Measuring Guide

Stairlift Measuring Guide for Straight Staircases

Measuring your staircase can be an essential easy step process to determine which type of stairlift you may require. As a guide, please follow our 4 simple steps below:

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Step 1:

Installation Side
Stand at the bottom of the stairs and look up the staircase to determine if the stairlift would be installed on the left side or the right side.

The most convenient side for stairlift installation is the wall side. If the staircase is open plan, then determine which side would be most practical for access to the stairlift from the bottom of the staircase.

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Step 2:

Staircase Length
Stand at the top of the stairs and measure from the top stair tread (A) and extend your tape measure down the staircase.

The tape measure should lightly touch each edge of every stair tread and the tip of the tape measure should be extended right down to the bottom floor area (B) which is past the very bottom stair tread.

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Step 3:

Staircase Width
Measure the width of the staircase from (C) to (D) making sure you measure from the skirting board and not the wall.

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Step 4:

Clearing Distance
Measure from the end of the bottom stair tread (E) to the nearest obstacle (F). For example, this could be a near by door, radiator, wall or cupboard.

By measuring the clearing distance, it will give you an idea as to how much room is available at the bottom of the stairs. A minimum space of 18"- 20" is required for the stairlift to be parked and for getting on and off safely.

If the space is limited you may require a hinge track system, Please click here to see how this works.

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