Stair Lifts

Stair Lifts are a cost effective and construction-free way of gaining independence throughout your entire home. Stair lifts are affordable, reliable, practical. Attaching directly to your stair treads, stair lifts also fold out of the way when not in use, allowing a safe passageway for those walking up or down the stairs. Arrow Lift has helped thousands of customers regain access to their entire home, and we would love to help you do the same.


For straight stairways without landings, we offer a diverse selection of stair lifts to meet every budget and set of physical circumstances. We stock and feature Stannah and Bruno straight stair lifts making installation times very responsive.


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For stairways that turn or have landings, Arrow Lift will design your stair lift to fit the exact dimensions, helping you stay in the home you love. We guarantee the fit, and can provide options to park your stair lift out of the stairway, making your transfer safer, and providing better egress for movement up or down the stairs.


As one of the largest stair lift suppliers in the US, Arrow Lift generally has a healthy selection of lightly used and reconditioned stair lifts available for fast installation. These units provide a lower cost alternative to purchasing a new stair lift, and come backed by an Arrow Lift parts and labor warranty.


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Stair Lifts can be equipped with a number of optional features and styles.


From the 17th century all the way until today - learn about the origins of stair lifts.


From gently used to the most full-featured, durable, and safe units available.


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Read these important Industry recommendations from the Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer's Association.


Learn about permits and inspections for Stair Lifts in your area.

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Straight Stair Lifts

 

For Straight Staircases

Straight stair lifts are cost-effective and offer a quick turnaround for homes with straight flights of stairs. As one of the largest stair lift dealers in the US, Arrow Lift can provide fast turnaround time for install and a price point to meet every budget.

All stair lifts fold up while not in use, use minimal power, and typically require no construction to install as they attach directly to your stair treads. All modern stair lifts run on heavy duty batteries so that you aren't left without your lift in the case of a power failure.

Straight stair lifts can also be fitted with upgrades such as powered swivels to assist with getting on and off the lift, higher weight capacities to serve larger customers, powered footrests, and retractable lower rail sections to allow foot traffic at the lower landing where the rail will typically run past the bottom step.

The first step to purchasing a straight stair lift is to survey the stairs. You can download our stair lift survey form here or contact us at the link below to schedule an appointment with one of our stair lift sales consultants. Let our 30 + years of experience guide you through this process.

Key Features

  • Fold up when not in use
  • Run on batteries in case of power failure
  • Attach directly to stair treads, not to walls
  • Can be installed on straight stairways of any distance
  • New units are usually carried in stock for fast installation
 

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Curved Stair Lifts

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Tailored for nearly any Staircase

When a stairway curves, Arrow Lift can design a stair lift that will curve with it. Your curved stair lift can be built to fit nearly any application including stairways that have one or more landings, pie-shaped steps, or even spiral staircases.

Curved stair lifts fold up while not in use, use minimal power, and typically require no construction to install as they attach directly to your stair treads. All modern curved stair lifts run on high capacity batteries so that you aren't left without your lift in the case of a power failure.

The first step to purchasing a curved stair lift is to schedule an appointment with one of our stair lift sales consultants. Click the link below to request more information. Let our 30+ years of experience guide you through this process.

Key Features

  • Fold up when not in use
  • Run on batteries in case of power failure
  • Design flexibility allows your stair lift to park off or away from the stairway
  • Attach directly to stair treads, not to walls
  • Rails are manufactured to fit a specific stairway
  • With the Stannah line, we are able to guarantee a fit to your stairway
 

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Reconditioned Stair Lifts

A Cost-Effective Alternative

We carry a variety of lightly used and reconditioned stair lifts and are able to identify a product that matches your application in most cases.

Because our stock of reconditioned stair lifts fluctuates and the installation of pre-owned stair lifts may be more complex, it is important to let your sales consultant know early on that you are interested in reconditioned options.

The first step to purchasing a reconditioned stair lift is to schedule an appointment with one of our stair lift sales consultants.

Key Features

  • Fold up when not in use
  • Run on batteries in case of power failure
  • Attach directly to stair treads, not to walls
  • Typically are available for straight stairs, although occasionally pre-owned curved stair lifts become available
  • May take longer to install
  • Stock quantities are limited
 

Stair Lift Options

Stair Lifts can be equipped with a number of optional features and styles.

 
 
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Linked Footrest Folding and Unfolding

For your safety a connected or linked footrest allows you to fold and unfold the footrest without bending down to the floor or leaning out over the stairs at the top landing. Depending on the model, the footrest folding might be linked to an arm, the seat or a lever. Examples of chairs offering this type of footrest are the Stannah Siena 600 and the Bruno Elite.

 

Push Button Footrest Folding and Unfolding

If your mobility depends on a wheelchair or walker, a push button footrest allows you to fold the footrest out of the way when sitting into the chair or standing to exit the chair. This feature allows you to back fully up to the seat before sitting down. Examples of stair lifts offering this feature are the Stannah Starla and the Bruno Elite.

