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By Emily Rivers
Last updated 10th May 2023

Loft boarding cost in 2023

If your loft isn’t boarded, it limits the amount of space you have to store your belongings. But boarding even a small area of your loft can help you make the most of the storage space and help you keep your home clutter-free.

Loft boarding normally costs around £55 per square metre, but the final cost all depends on any additional work you need alongside it. Find out how much loft boarding costs in our guide.

How much does it cost to board a loft?

How much it costs to board a loft depends on the type of boarding you want, how big the space that you want to board is and where you are in the country, but here are the average costs:

Job/item (including materials & labour)

Average cost (not including VAT)

Basic loft boarding with chipboard

£30-£80 per square metre

Raised loft boarding system

£80-£100 per square metre

New timber folding loft ladder in existing hatch

£200-£320

Create a new loft hatch

£210-£420

Carpenter hourly rate

£16-£40

How much you pay for the labour part of your loft boarding project will vary depending on where you live. If you live in the south east of England or London, expect to pay higher rates than shown here. You may pay less in other areas of the UK, particularly the north, Scotland and Wales.

HaMuch has a huge database of hourly and daily rates for carpenters and loft boarding companies across the country, so we’ve put together estimates for loft boarding based on your area further down the page.

Loft boarding cost

Loft insulation and boarding cost

While you’re having your loft boarded it’s a good idea to get it insulated up to modern standards too. The most common form of loft insulation is blanket insulation made from glass, mineral or sheep’s wool that will be laid between your joists before the loft boards are installed over the top.

Blanket insulation to a thickness of 270mm costs between £30-£40 per square metre, including materials and labour.

What affects the cost of boarding a loft?

Loft size

Of course, the size of your loft will have the biggest impact on how much you pay to have it boarded.

For a 10 square metre loft, it’ll cost between £300-£1,000 to board, not including any insulation. For a 15 square metre loft, it will cost between £450-£1,500 to board.

Remember that you don’t have to have your entire loft boarded – if you don’t need to use the entire space, you could get just a small portion of it boarded to save some money.

Type of loft boarding

The simplest and cheapest method of loft boarding is to lay chipboard over your joists. This costs just £30-£80 per square metre and an average 15 square metre loft will only take a professional a day to do.

However, you could also go for a raised loft boarding system, where a carpenter installs the boards above the ceiling joists. This allows for air circulation, which reduces the risk of getting damp and condensation. Raised loft boarding systems cost between £80-£100 per square metre.

Whether you need better access

If you’re boarding your loft to make it easier to use, you’ll want to be able to access it easily too. If you’ve not got one already, you may want to consider getting a loft ladder installed.

There are lots of loft ladders available, including folding timber ladders that cost between £200-£320 to have installed, or cheaper but more lightweight aluminium ladders which cost between £155-£570 to install.

Whether you want to insulate your loft

Adding insulation will of course drive up the cost of boarding your loft. To board and insulate a 10 square metre loft, expect to pay between £600-£1,400.

Whether you want to add extras

If you’re making your loft into a better storage space, you probably want to get some shelves fitted up there, or buy some new storage boxes. This will all add to the cost of your loft boarding project.

The other thing to think about is whether you have lighting in your loft. It will be much easier to use if you have lights fitted so you don’t have to use a torch when you go up there. An electrician can fit an LED light fitting in your loft within 2 hours and the lights themselves can cost as little as £10 each, plus around £60-£90 in labour.

What about roof windows? If you have Velux windows installed, you will be able to see what you’re doing in your loft in the day time, making it much easier to use. A 55cm wide roof window that’s between 70cm and 118cm in height will cost between £675-£775 to install.

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What is the difference between a loft conversion and loft boarding?

The difference between a loft conversion and loft boarding is simple: a loft conversion changes your loft into a liveable space, whereas loft boarding just makes your loft more usable and accessible.

With a loft conversion, you’ll need to ensure that all alterations adhere to Building Regulations and apply for planning permission where necessary. You’ll need to have a proper staircase for fire regulations as well as windows and the correct head height.

With loft boarding, you can simply have the boards placed down – there’s no need to cover with carpet or another floor covering if you don’t want to. Unless you want your loft to be a habitable space, there are no regulations that you need to meet.

