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Carpenter cost per hour

Carpenter cost per hour

Carpenters work by the hour for small jobs like hanging a door, fitting shelves or replacing skirting boards. For hourly rated jobs carpenters will probably want to give you an estimate rather than a quote without seeing what they are up against. In the UK the average hourly rate for a carpenter or joiner is £27. So hanging a door can take 2 to 3 hours and cost from £50. The rate can vary depending on the location and type of business and our members range from £16 to £40 per hour.

For more hourly rates see the table with uk carpenter cost per hour, alternatively post a job with HaMuch and get a free quote

Carpenter and joiner cost per day

Carpenters and Joiners work by the day for larger jobs like fitting or replacing sash windows, installing fitted wardrobes and building stairs. For larger jobs get the carpenter or joiner to give you a written quote and they will probably want to see the job in hand to discuss it further. The UK average day rate for a carpenter or joiner is £195 but this is more in London and the South East. By area carpenters on the database charge from between £129 to £270 per day. Pricing a job will depend on the quality of the materials and finish.

For carpenter day rates around the UK check out the table for joiner or carpenter daily rates, alternatively post a job with HaMuch and get a free quote.

How to get the cheapest quotes when looking for a carpenter

Self-employed carpenters are just as qualified and experienced as those working for a big company.

By being a small business a carpenter avoids many business costs (e.g. administration staff, office rental etc), charging less for carpentry work, but giving you the same level of quality.

Get quotes from self-employed carpenters and talk directly with the person who is going to do the job.

Choosing a carpenter or joiner

When you have posted your job and checked on availability try to get 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service and what is being offered at what price. Ask if the quotes include removing left over debris after installation, this might be left over sawn wood or if the project is to be a replacement, then the removal of the old replaced broken piece e.g. banister. Make sure there won’t be any hidden charges, that the quote includes accessories needed for the project, e.g. nails and glue. Ask the carpenter and joiner if they are vat registered so you know to add VAT on top of the quoted price. Always insist on being given a ‘written quote’ to avoid disputes over payment and job expectations at the end of the project, plus don’t agree to any upfront money prior to the project commencing.

Study your quote to see if materials have been included or if you need to still supply materials. If you do, then make sure to order the wood plus 10% extra for wastage.

Depending on the skill required for your project, check what qualifications the carpenter and joiner has (e.g. NVQ or City & Guilds). Where possible, try to choose a carpenter and joiner that is part of a reputable association, some noteworthy associations are; Institute of Carpenters (IOC), British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Guild of Master Craftsmen or the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Also take into account the number of years the carpenter and joiner has been in business to get an understanding of their years of experience. If choosing a joiner, see if you can pop in to their workshop for an idea of quality of craftsmanship on other projects they are working on.

Depending on the size of the project the carpenter or joiner may be using additional employees or third party contractors. Make sure the quote covers any extra ‘hands’ needed for the project. Before the project commences, have an agreed end date so you can be prepared for how long to expect the project to take and to have workers in your home, possibly needing you to arrange daily parking for their vans.

Avoid expensive carpentry costs

Cost to install fitted wardrobes

When your chosen carpenter and joiner arrives at your home to quote the job, be clear what project you need doing. If you are considering turning a section of your bedroom into a fitted wardrobe, have an idea on the placement of the wardrobe, the size and depth you would like, how many shelves versus hanging space suit your personal requirements, do you want sliding or opening doors, must the doors be mirrored or designed with wood panelling, what wood would you like the wardrobe constructed in, do you want it painted or varnished? The more detail you can discuss, the more accurate your quote can be from the start with an idea of time to complete the project.

The cost of installing fitted wardrobes depends on how much work the carpenter is expected to do. If they are bespoke and made in a joinery workshop you can expect it to take up to two weeks to complete the project and cost up to £3000. If they are purchased flat packed from Habitat then depending on the complexity of the fitting, they will cost a 2 to 4 day rate. On average, that will cost up to £800 for 4 day work excluding the materials.

