Timber staircase prices

Jan 20, 2020

Many of our customers are unsure what to expect when they first approach stair builders about the price of creating a timber stair for their new home.

As every staircase, home and build project is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to timber staircase prices. Many variables are involved in pricing each individual job, including the design, location, specifications, accessories and labour required to manufacture and install the stair.

Here at Stairworks, we encourage you to have the following information in mind when you start planning your staircase build and budget.


Where in the home will the stair be located? Is it designed to be in between plaster walls, or will it require balustrading and handrails on both sides? Do you have a void that needs to be taken into consideration? Is the staircase a focal point in your home, perhaps near the entrance, kitchen or living areas, or is it tucked away in a more discreet spot? All these factors will impact the overall cost of your staircase.


There are a myriad of styles to choose from when you select the staircase you’d like in your home, and prices vary across each. Common styles include:

Closed stringa classic, traditional design that includes closed stringers, which are exposed to the eye on either side of the staircase.

Sawtooth (cut) string – another classic choice, the stringers on either side of the stair are cut out so that the stringer remains concealed, giving a sawtooth effect.

Open rise – these modern staircases do not have a riser under each tread. There is a gap between each tread, with gap-fillers often in place to ensure safety.

Flared – Traditionally a straight flight with a flared (curved) section at the base of the stair, comprising the bottom 2-3 treads, for an elegant finish.

Geometric – These curved masterpieces are the height of sophistication as they wind up from the lower to upper floor, and require significant labour on design, manufacture and installation.


Timber prices vary considerably across the species used in staircase applications. A basic pine/MDF stair will come in at an entry level price, with increases moving up through Australian natives like Victorian Ash and Tasmanian Oak, Spotted Gum, Blackbutt, Jarrah and Ironbark. Exotic hardwoods sourced internationally, such as American Cherry and European Oak, are high end timbers and their prices reflect this.

While the temptation may be to choose the cheapest timber possible to keep the price of your stair low, it is important to remember that the timber chosen will inform how your stair looks when complete, and what finishing measures need to be taken to each that stage. For example, a pine/MDF stair will need engineered boards or carpet over the treads and risers, then painting over the stringers, rails and balustrades. By the time you factor in these extras, it may have been a better investment to go with a Victorian Ash alternative which needs a simple stain or oil.


Balustrading is another item that fluctuates based on your selections. While a standard wrought iron straight bar baluster set is a cost effective option, choosing custom made balusters can increase pricing significantly. Similarly, the cost of turned newel posts is much higher than a standard square post.

Extras such as scalloped post caps, deluxe handrail profiles. bullnose (curved/feature) base treads and pencil round nosing also add to the price of your staircase given the extra labour required to create these special features.

What are my next steps?

Ultimately, your design, timber and accessory choices determine the final cost of your staircase. The Stairworks team will guide you through the selection process, ensuring your budget and vision are simultaneously met. Our expert advice and honest communication will guarantee your satisfaction with the end result.

Contact us today find out more about what to expect on the price of your next timber staircase. Whether your budget is big or small, we’re here to help.




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