How Wide Do Stairs Have to be for a Stair Lift?

How Wide Do Stairs Have to Be for a Stair Lift?


How Wide Do Stairs Have to be for a Stair Lift?At the Barrier Free Store, we’ve helped thousands of Upper Peninsula residents age gracefully in place by providing home modifications that increase safety, comfort, and accessibility. Stair lifts are one of the most popular products we offer, and for good reason. With just the push of a button, these motorized chairs provide reliable transportation up and down stairs, thus ensuring continued access to upper and lower floors for those with limited or diminished mobility.


One of the most frequently asked questions we get from people who are considering having a lift installed is whether their stairs are wide enough to accommodate such a device. Our minimum stair widths depend on two things: which model you choose and whether or not there are any structural elements on the staircase that extend from the wall. Generally speaking, straight stair lifts can only be installed on a staircase that’s at least 28 inches wide. Curved stair lifts need approximately 30 inches. These measurements are from the farthest obstruction, meaning that molding, handrails, and other projections can reduce your staircase width. In some cases, projections such as handrails might need to be removed.

We Have the Top Products You’re Looking For

Our experts can help you choose a model that will perfectly suit your needs and your home. We offer both indoor and outdoor lifts made by Bruno, a leader in the industry based right here in the Great Lakes region of the Upper Midwest. All of their exceptional models feature:


  • Plush seats with padded armrests
  • Flip-up footrests
  • A backup battery for reliable operation even in the event of a power outage
  • Safety features such as seat belts and sensors that automatically stop the lift if an object on the stars is detected


In most cases, Barrier Free Store Technicians can install a new stair lift in just one day and with minimal disruption to your home. Furthermore, as a local company headquartered in Marquette, we’re nearby should your lift ever need servicing.


Ready to begin? Contact the Barrier Free Store today to get started on your project!

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