stairs. The perch model can include a comfortable grab rail for extra security, a guard rail, a single bar, or arms at either side of the seat to hold on to, or a wander lead control which can be positioned for maximum comfort and ease of operation, while the stairlift is in motion.

Perch Seat Stairlift 

Man 'Perching' While Traveling on a Perch Stairlift
Man 'Perching' While Traveling on a Perch Stairlift

Perch Seat Stairlifts are for people who have narrow stairs

Many older homes have very narrow staircases. This can be a huge setback if you need to install a stairlift. Fortunately, there are specific stairlifts available with features and options that enable a stairlift to be installed on narrow stairs.
A solution for staircases, which are too narrow for a traditional seated stairlift, may possibly be a Perch Stairlift. A perching seat position is a position between a sitting and standing position. A perch stairlift greatly reduces the minimum clearance width required for a conventional seated stairlift.
However, this type of stairlift requires the user to be able to remain safely perching for the amount of time it takes to complete the journey up or down the staircase. The user must also be able to dismount safely at the top landing or at the bottom of the stairs.

Perch Seat Stairlifts are for people who struggle bending their knees

A person, with problems with their knees, might be unable to comfortably bend their knees, in which case a sit-down stair chair is possibly inconvenient. A Perch Model Stairlift eliminates the need for the usual knee clearance expected of chair lifts on staircases.
If your budget or space constraints require a stairlift to be installed, then possibly the only option available to you is to have a perching seat stairlift.
  • Padded seat and backrest
    Ensures that the Perch Stairlift gives a comfortable ride.
  • Directional toggle switch
    Easy to operate, even by those with limited dexterity.
  • Safety belt and handrail
    Included for added security.
  • Folding arms and seat
    Slimline fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase.
  • Great for Narrow Stairs

Stand Stairlift

Woman Traveling Downstairs on a Stand Stairlift
Woman Traveling Downstairs on a Stand Stairlift

Stand-up Stairlifts, the ideal solution for narrow stairs or trouble bending knees

Do you have a knee problem which prevents you from fully bending your legs? If so, a stand stairlift may be more comfortable.
Sometimes it is not feasible to use the standard stairlift. Possibly this is because the stairs are especially narrow, or because the user's legs will not bend enough to allow them to sit down on the stairlift.
Stand Stairlifts are available with most straight stairlifts ideal for when the user may have trouble sitting or bending at the knee and therefore cannot use a standard stairlift.
If more than one person needs the use of a stair lift, but have different requirements, then a multiple user Sit or Stand Stairlift is the solution to your problems with the stairs.
The Stand Up Stairlift is ideal for people who have difficulty with their knee joints and want to avoid the hassle of sitting down for no longer than a couple of minutes.
Not only is the Stand Up Stairlift smooth and quiet, it has a safety barrier or grab bar and a safety belt for added piece of mind.
For users who are unable to bend their knees sufficiently to travel in a seated position, stand up stairlifts offer a clever solution: a lift that can be used standing up so you don’t have to bend your knees at all.
Stairlift manufacturers understand a lot of their customers suffer with illnesses and ailments, such as arthritis in the hips and knees, which will make sitting down and standing back up reasonably a difficulty, so the idea of a stairlift seems like something that is going to be challenging to use.
The stand stairlift is a new design in which the user is able to stand on the foot plate on the stairlift itself, eliminating the problem a lot of our users are faced with. So if you or your loved one has problems sitting or bending then a stand stairlift is the solution you’re looking for.
Manufacturers offer a stand model that has several features to make the ride as comfortable as possible. If you want extra peace of mind then the Stand Stairlift may be a wonderful solution. There are also Ease of Use features on stairlifts which have received the Ease of Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation.

Wheelchair Stair Lifts

Wheelchair Stair Lift

Wheelchair Platform Stairlifts come under the general category of stairlifts but are usually of heavy duty design and construction more than a domestic stairlift. Most platform stairlifts are used in public access buildings or outside private homes.

A wheelchair platform stair lift is large enough to contain a wheelchair and its passenger, and may have closing edge flaps which will descend down and act as ramps to allow for differences in floor heights for entrance and exit. These edge flaps also stop the wheelchair from moving over the frame of the platform in travel.
Wheelchair stair lifts do require official jurisdiction clearance before they can be installed or put to use.