Cost to install a loft ladder and hatch

If you need a loft ladder  installed and a new hatch fitted  the carpenter or joiner  will first want access to the area to see how difficult the job is going to be. High ceilings are a factor here. The job should not take longer than a day depending on if you have already purchased the materials and sized up. So it will cost around £200 plus materials based on an average UK day rate of £195.

Tips: While discussing your project, get advice and opinions on materials, design and overall look of the finished project. If they are building furniture for you, discuss what would be the best wood to source for the project as well as where you could source wood at trade rates. Pine is great for being versatile and easy to work with but can’t hold very heavy objects on a shelf. Plywood is a sturdier option and is a good choice as it is inexpensive and unlike MDF won’t sag over time. If your project is to fit a back door ask for advice on best style of door to purchase that would suit your style home (e.g an oak cottage door) and have the carpenter and joiner look at your existing doorframe to ensure a replacement door can be fitted to the existing frame.

Guide to carpentry and joinery job costs

Cost to install wooden flooring £570
Cost to restore a wooden floor £204
Cost to create under stairs storage £880
Cost to install a partition wall £235
Cost to fit out a shop £940
Cost to fit out a restaurant £1200
Cost to replace a window sill £349
Cost to replace the floorboards £310
Cost to replace the staircase and bannister £2500
Supply and fit new skirting, architrave and door frames £250
Cost to replace a door frame £165
Cost to install a loft ladder £60
Cost to board the loft £650
Cost to fit fitted wardrobes £2500
Cost to have bespoke bookshelves fitted £235
Cost to fit blinds £30 per blind
Cost to make and fit a radiator cover £276
Cost to fit a cat flap £115
Cost to box in pipes £256
Cost to design and fit alcove cupboards or shelves £630
Repairs on window frames and windowpanes including leaks £100 per window
Design and create a wooden chair £300
Design and install a built-in wardrobe, cupboard, cabinet or desk £600
Replacement and hanging of a new exterior door shaving if needed to fit £100
Putting together IKEA style furniture £100
Lay a flat and prepared floor in an average size room £250
Repair scratches, scuffs on furniture £200
Make a wooden replacement sash window frame £700

