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are two types of stairlift. Straight and curved. The first is
designed for straight stairs. The footrest of the lift will
normally stop level with the top stair. It may be possible to
use a straight stairlift on some configurations of curved
The second, and generally far
more expensive type, is a 'made to measure' or 'curved track
stairlift' which can travel around bends on the stairs and can
be made to run on to the landing. Prices vary according to the
length of the stairs, the number of bends and the complexity
of the bends.
It is worth noting that
although far more expensive, the resale value is negligible,
as the rail is made to measure and can only be re-installed on
an identical staircase.