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Stair Lift Measuring Guide

It really is very easy to ‘measure-up’ for your straight Stair lift.

All you need is a good quality metal tape measure.

Firstly, take a general overview of your stairway layout and decide which side of the staircase the Stair lift will be mounted on, when viewed from the bottom. Be aware that the Stair lift rail will overhang the top landing by 8" and meet the floor at the foot of the stairs 14" beyond the ‘nose’ of the first step.

Take note of any fixtures, such as window sills, hand rails, central heating radiators, doorways etc., that intrude into the stairway area - or could be blocked by the presence of the Stair lift. Decide, which side of the stairway will be most appropriate for the Stair lift, requiring the least amount of disruption - or obstruction. In most cases, it’s a fairly obvious choice.

Now that you have decided which side of the stairway the Stair lift will be sited, you should measure the staircase.

Example Form


Measurments in


Side of Staircase

1. Overall Length
2. Staircase Width
3. Bottom Clearance
4. Top Clearance
5. Number of Step
Please specify the units of the dimensions and enter the staircase measurements in the boxes provided.
Explanation of Measurements

» Overall leangth of Staircase

Note: This should be a straight measurement from the nose of the top landing to the floor, at the foot of the stairway.

» Staircase Width

Note: You many find that your staircase width varies a little, over the length of the stairway. Record the measurement at its narrowest point.

» Clearance at Bottom of Staircase

Note: A minimum of 20" is required for this measurement.

» Clearance at Top of Staircase

Note: A minimum of 20" is required for this measurement.
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