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Ten Stairlift Myths Simply Explained

Ten Stairlift Myths Simply Explained

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to installing stairlifts in Cork.  I have highlighted the most common fears and myths that people have.  My name is John Lyons from Cork Stairlifts and we’ve been supplying and installing straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts and reconditioned stairlifts since 2005.

1 : Stairlifts can leave you stranded half way up the stairs in a power cut.

This will never happen.  All stairlifts are battery powered and plug into a socket in your home to re-charge.  If there is a power outage, stairlift batteries have enough stored battery power for multiple trips.

2 : A stair lift won’t fit my stairs

There is a stair lift to fit every stairs no matter how big or small, wide or narrow.  There are basically two types, namely straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts.  If you have a single flight of stairs, you need a straight stairlift.  If you have a bend or turn, you’ll need a curved stairlift.  If you would like more information visit our website for more details.

 3 : All stairlifts are identical.

Every stairlift is different and there is a huge range when it comes to quality.  If you need a stairlift for a short period of time, budget stairlifts are good value for money.  Middle of the range stairlifts come with a 2 year guarantee.  For those who need a more permanent solution, top quality stairlifts last 10 years and more and come with a 3 years guarantee as standard.  We will stand over these stairlifts for as many years as you need it.

 4 : My walls are not strong enough to take a stair lift

Stair lifts are bolted down to the steps of your stairs, not to your wall.  The track is fixed to the stair treads every two or three steps so that when the stairlift is moving along the track, all the weight is sent downwards onto your stairs, not your wall.

5 : If something is left on the stairs, the stairlift will crash into it.

Crashing into something unexpected like a pet or small child is a major concern to people.  Stairlifts are fitted with safety sensors which are pressure sensitive and fitted to areas of the stairlift which are most likely to come in to contact with unexpected obstructions.  Once activated, the stairlift will automatically stop.  This ensures that you and your pet are always completely safe.

6 : Stair lifts are very expensive

The price of a stair lift depends on 3 things.  Firstly, the quality of motor chosen, secondly the options needed by the customer and thirdly the shape of your stairs.  As a guide, straight stairlifts range in price from €1,900 to €2,850.  Curved stairlifts range in price from €5,500 to €7,500.  When compared to the cost of refurbishing your home to make it level access, it is not that expensive.  Also compared to the costs involved when someone falls down the stairs and gets injured, it is not that expensive.  For a free quotation or further information please contact our office in Ballinlough on (021) 432 0052 or email John directly at

7 : Stair lifts are only for the elderly

This is not true.  Everyone from time to time will struggle going up and down stairs from young people who’ve suffered sports injuries to those who have arthritis, joint pain or back pain.  Pain doesn’t discriminate.  It affects everyone.  Irrespective of your age, a stairlift will get you up and down your stairs, pain free.

8 : I’m too heavy/tall/small for a stairlift

Heavy duty stairlifts can easily carry up to 25 stone weight.  If you’re very tall, the stairlift seat can be positioned back from the rail.  If you are very small, there are seat configurations that can be used to make the stairlift more comfortable.  Your stairlift will be designed exactly to your size and measurements so that it suits your needs. For further information visit our website for more details.

9 : A stair lift will get in the way when not in use

Every stairlift folds away neatly when not in use so whether you have a straight stairlift, curved stairlift or reconditioned stairlift on your stairs, it will not be in the way.  Stairlifts can also be parked by extending the rail of the stairs so that the chair is parked away from the stairs.  A power hinged rail option is also available which can fold the rail back onto itself at the bottom of a stairs near a doorway.

10 : The stair lift installation is a lot of work

Installing stairlifts is very quick, easy and straight forward.  Straight stairlifts can be fitted in half a day while curved stairlifts take up to one day.  There is very little mess and inconvenience and the thoughts of the job are the worst.

Cork Stairlifts have been installing top quality reconditioned and second hand stairlifts as well as straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts over 16 years.  For further information please contact Cork Stairlifts on (021) 432 0052 or visit our website at  Alternatively, you can email John at or speak to John directly on (086) 395 1196 so call now.  We’d love to chat to you.


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