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Your 2022 Price Guide for Skirting, Architrave and Coving Projects

Skirting, architrave and coving projects are an important part of decorating your home. But many people don’t give them enough thought – assuming that they’ll just leave what’s there already installed, or just won’t bother getting them installed at all. However, skirting, architrave or coving could be the final finishing touch you need to really tie together your space. It is worth researching the various types of skirting boards available to find a style suited to your room and budget. 

These humble pieces of decoration offer an opportunity to add a truly special flourish to a room or simply to cover over unsightly edges where painted walls meet ceilings or floors. If you’re looking at getting skirting, architrave or coving installed, painted or replaced in your home, you’re likely thinking of the price.

That’s why we’ve created this handy price guide to how much you’re likely to pay for skirting, architrave and coving in 2022. Read on to find out a bit more about each of these projects and what will affect the price you pay.

What is skirting, architrave and coving?

Before we go any further, let’s pause to take some time to explain exactly what skirting, architrave and coving actually is, and the differences between each one. They’re often lumped in together as one job amongst decorative finishing in a room, but they are actually different types of carpentry and they have different purposes, so it’s helpful to have a good knowledge before you get started.

What is skirting?

Skirting, skirting boards or base boards are the lengths of wood that cover up the edge between the floor and the walls. They’re usually installed as there are often unsightly gaps or cracks in this part of your home, so fitting skirting boards covers these up. They’re designed to both improve the aesthetics of your space but also to prevent draughts. Skirting boards come in a wide variety of styles and are generally painted a neutral colour, like white or cream.

What is architrave?

Architrave refers to the wooden elements that go around a door frame. There’s a huge variety of styles of architrave, from simple blocks to ornate and decorative frames. Like skirting, architrave is designed to cover up the rough edges that can often feature around the edges of door frames, and to provide secure fixtures for hinges rather than screwing these into plaster.

What is coving?

Coving is a bit like skirting, except it goes at the joint between the wall and the ceiling of your room. Coving is probably the least popular, but it’s still commonly installed in many homes and is again designed to cover up unsightly joints or gaps – especially as it can be difficult to paint a truly clean line between the top of the wall and the ceiling of your home. 

How much is skirting, architrave or coving?

So, now you know a little bit more about the differences between skirting, architrave and coving, let’s cover some information about how much you should expect to pay a carpenter for these types of projects.

First of all, we’ve included a table to the right of this page, that shows you how much you should expect to pay to get either skirting, architrave or coving installed in a room. This compares the prices across the country, showing how the price you’ll pay will be different depending on where you live, as labour costs vary across the country. Bear in mind that this only covers each of the projects in one average sized room.

On top of this guide, we’ve included a few other costs below:

Project

Rough cost

Architrave replacement (per door)

£100

Architrave replacement (whole house)

£500-£1000

Skirting board painting or staining (per room)

£50

Coving replacement (per room)

£200

You can use these costs to figure out how much you’re likely to pay for your next skirting, architrave or coving project. 

What else will affect the price?

On top of the prices above, there are a few decisions you can make when it comes to skirting, architrave or coving that will affect the price. It’s important to consider these before you get started, as if you don’t you could end up with a nasty surprise!

The material you choose

Skirting, architrave and coving is available in a range of kinds of wood, with each having a different price point. At the low end, there’s MDF, in the middle softwoods such as pine, and costing a premium are hardwoods like oak. Most people tend to install either MDF or pine for coving and architrave, with oak skirting boards being more of a luxury item in period properties.

Staining or painting

As well as the materials you choose, another thing that could impact the price is whether you choose to have the skirting, architrave or coving painted or stained. Most people do choose to paint these in a neutral colour like eggshell, white, or cream to match the room. If you do choose this, it’s likely to add £50-£100 to the overall price per room, plus a small amount more for the paint itself.

The size of the room

Of course, as with many decorating projects, the size of the room will affect how much you pay. With architrave, you tend to pay a set price per doorframe, but skirting and coving will cost more to install in a larger room – there’s more work, and you’ll have to pay more for materials. Our prices above are for average sized rooms, so expect to pay a bit more for a big room, and less for small ones.

Ornate or simple design

Skirting, coving and architrave does come in a range of designs. These don’t usually affect the price too much, but if you’d like a particularly ornate style, this can add to your overall bill. You can check out the types of materials available on various home improvement websites and find some that you like before you speak to tradespeople, as they can then source these for you.


