Installing a Stairlift: How long does it take to fit?
At some point in the decision-making process, you are likely to ask yourself, “How long does installing a stairlift take?”
The time it takes to install a stairlift can vary greatly based on several factors, but here are some general time frames you can expect:
Installation Time: 2-6 hours.
Typically, a straight stairlift can be installed in just a few hours, often completed within half a day. This is due to the standardized rail systems that are designed to fit straight staircases without the need for customisation.
Manufacturing Time: Up to 7 Weeks
Because each curved stairlift rail is custom-made to fit the specific contours of a staircase, there can be a manufacturing time of several weeks.
Installation Time: 1-2 days
Once manufactured, the installation of a curved stairlift usually takes longer than a straight one, often around a full day or sometimes two, depending on the complexity of the design.
Before installation, a detailed assessment and measurement of your staircase will be done, which could take a few days to schedule. Any required modifications to your staircase or electrical system need to be completed before the stairlift installation, which could add to the overall timeline.
On the day of the Stairlift Installation
Arrival and Setup
Installers will arrive with all the necessary equipment. They’ll start by setting up their workspace and preparing the area.
The actual process involves securing the track to the stairs, fitting the chair and electronics, and ensuring everything is operational. After installation, technicians will test the stairlift thoroughly and demonstrate how to use it safely. If you are stuggling to use the stairlift. See if our video on how to use a stairlift is useful.
Time should also be allocated for cleaning up the workspace after the installation is complete. A reputable company will do a good job, but adding your own finishing touches may be necessary. Be sure to know what cleaning materials you should use on your stairlift. This should be advised by the installer.
If any adjustments are needed following the initial installation, this may add a little extra time. It’s not until you use your stairlift regularly that you know how it feels. Be prepared for the manufacturer to visit to make minor alterations.
The availability of the installation team can affect how quickly your installation appointment can be scheduled. Ask your provider up front what the lead times are for the manufacture of your stairlift, if not in stock, and the likely availability of the installation team in your area.
If there are specific customisations outside of the norm, additional time may be required for fitting, such as more than one curve in your staircase.
Straight Stairlift: 1-2 Weeks
Installation can often be scheduled within a week or two from the date of order and then fitted in a few hours.
Curved Stairlift: 4-6 Weeks
The process from ordering to installation can take several weeks, usually between 4 to 6 weeks, including manufacturing time, with the installation itself taking up to a day or more.
Some suppliers offer an expedited service for emergency situations, where stairlifts can be installed more quickly if needed, particularly for straight stairlifts. If this is the situation you find yourself in unexpectedly, make sure you ask your supplier up front if they offer an emergency escalation option. Also note, this could incur additional costs, so be sure to get a confirmed quote in advance.
Remember, these timeframes are estimates and can vary by location, company, and the current demand for stairlift installations.
Always confirm the expected timeline with your provider at the time of ordering. This could be critical if it is going to fit your needs.