- Narrow Stairs: If a set of stairs is especially narrow, it may not be able to accommodate a seated stair lift. In this case, a standing stair lift can usually work provided that there is enough headroom for the user to stand erect on the platform.
- Health Conditions: Some health conditions make it difficult for people to bend their knees. Standing stair lifts make it possible to go up and down stairs without bending the knees and without sitting down.
- Conditions: Some people feel more comfortable standing than sitting, and therefore prefer standing stair lifts.
Perch lifts function in much the same ways as standard stair lifts, with the same features. Perch lifts have arm rests for balance and comfort, and braking mechanisms that can prevent the access lift from running into someone or something on the stairs.
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Most carriages have a chair seat with folding arms and a folding footrest for space saving purposes; so that others in the household can easily use the stairs as normal. Other than the characteristic interior straight rail stairlift some special stairlift models have a stand-on platform, a multiple use sit or stand stairlift, a ‘stand stairlift’ or a “perching” seat stairlift, also known as a “perch” seat stairlift, outdoor stairlift and curved rail stairlift for curved staircases.