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Origins of Stairlifts

The first stairlift ever created was for the one and only Henry VIII, consuming up to thirty meals a day left the monarch in a poor condition health wise. After a jousting accident left the king with a permanent injury he needed a way to comfortably get around, he was mostly staying in manors and palaces so there was not strenuous horse riding to compete with.

Henry VIII developed what historians refer to as a Stairthrone, described as, "A chair that goeth up and down," this is the original essence of what a stairlift is. However it wasn't until 1920 that the first electric stairlift was produced by an engineer called Mr Crispin, this 'Inclinator' as he named it, was built to help his polio stricken friend get up and down stairs with ease.

Since then, the design has changed but the purpose is the same, helping people get up and down their stairs is top priority for Oakland stairlifts, we strive to make life as comfortable as possible for every customer. We have a wide range of designs and functionalities for all of our stairlifts, so not having enough options won't be a problem.

As time has moved on since the origin of the stairlift, it's reasonable to think that quite a few have deteriorated and no longer function. At Oakland we provide customer care for however long you have our stairlifts, we'll come out to you 24 hours a day to make sure that you're able to get up and down your stairs with ease.

Originally a stairlift would have been quite a permanent thing, which is not the case in this day and age. You may only need a stairlift till you move house or recover from an operation, that's why Oakland offer a rental stairlift service. From as little as 15 a month, you can have the stairlift that best suits your needs for as long as you need it.

Straight Stair Type

Below are a few common
straight stair types:


Straight 90 Fan Turn

Straight 90 Flat with stap

If one of these resemble your stairs then a straight stairlift is the one for you.

If not, click here to see more typical stair configurations.

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