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What is the Cost of Installing a Stairlift?

The one thing that people want to know before making the decision to buy a stairlift is exactly how much it is going to cost them. Although a stairlift can be a great investment, enabling someone with limited mobility to remain living independently in their own home, the initial cost of the equipment and installation can be a daunting prospect for many people.

The fact is there is no "set price". The prices depend on several things, including:

  • Whether it is brand new or reconditioned
  • Whether a curved rail is needed
  • Whether any optional extras are required
  • Whether it is a heavy duty lift
  • The length and level of cover of the warranty

The Staircase

The layout of the stairs will determine whether a straight or curved stairlift is required. Straight stairlifts cost less because they are easier to install, but can only be installed on a straight flight of stairs with no turns or bends.

A curved stairlift will cost more because of the extra work involved in building a made to measure rail to match the dimensions of a curved staircase. It is possible to purchase a reconditioned straight stairlift for a cheaper price than a brand new one. However, it is unlikely that a secondhand curved stairlift would fit a different staircase without a great deal of modification.

Warranties and Maintenance

When comparing quotes, it is essential to look at the length of warranty being offered and the cost of routine maintenance and safety checks. Even a reconditioned stairlift should have a warranty to cover the cost of repairing it should it breakdown within the first year.

It is important to bear in mind that a very cheap stairlift may not necessarily be good value for money if it doesn't have an adequate level of cover included in the warranty, and could end up costing more in the long run if parts need to be replaced.


The price of a stairlift is also affected by the choice of features, as it is imperative that it is suited to the needs of the main user. For example, a joystick may be a more practical option than a push button for someone with arthritis in their hands. Also, if the user is overweight, then a heavy duty model will be required to accommodate the extra weight. For more information on the features offered, please visit our stairlift comparison chart .

All stairlifts from reputable companies, such as Companion and Acorn, come with safety features as standard, such as a DC power supply and automatic cut out function. Optional extras might include a perch seat for someone who finds it painful to bend their knees, a remote control or a harness seatbelt.

Average Prices

As a very rough guide, a straight can cost from around £1500-£2000. A curved might cost in the around £4000 or more, depending on the level of work required. To find out exactly how much it will cost to install in your home, we advise arranging a free survey from at least 2 reputable companies.

We recommend Companion and Acorn. You will be under no-obligation to buy and the representative will discuss your specific needs, advise on which model will work best on your stairs, and suggest features you may find useful. You will then be given an exact quote for the total cost of the installation.

Please fill in the form on the right hand side of this page and a representative will contact you within 24 hours to arrange your no-obligation quotation.