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Dry Assembly: What’s The Value with Bespoke Staircases?

Imagine this: you’ve chosen a made-to-measure staircase for your project. But when it arrives on-site, your carpenters can’t fit it safely because the treads or handrails don’t fit. Before you know it, you’re faced with project delays and unplanned costs.

This is a common issue that can easily be solved with dry assembly.

In this post, we discuss our dry assembly process and how it can help protect profits on your project. Read on to find out more…

Dry Assembling Made to Measure Stairs

During our free site survey , our project team will visit your site and take accurate measurements of your area. This information allows us to precision-build your staircase to spec so that when it is installed on-site, it fits the first time.

When we build your staircase, a Stair Press is used to glue all straight sections of the staircase together as a single unit, whilst winders and posts are dry assembled.

We then put all components of the staircase through quality control, where we check it off for quality and squareness. This also allows us to carry out any necessary adjustments.

Delivering Your Bespoke Staircase to Site

With each element of the staircase manufactured and dry assembled, our team will deliver your staircase to the site, where it can be seamlessly installed by any qualified joiner or carpenter – with minimal site work required. Some minor cuts may be necessary, but our site survey and subsequent dry assembly ensure this is kept to a minimum.

Not only does this help to make your project run smoothly, but it also means that no skilled tradesmen are sat on-site, unable to progress with their work.

We estimate that this step could save you up to £200.

Considerations for Staircase Assembly

You will receive detailed instructions on how to fit the staircases, but here are some notable suggestions for those working on site.

Once Installed, Leave it

Once all straight and winding treads have been glued, screwed and wedged into place, do not walk up and down it for 24 hours. This allows the glue to be fully set. By not following this guidance, the staircase treads may squeak.

Component Parts

Straight treads and rises are pre-cut to length and width so avoid trimming them. If you have any problems, just give us a call.

No Gaps

All treads should fit tightly to the trench in the string and wedges must be fitted tightly.

Don’t Neglect Installation

Whilst dry assembly aims to make the carpenter’s and/or joiner’s life easier, it doesn’t mean installation practices should be overlooked. Poor installation can cause the stability of the stair to be reduced, leading to premature failure and ultimately the collapse of a stair.

The installation process has inherent risks and adequate support for the stair is necessary until fixings to the surrounding structure are in place.


Working with numerous builders and developers over the years, we’ve come to understand the clear and obvious importance of every element of a project running smoothly. It’s key to maintaining profit margins and that is why we take accountability through every step of the journey to creating your stairs.

If you’d like to discuss our dry assembly process further, don’t hesitate to speak to an expert today.

About Multi-Turn

Multi-Turn is a family run business that has been manufacturing stairs for homes across the south of England since 1989.

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and product quality, combined with elite industry knowledge and experienced artistry, to deliver consistently for our clients every time.

In the past 30 years, we have successfully established an impressive reputation within the building industry as the South's leading timber staircase manufacturer.

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