A Chair lift is a mechanical device for lifting people up and down stairs

For sufficiently wide stairs, a rail is mounted to the treads of the stairs. A chair or lifting platform is attached to the rail. A person gets onto the chair or platform and is lifted up or down the stairs by the chair which moves along the rail.

Rails

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Straight rails for use on domestic staircases are usually made from extruded aluminum or steel and come in various cross-sectional shapes. These rails may, typically, weigh over 30 kg, depending on the length. In most applications, they are attached to the steps with metal brackets (sometimes called “cleats”).

If a rail crosses a doorway at the bottom of the stairs or causes an obstruction a hinge can be fitted to the end of the rail can be folded back out of the way when not in use.

Curved rails are made from materials such as steel or aluminum and come in various cross-sectional shapes according to the designer. Individual designs vary a lot and probably the key criterion is to make the curves with the smallest radius possible so they will wrap tightly around objects such as newel posts.

Carriages

There’s much more to ThyssenKrupp Access than simply the products we design and build. The ThyssenKrupp family includes employees from design to manufacturing, sales to marketing, service to installation.

But no matter what they do, everyone is a part of the ThyssenKrupp brand and our global commitment to providing unparalleled quality and guaranteed satisfaction.

So when you purchase a ThyssenKrupp Access product, you can rest assured that the people who you allow into your home are accessibility professionals who will treat you, your family, and your home with care and respect.

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What to Expect

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ThyssenKrupp Access-certified professionals will survey your home, talk to you about your particular needs, and determine the best location for the equipment to be installed.

Any surrounding furnishings will be noted and protected wherever possible. Your accessibility equipment will be installed quickly and professionally by ThyssenKrupp-trained technicians, and with as minimal interruption to your life as possible.

Equipment will be tested and product usage demonstrations provided to ensure a clear understanding of all features and operation.

Any areas affected by the installation will be cleaned, debris and packaging removed, and your home returned to you in good condition.

Models

01

Flow II

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When mobility is an issue, a curved stairway may seem daunting, but the Flow® II makes freedom easy and luxurious.
Elegant and thoughtful design, plus an array of features, allows the Flow II to access virtually any floor of a home with style—then fold-away safely and compactly.
With the ability to safely traverse even the most winding stairways, it’s easy to see why the Flow II is one of the most talked-about stair lifts in the industry.
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02

Levant

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Simple and capable, the Levant® is the economical choice for straight stair lifts.
Offering the power and reliability of its siblings with streamlined options, the Levant is a more modestly priced stair lift for the budget-conscious customer—without compromising the design, features, and quality that make it undeniably ThyssenKrupp Access.
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Levant Comfort

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With a compact design, the Levant Comfort can fold up easily when not in use, and thanks to an assortment of fabric selections, matching existing home decor is a snap.
The Levant Comfort offers the comfort and innovation you can expect from ThyssenKrupp Access, plus the features that match even the most active lifestyles.
If you have a straight stairway, the most stylish distance between two points is the Levant Comfort straight stair lift.
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History of Chairlifts

In the 1920s, C.C. Crispen, a Pennsylvania entrepreneur, created a way to enable his ailing friend to travel from floor to floor. Crispen’s idea was to design a seat that could climb stairs. A self-taught engineer, he built the first prototype of the inclining chair. He called it the Inclinator. Prior to this Frederick Muffett of Royal Tunbridge Wells, invented and patented the “An Invalid Chair with Tramway for use on Staircases”.

However, TV historian Doctor David Starkey has in 2009, found evidence in a list of the possessions of King Henry VIII that attributes the first stairlift invented to the monarch. The 30 stone king, injured through jousting, used a chair that was hauled up and down stairs on a block and tackle system by servants at the ancient Whitehall Palace in London.