Does boarding a loft add value?

Yes, boarding a loft definitely adds value to your home. Most prospective buyers will want to be able to use their loft space for storage, and having a ready-boarded loft is bound to impress them enough to increase their offer on your home – assuming they also love the rest of it!

However, it’s worth remembering that a bad job could reduce your home’s value. If your boards aren’t fixed down properly, are uneven or generally look shoddy, this could put them off. That’s why we always recommend hiring a professional to board your loft to ensure you get the best finish.

Post your job on HaMuch now to get in touch with reliable carpenters and loft boarders in your area who are available to do the work.


Estimates for common carpenter & joiner jobs;

Rates for other trades

Loft boarding cost in the UK
Loft boarding cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKLoft boarding cost
Loft boarding near Aberdeen£651
Loft boarding near Amber Valley£588
Loft boarding near Angus£657
Loft boarding near Arun£663
Loft boarding near Ashfield£573
Loft boarding near Aylesbury Vale£666
Loft boarding near Barnsley£558
Loft boarding near Basildon£666
Loft boarding near Basingstoke & Deane£615
Loft boarding near Bassetlaw£558
Loft boarding near Bath & North East Somerset£600
Loft boarding near Bedford£690
Loft boarding near Belfast£405
Loft boarding near Birmingham£537
Loft boarding near Blackburn£537
Loft boarding near Blackpool£498
Loft boarding near Bolton£573
Loft boarding near Bournemouth£612
Loft boarding near Bracknell Forest£666
Loft boarding near Bradford£528
Loft boarding near Braintree£642
Loft boarding near Breckland£567
Loft boarding near Bridgend£537
Loft boarding near Brighton£651
Loft boarding near Bristol£597
Loft boarding near Broadland£525
Loft boarding near Broxtowe£576
Loft boarding near Bury£576
Loft boarding near Caerphilly£585
Loft boarding near Calderdale£519
Loft boarding near Cambridge£624
Loft boarding near Canterbury£570
Loft boarding near Cardiff£591
Loft boarding near Carmarthenshire£483
Loft boarding near Charnwood£567
Loft boarding near Chelmsford£654
Loft boarding near Cheltenham£678
Loft boarding near Cherwell£687
Loft boarding near Chester£540
Loft boarding near Colchester£621
Loft boarding near Conway£510
Loft boarding near Coventry£528
Loft boarding near Crewe & Nantwich£636
Loft boarding near Dacorum£666
Loft boarding near Derby£588
Loft boarding near Doncaster£537
Loft boarding near Dover£558
Loft boarding near Dudley£531
Loft boarding near Dumfries & Galloway£471
Loft boarding near Dundee£693
Loft boarding near East Ayrshire£573
Loft boarding near East Devon£543
Loft boarding near East Dunbartonshire£534
Loft boarding near East Hampshire£624
Loft boarding near East Hertfordshire£687
Loft boarding near East Riding£561
Loft boarding near Eastleigh£627
Loft boarding near Edinburgh£639
Loft boarding near Elmbridge£687
Loft boarding near Epping Forest£678
Loft boarding near Erewash£576
Loft boarding near Exeter£522
Loft boarding near Falkirk£573
Loft boarding near Fife£705
Loft boarding near Flintshire£552
Loft boarding near Gateshead£510
Loft boarding near Gedling£558
Loft boarding near Glasgow£528
Loft boarding near Gloucester£645
Loft boarding near Guildford£666
Loft boarding near Gwynedd£477
Loft boarding near Halton£537
Loft boarding near Harrogate£531
Loft boarding near Havant & Waterloo£615
Loft boarding near Highland£606
Loft boarding near Horsham£642
Loft boarding near Huntingdonshire£684
Loft boarding near Ipswich£624
Loft boarding near Isle of Wight£597
Loft boarding near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£570
Loft boarding near Kingston-upon-Hull£513
Loft boarding near Kirklees£552
Loft boarding near Knowsley£528
Loft boarding near Lancaster£549
Loft boarding near Leeds£540
Loft boarding near Leicester£555
Loft boarding near Lisburn£405
Loft boarding near Liverpool£522