Rates for other trades

Carpenter & Joiner near Aberdeen£27£217Carpenter & Joiner near Amber Valley£25£196Carpenter & Joiner near Angus£27£219Carpenter & Joiner near Arun£30£221Carpenter & Joiner near Ashfield£25£191Carpenter & Joiner near Aylesbury Vale£34£222Carpenter & Joiner near Barnsley£24£186Carpenter & Joiner near Basildon£32£222Carpenter & Joiner near Basingstoke & Deane£34£205Carpenter & Joiner near Bassetlaw£22£186Carpenter & Joiner near Bath & North East Somerset£25£200Carpenter & Joiner near Bedford£33£230Carpenter & Joiner near Belfast£16£135Carpenter & Joiner near Birmingham£29£179Carpenter & Joiner near Blackburn£25£179Carpenter & Joiner near Blackpool£30£166Carpenter & Joiner near Bolton£26£191Carpenter & Joiner near Bournemouth£29£204Carpenter & Joiner near Bracknell Forest£35£222Carpenter & Joiner near Bradford£24£176Carpenter & Joiner near Braintree£30£214Carpenter & Joiner near Breckland£22£189Carpenter & Joiner near Bridgend£25£179Carpenter & Joiner near Brighton£28£217Carpenter & Joiner near Bristol£25£199Carpenter & Joiner near Broadland£20£175Carpenter & Joiner near Broxtowe£25£192Carpenter & Joiner near Bury£29£192Carpenter & Joiner near Caerphilly£30£195Carpenter & Joiner near Calderdale£24£173Carpenter & Joiner near Cambridge£27£208Carpenter & Joiner near Canterbury£25£190Carpenter & Joiner near Cardiff£27£197Carpenter & Joiner near Carmarthenshire£19£161Carpenter & Joiner near Charnwood£24£189Carpenter & Joiner near Chelmsford£31£218Carpenter & Joiner near Cheltenham£29£226Carpenter & Joiner near Cherwell£33£229Carpenter & Joiner near Chester£25£180Carpenter & Joiner near Colchester£28£207Carpenter & Joiner near Conway£21£170Carpenter & Joiner near Coventry£26£176Carpenter & Joiner near Crewe & Nantwich£26£212Carpenter & Joiner near Dacorum£33£222Carpenter & Joiner near Derby£25£196Carpenter & Joiner near Doncaster£23£179Carpenter & Joiner near Dover£24£186Carpenter & Joiner near Dudley£28£177Carpenter & Joiner near Dumfries & Galloway£19£157Carpenter & Joiner near Dundee£28£231Carpenter & Joiner near East Ayrshire£24£191Carpenter & Joiner near East Devon£23£181Carpenter & Joiner near East Dunbartonshire£25£178Carpenter & Joiner near East Hampshire£28£208Carpenter & Joiner near East Hertfordshire£33£229Carpenter & Joiner near East Riding£22£187Carpenter & Joiner near Eastleigh£28£209Carpenter & Joiner near Edinburgh£27£213Carpenter & Joiner near Elmbridge£35£229Carpenter & Joiner near Epping Forest£34£226Carpenter & Joiner near Erewash£25£192Carpenter & Joiner near Exeter£23£174Carpenter & Joiner near Falkirk£25£191Carpenter & Joiner near Fife£29£235Carpenter & Joiner near Flintshire£25£184Carpenter & Joiner near Gateshead£22£170Carpenter & Joiner near Gedling£24£186Carpenter & Joiner near Glasgow£25£176Carpenter & Joiner near Gloucester£28£215Carpenter & Joiner near Guildford£33£222Carpenter & Joiner near Gwynedd£20£159Carpenter & Joiner near Halton£26£179Carpenter & Joiner near Harrogate£24£177Carpenter & Joiner near Havant & Waterloo£27£205Carpenter & Joiner near Highland£25£202Carpenter & Joiner near Horsham£28£214Carpenter & Joiner near Huntingdonshire£36£228Carpenter & Joiner near Ipswich£29£208Carpenter & Joiner near Isle of Wight£27£199Carpenter & Joiner near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£22£190Carpenter & Joiner near Kingston-upon-Hull£21£171Carpenter & Joiner near Kirklees£24£184Carpenter & Joiner near Knowsley£26£176Carpenter & Joiner near Lancaster£24£183Carpenter & Joiner near Leeds£24£180Carpenter & Joiner near Leicester£24£185Carpenter & Joiner near Lisburn£17£135Carpenter & Joiner near Liverpool£26£174Carpenter & Joiner near London£35£226Carpenter & Joiner near Luton£33£225Carpenter & Joiner near Macclesfield£31£204Carpenter & Joiner near Maidstone£28£208Carpenter & Joiner near Manchester£29£198Carpenter & Joiner near Mid Bedfordshire£32£226Carpenter & Joiner near Mid Sussex£27£210Carpenter & Joiner near Middlesbrough£38£204Carpenter & Joiner near Milton Keynes£31£219Carpenter & Joiner near Neath Port Talbot£24£180Carpenter & Joiner near New Forest£28£208Carpenter & Joiner near Newbury£35£203Carpenter & Joiner near