Stairlift Installation Things to know

Many of our customers were initially worried that a stairlift installation would require attachments to their wall.  Stairlifts, however, are actually attached to the tread of the stairs. They do not touch or lean against the wall.  However, there are some instances where the

The overview below will inform you on exactly how a stairlift is attached to the stairs and the kind of impact it has on your carpet and wall.

How is a stairlift attached to the stairs?

  • It is attached by upright support brackets that hold up the rail so that the chair is kept at the right distance from the floor. Attached to the stair treads with a few small screws. The brackets are only attached to the steps and do not touch or damage the walls or banister.
  • The screws needed for a stairlift installation are around 3/16″ , used to attach each support bracket to the stair tread. There can be 2 to 5 screws per support. The brackets are usually secured with 4 screws, one in each corner of the mounting plate
  • There is no need to remove your carpet to have a stairlift fitted, support screws go straight through any carpet. Stairlift installation are possible on concrete, metal or tile steps, these are most commonly required for outdoor stairlifts.
  • Along the stairlift track, support brackets will be installed at regular intervals. Depending on the individual staircase, they should be spaced at intervals of every two or three steps.  Ultimately, manufacturers will have guidelines detailing the suggested intervals.  There is no need for them to be fitted to each individual step.

The brackets are to be placed far enough away from your wall or banister. This prevents the stairlift from rubbing against the brackets as it travels along the track. This way you will not end up with any scuff or scratch marks.

Stairlift Installation MeasurementStep 1  Determine which side of the stairs is best for stairlift installation?

Look up the staircase while standing at the bottom of the stairs to better determine if it would go on the left side or the right side of the stairs. The wall side is the most common side to be installed. If the staircase happens to be an open plan, determine which side would be most  accessible to the stairlift from the bottom of the stairs.  Other things to consider are:

1-The ease of getting on and off your lift on the particular side you choose.

2-Doors at the top or bottom of the stairs that will cause access issues

3-Trip hazards.  These can be challenging to for-see but a good consultation will help you figure this out.

4-Distance to a wall outlet

Stairlift Installation MeasurementStep 2  Measure for the length of rail for your stairlift installation:

Stand at the top of the stairs and measure from the top stair tread.  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

Stairlift Installation Width

Step 3  Measure Width Of Staircase:

It is very crucial that the width of the staircase is measured from the baseboard or rails of these are present and not the wall.

Stairlift Installation Clearance

Step 4  Measure The Bottom Clearing Distance:

Measuring from the end of the bottom step to the nearest obstacle straight ahead.  This can often be a wall or a door.

The typical minimum space that is required is around 18″-20″.

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