Loft boarding near London£678
Loft boarding near Luton£675
Loft boarding near Macclesfield£612
Loft boarding near Maidstone£624
Loft boarding near Manchester£594
Loft boarding near Mid Bedfordshire£678
Loft boarding near Mid Sussex£630
Loft boarding near Middlesbrough£612
Loft boarding near Milton Keynes£657
Loft boarding near Neath Port Talbot£540
Loft boarding near New Forest£624
Loft boarding near Newbury£609
Loft boarding near Newcastle-under-Lyme£618
Loft boarding near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£507
Loft boarding near Newport£594
Loft boarding near North Ayrshire£558
Loft boarding near North East Lincolnshire£558
Loft boarding near North Hertfordshire£690
Loft boarding near North Lanarkshire£537
Loft boarding near North Lincolnshire£525
Loft boarding near North Somerset£603
Loft boarding near North Tyneside£507
Loft boarding near North Wiltshire£606
Loft boarding near Northampton£660
Loft boarding near Norwich£540
Loft boarding near Nottingham£576
Loft boarding near Nuneaton & Bedworth£537
Loft boarding near Oldham£582
Loft boarding near Oxford£681
Loft boarding near Pembrokeshire£600
Loft boarding near Perth & Kinross£792
Loft boarding near Peterborough£711
Loft boarding near Plymouth£531
Loft boarding near Poole£615
Loft boarding near Portsmouth£618
Loft boarding near Preston£504
Loft boarding near Reading£654
Loft boarding near Redcar & Cleveland£606
Loft boarding near Reigate & Banstead£675
Loft boarding near Renfrewshire£561
Loft boarding near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£573
Loft boarding near Rochdale£567
Loft boarding near Rochester-upon-Medway£690
Loft boarding near Rotherham£552
Loft boarding near Salford£588
Loft boarding near Salisbury£636
Loft boarding near Sandwell£531
Loft boarding near Scarborough£654
Loft boarding near Scottish Borders£669
Loft boarding near Sefton£519
Loft boarding near Sevenoaks£654
Loft boarding near Sheffield£546
Loft boarding near Slough£678
Loft boarding near Solihull£525
Loft boarding near South Ayrshire£576
Loft boarding near South Bedfordshire£690
Loft boarding near South Cambridgeshire£660
Loft boarding near South Gloucestershire£591
Loft boarding near South Kesteven£600
Loft boarding near South Lanarkshire£483
Loft boarding near South Oxfordshire£666
Loft boarding near South Somerset£735
Loft boarding near South Tyneside£510
Loft boarding near Southampton£627
Loft boarding near Southend-on-Sea£636
Loft boarding near St Albans£672
Loft boarding near St Helens£534
Loft boarding near Stafford£600
Loft boarding near Stockport£597
Loft boarding near Stockton-on-Tees£612
Loft boarding near Stoke-on-Trent£609
Loft boarding near Stratford-on-Avon£555
Loft boarding near Stroud£630
Loft boarding near Suffolk Coastal£615
Loft boarding near Sunderland£516
Loft boarding near Swale£609
Loft boarding near Swansea£525
Loft boarding near Tameside£588
Loft boarding near Teignbridge£549
Loft boarding near Tendring£621
Loft boarding near Test Valley£618
Loft boarding near Thamesdown£588
Loft boarding near Thanet£561
Loft boarding near The Wrekin£534
Loft boarding near Thurrock£657
Loft boarding near Torbay£540
Loft boarding near Trafford£591
Loft boarding near Vale of Glamorgan£603
Loft boarding near Vale of White Horse£660
Loft boarding near Vale Royal£552
Loft boarding near Wakefield£534
Loft boarding near Walsall£537
Loft boarding near Warrington£567
Loft boarding near Warwick£522
Loft boarding near Waveney£522
Loft boarding near Waverley£651
Loft boarding near Wealden£633
Loft boarding near West Lancashire£516
Loft boarding near West Lothian£618
Loft boarding near West Wiltshire£606
Loft boarding near Wigan£552
Loft boarding near Windsor & Maidenhead£678
Loft boarding near Wirral£525
Loft boarding near Wokingham£663
Loft boarding near Wolverhampton£549
Loft boarding near Wrexham Maelor£579
Loft boarding near Wychavon£582
Loft boarding near Wycombe£702
Loft boarding near York£558