Know your Stairs – For a single flight of straight stairs, use a straight stair lift. Most other types of staircases may require a custom-made curved rail stair lift system. The custom-made units are significantly more expensive since they designed exclusively for your staircase.
Consider Important Features – A seat swivel feature at the top of the stairs can be handy to have on a straight stair lift because getting on and off the stairs is done facing away from the stairs. Other features might also be on your list, such as an error code display to see any service issues. Power swivel seat and power folding footrest are also available convenience features on some models.
Find the Right Fit – Measure your stairs to choose the correct lift and determine the appropriate weight capacity. Sit in a normal chair and measure the width that you will need to comfortably sit in the chair. Seat height capability is often very important. A taller seat height makes the process of standing up from the chair easier. Or try out a chair in our showroom in Lenexa, KS.
Choose a Reputable Brand – National brands will provide you with a manufacturer’s warranty to cover any part defects. Ask the seller if they provide any labor warranty.
Consider your Surroundings – If your stair width is less than 30 inches, it may be very difficult to install a stair lift. If you have a door at the top or bottom landing, you may want to consider a flip-up or zero clearance rail option that keeps the stair lift from intruding on the door area. You may want to choose a curved stair lift if you want to “park” the unit around a corner at the top or the bottom of the stairs to give you free access to the stairs when the chair is not in use.