Estimates for common carpenter & joiner jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to replace the staircase and bannister £4500
Supply and fit new skirting, architrave and coving £400
Cost to hang a door £91
Cost to fit fitted wardrobes £4500
Repairs on window frames and windowpanes including leaks £100 per window

Rates for other trades

Skirting, architrave and coving cost in the UK
Skirting, architrave and coving cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKSkirting, architrave and coving cost
Skirting, architrave and coving near Aberdeen£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Amber Valley£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Angus£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Arun£270
Skirting, architrave and coving near Ashfield£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Aylesbury Vale£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near Barnsley£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Basildon£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Basingstoke & Deane£290
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bassetlaw£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bath & North East Somerset£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bedford£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near Belfast£214
Skirting, architrave and coving near Birmingham£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Blackburn£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Blackpool£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bolton£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bournemouth£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bracknell Forest£290
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bradford£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Braintree£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Breckland£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bridgend£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Brighton£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bristol£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Broadland£230
Skirting, architrave and coving near Broxtowe£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Bury£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Caerphilly£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Calderdale£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Cambridge£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Canterbury£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Cardiff£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Carmarthenshire£222
Skirting, architrave and coving near Charnwood£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Chelmsford£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Cheltenham£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Cherwell£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near Chester£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Colchester£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Conway£234
Skirting, architrave and coving near Coventry£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Crewe & Nantwich£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Dacorum£278
Skirting, architrave and coving near Derby£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Doncaster£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Dover£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near Dudley£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Dumfries & Galloway£230
Skirting, architrave and coving near Dundee£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near East Ayrshire£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near East Devon£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near East Dunbartonshire£282
Skirting, architrave and coving near East Hampshire£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near East Hertfordshire£290
Skirting, architrave and coving near East Riding£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near Eastleigh£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Edinburgh£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Elmbridge£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near Epping Forest£294
Skirting, architrave and coving near Erewash£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Exeter£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near Falkirk£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Fife£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Flintshire£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Gateshead£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Gedling£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Glasgow£278
Skirting, architrave and coving near Gloucester£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Guildford£270
Skirting, architrave and coving near Gwynedd£230
Skirting, architrave and coving near Halton£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Harrogate£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Havant & Waterloo£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Highland£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Horsham£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Huntingdonshire£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Ipswich£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Isle of Wight£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near Kingston-upon-Hull£234
Skirting, architrave and coving near Kirklees£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Knowsley£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Lancaster£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Leeds£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Leicester£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Lisburn£218
Skirting, architrave and coving near Liverpool£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near London£294
Skirting, architrave and coving near Luton£282
Skirting, architrave and coving near Macclesfield£278
Skirting, architrave and coving near Maidstone£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Manchester£270
Skirting, architrave and coving near Mid Bedfordshire£282
Skirting, architrave and coving near Mid Sussex£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Middlesbrough£310
Skirting, architrave and coving near Milton Keynes£270
Skirting, architrave and coving near Neath Port Talbot£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near New Forest£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Newbury£294
Skirting, architrave and coving near Newcastle-under-Lyme£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Newport£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near North Ayrshire£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near North East Lincolnshire£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near North Hertfordshire£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near North Lanarkshire£282
Skirting, architrave and coving near North Lincolnshire£230
Skirting, architrave and coving near North Somerset£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near North Tyneside£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near North Wiltshire£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Northampton£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Norwich£230
Skirting, architrave and coving near Nottingham£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Nuneaton & Bedworth£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Oldham£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Oxford£282
Skirting, architrave and coving near Pembrokeshire£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near Perth & Kinross£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near Peterborough£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Plymouth£234
Skirting, architrave and coving near Poole£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Portsmouth£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Preston£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Reading£290
Skirting, architrave and coving near Redcar & Cleveland£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Reigate & Banstead£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near Renfrewshire£290
Skirting, architrave and coving near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Rochdale£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Rotherham£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near Salford£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Salisbury£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Sandwell£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Scarborough£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Scottish Borders£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Sefton£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Sevenoaks£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Sheffield£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Slough£282
Skirting, architrave and coving near Solihull£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Ayrshire£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Bedfordshire£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Cambridgeshire£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Gloucestershire£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Kesteven£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Lanarkshire£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Oxfordshire£290
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Somerset£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near South Tyneside£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Southampton£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Southend-on-Sea£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near St Albans£278
Skirting, architrave and coving near St Helens£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Stafford£278
Skirting, architrave and coving near Stockport£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Stockton-on-Tees£302
Skirting, architrave and coving near Stoke-on-Trent£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Stratford-on-Avon£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Stroud£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Suffolk Coastal£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Sunderland£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Swale£258
Skirting, architrave and coving near Swansea£234
Skirting, architrave and coving near Tameside£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Teignbridge£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Tendring£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Test Valley£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Thamesdown£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Thanet£238
Skirting, architrave and coving near The Wrekin£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Thurrock£270
Skirting, architrave and coving near Torbay£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Trafford£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Vale of Glamorgan£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Vale of White Horse£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Vale Royal£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wakefield£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Walsall£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Warrington£262
Skirting, architrave and coving near Warwick£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Waveney£242
Skirting, architrave and coving near Waverley£266
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wealden£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near West Lancashire£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near West Lothian£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near West Wiltshire£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wigan£246
Skirting, architrave and coving near Windsor & Maidenhead£282
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wirral£250
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wokingham£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wolverhampton£274
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wrexham Maelor£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wychavon£254
Skirting, architrave and coving near Wycombe£286
Skirting, architrave and coving near York£242