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Stairlifts are specialised pieces of equipment designed to help people with mobility issues get up and down the stairs more easily. These mechanical devices come in various different forms, so it’s not surprising that stairlift prices vary widely as well. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the key factors that might affect stairlifts prices and quotes. With this information, we hope you’ll be able to make a more informed choice when deciding on the best stairlift for your needs and budget.


Because of the relative simplicity of its design, a basic straight stairlift tends to be cheaper than a curved stairlift. Prices for a straight stairlift start at around £2,000, rising as high as £3,500, depending on the length of the staircase, for instance. The cost can be higher if you choose to incorporate premium features, with prices ranging between £3,500 and £5,000. Additional features will be discussed in greater detail below.

Curved stairlift prices are naturally higher than straight stairlifts due to the complexity involved in the design. Curved stairlifts cost around £5,400 on average, but the price could potentially exceed £7,000 if the curvature of your staircase is particularly intricate.


The final design of your stairlift may seem like a trivial matter, but it can be crucial in situations where you want to be sure that your lift fits in seamlessly with its surroundings. Here at Sesame Access, we can clad your stairlift in any type of material, from concrete, marble, and carpet to stone.

Of course, the type of cladding you choose can add more to final new or reconditioned starlift prices, as some materials are naturally more expensive or more difficult to install than others. Bear in mind that any costs for cladding materials and labour won’t be included in our initial quote.

Additional Building Works

We may need to conduct a structural engineering survey before the installation of your lift. It may be necessary, for instance, to prepare a pit in order to accommodate your lift, as well as installation of the necessary electrics or structural supports. Depending on the complexity of the job, these factors could contribute to higher stairlifts prices.

Power Supply

Different lift sizes require different types of power supply, and this is also often a factor in the costs for the overall job. Our smaller lifts require a 16 amp commando socket supply, and 240v sources fitted with a type-C or D motor-rated breaker. As for our larger lifts which come equipped with rising barriers, a 240v Single Phase 32amp commando socket from a type-C or type-D motor-rated breaker may be necessary. We also offer lifts that come with an emergency back-up battery so that they will remain functional even in the event of a power outage. We’re always more than happy to advise on what will be required or desirable for your project.

Contact Sesame Access Today

Are you looking for a company that can install stairlifts efficiently and seamlessly within your building? Here at Sesame Access, we are confident that we’re the best people for the job. We have designed and installed innovative and high-quality stairlifts in some of the most famous buildings and landmarks in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Whitehall, the Bank of England, and many others.

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How much does a stairlift cost in the UK?

On average, the stairlift price in a public building in the UK is around £4,000. Every stairlift is unique, so prices vary depending on factors such as the length, width, and curvature of your staircase.

Sesame Access stairlifts are custom-made to suit your needs. For a personalised quotation for invisible wheelchair lifts, simply get in touch.

How much weight can a stairlift hold?

A stairlift has a maximum weight capacity of between 280 and 350 pounds. When choosing your stairlift, it’s best to discuss details such as weight capacity with your manufacturer to avoid any issues. With our state-of-the-art equipment at Sesame Access, you’re sure to get a lift that can accommodate all your users’ needs.

How long does it take to install a stairlift?

At Sesame Access, we aim to finish installing your stairlift within two weeks. This includes a pre-installation inspection a week beforehand. We have developed a strict tried-and-tested installation process in conjunction with our partner companies to minimise delays and ensure a prompt handover to our clients.

How does a stairlift work?

Our lifts feature retracting stairs that disappear behind the staircase to make way for the lift. The lift runs via a power supply, or from a back-up battery in case of a power cut.

At Sesame Access, we make sure we provide all our clients with in-depth training on how to safely and properly operate their lift.

Can a stairlift be fitted to any stairs?

Stairlifts can be fitted to the majority of staircases. However, there are cases in which installation may be more difficult, and naturally, this comes at an additional cost. Factors that affect the ease of fitting a stairlift include the width and type of the staircase, as well as taking into account any obstructions in the surrounding environment.

Buying A Stairlift: How To Get Started

Choosing a stairlift for a building requires consideration of various options. Good companies have showrooms in which you can view and try different models. Alternatively, there are equipment demonstration centres, where you can see mobility aids and equipment in a non-sales environment, which can be more comfortable for some people.

For stairlifts to be installed in a private home, your local council may be able to offer recommendations. Your occupational therapist (OT), if you have access to one, may also be able to advise on suitability.

Handicare Stairlifts Prices – What Else To Consider

As noted, stairlift installation costs vary based on the type of stairlift you want, as well as any modifications that may be necessary to fit one in your desired space.

Aside from the baseline chair lift costs, it’s also worth getting a quote for the costs of servicing your new stairlift. You should also ask about routine stairlift maintenance, which should be carried out to ensure users’ safety. Finally, prior to installation, it’s also important to consider the structural condition of your building.

Things You Should Know To Buy The Right Stairlift

Choosing the right stairlift for your building is not an easy decision to make. However, getting it right gives you better functionality, usability, and accessibility within the building. As installing one of our stairlifts can involve a great deal of renovation, it’s important to make sure that it will perfectly suit your needs.

Before you speak to us regarding the installation of your stairlift, it’s good to have these key factors in mind so we can have a better understanding of your requirements:

  • Type of stairlift you want.
  • Your budget for the platform lift cost.
  • Your specific needs.
  • The height, length, and width of your staircase.
  • Desired colour, design, and cladding of your lift.

We know that having a stairlift installed is one of the biggest investments you can make in your building in the long run. It’s therefore important to choose the one that offers the best value for money and ensures safety, comfort, and accessibility for all users.

Here at Sesame Access, we aim to provide you with the right stairlift and safety equipment for your requirements. Give us a call to start discussing your project today.


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