How much does a Staircase cost?

$1,000 - $4,000

How Much Does a Staircase Cost?

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You can expect to pay about $4,000 for a staircase; however, there are many factors in the design that can impact the price. A basic and straight flight can cost around $1,000 while a customised staircase can cost up to $30,000 or more.

When it comes to hiring the best staircase builder, experience and craftsmanship do matter. Depending on the type of materials as well as the layout and design of the home, specific staircase builders may be better suited for the job. For example, if you want to install a glass staircase, you want a tradie who has experience installing them. Hiring a builder who may be an excellent wooden staircase installer may not be the best option for glass staircases.

How Much Does a Bespoke Staircase Cost?

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Since a bespoke staircase incorporates sustainable materials into custom designs, you can expect to spend anywhere between $10,000 and $30,000 or more.

How Much Do Staircase Designs Cost?

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The average cost for a residential staircase design in Australia is about $2,500; however, depending on the materials and complexity of the design, the price can change.

The Process of Building a Staircase

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  1. The process of building a typical staircase for new construction is straight forward; however, remodelling an existing staircase or building a custom staircase can be more complicated.
  2. These scenarios all involve the same process that generally starts with the site measurements that are used to create the drawings required for construction.
  3. Depending on the materials, you will need to decide on which manufacturer to buy your materials from and having them delivered.
  4. The contractor to install the staircase components.
A wooden staircase in it's early construction phase in the backyard of a house.

The construction phase of a backyard staircase. | Source: chrome projects

Factors That Affect the Cost of Building Stairs

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How much to build a staircase for both residential and commercial applications depends on certain factors. Many factors affect the overall cost of building a staircase. The most significant factor that affects the price is usually in the materials for the stairs. For example, a helical spiral staircase enclosure with a glass or metal balustrade and bamboo treads is going to cost significantly more than a traditional wooden staircase.

Some other factors that affect staircase prices include:

  • Number of stairs
  • Types of stairs (for example, curved or geometric stairs are more expensive than traditional stairs)
  • Australia’s building code requirements for balustrades and handrails
  • Location of the stairs
  • The complexity of the project
  • Cost of the installation

Price Estimates for Different Types of Stairs

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Although there are many styles of stairs, there are typically two types of stairs: interior or exterior staircases. Both types can utilise a variety of materials, but where you get the materials from also affects the price. The materials for a simple residential timber staircase can be bought at your local home improvement store. More sustainable and high-end components will need to be purchased from the manufacturer.

No matter where you purchase your materials, if you’re trying to create an accurate estimate, it’s essential to have precise measurements. Price estimates are created by applying your dimensions to the metre of materials needed or by the set, which usually includes the components for one flight of stairs.

Interior and Exterior Staircase Cost

As mentioned above, the average cost for a typical wooden interior staircase is around $4,000. Basic exterior or outdoor wooden stair prices will be significantly less than interior designs, due to the lower cost of exterior-grade lumber. The materials for most basic exterior staircases can be purchased for under $1,000. Below are some average price estimates for different materials and styles either by the metre or by the set.

Material of Stairs Averaged Reported Cost
Timber $4,000
Concrete $2,000
Metal $1,000 – $2,000
Glass $15 – $200 per square metre
Marble $30 – $200 per square metre


Clean white interior of a house with polished brown marble tiles and glass staircase leading to second level.

Glass staircase example. | Source: CLC Building Services


Style of Stairs         Average Reported Cost Per Set
Straight $4,000 or less
Spiral $2,000
L-shaped $2,500 – $3,500
U-shaped $3,000 – $4,000
Floating $1,500 – $2,000

It’s also important to understand that balustrades and handrails are generally a separate price from the stairs unless they’re included in the quote. The materials for balustrades are usually robust in price and sold by the piece or metre, and handrails are typically sold by the metre.

Timber floating staircase with a wooden handrail on one side and glass balustrade on the other.

A floating timber staircase. | Source: Euroluce Pty Ltd

Does the Cost Differ Based on Location?

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Depending on where you live in Australia, the cost for carpenters does differ slightly from city to city, due to the average labour rates per state. Below are some average labour rates for certain cities and states:

City Average Labour Costs
Sydney $30 per hour
Melbourne $30 per hour
Brisbane $35 per hour

 It’s also important to be aware that contractors who specialise in specific staircase styles such as internal and enclosure stairways will be more expensive.

Tips on How to Create an Accurate Estimate

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Creating an accurate estimate will require exact measurements and some homework on your end. You can use the tips below to create a precise staircase estimate.

Tip #1: Know what you want and need and communicate that to the business doing the job.

Tip #2: Know exactly how many stair treads and components you need to complete the task.

Tip #3: Obtain at least two to three written estimates for materials and labour.

How to Hire a Staircase Expert

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Depending on the material, home layout, and design feature of the structure, you may need to hire a staircase expert to install your staircase. A staircase is not a place to cut corners, especially when you’re spending thousands of dollars.

The best way to hire a staircase expert is to call staircase manufacturers or suppliers and ask them who they recommend in your local area. It’s vital to obtain references from the contractors and call every one of them. If you can’t see their work in person, ask the contractors for photos of their previous work.

You may be tempted to DIY; however, your safety comes first, which is why it is recommended to hire a staircase specialist.

Tips on How to Save Money When Hiring a Staircase Expert

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Building a staircase can improve the look of your home and increase its value. Stairs are the main focal point in any home; therefore, you don’t want to skimp on materials. You can use the following tips below to save money in other areas:

Tip #1: Determine the best type of stairs that fits your home the best and match it with the builder’s skill.

Tip #2: Determine the amount of space available and set yourself a budget.

Tip #3: Shop for clearance stair components and closeout sales online or in person at your local home improvement store.


* The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources

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