Stair Lifts

Stair Lifts are a cost effective and construction-free way of gaining independence throughout your entire home. Stairlifts 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 stairlifts making installation times very responsive.


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 stairlift out of the stairway, making your transfer safer, and providing better egress for movement up or down the stairs.

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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 stairlift, and come backed by an Arrow Lift parts and labor warranty.


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 stairlifts.


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


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

Straight stair lift

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 stairlifts 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 stairlift is to survey the stairs. You can 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

  • Stair lift chair folds out of the way when not in use
  • Runs on batteries in case of a power failure
  • Attaches directly to stair treads, not to your walls
  • Can be installed on straight stairways of any length
  • Capacities available up to 400 lbs.
  • Most new chairs are usually carried in stock for faster installation

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Curved Stair Lifts


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 stairlifts run on high capacity batteries so that you aren't left without your lift in the case of a power failure.

Working with a narrow stairway, or concerned about transferring at the top landing? One of the key benefits of a curved stair lift is the ability to turn and park the chair out of the stairwell at either the top or lower landing.

The first step to purchasing a curved stairlift 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

  • Chair folds up when not in use
  • Runs on batteries in the event of a power failure
  • Design flexibility allows your stair lift to park off or away from the stairway
  • Attaches directly to the stair treads, not to the wall
  • Rails are custom designed to fit your specific stairway
  • With Stannah and Bruno curved stair lifts we are able to guarantee the 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 stairlift 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.


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 stairlifts offering this feature are the Stannah Starla and the Bruno Elite.


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 stairlifts offering this feature are the Stannah Starla, Stannah Siena 600 and the Bruno Elan.


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.

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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 stairlifts offering this feature.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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 stairlift 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 stairlift that could climb stairs for an ailing friend. He called it the Inclinator.


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 stairlifts by ThyssenKrupp include the Levant, Comfort, and the Flow II stairlift for curved stairs.


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 stairlift 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 stairlifts 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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How Much Does a Stair Lift Cost?

How To Choose a Stair Lift

A common question we’re asked by customers who call is, “How much do stair lifts 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 person who uses a stairlift is unique. We carry multiple options and at one of our stair lift showrooms you’ll be able to see Stannah, Bruno and Acorn chair lifts on the stairs.


Generally, straight stair lifts cost between $2,500 and $5,500. Several popular stairlift models with enhanced safety and reliability features cost between $3,000 to $4,500.

Arrow Lift’s stair lift prices include professional installation by our qualified technicians, warranty, and any permits and inspections that may be required. There are never any hidden fees when you buy from Arrow Lift. We proudly feature stair lifts by Stannah and Bruno.

Still considering other options? Compare the cost of a stair lift to assisted living and nursing home options: according to, the average cost of an assisted living facility is $3,628 per month, and the average cost of a nursing home is approximately $7,000 per month. If you are considering remodeling the first floor of your home, the average cost of adding a bathroom is $50,000, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the average cost of adding a room (such as a bedroom) or building an addition is $43,957, according to HomeAdvisor. Stair lifts also allow you to continue enjoying your entire home!

When purchasing a stairlift, there are differences between manufacturers and especially in the training and expertise of installing and servicing companies. If possible, we recommend you work with a provider who offers a showroom where you can see and try the various stair 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

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 stair chair you select, Arrow will professionally install it in your home and cover your stairway 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, such as those with winding steps or an intermediate landing. We can still help you get where you want to go! We have stairway chairlifts available that are designed to work on nearly any type of stairway. They are typically called curved rail, or custom rail stair lifts.

If you have limited ability to transfer between stairlift chairs at an intermediate landing, 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 the time, hassles and costs associated with moving from the home you love. Curved rail stair lifts 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 price will then depend on the stair chair you select, rail length 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. We invite you to visit one of our showrooms to test ride a custom curved stair lift in person.

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DIY Stair Lifts


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.

Buying used equipment online has its own set of risks. First, unless you've seen the equipment functioning properly, how will you know it is in good working order? A non-functioning chair could have a defective motor or drive system, or something as simple as dead batteries. Unless you have a strong mechanical aptitude and the ability to test circuitry, how will you know? Second, any reputable dealer that comes to the home to repair or complete a partial install will first need to certify and possibly have the chair permitted and inspected by the state.

One last consideration for do-it-yourself installation is the limited availability of parts should you choose to make your own repairs. For the same reasons listed above, no reputable dealer is allowed to sell parts or supplies to the end user for self repair. Even if everything goes well initially, servicing the chair becomes problematic. As with any other purchase in life, what seems to good to be true usually is. Better to spend a little more and do this right the first time.