 
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Automatic Retractable Rail

When the rail at the lower landing prevents a door from opening or poses a tripping hazard, an automated retractable rail will automatically move the rail out of the way when the chair moves up the stairway. This option will work for a rider who is unattended. Examples of stair lifts offering this feature are the Stannah Starla, Stannah Siena 600 and the Bruno Elan.

 
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Manual Folding Rail

Provides the same benefits as the automatic retractable rail. Because it folds manually the rider cannot raise or lower the rail, an attendant is required. The Bruno Elan offers this feature.

 

Power Swivel Seat

A one or two way power swivel seat automatically turn the chair at the top and/or lower landing. This is beneficial for users with impaired use of their legs or for landings that have very little room. The Stannah Siena 600 and Starla 600 are examples of chairs offering this feature.

 

Colors and Finishes

You stair lift can look as elegant as the rest of your home. Choose from the upholstery type, color, and finish of the seat and even the rail color on select models.

 

Safety Harness and Ankle Restraints

For users with extremely limited mobility or ability to remain in a seated position, a five-point safety harness and/or ankle restraint straps will safely secure the rider while they’re traveling on the chair. These options may be added to any Stannah stair lift.

 

Oversize Footrest

If you have a difficult time bending your knees an oversize footrest is available on certain models. This allows you to keep your legs further out in front of the seat.

 

Outdoor Stair Lifts

Don't give up access to your backyard, pool or lakefront just because of stairs. In most regions an outdoor stair lift can be installed on a straight or curved stairway. These unique chairs have weather proof paint, upholstery and sealed carriages to prevent damage from the elements. Some models will even work in colder climates.

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History of Stair Lifts

The use of stair lifts dates back to the 16th Century.
Read more about the history of stair lifts below.

 
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King Henry VIII

Believe it or not, the first recorded use in the history of stair lifts was by King Henry the VIII in the mid-1500s! Historians give an account of Henry commissioning a “chairthrone” to aid him in ascending and descending the 20 steps at Whitehall Castle. It is believed that the stair lift was human powered, using a block and tackle system borrowed from one of the King’s warships.

Stair Lifts in the U.S.A.

The earliest recorded use of a modern stair lift is in the United States. In 1923, C.C. Crispen designed a seat that could climb stairs for an ailing friend. He called it the Inclinator.

 
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1930s and 1940s

In the 1930s and 1940s two American companies began serving people’s need to “get upstairs.” The American Stair-Glide Co. began in Kansas City and the Cheney Co. in New Berlin, WI. The Wecolator Stair Lift by Cheney was a top selling stair lift for curved stairs and could be seen in popular Hollywood films including “Gremlins” and the TV series “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Other notable stairway elevator scenes were in the film “The Farmers Daughter” and a funny episode of “Seinfeld.”

Both companies were acquired by Access Industries in 1991, and besides producing residential elevators and wheelchair platform lifts, Access Industries produced a popular line of stair lifts including the Silver-Glide, Stair-Glide, the Citia, and Excel stair lift. In 1999, Access Industries was acquired by ThyssenKrupp Elevator, a German based company. Newer model stair lifts by ThyssenKrupp include the Levant, Comfort, and the Flow II stairlift for curved stairs.

 
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In the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the Stannah Company began building elevator and lift systems in 1867. In 1975 Stannah produced their first stair lift and recently finished shipping their 500,000th stair lift in 2011. The Stannah family still owns and actively manages the business, which distributes their products worldwide. They are known for very stylish, easy to use, and extremely safe stairlifts. Current models are the Siena 600 line for straight stairs and the Starla 260 designed for stairs that have turns. Note that in Europe “stairlift” is usually one word, while in North America, it is often two words.

Manufacturer to Manufacturer

Another British stairlift company, Acorn Stair Lifts, began business in 1992 by buying up used lifts made by other manufacturers & reselling them. They soon designed and built their own stair lift, the Acorn Superglide. Acorn entered the United States stair lift market selling their cheaply-priced Superglide through the internet and call centers direct to consumers for do-it-yourself installations. They have since moved away from the DIY market due to regulations in various states and now offer installations using a network of independent reps and company stores.

Bruno independent Living Aids is a family-owned business started in 1984 that distributes a wide range of accessibility products worldwide. Based in Oconomowoc, WI, they are noted for vehicle lifts, turning automotive seating, and a popular US made line of stair lifts including the Electra-Ride LT, Electra-Ride II, Electra-Ride Elite, and Electra-Ride III curved rail stair lift.

Many design features in some of the earliest models are still used in newer ones today. Chair pivoting at the top of the steps and various degrees of folding ability are examples of this. Of course, many improvements and innovations have been made over the years. Installations are easier, there are more safety features built into some models, ease of use continues to improve, and in 1992, battery operation was introduced, which lowered the cost of installations and gave a much improved ride quality as well as the ability to operate during power outages. There are even units designed for outdoor use.

