How Much Do Hardwood Stairs Cost?

Typical Range:

$1,000 - $30,000

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated June 11, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Wooden Stairs Cost

Hardwood stairs average $100 to $200 per step, including labor. A flight of stairs is 10 to 12 steps and would cost $1,000 to $2,400.

Installation and materials can range as low as $1,000 and as high as $30,000. Price depends on several factors:

  • Type of wood

  • Number of steps

  • Staircase design (L-shaped, floating stairs, etc.)

  • Building new stairs or replacing existing ones

  • Contractor’s experience and rates

Average Cost to Install Hardwood Stairs

Average Cost$4,000
High Cost$30,000
Low Cost$1,000

Cost to Install Hardwood Stairs

Building a new staircase averages $2,400. Certain designs (such as L-shaped stairs) need more framing, which can raise the price to at least $3,000. Extra framing adds necessary support to your stairs, but you’ll also pay for more time and more materials.

Cost to Put Hardwood Flooring on Stairs

Hardwood treads attach to a bare frame and average $160 per step including labor. The average flight of stairs is 10 to 12 steps; adding treads to a flight of stairs would cost $1,600 to $1,920 with labor.

Hardwood Steps & Treads Cost

A single hardwood stair tread ranges from $35 to $50 on average. You could pay $20 on the low end for treads and $160 on the high end. Thicker treads and higher quality woods raise the price.

Replace Carpeted Stairs With Wood Cost

To start, removing carpet costs $75 to $300. A carpenter might not tackle this part of the job but you can hire a handyman for $60 to $65 an hour.

Once the carpet is gone you’ll pay $100 to $200 per step. For 10 to 12 steps this costs $1,080 to $2,700, including carpet removal.

Cost to Refinish Hardwood Stairs

It costs $40 to $75 to refinish a step. For 10 to 12 steps, this costs $400 to $900. You can sand hardwood floors with a machine, but stairs are smaller and require more time and attention.

You could save money by refinishing your stairs and floors all at once instead of paying for them separately. Refinishing hardwood costs anywhere from $970 to $1,250 per 300 square feet.

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Cost to Install Wood Stairs by Type

Oak Staircase Prices

An oak staircase costs between $3,450 and $4,800. Most stairs are made of red oak.

Building stairs and railings costs $920 to $2,900 on average. Prices will vary based on the type of hardwood.

HardwoodCost per Step (With Labor)
Maple$130 - $240
Hickory$120 - $220
Bamboo$140 - $360
Pine$80 - $180
Ash$100 - $210

Cost to Build Exterior Wood Stairs

Outdoor wood stairs are usually connected to a deck and average $770 to $1,230. Installing a deck railing costs $93 per linear foot and is a necessary safety measure.

DIY vs. Hire a Professional

We use our stairs every day, which means they experience a good amount of wear. A fall down the stairs can result in serious consequences, which is why you want to hire a professional for maximum safety.

Not to mention, poor carpentry means replacing stairs sooner or even subsequent damage to your house. Find a stair contractor near you for an estimate and a staircase you’ll love.

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Can you put hardwood on stairs?

You can hire a professional to put hardwood planks over your current stairs. They will correctly resize planks to cover your existing staircase.

How do you install wood flooring on stairs?

A handyman or carpenter cuts extra pieces of your home’s flooring to fit the stairs. Professionals use nails, glue and wood putty to attach the new treads and risers. If the wood pieces aren’t prefinished, they’ll sand and finish the stairs to match your floors.

You can also order more wood if you don’t have extra pieces — a professional can still finish it to match.

Is hardwood on stairs slippery?

Hardwood is slippery, especially for young kids who might race down the stairs. You can make stairs safer by adding a layer of slip-resistant material or installing a carpet runner.

How do you install oak stair treads over existing stairs?

A professional will nail and glue treads over the top of existing steps. Again, it’s recommended that you rely on the expertise of a professional to properly fit the treads.

What is the best wood for indoor stairs?

Red oak is the most common wood for indoor stairs, as it is extremely durable. White oak is also durable and even more water resistant than red oak, but not everyone likes its grayish hue.

What is the best way to clean wooden stairs?

Instead of soap and water, find a cleaner that works well with wood (for instance, Bona). Use a microfiber cloth or mop to wipe down the wood.

What is a retrofit stair tread?

These treads allow you to add hardwood to your stairs without completely rebuilding a new frame. They’re often used to remodel carpeted stairs.

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