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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Video Testimonials


The stair lift was installed yesterday and I just wanted to thank you, Sarah, and David (the installer) for a job well done! Ruth had a doctor’s appointment today which was our first ‘official’ use of the lift. What a difference! It has made the entire trip easier on all of us, especially on the return home. After a day out, those last seven stairs had to seem like the Himalayas to Ruth. Now it’s just a push of a button.

Thanks again!

It was a job well done and it really helps my husband.

I am so glad I called EHLS when I was looking to get stairlifts in my mother’s home. From start to finish they were professional, punctual and communicated with me every step of the way. I asked the tech that came to remove my mom’s stairlifts after she passed to communicate my sincere appreciation back to the company. THANK YOU for everything you did for us. I HIGHLY recommend EHLS for stairlifts!

I love the stairlift and am glad I can get around my home again. The installer and sales people were especially nice and informative.

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