Stairlifts are a great invention enabling people who have difficulties making it up and down stairs on their own, to be whisked quickly and effortlessly from floor to floor, enabling them to use their multi-story house to its fullest. Stairlifts are also seen as a wonderful alternative to moving out of your house and finding a single-story replacement home. It is only natural that there are several stairlift accessories that are designed to further contribute to comfort and ease with which a person can take advantage of their stair lift.
You will find information about these useful stairlift accessories here: Inertial seat belt, Telephone jacks, Stairlift seat upgrades, Bridging platform, Power folding footrest, and Stairlift locking system.
Inertial seat belt and Residential Elevators and Lifts Chairs
Most stairlifts are delivered with a clip-in seat belt, which resembles the seat belts on commercial aircraft. Inertia seat belts, on the other hand, function like the seat belts found in modern cars. The difference is in the comfort of putting the belt on. There is no tightening needed, the inertia seat belt self-adjusts. And if you think the difference between the two types of seat belts is negligible, think again. We are talking about putting a seat belt on a person who has difficulty taking on a flight of stairs. Any additional help in getting situated in a chair will save them precious energy and will enable them to be better prepared for the ride.
Telephone jacks and a long wired cord
If you have noticed interference between your cell phone and the safe operation of a stair lift, then maybe you shouldn’t be using a cellphone while on the stairlift. Instead, get a telephone jack and a long wired cord for interference-free communication from the stair lift.
Stairlift seat upgrades and Residential Elevators and Lifts Chairs
A number of seat upgrades are available from different stair lift manufacturers. As far as upholstery, you can upgrade from fabric to leather. You can replace the regular size seat with a wide seat if that fits the passenger better. Finally, most stairlifts come with manual swivel chairs. A swivel chair is great for getting on and off the stair lift because it swivels from the riding position to the entry/exit position at the end of the ride. Then before the beginning of the next ride, it swivels back into the riding position. However, a manual version of a swivel chair does require some strain in your body to operate. To reduce the strain, you can upgrade to a power swivel chair.
This is difficult to explain. Sometimes, you have a mostly straight stairway that ends in a short twist toward the top. You can save thousands of dollars by not installing a curved stair lift. Instead, you install the straight stair lift, and use the folding/bridging platform to cover the small curved part of the stairs on top. The stairlift passenger, upon arriving at the top, lowers the folding/bridging platform to the footrest level and steps on the platform and off the stairs. Alternatively, the folding/bridging platform can be equipped with an electric motor, removing the need to fold it down and up manually.
Power folding footrest
Stair lifts are best kept folded up when not in use. They only take 10-14 inches in width when fully folded. It is usually easy for a person to fold up the seat. The foot rest can be another story altogether as it requires bending to reach the foot rest. A synchronized foot rest can be provided to raise itself at the same time as the seat, thereby making bending unnecessary.
Key locking system
A stair lift can quickly become the main attraction of the house, especially for children. To prevent them from using the stairlift without permission, you can add a key locking system to your stairlift to lock it up when not in use.