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 would like to extend my appreciation to Mike S. who was instrumental in our getting a chair lift. My husband is a veteran and because of Mike’s information we contacted the VA. Our request was granted. After three companies took measurements, I was pleased to have EHLS do the work. the chair lift has been a great help to both my husband and me. Mike was informative and extremely helpful – in fact everyone that I have spoken to at EHLS has been helpful. Again, thank you!

Last week I joined the list of satisfied EHLS customers. As the owner of a material handling products company that sells and installs storage racks, overhead bridge cranes, and other products, I understand and appreciate the important role our employees play in the everyday service of our company especially those who have direct contact with customers. You probably already realize the important role employees like Will plays in your company. I observed Will installing the stairlift at my son’s house. He was very professional and very helpful in demonstrating the chair to my son. Just thought you might be interested in hearing from one of your customers.

The stair lift from EHLS has made life better for me. It is easy to go up and down the stairs now.

The stair lift has been great and your technician (Jose) showed me a lot of things that will help me use the lift properly.

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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