Stairlift Installation: From Start to Finish – A Practical Timeline

If you're looking to install a stair lift in your home, you probably wonder how long the installation takes. Most UK homeowners want a stairlift installed the same day, but fast-tracking is not available for all models and shapes.

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Let's review all aspects of stairlift installation speed and the timeline you can expect with different models. If you want a stairlift ASAP, get a free quote from us right now, and let us match you with the fastest device installer.


Before the installation process begins, a professional technician must assess the staircase to determine the best way to install the stairlift and possibly advise you on the best stairlift model for your home.

This assessment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.


How long does it take to fit a stair lift?

An experienced installer can fit the stairlift into your home within a day.

This means checking:

  • The length of the staircase.
  • The power supply.
  • Space at the top and the bottom of the stairs.

The power source for the stairlift is an essential factor that affects how quickly it can be fitted and installed. Most stairlifts run on electricity, so it's important to ensure there's an accessible power outlet near the staircase. If not, you will have to install one, which may extend the installation process.

How long does it take to fit a stair lift

Another important consideration is the user's weight, as stairlifts have maximum weight capacities. If the user's weight exceeds the capacity of standard models, a heavy-duty stairlift may be the best option for your home.

Finally, the user's personal preferences may extend the timeline, too! Things like a preference for a seated or standing stairlift, the desired direction of travel (facing forward or sideways), and additional features the user may want, such as a swivel seat or folding rail. All of that matters - and the same model can either be a next-day stairlift or a several-day project.

Once the assessment is complete, the technician will begin the installation process - i.e. attaching the rails and mounting the lift onto them.

Straight stairlift installation timeline

Straight stairlift installation timeline

The installation time for a stairlift can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the staircase and the specific model of the stairlift.

However, the installation can typically be completed in about 2 to 4 hours for a straight staircase. This is because consecutive stairlifts are relatively simple to install - and fit most broad and straight staircases pretty well with minimal tweaks.

The installation timeline for a straight stairlift can still vary based on several factors, but typically, it can be completed within a few hours. Straight stairlifts are the simplest type of stairlift to install, as they do not require any customization or complex fitting procedures.

As always, the first step in the installation process is the initial staircase assessment.

Next, the stairlift's rail comes together. The installer connects the rail sections and secures them in place. Then, he attaches the rail to the stairs using brackets. This is a critical step, as the rail must be level and secure so that the stairlift is safe and efficient. This process can take one to two hours.

Once the rail is in place, your installer will mount the actual stairlift device onto it. The stairlift will then be secured and hooked up to the power supply. Any additional features, like the swivel seat or a footrest, come after this. This process usually takes a couple of hours at most.

Finally, once the stairlift is installed, it needs to be tested. The technician will run the stairlift up and down the stairs several times, check the safety features, and make any necessary adjustments. This process usually takes about half an hour.

Curved stairlift installation timeline

Curved stairlift installation timeline

The installation process is more complex for curved staircases and can take 4 to 8 hours. This is because the rail system must be custom-built to fit the stairs' unique curves and angles.

Curved stairlift installation time includes the time needed for unboxing, assembling, and testing the stairlift. As always, there are pre-installation measurements and assessments, as well as the post-installation testing phase.

However, if your staircase has multiple landings or turns, it will take longer to fit the stairlift. A custom rail may need to be manufactured if your staircase is unique.

If you are worried about how long it will take to fit and install a stairlift in your home, call us today.

We've been selling and setting up stairlifts nationwide for years and will be able to offer you guidance on the best models, installers, and practical tips for your staircase.

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