Starla

The ultimate combination of comfort and ease-of-use for stairs that turn


  • The Starla chair is our newest design, and we think it has the best combination of safety and ease-of-use features of any stairlift chair available today.
  • Unusual comfort. Most stairlift chairs sit quite upright, so that they don't take up too much room on the stairs. The Starla has been cleverly designed to lean backwards slightly for comfort and security, without taking up any more room than previous designs.
  • A footrest-fold button. A button on one armrest folds the footrest up and down, so you never need to bend over near the stairs - a fundamental safety enhancement.
  • A seat-load sensor. The armrest control won't work until the user is securely seated in the chair (so it won't suddenly move as you sit down). To send a small load (such as a laundry basket), use the remotes on the landing.
  • Starla has the only seat belt designed just for a stairlift. Instead of being tucked down by the users' hips like most stairlifts, the Starla has a retractable seat belt that is mounted near the tip of one armrest, and which can be operated with one hand. It simply latches into a hole on the opposite armrest.
  • Upholstery choices. As well as fully upholstered, Starla comes with the option of light- or dark-wood trim. See the 'Colors' tab.
  • Downside armrest protection. For additional safety, the armrest nearest the bottom of the stairs must be lowered before the chair can be moved from the using the control on the chair.
  • A compliant control. Instead of being a hard switch, the control on the armrest is slightly soft and shaped to allow it to be pushed by many parts of the hand.
  • Stannah has the best testing process in the industry. All Stannah stairlifts are tested at full load for the equivalent of 10 years of use, and the motor/gearbox is tested for the equivalent of 20 years. This is a robust stairlift designed to serve you well.

Hover over a color-swatch to change the seat color

Fully Upholstered

Beige upholstery
Brown upholstery
Red upholstery
Green upholstery
Stone upholstery

With Light Wood Trim

Beige upholstery with Light Wood trim
Brown upholstery with Light Wood trim
Red upholstery with Light Wood trim
Green upholstery with Light Wood trim
Stone upholstery with Light Wood trim

With Dark Wood Trim

Beige upholstery with Dark Wood trim
Brown upholstery with Dark Wood trim
Red upholstery with Dark Wood trim
Green upholstery with Dark Wood trim
Stone upholstery with Dark Wood trim

Please ask to see a color swatch - computer monitors often display colors incorrectly.


Front dimensions
Side dimensions
Plan dimensions

Dimensions measured from the wall are nominal - the addition of a wide baseboard or similar obstruction may affect the dimensions taken from this point. The dimensions are accurate, but you should add 1" clearance for the user.

  • Weight limit: 300lbs.
  • Minimum stair width: about 29". (The stairlift takes up less, but you need room for the users' knees)
  • Distance between armrests: 19" at the front, 16" at the back
  • Depth of seat cushion: 15"
  • Minimum seat height from floor: 22½"
  • Maximum seat height from floor: 27"
  • Space needed at the bottom of the stairs: about 27" in front of first step (but chair can be folded and sent up the stairs when not in use)
  • Folded width from wall: 15½"
  • Rail protrusion at bottom landing: min. 12" but the rail may be turned to park the chair away from the stairs, which reduces the rail protrusion to about 7½"
  • Rail protrusion at top landing: typically none, unless a rail over-run onto the top landing is chosen.
  • Width of rail: 1¾"
  • Distance of rail from baseboard: typically between 6" and 7½"; varies with the shape of the stairs and the design of the rail
  • Speed: about 18'/minute (so about 50 seconds to ride up a typical staircase)
  • Remotes: two, one for each landing, infra-red wireless (like a TV remote with two buttons)
  • Battery life - stairlift: typically 3-5 years
  • Battery life - remotes: typically 1-2 years depending on use. 3 'AA' batteries per remote
  • Service interval: annual service is recommended by Stannah and by American Society of Mechanical Engineers code
  • User maintenance required: none, but a wipe down with a damp cloth is OK for cleaning
  • Standard safety devices:
    • Seat belt: retractable seat-belt
    • Over-speed governor: required in public buildings, so we fit one to all our stairlifts
    • Safety sensors: on the footrest and both sides of chair, to stop the stairlift if it touches an obstruction
    • Constant battery-charging: to prevent dead batteries, the biggest cause of call-outs for most stairlifts
    • Key lock: under one armrest
  • Available options:
    • Powered swivel seat - allows the user to swivel the seat while standing away from the top of the stairs
    • Upholstery colors: 5, fully upholstered or with two wood trims colors. (See 'Colors' tab)

Now choose your next step...

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