Stairlift Costs

Straight stairs, curved stairs, inside and outside your home, how much does a stairlift cost?

The most common question we receive is :

“How much does a Stairlift Cost?”

There’s no simple answer, as there are a variety of stairlift manufacturers, rail types and options. Each manufacturer supplies different models, with varying features and benefits. For quite some time, Stannah ACME has exclusively supplied Stannah Stairlifts, a brand known around the world for their exceptional quality and reliability. Finding the right stairlift for you depends on a few key factors:

  • Your Staircase: is it straight or does it make a turn? How narrow is it? What materials were used to build the steps?
  • Are the stair Inside or Outside your home?
  • Room at the landings: does the stair case begin at a small hallway or near a door? How much room is at the top of the stair case?
  • User requirements: What are the physical needs of the person using the lift? Are some movements harder than others?

StairLift Cost is a combination of:

  1. Staircase type
  2. Inside the home or Outside the home
  3. New, Reconditioned or Rental
  4. Stairlift model, from entry level to premium.
  5. Commercial or Residential

Let’s go over these options.

Straight v. Curved

How much more than a straight stairlift will a curved stairlift cost?

Used or Rental

Renting a stairlift can save you money depending on how long you want to keep it.

Stairlift Models & Cost

The cost of a stairlift can vary between companies and models.

The Cost of a Commercial Stairlift

Need a commercial stairlift? What will it cost?

Straight & Curved Stairlift Costs

Straight Stairlift Pricing

In our experience, about 70% of staircases are straight. In this industry, a straight staircase doesn’t make any turns and has steps that are all the same size.

Pricing for straight stairlifts start at $2,950. To put a straight stairlift on your stairs, you need to make sure you have 2 feet of room at the bottom for the rail and chair and no platforms of any type. Most staircase widths can accommodate stairlifts. Local code can dictate the widths as well. Just ask us and we’ll let you know if your city calls for a minimum lift and/or permit.

The length of the staircase matters as well because longer staircases need longer rails. Average is about 14 feet but we’ve put them on much longer.

Beyond length, the lift might need a retractable rail. This option allows the lift to rail or lower in case the landing area around the bottom of the stairs is next to a door or in a narrow hallway.

Outdoor Straight Stairlifts are built to withstand harsh weather and as a result, cost more than their indoor counterparts. Typically Outdoor straight stairlifts start around $5,000.

Curved Stairlift Pricing

Curved staircases are ANY staircase that makes a turn or has an intermediate platform.

A curved stairlift does just that: it gets you around curves and corners on your stairs. Stannah offers modular curved stairlifts (made up of prefabricated pieces) and custom-made curved stairlifts, designed specifically for your staircase. We take a survey and send it off to Stannah’s engineering department, where they create a design of what you need. By doing this, we are able to make sure that your stairlift fits your stair case exactly.

Curved Stairlift pricing starts at $7,500 for a reconditioned chair. Stairlift cost of a new Curved starts at $10,000. The rule of thumb is that the more turns and the longer the staircase runs, the more rail we have to provide and the price will increase.

Pricing for a curved stairlift is made up of three main factors: Staircase type, step type, and rail location.  Irregular steps, inside turns and unusual bends can all impact the cost of a curved stairlift.

It’s take longer to make rails with unusual turns because the rail needs to keep you level as it travels up the stairs, while staying as close to the wall as possible. Getting this right takes some thought and engineering.

Another factor to consider is the location of the rail. An INSIDE turn is one where the rail is closest to the inside of the turn. A staircase that turns right and has the stairlift on the righthand side is an INSIDE rail. If the stairlift rail was on the left side of this stair case, then it would be an OUTSIDE rail. Inside and outside rails turn at different angles and are priced differently.

We’ve installed some impressive curved stairlifts throughout the years, I have to say. Check out this one that we complete a few years ago.  There isn’t a staircase we can’t overcome!

Used & Rental Stairlift Costs

Used and Reconditioned Stairlift Pricing

Reconditioned stairlifts are ones where the owner doesn’t need them anymore. We’ve taken them out and returned them to our shop. Our team of technicians then go through the chair from top to bottom, inside and out. We make sure that all the safety features, motor, charging, and switches work. We supply new batteries and then clean it as much as we can.

Pricing depends on whether the stairlift is straight or curved, as well as the model and options you select. As mentioned earlier, used curved stairlifts start around $7,500, while used straights begin around $2,800, depending on the model you need.

Rental Stairlift Pricing

Rental options are available for straight units. Initial installation costs will depend on the rail you need and the options you choose. But, you can rent new or used with new rental pricing for less than $200 a month.  

The Cost of Different Stairlift Models

The Stannah Starla Stairlift Chair

Meet the Stannah Starla Stairlift. It’s a mouthful but it’s really a great lift. If you want a great stairlift at a great price, this is it. The Starla is a premium stairlift, but nowhere can you get more value for you dollar. The seat is fully adjustable and you have many customization options to make it fit your stairs and your home. You can learn more by clicking on the link. The Starla chair is available for both Straight and Curved stairlifts. 

The Stannah Siena Stairlift Chair

This is a great chair as it offers many of the Starla’s best features at an even more affordable price, incluing: an automatic folding footrest as standard and an optional power swivel. Most of our customers chose the Siena chair, regardless of whether they needed a straight or curved stairlift.

The Siena stairlift is available in a variety of colors and options. You can add different seat belt options too. The Siena is also available on both straight staircases and curved.

An Outdoor Straight Stairlift


Outdoor stairlifts are robust models, designed to handle the harsh conditions of the outdoors. Whether salty sea spray or heavy snow, this stairlift stands up to the elements! Because it’s designed to handle the outdoors, this model is more expensive than your average straight stairlift for indoor stairs. It’s also important to note that it can only go up straight staircases.

Commercial Stairlift Costs

Commercial Stairlift Pricing

The last thing to mention is that Stannah ACME can install commercial stairlifts in California. Commercial stairlifts are under the jurisdiction of the State Elevator division and fall under a different code than residential stairlifts. These lifts have to have a few extras, like a light. Power and remotes must be hard wired in conduit. We also pull a permit and do an inspection with the State. You don’t see these very often, but they do happen. You have to make sure that your local building department is involved before you order your lift. We’ll provide drawings prior to that, so don’t worry: we make it easy.

A commercial stairlift is going to add about $2,200 to the price of the standard chair. Most of that is in labor, as we have to do the above items as well as a full inspection.

A Final Tip

This final tip is an important one: don’t buy a stairlift if you still have questions. It seems simple enough, but too many people feel like they need to rush into a purchase before taking the time to get all of their questions answered. Price and fit are important, but you should also consider the full value of the entire package. That includes aftercare service, warranty, installation, time frame and the features and options available for the model you’re choosing.

Your home might have a unique design that requires a bit more thought. Maybe you have an idea for your installation that’s different from what the stairlift advisor suggests. That’s ok! Take the time to raise your concerns, talk it out and get to a solution that’s right for you. At Stannah ACME, we always put the needs of the customer first and we’ll take the extra time it takes to ensure that you’re comfortable and satisfied with your stairlift purchase.

There you have it! We hope that this has been helpful. To get a firm price, we offer a free in-home consultation.


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