The term ‘Side-Hung’ is used to describe the orientation of the guides / mast in relation to the lift platform. Most vertical platform lifts will have their guides to one side of the platform (along one of the long sides). Therefore, as the platform is being hung from the guides on one side of the platform, the configuration is described as ‘Side Hung’. When considering rigidity, side hung lifts are best solution. Think of a diving board at the swimming pool, which is fixed at one end, the amount of flex is apparent (and in that situation purposely accentuated). Now imagine the same diving board being fixed along one side instead of one end, the flex would be massively reduced.