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.

One last note regarding permit and inspections. If a technician comes to your home in a state or municipality where permit and inspection are required, and they find that the chair has not been certified, no reputable dealer will service the chair until it has been certified. The exposure to unknown liability is simply too great.

Frequently Asked Questions about Stair Lifts

Here are some common questions that our customers ask. If you have a question that’s not listed or would like to discuss it further, please contact us and we will help!

Can I have a stair lift installed in my basement?

In most cases, the answer is simply - yes! With basement stairways, there can sometimes be more variables to consider (i.e. a doorway at the top, or hallway/walkway at the bottom landing), but we can usually provide options for either a straight or curved rail stair lift. The best way for us to evaluate your layout and determine which model and features would work for you or a loved one is to have us stop out for a free, in-home survey of your stairs.

What are some stair lift safety features?

Most stair lifts are equipped with numerous safety features to help prevent accidents or misuse, and to protect the chair from unwanted obstructions. These generally include sensor switches on the sides of the footrest and carriage, barrier arm safeties and swivel position safeties. In some models, weight sensors in the seat and special seat belts can be added that prevent usage if the user is not secured. Other types of safety features include leg restraints, multi-point harness seat belts and key lockout. Arrow Lift encourages you to make us aware of special circumstances where additional safety may be needed.

What are the weight capacities of stair lifts?

Stair lifts typically have weight capacity of 300 lbs. and many have capacities of 350 lbs. to 400 lbs. Weight capacities are set for safe performance levels, but they also indicate other important factors such as arm width and rail strength. For example, a person weighing less than 300 lbs. may not fit between the arms of a chair rated for a higher capacity. It’s important to discuss any specific needs with our stair lift consultant, so we can identify which model will work best. If possible, it also may help to try several models at our showroom to determine which chair best fits your physical needs.

How easy are stair lifts to use?

Stair lifts are designed to be used by people with limited mobility. However, some features differ between models. If the user is uncomfortable bending to touch their toes, then a powered footrest fold would be beneficial. If the user suffers from arthritis in their hands, a slim-line or joystick control is easier to operate than a button. For users with lower body weakness or cognitive challenges it can be helpful to incorporate a powered swivel feature that eliminates manually swiveling the chair at the upper landing.

Will stair lifts work on narrow stairs?

In most cases a stair lift can be fitted to stairs as narrow as 28 – 30”. Special equipment may be required depending on the stairway layout and user’s height. For practical access, most lifts fit better when installed in stairways with widths of 32” or more, but don’t let that measurement prevent you from inquiring. Curved rail designs that allow the chair to park out of the stairway or standing model stair lifts help fit the equipment and user through tighter spaces.

Need more information? Interested in a free, no hassle, no obligation quote? One of our stair lift representatives can help!

What if I need to move or the user no longer needs the lift?

Arrow Lift recognizes that eventually, the lift may not be needed in your home. At a minimum, we’ll provide a free service to remove and haul away the stair lift, so long as we were the original installer. Depending on the model and age of the stairlift, we may also pay a portion of the original purchase price back as a buyback. You also have the option of asking Arrow Lift to relocate your lift to another home. We can work with you to determine if this is feasible.

Does insurance cover stair lifts?

Generally speaking, no, private insurance and Medicare do not have provisions to cover stair lifts. Some states offer medical equipment assistance, and some organizations or foundations may offer grant funds for their patients. In most cases this will be private-pay. Remember that if you itemize your tax returns, stair lifts may be eligible as out-of-pocket medical expenses. Talk to your tax preparer to see if you qualify.

Can a stair lift be installed outdoors?

Several manufacturers offer stair lifts made for outdoor use. Straight and curved rail stair lift systems are available and may be used in places such as your deck, patio or waterfront access. Most states will only allow outdoor stairlift installations on private residential properties. Outdoor stair lifts will even work in cold weather climates.

What if mom or dad objects to a stair lift?

In our line of work, we are used to working with multiple family members and it is not uncommon to run into differing opinions. Our job is to help present information and identify options that will allow your loved one to safely access their entire home, while at the same time addressing some common concerns. Thankfully, stair lifts don’t require any structural modifications and can be removed when no longer needed. In addition, they fold away when not in use, leaving access for others to use the stairs. Often, when there are several people involved, an appointment at one of our showrooms can be a huge help. Understanding what options are available, as well as what will and won’t work for the family member in need, allows you to make a well-informed decision when it comes to a stair lift.

Have a question not answered here? Just contact us and one of our stair lift representatives can answer all your questions!