Carpentry is a woodworking skill that requires a carpenter to make or repair things using various types of wood. The reasons someone might need a carpenter range from timber roofs and fitted wardrobes, to handmade bookshelves and made-to-measure staircases.
In this carpentry price guide, we’re going to discuss the different types of carpentry that exist and the factors affecting carpenter prices. We spoke to the online estimators at My Build Estimate – a professional estimating company monitored by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and we’ve used their estimated, average costs to work out the prices in this guide.
|Cost provided item||Unit||Cost+VAT |
|Furniture refinishing||Per hour||£20||£30||£25|
|Cabinet repair||Per hour||£17.50||£25||£20|
|Finish carpentry||Per hour||£25||£35||£30|
|General carpentry||Per hour||£20||£30||£25|
|Fine woodworking||Per hour||£30||£40||£35|
|Construct a fitted wardrobe||Double size||£750||£1250||£1000|
|Supply and fit skirting board in one room||Supply and fit in approx. 4.3m x 3m room||£225||£300||£275|
|Hang a new set of doors||8 doors and plane to fit as required||£320||£800||£600|
|Install decking||Up to 10m2||£450||£750||£600|
|Laminate install||per m2||£15||£25||£20|
|Engineered wood install||per m2||£20||£30||£25|
|Natural wood install||per m2||£30||£40||£35|
|Herringbone pattern install||per m2||£60||£80||£70|
Types of carpentry
There are various types of carpentry that require different carpenter skill sets. Most carpenters will choose a specialism and become an expert in that field. Examples include:
Those who specialise in framing, formwork, roofing and structural works, including stairs, decking and shelving.
Those who lay floor joists in preparation for floor surfaces.
Trim or finish carpenter
Those who specialise in mouldings and trims, e.g., mantles, skirting boards, baseboards and door frames.
Those who specialise in the skeletal wooden framework of buildings.
Those who specialise in the rafters, beams and trusses of roof constructions.
Those who specialise in intricate and detailed work for furniture, e.g., wardrobes, dressers and storage chests.
Factors affecting the cost of carpentry prices
There are several factors that can affect carpenter prices. These include:
- The location of the works
- How big the job is to complete
- The age and condition of your property
- How long the job inevitably takes
- The type of wood, quality, materials and fittings required
Carpenter prices going rate
On average, you can expect to pay around £25 per hour for a carpenter, although prices vary depending on where you live and the service you choose. Below, we’re going to discuss the most common carpentry and joinery requests and the costs associated with each job.
Door hanging services are often completed by a carpenter who will come and measure, hang, finish and trim external or internal doors.
Average carpenter cost per door: £75
Cost of installing flooring
When it comes to flooring, carpenters will either measure and install structural groundwork or supply and fit your chosen flooring. Common materials include:
- Solid oak
Average carpenter cost: £20 – £70 (depending on the type of flooring)
Those looking to have decking installed in an outdoor area will need to hire a carpenter to measure, structure, fit and finish it. The overall costs will depend on the size and complexity of the job, plus the quality of the wood required.
Average carpenter cost up to 10 m2: £600
Cost of constructing a fitted wardrobe
Whether you’d like a made-to-measure fitted wardrobe or a brand new one built from scratch, the carpentry costs will depend on the style, placement, type of wood being used and size of the area being fitted.
You can check out our built-in wardrobes for your home blog for more information.
Average carpenter cost for a fitted wardrobe: £1000
Cost of fitting skirting boards
Also known as a ‘baseboard,’ a skirting board is a decorative frame that hides the joint between floor and wall for easier cleaning and aesthetic purposes.
Average installation cost per hour: £30
Refinishing refers to the act of repairing or reapplying a wood finish on an object, such as a chest of drawers or storage cabinet. It uses the application of a topcoat, varnish or lacquer to restore or improve the appearance and finish of wood furniture.
Average carpenter cost per hour: £25
Cost of cabinet repair
Repairing cabinets and their skins or finishes is the job of a cabinet carpenter, who uses their artistic skills to enhance the overall look of your cupboards.
Average cabinet carpenter cost per hour: £20
Cost of fine woodworking
Fine woodworking is carpentry skill that fashions intricate items from wood. Carvings, joinery and woodturning can all be utilised to make items such as figurines, sculptures or elaborate furniture designs
Average woodworking carpenter cost per hour: £35
Hiring a professional joiner or carpenter is beneficial for many reasons. Firstly, their expertise means you’ll get great results that take less time to complete. Secondly, all the fees will be discussed upfront and the job will be cleaned up upon completion, leaving you to enjoy your new installation free from stress.
Joinery prices and carpentry prices vary, but you can expect to pay a day rate of around £200 for most jobs.
- Specialist bespoke joinery and wardrobe prices will vary significantly depending on the features and type of timber being used
- Some carpenters will only work on full day rates even if there’s a small amount of work required
- Different carpenters specialise in different areas. For example, some will be good at structural carpentry such as roof rafters/joists/trusses, while others will prefer finishing carpentry such as doors, skirting, bespoke joinery.
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