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How to choose a platform lift

Installing a disability lift can be life changing. Providing you, or your loved ones, with the freedom to enjoy your home. Any lift is guaranteed to make your property more accessible to those faced with physical limitations, but how do you know which disability lift is the best fit for you?

Here at Level Access Lifts, we supply a wide range of disability lifts, or platform lifts, ranging from open lifts and wheelchair lifts to platform stairlifts and vertical lifts. Always on hand to help, our team can guide and advise you in choosing the perfect platform lift for your home.

Open Style Platform Lift on Side Of House

3 things to consider when choosing a lift:

  1. Vertical or inclined?

Deciding between platform stairlifts (inclined lifts) and vertical platform lifts is the first decision to make. An inclined lift runs smoothly alongside a staircase, whilst a platform lift functions more like an elevator.

Both inclined and vertical lifts are perfect for transferring seated passengers from A to B – but vertical platform lifts are usually the best option for indoor areas with more available space, take the Lyndhurst platform lift for instance. Vertical lifts like these operate on a reliable hydraulic drive system and can travel 7m.

If you’re looking for a platform lift to go at the entrance to your home, the PLG7 platform is ideal. The inclined platform combines elegance and functionality and can be folded down when not in use. It’s one of the most user-friendly lifts available.

If you’re unsure, our Level Lifts experts can help you to maximise space and install the most suitable lift for your needs.

  • Straight or curved?

Inclined platform lifts are designed to suit all environments. Whether your staircase is straight or curved, the team at Level Lifts has the perfect solution for your home.

We supply the straight rail lift and the curved rail lift for indoor and outdoor applications. The curved rail platform is designed to cope with gradient changes and can negotiate bends, whilst the straight rail allows users to travel in a straight line along stainless steel guide tubes.

  • Open or enclosed?

Vertical platform lifts are available in a choice of styles and finishes, and here at Level Lifts, we supply them open or enclosed to ensure users have the comfort and privacy they need to transfer between floor levels.

Our open style platform lift makes it easier for wheelchair users to transfer between 2 floor levels – rising 3m and lifting 400kg. For those who wish to travel a little more discreetly, enclosed wheelchair lifts, like the Aritco HomeLift, are great. They are easily controlled from the inside and give users a real sense of independence.

After-sales support

All our wheelchair lifts are backed up with a 1-year warranty and servicing and our engineers are based regionally, so we’re never far away!

Once you’ve decided which platform lift you need and it becomes an integral  part of your home, it’s important that you monitor its performance and contact us for support should any issues arise.

If you’d like to know more about the disability lifts we provide at Level Lifts, feel free to get in touch with us by completing the online contact form. Alternatively, call us on 023 8081 4924 or email info@levellifts.co.uk and we will happily assist.



Author: Nick Dade. Sales Director (Level Access Lifts Ltd).
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed within this Education Centre are solely those of the original author/s. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of any given lift manufacturer or lift industry association.
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