Left Hand or Right Hand - Your first task is to decide which side of the staircase will be best. Review the picture gallery to see how the stair way lift track will extend to the bottom landing and how it extends past the top nose of the stairs and onto the top landing. You need to review the area to see if the track will be more of a trip hazard on one side of the stairs or the other. Also, if you have an open railing on one side, it is best to put the stairlift on the other side, along the sheetrock wall, so that nobody can stick their arm through the rail where it could get pinched.

Nose (A) to Floor (B) in inches - Once you have chosen the side of the stairs you plan to install your lift on, go to the top landing, extend a tape measure down along the noses of the stairs until it just touches the floor at the lower landing. Read the dimension where the tape measure crosses the top nose of the stairs. This is the nose-to-floor dimension that we will need.

Obstacles - While you are at the upper landing, look around you. Are there any obstacles? A door at the top of the stairs? Now check around the bottom landing for any obstacles. Just let us know so we can make sure your lift will work for you.

Seat height - Your lower landing seat height will be approximately 24 1/2 inches off the floor. The standard upper landing seat height is typically 18 inches, however for some people this is too low to allow them to stand up easily. Find a tall chair in your home or a counter-height bar stool. Measure the distance from the cushion to the floor. Now sit down on the stool or chair - is it easy to stand up out of it? Let us know what you find and we will figure out how to best configure your lift.

Power - Your lift has to be plugged in at all times. You should ideally have a dedicated 110V outlet installed on the wall where the lift will go, but you may be able to make do with a nearby outlet. Do not string a cord across the stairs or somebody will trip over it. Make sure the outlet you use is not connected to a switch or you may accidentally switch off the power to your lift and your batteries will die.

We will be happy to walk you through this process. It is actually very easy to do.

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