Platform Lifts

Whether you’re looking for a vertical platform lift to conquer steep slopes or an inclined wheelchair lift to travel along an existing staircase, 101 Mobility will find you the best solution for safe and reliable floor-to-floor transportation. A Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) for your home can help you and your loved ones gain access to all the levels of your home.

About Platform Lifts


Residential Platform lifts can come in all shapes and sizes. Many are purpose-built for indoor or outdoor use and have features specific to the needs of the home or venue. Platform Lifts can be categorized in different ways: VPLs (vertical platform lifts), also called “porch lifts”, can be installed indoors or outdoors, and act more as an open elevator. Inclined Platform Wheelchair lifts, as the name suggests, are similar to stairlifts with wheelchair platforms rather than stand-alone seats.

While many people would benefit from platform lifts, many people end their search prematurely because of the perceived costs involved with a Platform Lift. Yes, many times a VPL can get expensive but with a careful consideration of your needs and mobility assessment, 101 Mobility’s experts can often find alternatives or work-arounds to costly modifications to your home. People in scooters, wheelchairs and powerchairs will enjoy a smooth, quiet ride from one level to another and that added mobility is nowhere near the cost of moving or the risk of compromising your or your loved ones’ safety. If you haven’t done so already, please schedule a free in-home consultation with a 101 Mobility specialist to see how wheelchair lifts for home could benefit you.


Purchasing a wheelchair lift  for your home can be a life-changing choice – but the decisions don’t stop there. Here are some things to consider when choosing the best platform lift for your needs:

  • Vertical Platform Lift vs Incline Platform Lift

    If access is more than 24″ off grade, a vertical platform lift is usually the best option. Ramps require 12″ horizontal travel for every 1″ vertical travel. For example, a 36″ rise would require a 36′ ramp. Ramps take up significant space and can be fatiguing. A vertical platform lift is compact and automatically powered.

  • Incline Height and Design

    If you need to get your wheelchair or powerchair up a wide-set straight or curved staircase, an incline platform lift might be right for you. However, a steeper incline supported by a narrow staircase might call for a vertical platform lift. Is the incline higher than 14 feet? You might need to consider a residential elevator, instead. Our local teams are here to help you evaluate individual mobility goals as well as property requirements.

  • Renting vs. Buying

    Deciding whether to rent or buy a vertical platform lift* depends on your budget and need. For example, if you expect to use your lift for only a short period of time, renting might be your best option. On the other hand, long-term usage might warrant the purchase of a new lift. Regardless, 101 Mobility offers affordable pricing that will fit your budget.

    *Rental options only available for vertical platform lifts.

  • Weight

    Some platform lifts can only carry up to 500 pounds, while others can support up to 750 pounds. Assessing the weight of potential users is important to finding the lift best built for your needs.

  • Powerchair and Wheelchair Design

    It is important to determine whether the platform lift can accommodate the configuration of your mobility device. Things to look at are wheel structure and width of platform.

  • After-Sales Support

    What happens after installation? After the platform lift becomes a part of your home, it’s important to have support for any issues that might arise. All lifts are backed by 101 Mobility’s One-Year Limited Service Warranty in addition to the brand’s individual warranty.


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