Are the costs of stairlift installation worth the pain?

Posted by Mobile Stairlift on Mar 2, 2021 8:42:51 AM

If you or a loved one have a mobility impairment, chances are you’re fully absorbed in the stairlift research process. Not only do you need to find a device that’s best suited to your home and its staircase, but you also need to carefully consider the stairlift costs that come with customization and installation.

  1. To guide your journey, we’ll examine the costs associated with installing different stairlifts on a variety of staircases, as well as the alternatives that you can explore.


Perched/standing stairlifts

A perched/standing stairlift consists of a raised seat, a footplate, and armrests/guard rails that allow people with disabilities to ‘perch’ as the stairlift moves along the tracks. Ideal for straight, narrow interior staircases, this type of stairlift is simpler to install than a standard-seated stairlift and can be completed by a qualified technician within a day. It can also be installed outside, such as on a straight staircase leading from the patio to the garden.

Perched/standing stairlift costs: Between $2,000 and $5,000 for a straight staircase of 12–14  steps. If you have a curved staircase, you’re looking at $8,000 to $14,000 (and above) for installation.


Straight-seated stairlifts

A straight-seated stairlift is the most common multi-level device for homes with uncurved staircases and is ideal for people who cannot walk unaided or have difficulty standing for long periods of time. It typically requires 27 to 29 inches of space, so if you have a narrow staircase you may need to make structural changes or opt for a perched/standing stairlift. If customization is minimal, expect a working stairlift system in a day or two; if the technician has to shorten or make additions to the rail, it will take longer and add to the costs.

Straight-seated stairlift costs: Interior straight-seated stairlifts will cost you between $2,000 and $5,000, with outdoor variants ranging from $3,500 to $6,000 owing to factors such as climate.

Related: Besides stairlift costs, there are other important factors to consider when choosing yours. Our article ‘Weighing Up the Cost of Stair Mobility Aids’ explores these factors so you can rest assured that every cent spent is worth the return.


Curved-seated stairlifts

A great option for homes with more than two levels, a curved-seated stairlift uses a curved rail system to navigate staircase bends and landing corners. If the structure is complex, you can expect to receive complete plans in a few weeks. Once these have been drafted, a technician will then need to customize the curved stairlift to make sure it fits correctly. All of this can take time to get right, which means that costs can balloon if meticulous attention is not paid to every detail.

Curved-seated stairlift costs: As more development time is needed, costs can be anywhere between $10,000 and $15,000.


Stairlift rental

Renting a stairlift costs significantly less than purchasing one and is a viable option for those who are temporarily disabled or who will be relocating soon. While rental can be cheaper, stairlift companies will still charge for installation and monthly services (and some may even require a deposit). A notable disadvantage is that you won’t be able to hire curved or outdoor stairlifts as these require customization and can only be purchased as new.

Stairlift rental costs: Between $200 and $500 for a straight stairlift and $1500 to $5,000 for a pre-owned stairlift.

(If you’re interested in learning even more about the different types of stairlifts and their related costs, functions, and suitabilities, check out ‘Stairlifts 101: Everything To Know

Before You Purchase’.)


Mobile stairlifts

Mobile stairlifts are a great option for people who are temporarily disabled and don’t want to foot the bill for a permanent device, or who require more freedom in their daily lives. These versatile stairlifts are lightweight and portable, offering the disabled person and their caregiver more flexibility, on a variety of indoor and outdoor staircases.


  • Mobiles stairlifts are perfect for homes and buildings with one to multiple levels.
  • These devices are compact and transportable, making them easier on a caregiver’s body during set-up, transport, and navigation.
  • With anti-slide tread for a superior grip, they’re built to navigate any staircase, whether it’s spiral, curved, or straight.
  • Mobile stairlifts are cost-efficient, flexible alternatives to investing in traditional stairlifts.

Mobile stairlift costs: Our mobile stairlift devices cost $2,995.00, with the option of financing them which starts at $112 a month.


Whether it’s a standing stairlift for a straight staircase, a seated stairlift for a multi-level curved staircase, or a mobile stairlift for freedom and flexibility, we understand and empathize with the budgetary concerns that come with committing to a stairlift. This is why we’d like to offer you further guidance and advice to find the stairlift that’s best suited to your unique circumstances.


To help you make the right investment, we’ve created a comprehensive resource to guide and advise your decision. Read ‘How to Finance Your Stairlift In 2021’ here.


finance a stairlift