Stair Lift Installation

Options HME Technician installing a stair lift in basement stairs with a door at the top in Highland Illinois

Stair lift installation can be very simple or quite complex, depending on the stair lift model and the stairs it is being installed on. Every stair lift installation requires the same essential steps:

 

  • Measurement

  • Stair Lift & Stairway Preparation

  • Assembly & Fitting

  • Mounting

  • Final Adjustments & Testing

Measurement

One of the most important parts of installing a stair lift takes place before the stair lift is even purchased. At Options HME, we begin the process by taking measurements of stairway length, width, and incline. This allows us to discuss which stair lift model will best serve your needs. Each model we install has different applications, with some models being better suited for narrow stairs and others for long runs. Proper measurement allows for the correct model to be selected and a quicker installation.

Stair Lift & Stairway Preparation

While most stairways need little to no preparation, there are some instances where it is necessary. It may be beneficial to move a handrail from one side of the stairs to the other, or change the way a door swings at the top or bottom of the stairs. We will discuss this with you to make sure your stair lift fits well and is easy to use. Stair lift preparation includes the unboxing and customization of the rail, chassis, footrest, and seat of the stair lift. Most often this includes cutting the rail to fit. We come prepared to cut the rail outside of your home to minimize any necessary clean up.

Assembly & Fitting

We come prepared with the tools and padding necessary to prevent any damage to your stairs, floor or walls. We begin assembly by joining the two sections of rail. Mounting brackets are then attached to the rail and the assembled rail is laid on the stairs. Next, we fully assemble the stair lift on the rail, including the motor, footrest, and seat. This allows us to line the stair lift up with the stairway and ensure the best possible fit, taking up as little room in the stairway as possible. We run the stair lift the length of the rail before mounting to ensure clearance.

Mounting

Many of the questions our customers ask are about the mounting part of the installation. Some believe the stair lift will mount to the wall, a hand rail, or some other part of the home. All of our lifts attach directly to the tread of the steps only. This provides a strong mounting surface while minimizing the number of holes left behind if the stair lift is removed later on. Most often, stair lifts are attached to the stairs via 4 brackets that hold the rail in place. Each bracket is attached with 2 to 4 screws. We are able to mount the stair lift on any type of stairs including hardwood, carpeted, concrete, tile, or laminate. We mount the stair lift and then check for fit and clearance again.

Final Adjustments & Testing

After the stair lift has been mounted, we ride the lift and make any adjustments necessary to fit the user’s needs. We can adjust seat height and footrest height depending on the model. We ask the user to ride the lift while we are present to make sure the stair lift is comfortable for them. Additionally, we provide the user with a full walkthrough of how to operate the stair lift and all of its features. We want to be sure you understand how to operate the stair lift and are happy to answer any questions that you have! Before we leave, we double check all of the stair lift’s features. We make sure the lift easily moves up and down the stairs, the seat swivels and locks into place, all safety edges are working, and that the lift is charging properly.

After the installation, should you have questions or need service, our local service team is only a call away!

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