The requirement for suitable home mobility products has increased significantly over the last few years, meaning more manufacturers and suppliers are looking into alternative solutions. One notable mobility range that has been prone to a wealth of development are stairlifts, meaning there are now more than just one type available to purchase.

So that you have a better idea of the three main types, the team at Irish Stairlifts have created this guide covering the different types of stairlifts, as well as listing a few pros and cons of each type.

What are stairlifts?

Before we go any further, you must be aware of what stairlifts are, as well as why they are used. You have likely gained a good idea from the name, but stairlifts are powered lift systems that work alongside your staircase so that users can easily transport themselves up and down the staircase. They can be easily installed within just a few days, whilst also being implemented with a variety of safety features so that the user doesn’t endure any accidents or injuries whilst using the lift.

Straight stairlifts

As the name might give away, straight stairlifts are designed solely for straight staircases – making this type much more popular than the rest. It’s often the case that they operate on a single, straight rail that has been attached to the wall, enabling the user to easily transport themselves up and down the staircase. It’s also worth noting that some straight stairlifts do also feature a ‘bridging platform’, enabling the lift to reach the landing if there is a slight curve at the top of the staircase.


Quick installation time
Much cheaper than alternative options
Often employs the latest technological boosts
Smooth riding experience for the user

Not suitable for curved staircases
Can’t be used for narrow staircases
Might be obstructive in certain situations such as landings

Curved stairlifts

Curved staircases are much more technical and specific, as well as being available in a variety of styles. This is because the primary ‘curve’ can occur in several places on the staircase structure including the bottom of the staircase in the hallway, in the middle and throughout the staircase or at the top of the stairs as it curves onto a landing. As mentioned, these are far more custom than simple straight stairlifts, which contribute to the pros and cons.


Suitable for bends and curves
Can be custom fitted for your requirements
Space-saving models are available


Can be a little bit more expensive than straight stairlifts
Takes longer to install than alternatives

Standing stairlifts

Unlike the other two mobility options, which both feature a seat, the standing stairlift doesn’t – which you might have gathered already. Standing stairlifts are designed for two notable reasons – saves space in smaller homes and for people who struggle to bend their knees. The overall design of these solutions also varies depending on your individual preferences, as they can be designed as both straight or curved if needed.


Ideal for narrow staircase environments
A better solution for those that have knee problems as they aren’t required to sit
Can be much cheaper due to the lack of required components


Requires suitable height in the staircase area
Can be seen as less safe compared to seated options

We are specialists in residential stairlifts

Struggling to find the ideal mobility stairlift for your home? Fortunately, Irish Stairlifts is here to help. Specialising in the Irish stairlifts industry, we have a variety of mobility home products which are bound to increase your independence whilst not costing you a fortune. Our residential stairlifts are no different, where we have a selection available to look at in our very own showroom.