How To Measure for Your Stair Lift Installation

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Measuring your stairs for an AmeriGlide stair lift is simple.  All you need is a tape measure!  You can even print this page to use as a reference as you take and record measurements. 

The very first step of any stair lift installation is to decide which side of your stairwell you want your stair lift to be located.  In most cases, this is simply comes down to personal preference, but there may also be existing design factors, like banisters, to take into account.  Also, be sure to take note of the fact that the stair lift track will stop 14 inches beyond the bottom step and extend 6 inches past the top step.  Make sure that this will not interfere with any doorways at the top of bottom of the stairs.  As long as there aren’t any obstacles in the way, AmeriGlide stair lifts are versatile enough to be placed on either side of any staircase.  

After deciding which side you will mount your stair lift, please follow these instructions for accurate measurements. We recommend that you follow the advice to always "measure twice.” Please note that all measurements should be recorded in inches.

Measurement 1: This is the most critical measurement. Begin by standing at the top of stairs and extending your tape measure down to the landing, letting it rest on edge of each tread along the way. The tape should not sag or bend along the way. Please record the distance from the edge of the upper landing to where the end of the tape measure rests on the landing at the bottom of the stairs. Please refer to the diagram for assistance.

Measurement 2: Measure from the edge of the upper landing (like Measurement 1) to the edge of the first stair's tread at the bottom. Please refer to the diagram for assistance.

Measurement 3: Measure the width of your stair's treads. Please refer to the diagram for assistance.

Measurement 4: Measure from the edge of the first stair at the bottom to the wall (or door), if there is one. Please refer to the diagram for assistance.

Measurements 5-7: These are the tread measurements. Please refer to the diagram for assistance.

Measurements 8: Measure from the top step to the nearest door, wall or other obstruction at the top of the stairs.

Measurement 1
Measurement 2
Measurement 3
Measurement 4
Measurement 5 through 7
Measurement 8

 

 

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