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By Emily Rivers
Last updated 27th November 2023

2023 Price Guide: Plastering

When it comes to plastering, many of us probably don’t even consider how much work goes in to the smooth walls we take for granted in our home or how many various plaster options there are. However, plastering is a vital decorating job, and one that you may need to have done, particularly if you live in an old house. Plastering is also often done as a repair job if your walls are damaged. 

Plaster is an essential part of the walls in modern homes, as it seals the brickwork, creating the dust-free interior of our homes. It also creates the smooth surface that we need to paint over. Without plaster, the walls of your home would be either rough brickwork or insulation – so it’s very important, even if you don’t often think about it.

So, if you need plastering work done on your home, how much is it likely to cost you? In this guide, we’ll cover the price you can expect to pay for your project, as well as some information on what affects the price. 

How much does plastering cost?

The price you’ll pay a plasterer for your plastering job depends on a few things like the type of plastering you need, the size of your room, and the condition of the existing plaster. On the table to the right of this page, you can view the prices for a simple plastering job in a medium sized room, with the variations across the country as labour costs are different depending on where you live. Note that this price is for a fairly straightforward re-plastering job – read on to find out more about the different kinds of plastering and the costs of each.

There are three main types of plastering: skimming, plastering or replastering, and rendering. We’ll explain what makes each type unique as well as give you some indicative prices for each one. We’re quoting prices per room – if you just need one wall plastering then divide each price by around 3. Bear in mind that a portion of the cost will be simply for the plasterer coming out, so it’s not quite as easy as dividing the price by 4 for each wall. 

Skimming

Skimming is an option for if the walls you need to be plastered are in good condition but just need a bit of a touch up. For example, if you’ve got small holes from picture hooks etc., or just need the surface to be smoothed over a bit. Skimming is cheaper than a full replastering job. Expect to pay around £400 for a small room, £550 for a medium sized one and £700 for a larger room. Bear in mind that your walls do need to be in good condition for skimming to be an option, so if you’re not sure it’s worth speaking to a plasterer to get their opinion.

Replastering

Replastering a room or wall means stripping off the existing plaster and then replastering. This is more time consuming than skimming, but it will guarantee you smooth walls no matter the existing damage, and for big holes or damaged walls it’s the only way to get them back to perfect quality. Because it takes longer, it’s more expensive, so you should expect to pay around £700 for a small room, £850 for a medium sized one, and £1200 for a large room.

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How much does it cost to get a ceiling plastered?

So far, we’ve been discussing plastering internal and external walls. But there’s another surface in your home that’s commonly plastered – the ceiling. This may be to remove Artex or other decorative work or even to fix a leak. As with other kinds of plastering, if the ceiling is only lightly damaged you may be able to just reskim it, but to fix large holes or after Artex removal, a full replastering job will be needed.

For skimming ceilings, expect to pay around £150-£200 for a small room, £200-£300 for a medium sized room and £300-£400 for a larger room. For full replastering, it’ll be slightly more expensive, with small rooms costing around £200-£300, medium rooms £300-£450 and large rooms around £500-£750.

What affects the cost of a plastering project?

The main things that will affect the cost of your plastering project are the size of the walls or ceiling and the condition of the existing plaster. Beyond that, there isn’t a huge amount that will affect the price except for variations between the amount different tradespeople charge you. Because of this, it’s always worth getting several quotes from reputable plasterers to shop around for the best rates and to discuss what’s included in the job.

Size of walls or ceiling

As we’ve already mentioned, the main thing that will make your plastering project more expensive is the amount of plastering that there is to do. Simply put, the more wall or ceiling that needs to be plastered, the more you’ll pay. 

Condition of existing plaster

The other thing that will affect the cost is the condition of the wall of ceiling and the plaster already there. As we’ve discussed in this article, if you’ve only got light damage, you could save money by just having the wall or ceiling skimmed. But, if there’s serious damage, you’ll need to have it fully replastered, and this adds to the overall cost.


Estimates for common plasterer jobs;

