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Cost guide: carpenters

We bring you a snapshot of up to date prices on a range of common carpentry projects.

In 2012, Which? surveyed recommended carpenters to find out how much you should spend on a variety of common jobs. We’ve contacted some of our Which? Trusted Traders endorsed carpenters in early 2018 to bring you a snapshot of more up to date prices.

If you'd like to know more about hanging doors, laying floors or building a wardrobe, see our Which? Trusted traders' tips on three common carpentry jobs. Or if you need some advice on organising your home - check our advice on creating storage solutions.

Which? Trusted Traders has endorsed carpenters throughout the UK. All our endorsed carpenters have gone through our rigorous assessment process to ensure they run their businesses fairly and in accordance with all current regulations. In the unlikely event that anything should go wrong, you would have access to an alternative dispute resolution service to help resolve any problems.

Carpentry and joinery prices and completion times

These prices are designed to be a guide, rather than a definitive statement of costs for particular jobs.

All carpentry jobs will vary according to the precise details of the project, which is why your carpenter will normally want to visit your property before providing you with a quote for any work.

The condition of your property - how straight the walls are, how flat the floors are and so on - will affect overall costs as it can make it harder (or easier) for your carpenter to complete particular projects. The precise specification of the materials you use - the type of wood, fixtures and fittings - will also affect costs. 

There will also be regional variations and your carpenter may need to cover transport or parking costs

All of our prices include labour and materials (unless specified)  but exclude VAT.

Exterior projects

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Build a garden shed

Build an 8m x 6m shiplap shed (with preassembled panels). Assuming that customer is providing own shed and concrete base is in place.

£125

 

1 day

Build a garden fence

To construct a garden fence with 10 6m x 5m panels including posts and capping. Price includes labour plus all materials.

 

£850 - £1,400

1–2 days

Make a wooden sash window frame

Make timber replacement frame (double glazed) for a sash window measuring 1.2m x 1.8m. Includes labour and materials, excludes glass.

n/a

£462-£965

1–2 days

 

Our article on garden fencing: what you need to know can give you more information about different types of garden fence and the costs involved.

Interior projects

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Construct a built-in wardrobe (double size)

Build one double sized built-in wardrobe with: two doors; one top shelf; one clothes rail; one shoe shelf running the length of the wardrobe.

£690

£495-£975

2-3 days

Build book shelves in lounge

Build eight MDF shelves in alcove between chimney breast and side wall. Width approx 2m. No painting required.

n/a

£225-£480

1–1.5 days

Board loft in a standard three-bed semi

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£595

£390-£696

1–2 days

 

See our ideas about storage solutions in your home for more information about building wardrobes and book shelves.

Door-hanging

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Hang new doors – two-bed terraced house

Hang eight new doors and plane to fit as required. Customer to provide doors.

£400

£300-£600

1–2 days

Hang new doors – three-bed semi-detached house

Hang 10 new doors and plane to fit as required. Customer to provide doors.

£500

£375-£750

2–3 days

Hang new doors – four-bed detached house

Hang 12 new doors and plane to fit as required. Customer to provide doors.

£585

£450-£900

2-4 days

 

Follow our tips on how to hire a carpenter to find the right trader for your home improvement project.

Flooring

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Lay oak flooring

Lay solid oak flooring in a hallway 1.5m x 3m. Assume floor is flat and prepared. Customer to supply flooring.

£215

£155-£290

1 day

Supply and fit skirting board in one room

Supply and fit skirting board. Softwood. Approx 120mm high and 15mm thick in a room 14'10”.

£250

£203-£342

0.5-1 day

 

Find a Which? Trusted Traders endorsed carpenter in your local area.

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