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Stair Lift Measuring Guide


Measuring your stairway correctly is essential to ensuring that your new stair lift will install easily and function safely and properly. Please follow the instructions below carefully.


Step 1: Determine Mount Side
Determine Stair Lift Mount Side
Mount Side: From the bottom of your staircase looking up, determine on which side you want the lift installed. Because the lift mounts to the stairs and not the wall, you may choose either side.

Step 2: Measure for Length of Track
Measure for Length of Stair Lift
Measurement A - Top to Bottom: Stand at the top of your stairs and extend your tape measure down the staircase. The tape measure should lightly touch each stair tread and the tip should touch the landing at the bottom of the steps. The measurement should be from the front edge (nose) of the top landing to the floor at the bottom landing.
Measurement B - Top to First Step: Measure from the front edge (nose) at the top of the landing to the front edge (nose) of the first step.

Step 3: Measure the Stair Tread & Rise
Measure the Tread & Rise for the Stair Lift
Measurement C - Stair Tread Length: Measure the tread of a stair from front edge (nose) of a stair to back.
Measurement D - Stair Rise Height: Measure the rise of a stair by measuring the length from the front edge (nose) of one step straight down to the next tread.
Number of Risers: Count the number of stair risers on your staircase.

Step 4: Measure Top & Bottom Obstruction Distances
Measure Top & Bottom Obstruction Distances
Measurement E - Top Obstruction Distance: Measure the distance from the front edge of the top step to any obstruction on the top landing. Common obstructions include doors, walls or railings.
Measurement F - Bottom Obstructon Distance: Measure the distance from the front edge of the bottom stair to any obstruction on the bottom landing.

Step 5: Measure Width of Stairs
Measure Stair Width
Measurement G - Stair Width: Measure the width of the stairs from side to side.

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