Welcome to DIY Stairlifts, a resource for the do-it-yourself buyer. For those suffering from a disability or have difficulty getting around your home, getting up your stairs might seem impossible. With the installation of a stair lift, you can reclaim the freedom you may have lost getting up and down the steps in your house. You’ll learn how stair lifts can make your life easier, and some of the pitfalls to look out for when purchasing a chair lift kit or having it professionally installed.
There are a few different types and brands of chair stair lifts, each with their own set of benefits. It’s difficult to determine exactly which style of lift will be better without knowing more details about your home or stair configuration, but with a little research you should be able to determine which setup to go with – or even if a stair lift is the best approach to take.
Not all homes are suited for a chairlift install. If your stairs are exceptionally long, winding or traverse across a large distance you may be better off with a home elevator, if you have the room. With that being said, it’s sometimes more practical to install a wheelchair ramp if you’ve only got a few steps to go up or down. If you have to use a mobility scooter or wheel chair to get around, again you might be better off with an elevator or ramp.
Whichever method you choose, make sure you consider all of the safety precautions and reinforcement necessary to support the weight and electricity load needed. You want a reliable, durable and safe install and you should remember that doing it yourself isn’t for everyone. You’ll need electrical and wiring experience, construction knowledge and the time to do it right.
For more detailed explanations, we have written many articles covering the different lift types and manufacturers making them. These articles are obviously catered towards those looking to choose, buy or install a stairlift themselves – if this isn’t you I’d suggest consulting a professional contractor or recommended installer from one of the popular manufacturers. If you don’t have experience installing this type of equipment, please don’t try to DIY, you could hurt yourself or the person relying on it. Thank you for allowing us to help you choose the best stair lift for you and your family, and I wish you all the best safety and freedom a quality kit will offer.