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Can you buy stairlifts for narrow stairs or outdoors?

If you are wondering whether you can buy stairlifts for narrow stairs, or exterior staircases, this guide will be able to answer all of your questions.
Considering outdoor stairlifts

If you have been measuring your stairs for a stairlift and are looking into narrow stairlifts or an outdoor stairlift there are many options available to you. Stairlifts are not one-size-fits-all, with straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts, stairlifts for narrow stairs and outdoor stairlifts all available to be made bespoke for your home you’ll be able to find something right for you.


  • Can you buy stairlifts for narrow stairs?
  • Perch stairlifts
  • Turn and go stairlifts
  • Can you buy outdoor/exterior stair lifts?

Can you buy stairlifts for narrow stairs?

There are some great options for people looking for a stairlift to fit a narrow staircase. Choosing from two key types of stairlift: perch and turn and go, you can look at utilising a small space without having to give up on the idea of having a stair lift. Read more about both styles below.

Perch stairlifts

Perch stairlifts are not only great for narrow staircases, but also for people who have difficulty bending to sit down. Able to be used whilst standing or perching, these stairlifts have special perching seats which sit higher on the equipment than standard seats, meaning you don’t need to worry about sitting down and standing up to use the stairlift. However, you can still perch and take some of the weight off of your feet whilst moving. Perch seat stairlifts are also good for people with narrow staircases who don’t need to sit down.

Turn and go stairlifts

Turn and go stairlifts use a special track that allows the seat to readjust at the bottom of the stairs so it will fit the space and manoeuvre around tight bends. Getting a turn and go stairlift to fit a narrow staircase is a good idea if you aren’t able to use standing stairlifts. The swivel seat can also help some people get in and out of the chair.

Can you buy outdoor/exterior stair lifts?

Many of our stairlifts work outdoors, so you don’t need to worry that the staircase you are having problems with is outside. Due to the materials commonly used for stairs outside and weather, it can often be the case that exterior staircases are more likely to pose a slip hazard than indoor stairs so investing in an outdoor stairlift can be a good idea.

If you’d like to discuss a niche stairlift with us, you can contact our customer service team on 0800 117 0162 who can help advise you on the options we offer.