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Stairlift Measuring Guide

How to measure a staircase so we can give you a clear fixed telephone quotation.

Halton Stairlifts have developed this simple stairlift measuring guide for our straight stairlifts to help you with the self measuring process. Providing your own staircase measurements means we can give you an accurate telephone quotation and can speed up any installation if you request that from us.

Please follow our step by step stairlift measuring guide to ensure a safe installation:

Stage 1: Installation Side

Stand at the bottom of the stairs and look up the staircase. This will determine if the stairlift should be installed on the left side or the right side. With safety in mind the side for stairlift installation is always on the main wall side. If the staircase has walls both sides or is situated in the middle of the house, then determine which side would be most practical for the user of the stairlift from the bottom sides of your staircase.

Installation Side | Stairlift Measuring Guide | Halton Stairlifts

Step 2: Staircase Length (aline measurement)  

Stand at the top of the staircase and measure from the top stair tread (A) and run your tape measure down the staircase. The tape measure should touch every edge of every stair tread and the tip of the tape measure should be extended right down to the bottom floor area (B) which is past the very bottom stair tread.

Staircase Length ( aline measurement ) | Stairlift Measuring Guide | Halton Stairlifts

Step 3: Staircase Width

Measure the width of the staircase from the most narrowest point (C) to (D) making sure you measure from the skirting board and not the wall please take into account all newel posts and hazards that might cause a problem during travel.

Staircase Width | Stairlift Measuring Guide | Halton Stairlifts

Step 4: Bottom clearing measurement

Measure from the kick plate of the bottom stair tread (E) to the nearest obstacle (F)., this could be a near by door opening, radiator, wall or cupboard. When you measure this clearing distance, it will give you an idea as to how much space is available at the bottom of the stairs. A minimum distance of 18″- 20″ is needed for the stairlift to be parked or getting on and off safely. If the space is limited you may require a hinge track system.

Bottom Clearing Measurement | Stairlift Measuring Guide | Halton Stairlifts

Do you have a curved staircase?

No problem we have a range of both new & reconditioned curved stairlifts, we have a solution for anyone’s budget.

Need some more help with our stairlift measuring guide?

Find out just how much space does a stairlift take? to help you provide the exact measurements for your home.

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Trusted by thousands of homes across the UK, you can expect the highest standards, from the quality of our stairlifts to our customer service.

Registered with the Trading Standards Institute, we follow the British Healthcare Trading Association approved Code of Practice, giving you up to date advice and guidance on the best stairlifts to maintain the full use of your home.

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We provide a first class service to customers in England, Wales and Scotland.

Straight Stairlifts

We offer a wide range of stairlifts suited to your home. If you have mobility issues and feel like you need that extra bit of support when using stairs, then our stairlifts are the solution.


Halton Stairlifts have fitted thousands of new & reconditioned straight & curved stairlifts across the UK, we are proud to show some of our installations and also how it has helped thousands of customers to stay independent in there much loved home.

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