Newcastle-under-Lyme£26£206Carpenter & Joiner near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£22£169Carpenter & Joiner near Newport£27£198Carpenter & Joiner near North Ayrshire£23£186Carpenter & Joiner near North East Lincolnshire£23£186Carpenter & Joiner near North Hertfordshire£33£230Carpenter & Joiner near North Lanarkshire£25£179Carpenter & Joiner near North Lincolnshire£21£175Carpenter & Joiner near North Somerset£25£201Carpenter & Joiner near North Tyneside£22£169Carpenter & Joiner near North Wiltshire£27£202Carpenter & Joiner near Northampton£31£220Carpenter & Joiner near Norwich£21£180Carpenter & Joiner near Nottingham£25£192Carpenter & Joiner near Nuneaton & Bedworth£26£179Carpenter & Joiner near Oldham£29£194Carpenter & Joiner near Oxford£33£227Carpenter & Joiner near Pembrokeshire£22£200Carpenter & Joiner near Perth & Kinross£33£264Carpenter & Joiner near Peterborough£38£237Carpenter & Joiner near Plymouth£22£177Carpenter & Joiner near Poole£29£205Carpenter & Joiner near Portsmouth£27£206Carpenter & Joiner near Preston£28£168Carpenter & Joiner near Reading£36£218Carpenter & Joiner near Redcar & Cleveland£31£202Carpenter & Joiner near Reigate & Banstead£34£225Carpenter & Joiner near Renfrewshire£25£187Carpenter & Joiner near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£32£191Carpenter & Joiner near Rochdale£28£189Carpenter & Joiner near Rochester-upon-Medway£29£230Carpenter & Joiner near Rotherham£23£184Carpenter & Joiner near Salford£29£196Carpenter & Joiner near Salisbury£28£212Carpenter & Joiner near Sandwell£29£177Carpenter & Joiner near Scarborough£27£218Carpenter & Joiner near Scottish Borders£28£223Carpenter & Joiner near Sefton£25£173Carpenter & Joiner near Sevenoaks£31£218Carpenter & Joiner near Sheffield£23£182Carpenter & Joiner near Slough£34£226Carpenter & Joiner near Solihull£28£175Carpenter & Joiner near South Ayrshire£24£192Carpenter & Joiner near South Bedfordshire£33£230Carpenter & Joiner near South Cambridgeshire£29£220Carpenter & Joiner near South Gloucestershire£25£197Carpenter & Joiner near South Kesteven£26£200Carpenter & Joiner near South Lanarkshire£22£161Carpenter & Joiner near South Oxfordshire£34£222Carpenter & Joiner near South Somerset£29£245Carpenter & Joiner near South Tyneside£22£170Carpenter & Joiner near Southampton£28£209Carpenter & Joiner near Southend-on-Sea£31£212Carpenter & Joiner near St Albans£33£224Carpenter & Joiner near St Helens£26£178Carpenter & Joiner near Stafford£31£200Carpenter & Joiner near Stockport£30£199Carpenter & Joiner near Stockton-on-Tees£37£204Carpenter & Joiner near Stoke-on-Trent£27£203Carpenter & Joiner near Stratford-on-Avon£27£185Carpenter & Joiner near Stroud£27£210Carpenter & Joiner near Suffolk Coastal£29£205Carpenter & Joiner near Sunderland£22£172Carpenter & Joiner near Swale£27£203Carpenter & Joiner near Swansea£22£175Carpenter & Joiner near Tameside£29£196Carpenter & Joiner near Teignbridge£24£183Carpenter & Joiner near Tendring£28£207Carpenter & Joiner near Test Valley£28£206Carpenter & Joiner near Thamesdown£25£196Carpenter & Joiner near Thanet£23£187Carpenter & Joiner near The Wrekin£27£178Carpenter & Joiner near Thurrock£32£219Carpenter & Joiner near Torbay£24£180Carpenter & Joiner near Trafford£29£197Carpenter & Joiner near Vale of Glamorgan£29£201Carpenter & Joiner near Vale of White Horse£30£220Carpenter & Joiner near Vale Royal£26£184Carpenter & Joiner near Wakefield£24£178Carpenter & Joiner near Walsall£29£179Carpenter & Joiner near Warrington£27£189Carpenter & Joiner near Warwick£26£174Carpenter & Joiner near Waveney£23£174Carpenter & Joiner near Waverley£32£217Carpenter & Joiner near Wealden£27£211Carpenter & Joiner near West Lancashire£27£172Carpenter & Joiner near West Lothian£26£206Carpenter & Joiner near West Wiltshire£27£202Carpenter & Joiner near Wigan£26£184Carpenter & Joiner near Windsor & Maidenhead£34£226Carpenter & Joiner near Wirral£26£175Carpenter & Joiner near Wokingham£35£221Carpenter & Joiner near Wolverhampton£30£183Carpenter & Joiner near Wrexham Maelor£26£193Carpenter & Joiner near Wychavon£26£194Carpenter & Joiner near Wycombe£36£234Carpenter & Joiner near York£24£186