Stairlifts – Will it Fit?

Stair Lifts Fit Most Staircases

A staircase needs to be a minimum of 32″ wide to fit a stairlift and most staircases are strong enough to hold a stairlift. The track is mounted on the treads of the stairs and will extend out from the wall between 6 to 9 inches. We recommend, however, that you contact us so that we can schedule one of our stairlift experts to come out to your home to assess the stairs. Every staircase is different, so there are times when the minimum width required is more or less than 32″.

Components Fold Up

The seat, arms, and footrest will fold-up when the lift is not in use. When folded-up, stairlifts will extend from 11in to 16in away from the wall. Again, that may vary depending on the type of stair lift you decide to purchase.

Folding Rail

The rail, also known as the track, usually extends beyond the bottom of the staircase. If the rail extends into an area that gets a lot of foot traction, it can present a tripping hazard. There are two ways that people solve this:

1. Put a small plant or tree in front of the rail so that anyone walking by will be able to see the tree or plant and the rail. We have many customers that do this and it has worked for them!

2. Select the manual or electric folding rail option when purchasing the stair lift. A folding rail enables the rail to fold-up and out of the way when the stairlift is not in use.

Please give us a call for a free in-home assessment and we will help you find the right stairlift to fit your needs.

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I was introduced to Extended Home Living Services, otherwise known as EHLS, by my daughter in law – an internal medicine physician – and used her advice wisely. We knew my husband needed assistance in many areas, but the stairlift was the answer to his immediate need. Your showroom in Arlington Heights sold us as my husband was able to try all the lifts available and we chose a Bruno model for all of its wonderful functions. It was installed down two flights of stairs, used multiple times a day, and we don’t know what we would do without it. Thank you EHLS, as I told you, how grateful we are for your facility and all your services.

I just wanted to let you know that the stair lift was wonderfully installed by the technician. He also got my dad on the lift before he left and showed him how everything works. Very professional, friendly and caring person.

Many kudos to him and your company!

We had our chair lift installed yesterday and we were very pleased with the work the technician did. He did a great job!

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