As always, there are differences from manufacturer to manufacturer and especially differences in the training and expertise of installing and servicing companies. We recommend you only work with a provider who offers a showroom where you can see and try the various chairs and where local service personnel are available on-call. Make sure and talk with a stair lift expert at Arrow Lift if you think a stair lift would help you or a loved one enjoy the full use of their home. We’ll help you select just the right one for your individual abilities and need.

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Stair Lift Prices

How To Choose a Stair Lift


A common question we’re asked by customers who call is, “How much do they cost?” People are led to ask this question because many stair lift companies only sell one brand or one model. This one size fits all approach is rarely helpful since every stairway and every user is unique. At one of our showrooms you’ll be able to see Stannah, Bruno and Acorn chair lifts on the stairs.

To have a stair lift installed in your home for most straight stairways you should budget between $2,500 to $5,500. Many homeowners choose a model in the $3,000 to $4,500 range. Prices quoted will include permit and inspection (where required), full installation and warranty. There are never any hidden fees. We proudly feature stair lifts by Stannah and Bruno.

Still considering other options? In our home state of Minnesota the average monthly cost for assisted living is over $2500/month. Nursing centers are in excess of $9000/month. Compared to those rates a stair lift clearly is the economical choice and, you get to stay in the home you love!

As always, there are differences from manufacturer to manufacturer and especially differences in the training and expertise of installing and servicing companies. We recommend you only work with a provider who offers a showroom where you can see and try the various chairs and where local service personnel are available on-call. Make sure and talk with a stair lift expert at Arrow Lift if you think a stair lift would help you or a loved one enjoy the full use of their home. We’ll help you select just the right one for your individual abilities and need.

Premium Chairs


Still considering other options? At a premium price point you will find models designed to blend into your home’s decor like fine furniture. They have custom color upholstery and even wood trim. Extra safety and ease of use features like push button footrest folding, power seat swivel, and automatic retracting rails can be added based on your needs.

Economy Chairs


At the economy price range you may find one of our better models available in a reconditioned version. Brand new economy stair lifts will provide basic accessibility up and down your stairs, the minimum required safety features, simple arm controls and limited color choices. No matter which chair you select, Arrow will professionally install in your home and cover your lift under the appropriate warranty.

Stair lift prices for stairways with landings, pie shaped steps, or curved walls


Stair lifts designed for straight stairs may not work with more complex stairways. We can still help you get where you want to go! We have models available that are designed to work on nearly any type of stairway. They are typically called curved rail, or custom rail stair lifts.

Because of the custom nature of these stair lifts we normally recommend them only as longer term solutions. If you have limited ability to transfer between chairs, a curved rail system can transport you between levels without having to sit and stand as often. While the investment is higher than a straight stair lift, you’ll still save time, hassles and the the costs associated with moving from the home you love. Curved rails can be installed in your home without the need for construction or remodeling!

Custom curved rail stair lift prices start around $10,000 for a basic stairway configuration. The final quoted price will then depend on the chair you select, total travel length of the rail and any optional features added to meet your specifications. We’ve installed rails that travel from the basement level of a townhouse spanning FIVE flights of stairs to reach the bedroom on the top level – all in one trip! Of course you could stop at the garage or kitchen level on the way up. Be sure and visit one of our showrooms to test ride one of these custom curved stair lift models.

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DIY Stair Lifts

Self-Installation

We’re frequently asked to fix a stair lift that someone has bought “cheap” online or from a friend, then tried to install themselves. Invariably something goes wrong. The “chair didn’t work as advertised” or “the rail doesn’t fit my stairway” are two very common problems. For your safety and peace of mind we include professional installation with every stair lift. All reputable manufacturers insist on this, and some states require it by statute.


The Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (AEMA) does not support the installation or servicing of accessibility lifts by inexperienced persons.


"In the past few years, there has been an increase in the concept of providing lifts over the internet and from storefronts or warehouses with the intent that the end-user (consumer) is expected to perform his or her own installation and servicing (self-installation). The practice is most evident with stairway chair lifts, but vertical platform lifts and other accessibility lift models, both used and new are also available through this marketing method."


AEMA does not support the concept of self-installation!

Permits & Licensing

Depending on where your stair lift is installed, a permit and inspection may be required. In order to protect you from risk, it is important to work with a provider who is accustomed to navigating the regulatory requirements for your application. Arrow Lift is a licensed, insured company with decades of experience in commercial and residential work.


In some states and municipalities, all stair lift installations including private residences require a permit and inspection. In other jurisdictions, a permit is only required for properties that are zoned commercial or industrial. This typically includes multi-family residential, churches, common public areas and outdoor environments as well. In some of these jurisdictions, a commercial installation requires a waiver, which must be applied for and granted before a permit can be issued.


In addition to a permit and inspection, most states requires special safety equipment or power sources if the installation is on a commercial property.


Arrow Lift will work with you to determine what is required for your property. In no circumstance will we install equipment without a permit where it is required by law. Further, we recommend you verify that any company providing stair lifts confirm that the permit and inspection fees are part of their written quote. As a property owner, you could be held liable for fines and loss of equipment in the event a stair lift is installed illegally.