“Can stairlifts be fitted to any stairs?” is a question we hear almost daily. The answer is almost certainly. Stairlifts can be fitted to the majority of staircases. Still, there are some circumstances where this isn’t easy.
In our latest Superglide Stairlifts blog, we talk you through several factors in deciding which stairlift will fit perfectly for your home. We also discuss how our team of expert fitters can ensure both a perfect fit and that you can use your new stairlift safely.
The Staircase Width Factor
One of the factors that influence whether you can have a stairlift fitted is the width of your staircase. If your staircase is too narrow, then this can cause safety issues. Stairlift users could bang their knees on the newell post or wall, or your stairlift could potentially become a trip hazard.
At Superglide Stairlifts, our expert team believe that between 29 and 32 inches are the minimum width a staircase can be for a standard stairlift to be fitted.
To find out if your staircase meets these minimum requirements, use a tape measure and place it across one of the steps of your stairs. Measure the tread of your stairs rather than wall to wall.
It doesn’t mean you cannot get a stairlift fitted if your measurements don’t meet the minimum. It might just mean that you may have to look at alternatives such as a standing, otherwise known as “perch”, stairlift installed.
The Staircase Height Factor
The height of your staircase also needs to be considered when deciding on a stairlift.
Typically, this is not an issue for people considering a stairlift for their home. However, the vertical space needs to be considered if you are looking at a perch stairlift. The user will take up more space vertically than sitting down. If you can provide our team details such as your height, this will be easy for us to determine.
The Curved Staircase Factor
Whether your staircase is straight or has a bend or curve is the next factor to consider when looking into purchasing a Superglide Stairlift for your home.
If you’ve contacted us on the phone; email or our business Whatsapp, we can quickly determine whether or not you will require a curved stairlift. If so, we can arrange for an engineer to take a thorough examination of your staircase.
With a curved staircase, the fitting and fixtures of your new stairlift will have to be tailored specifically to your stairs. To find out more about curved stairlifts and how Superglide Stairlifts can help, visit our site here.
The Parking Space Factor
The last factor to consider is the space around the top and bottom of your staircase, essentially where the stairlift will be parked when not in use.
Luckily, solving this issue is relatively easy. For example, it’s very common to have a door at the bottom of the staircase in a terrace house. We can install a hinged or sliding track that can eliminate the tripping hazard at the bottom of the stairs.
For more on all that Superglide Stairlifts can offer you and your home, please call 01925 414 771 or get a quote today online here.