First take a general overview of your stairway layout and decide which side of the staircase the stairlift will be mounted on, when viewed from the bottom. Be aware that the stairlift rail will overhang the top landing by 8” (20cm) and meet the Floor at the foot of the stairs approximately 14” (36cm) beyond the ‘nose’ of the First step. Take note of any Fixtures, such as window sills, hand rails, central heating radiators, doorways, etc., that intrude into the stairway area - or could be blocked by the presence of the stairlift. This will help you to decide which side of the stairway will be most appropriate, requiring the least amount of disruption - or obstruction. In most cases, it’s a fairly obvious choice.
Now that you have decided which side of the stairway the stairlift will be on, you should measure the staircase.
This should be a straight measurement from the nose of the top landing to the bottom landing
You may find that your staircase width varies a little, over the length of the stairway. Record the measurement at its narrowest point.
A minimum of 24” (61cm) is required for this measurement.
Measure the distance from the nose of the top landing to the nearest obstruction.
You may also consider some stairlift accessories that can aid individuals with limited mobility and flexibility, or help better accommodate more complex stair configurations. The accessories include:
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