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Cost of a New Staircase in 2020


If you’re planning on putting a new staircase in, one of the first questions you’re going to have is ‘How much it’s going to cost.

When you start thinking about what’s involved, including the design, what materials you’re going to use, and how much installation is going to set you back, it can all add up. That’s not even considering the other essential services you may need.

Today, we’re going to quickly go through everything you’ll need to know when it comes to adding up your costs, as well as giving you some ideas on how to save money and get the best prices.

So, How Much Is It Going to Cost?

Floor Installation On Stairs

As an average price, a new staircase will cost you around £1,500. This price typically includes the removal of your old staircase, as well as the start to finish the installation of your new one.

Of course, there are a lot of variables. If you’re building a new house and don’t have a staircase to remove, then it can be a more affordable process. But once you start adding in other services like laying the floors, painting, and varnishing, it can be expensive once again.

As a rule of thumb, the most affordable prices will be around the £750 mark, whereas the most expensive should peak around £6,000 unless you’re looking for an ultra-custom staircase, which could cost a lot more.

How Much Can the Prices Vary?

Let’s say you’re going for a standard staircase that uses straight software and sports a simple and basic design. This is a single level staircase that uses pine and cost-effective methods to put together. This is the kind of staircase wooden constructions that will cost around £750.

Even slight changes in your new staircase, such as swapping out the softwood for a hardwood like oak, can bump the price up to £1,400.

If you’re updating the design to something like a winding staircase, you’ll be looking at prices like £1,100 for softwood stairs, and sometimes up to £3,000 for hardwood versions. This should give you an indication of how the materials, the look, and other variables will change your overall cost.

We’ll give you a materials breakdown, like metal and glass, later on.

How Long Does Installation Usually Take?

Carpenter installing wooden stairs

Typically, no matter what kind of staircase you opt for, it will take around two to three days to install it completely. This time will include the deconstruction and removal of your old staircase, but you may need to add more time if any related building work needs to take place, as per building regulations or your contractor’s advice.

More Staircase Designs, Materials, and Cost

We’ve already spoken about a standard straight staircase and winding staircase with their soft and hardwood variations, but these aren’t the only types of staircases available, far from it.

If you want a straight spiral staircase – perhaps one of the most complex – these prices can vary dramatically due to the complexity of the design and any building work that needs to be done. Plus, spiral staircases tend to take more labour time, meaning the overall costs can reach up to £5,000, although the most affordable wooden staircases could sit around the £1,800 mark.

There are also glass staircases, which can cost a lot since the materials will probably need to be custom-made, so you’ll want to place orders for these earlier rather than later.

Metal is also becoming a very popular choice. A new staircase can cost as low as £1,200, but a complex metal spiral staircase can get expensive at costs upwards of £3,000.

Stone, metal, glass, and concrete could also be very popular choices and can vary in price, depending on the availability of the materials, but will sit in the region of the price ranges we’ve already discussed.

If you want a combination of materials, such as metal, stone, and glass, this is going to cost a lot more to source and put together, and you’ll need a custom quote.

Who to Hire for the Job?

Man building staircase

More often than not, you’re going to need an architect or a designer who can design stairs to handle all the measurements and design aspects of the job. A professional will also help to identify any problems you may face with your specific building project to prevent them from turning into issues.

A standard new charge for a professional like this will be around £200 per day, but most will charge for the full job, rather than a per-day basis, which will vary but can cost an average of £750. That’s on top of production and installation costs.

To produce your wooden stairs, you may need a carpenter or tradesmen, which will cost around £150 per day. Then professionals like carpet fitters and labours carry out the work, and this can cost between £60 and £120 per day.

Of course, if you’re using a professional contractor who can supply all these professionals under one umbrella cost, then these aren’t extra costs you’ll need to think about. With this in mind, you’ll want to make sure you’re asking to see what’s included in these packages to ensure you’re not missing out nor struck by hidden costs and fees.

What Staircase Finishing Services Do I Need?

Once your new staircase has been installed, the chances are you’re going to want to use some finishing services to ensure it’s a fully completed job.

The first thing to consider is the flooring. Are you using carpet, tiles, or laminate options, or are you keeping the staircases wooden? For tiled options, you’ll be looking at around £40 per pack of 50 tiles. This depends on the material and design of the tile per stair. However, carpet and laminate options will price between 30 per metres-square and £70 per meter-square, respectively.

You may then want to add new handrails and banisters to your staircase, which again will depend on the material used, but vary between £40 for softwood up to £120 for metal. Glass sides will also add variably £30 per meter to your bill.

Finally, if you want to paint your stairs, paints will vary in price between £20 for two litres, or £60 for a mixed batch, depending on the colour you want. You’ll need to think about the brand, the batch, and the quality of the paint, as well as who’ll paint.

What About Updating an Existing Staircase?

Old bare wall and stairs

Once you start adding up all the little bits and pieces that go into making a new staircase, there’s no denying it can get a bit expensive, which means you may want to think about simply updating your existing staircase, rather than paying out for new stairs.

Firstly, you’re going to want to think about the age of your stairs and whether it’s worth updating, or if it’s going to be more cost-effective long-term to replace your stairs completely.

If your staircase has a lot of damage or work that needs to be done on each individual stair, it’s probably worth putting a new staircase in.

On the other hand, if the damage is minimal, and the stair case you have is rather new, it may be worth updating. Replacement parts could cost £20 and up for standard straight softwood, and then you’ll only need to invest in the services of a carpenter to cut in up and install the repairs.

Typically, updating your existing stair case is far more affordable than buying a new one – full work price ranges will start at £400. That includes materials at £150 and labour for two days at £250.

Any Legal/Regulation Costs to Be Aware of?

Natural wooden stairs

In the UK, there are rules and regulations you need to abide by when building a new staircase. These mean that each stair has a minimum depth of 220mm, a recommended width of 850mm, a headroom landing of 200m, and a pitch that should not be greater than 42 degrees.

Of course, this will depend on the time and date you check the regulations. Make sure you look at the UK government website for the most up to date information possible, although your contractors and professionals should know on your behalf.

If you want your local building authority to come and look, and then sign your straight stairs off, this will be a one-off charge of £200, although free advice should be available over the phone.