When you are injured and are faced with a long-term mobility handicap preventing you from using the stairs, and you live in a multi-story house that you just love and won't leave for the world, it is time to consider purchasing a stairlift. Standing stairlift is a kind of a stairlift where you stand throughout the ride instead of sitting down in a chair.
There are significant disadvantages of a standing stairlift over the more common chair stair climber, or chair lift, especially when it comes to safety. As an example, it is difficult or impossible to use a seat belt when standing up. So there better be good reasons why you decide to go with a standing stair lift.
In this report we will go over two of the most important reasons why you would prefer or need a standing stair lift rather than the more common type of a "sitting stairlift" or chair lift. The two main reasons why people opt in for a standing stairlift are: Extremely narrow stairs in their house and inability to bend your knee properly. Let's look at both reasons separately.
When the stairs you want to use in your house are very narrow, narrower than 30 in. in width, it makes sense to consider a standing stairlift. When standing, there is no seat and no legs protruding across the stairs, allowing for a comfortable ride across narrow stairs.
When your current physical condition does not allow for a sufficient bend of one or both knees, then a sitting position in a stairlift makes little sense. It just might be better to opt for a standing stairlift instead.
Warning: Using a regular sitting stairlift in a standing position is a really bad idea. First, sitting stairlifts are normally not designed to withstand the standing position. Their foot rest simply is not strong enough. So standing up may be bad for the stair lift, and worse, may endanger yourself too.
Notice: Before opting for a standing stairlift, consider a "perching stairlift". This is a middle ground between a sitting stair lift and a standing stairlift. It will provide more safety than the standing stairlift as you can lean on the appropriately height-adjusted seat and you can even use a seat belt. You will still be able to not bend your knees much, and the overall width of the stairlift may still fit your narrow stairs.