Can a Stair Lift be Reversed?

A common question that many want answered is “Can a stair lift be reversed?” To answer this we need to look at the functionality of stair lifts and take into account how you could interpret this question.

Can a Stair Lift be Reversed?

Stair Lift Reverse Functionality

Stair lifts come with controls that allow for it to go up the stairs. At any point of the journey, the lift can stop & go in reverse back down. All conventional lifts are designed with this functionality in mind so that the user is in full control of where they are going.

We have more guidance & information on how easy it is to use a stairlift. If you would like more information on that topic.

Reversing the side which the Stair Lift is Installed on

If you want to swap or reverse the side that the stair lift has been installed on, that would need an expert. Stair lifts are attached to a bespoke rail that it travels on which will be bolted to your staircase. The expert would be needed to remove the current rail & either re-use it or have a new rail cut depending on if the staircase would need it customizing.

Why would the rail need to be cut for my staircase?

If your staircase has bends & curves in it, the rail would need to be cut to fit the path of the staircase. Not all staircases have the same degree of curvature so there is not a one size fits all solution. A stair lift engineer will measure your stairs & work out what degree a curved piece of rail will need to be cut to before the installation.

It’s important to have a professional carry out this work as there are a lot of factors at play with fitting a rail. The chance of an installation being incorrect is much higher if the person installing the rail has no experience or training.

This is why it is a good idea to contact a stair lift installation company with a good reputation & history of quality installations.

Can a Stair Lift be Reversed?

Further Concerns about Reversing a Stair Lift

If you have any further concerns, you can get in touch with Senior Stairlifts. We have trained & friendly professionals who will be able to help you with any issues you have with reversing a stair lift.

When you feel that you are stuck, seek guidance. Whether it’s a loved one, a friend, or a professional it’s always worth reaching out.