Rates for other trades

Plastering cost in the UK
Plastering cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKPlastering cost
Plastering near Aberdeen£376
Plastering near Amber Valley£464
Plastering near Angus£580
Plastering near Arun£478
Plastering near Ashfield£480
Plastering near Aylesbury Vale£544
Plastering near Barnsley£462
Plastering near Basildon£502
Plastering near Basingstoke & Deane£496
Plastering near Bassetlaw£444
Plastering near Bath & North East Somerset£490
Plastering near Bedford£490
Plastering near Belfast£398
Plastering near Birmingham£476
Plastering near Blackburn£438
Plastering near Blackpool£422
Plastering near Bolton£450
Plastering near Bournemouth£486
Plastering near Bracknell Forest£526
Plastering near Bradford£460
Plastering near Braintree£474
Plastering near Breckland£432
Plastering near Bridgend£438
Plastering near Brighton£486
Plastering near Bristol£494
Plastering near Broadland£402
Plastering near Broxtowe£462
Plastering near Bury£454
Plastering near Caerphilly£470
Plastering near Calderdale£454
Plastering near Cambridge£492
Plastering near Canterbury£534
Plastering near Cardiff£468
Plastering near Carmarthenshire£322
Plastering near Charnwood£422
Plastering near Chelmsford£494
Plastering near Cheltenham£474
Plastering near Cherwell£492
Plastering near Chester£404
Plastering near Colchester£452
Plastering near Conway£410
Plastering near Coventry£446
Plastering near Crewe & Nantwich£418
Plastering near Dacorum£522
Plastering near Derby£472
Plastering near Doncaster£426
Plastering near Dover£436
Plastering near Dudley£468
Plastering near Dumfries & Galloway£420
Plastering near Dundee£408
Plastering near East Ayrshire£440
Plastering near East Devon£400
Plastering near East Dunbartonshire£522
Plastering near East Hampshire£484
Plastering near East Hertfordshire£510
Plastering near East Lindsey£400
Plastering near East Riding£430
Plastering near Eastleigh£506
Plastering near Edinburgh£470
Plastering near Elmbridge£532
Plastering near Epping Forest£516
Plastering near Erewash£460
Plastering near Exeter£472
Plastering near Falkirk£414
Plastering near Fife£460
Plastering near Flintshire£388
Plastering near Gateshead£428
Plastering near Gedling£474
Plastering near Glasgow£504
Plastering near Gloucester£468
Plastering near Guildford£526
Plastering near Gwynedd£438
Plastering near Halton£428
Plastering near Harrogate£420
Plastering near Havant & Waterloo£478
Plastering near Highland£420
Plastering near Horsham£482
Plastering near Huntingdonshire£610
Plastering near Ipswich£440
Plastering near Isle of Wight£484
Plastering near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£480
Plastering near Kingston-upon-Hull£430
Plastering near Kirklees£476
Plastering near Knowsley£436
Plastering near Lancaster£442
Plastering near Leeds£468
Plastering near Leicester£410
Plastering near Lisburn£420
Plastering near Liverpool£436
Plastering near London£520
Plastering near Luton£518
Plastering near Macclesfield£464
Plastering near Maidstone£452
Plastering near Manchester£462
Plastering near Mid Bedfordshire£522
Plastering near Mid Sussex£476
Plastering near Middlesbrough£426
Plastering near Milton Keynes£522
Plastering near Neath Port Talbot£444
Plastering near New Forest£486
Plastering near Newbury£490
Plastering near Newcastle-under-Lyme£442
Plastering near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£432
Plastering near Newport£476
Plastering near North Ayrshire£436
Plastering near North East Lincolnshire£384
Plastering near North Hertfordshire£526
Plastering near North Lanarkshire£480
Plastering near North Lincolnshire£438
Plastering near North Somerset£480
Plastering near North Tyneside£432
Plastering near North Wiltshire£422
Plastering near Northampton£476
Plastering near Norwich£414
Plastering near Nottingham£470
Plastering near Nuneaton & Bedworth£450
Plastering near Oldham£462
Plastering near Oxford£494
Plastering near Pembrokeshire£380
Plastering near Perth & Kinross£820
Plastering near Peterborough£708
Plastering near Plymouth£474
Plastering near Poole£492
Plastering near Portsmouth£478
Plastering near Powys£340
Plastering near Preston£424
Plastering near Reading£510
Plastering near Redcar & Cleveland£366
Plastering near Reigate & Banstead£516
Plastering near Renfrewshire£546
Plastering near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£446
Plastering near Rochdale£456
Plastering near Rotherham£418
Plastering near Salford£460
Plastering near Salisbury£456
Plastering near Sandwell£468
Plastering near Scarborough£440
Plastering near Scottish Borders£420
Plastering near Sefton£446
Plastering near Sevenoaks£488
Plastering near Sheffield£422
Plastering near Slough£526
Plastering near Solihull£446
Plastering near South Ayrshire£458
Plastering near South Bedfordshire£490
Plastering near South Cambridgeshire£486
Plastering near South Gloucestershire£496
Plastering near South Kesteven£484
Plastering near South Lanarkshire£414
Plastering near South Oxfordshire£498
Plastering near South Somerset£428
Plastering near South Tyneside£430
Plastering near Southampton£498
Plastering near Southend-on-Sea£482
Plastering near St Albans£524
Plastering near St Helens£444
Plastering near Stafford£476
Plastering near Stockport£466
Plastering near Stockton-on-Tees£416
Plastering near Stoke-on-Trent£442
Plastering near Stratford-on-Avon£428
Plastering near Stroud£480
Plastering near Suffolk Coastal£422
Plastering near Sunderland£424
Plastering near Swale£522
Plastering near Swansea£406
Plastering near Tameside£462
Plastering near Teignbridge£436
Plastering near Tendring£452
Plastering near Test Valley£468
Plastering near Thamesdown£442
Plastering near Thanet£422
Plastering near The Wrekin£432
Plastering near Thurrock£496
Plastering near Torbay£452
Plastering near Trafford£456
Plastering near Vale of Glamorgan£466
Plastering near Vale of White Horse£492
Plastering near Vale Royal£386
Plastering near Wakefield£468
Plastering near Walsall£472
Plastering near Warrington£466
Plastering near Warwick£434
Plastering near Waveney£424
Plastering near Waverley£540
Plastering near Wealden£498
Plastering near West Lancashire£452
Plastering near West Lothian£482
Plastering near West Wiltshire£422
Plastering near Wigan£446
Plastering near Windsor & Maidenhead£530
Plastering near Wirral£434
Plastering near Wokingham£526
Plastering near Wolverhampton£470
Plastering near Wrexham Maelor£382
Plastering near Wychavon£462
Plastering near Wycombe£534
Plastering near York£436