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Taking a ceiling hoist through a doorway

Ceiling Hoist Multi-Room Access

Taking a ceiling hoist through a doorway

When installing ceiling hoists we are often asked the question – how do you take the track through the doorway? There are several ways, read on for more details….

Through the door frame

The preferred option is to cut a slot in the header of the door frame for the track to pass through. This means that when the door is closed, the top of the door closes flush against the track with a 3 mm gap. This option looks incredibly neat and tidy and reduces the transfer of noise between rooms. If the track is running from a bedroom to an en-suite, the transfer of moisture and odours is also minimised.

Design considerations

  • A full height door is required – the standard door height is too low for a ceiling hoist
  • The door can be standard width, but a n opening of at least 850mm is recommended
  • The door frame would usually be fitted first, and secured, the slot would then be cut-out to allow the track to pass through, and then the track installed
  • The track always runs centrally through the door frame

Sliding doors

It is also possible to take a track through the header of a sliding door, however a specialist sliding door frame is required. Close liaison is needed between the door frame installer and the hoist installer, to ensure a seamless and smooth installation, and a high quality finish.

If you are considering a sliding door with a ceiling hoist track, please contact us to discuss in more details.

Through the door header

An alternative option is to cut out the header of the door and remove an aperture large enough for the hoist to pass through. This has the advantage that the door frame does not have to be full height, however a large aperture is required for the hoist to pass through.

Design considerations

  • A standard height door is required – but the header will have to be cutout to allow the hoist to pass through
  • There will be an opening above the door approximately 226 mm wide – consider the transfer of aromas and moisture if the two rooms are a bedroom and en-suite
  • The door can be standard width, but a n opening of at least 850mm is recommended
  • The door frame would usually be fitted first, and secured, the slot would then be cut-out to allow the track to pass through, and then the track installed
  • The track always runs centrally through the door frame

Fire Regulations

We are often asked if hoist tracks are fire rated, and the short answer is no! the reason being that the two rooms connected by the hoist, are usually running from bedroom to en-suite, and are therefore in the same fire compartment.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss fire ratings in more detail – we would be delighted to assist.

Contact us today

For further information give us a call on 0800 298 6000 or drop us a line to sales@multicaremedical.co.uk