Stair Lift Installation
Stair lifts that are designed for straight staircases are almost always fixed to the staircase tread - and not to the walls around the stairway. Some curved rail stair lifts require bracing from the walls, but this is not usually the case.
If the stair lift is battery powered it will be unnecessary for the installer to commission an electrician in most States (exceptions include WA and OR, where an electrical inspection is still required - even for a battery powered stair lift). Installation of a straight stair lift is a simple process that usually takes one person between one and six hours to complete. Some straight stair lifts are even designed for installation by the customer and this seems to be a rapidly growing trend within the industry. For more information about stair lifts that are suitable for self installation click here.
Curved rail stair-lifts are much more complex to install and require considerable expertise to specify and install correctly. If you need a curved rail stair lift, you should always consult a reputable stair lift supplier and installer.
Once installed, modern stair lifts are unobtrusive and do not occupy much space on the stairway itself, due to the fact that the armrests, seat cushion and footrest all fold out of the way, when not in use.
If your staircase is carpeted it is usual for the fixing screws to go straight through the carpet and pad. Slightly different fixings are usually used for staircases constructed in concrete or stone - or where the staircase is clad in ceramic tile.