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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

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.

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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


Job details Estimate
Cost to replace the staircase and bannister £2500
Supply and fit new skirting, architrave and coving £250
Cost to hang a door £70
Cost to fit fitted wardrobes £2500
Design and create a wooden chair £300
Design and install a built-in wardrobe, cupboard, cabinet or desk £600
Design and install shelves in an alcove, no painting £200
A small bookcase or a bathroom cabinet, cupboard door replacement for existing cupboard £300
Lay flooring in a loft that covers a 2 bed house £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 hourly rate and daily rate
Carpenter & Joiner: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK for 2022 (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Carpenter & Joiner near Aberdeen£23£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Amber Valley£26£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Angus£26£215
Carpenter & Joiner near Arun£29£218
Carpenter & Joiner near Ashfield£26£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Aylesbury Vale£35£220
Carpenter & Joiner near Barnsley£24£183
Carpenter & Joiner near Basildon£31£221
Carpenter & Joiner near Basingstoke & Deane£35£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Bassetlaw£23£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Bath & North East Somerset£24£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Bedford£34£228
Carpenter & Joiner near Belfast£16£133
Carpenter & Joiner near Birmingham£29£178
Carpenter & Joiner near Blackburn£23£170
Carpenter & Joiner near Blackpool£32£159
Carpenter & Joiner near Bolton£26£189
Carpenter & Joiner near Bournemouth£29£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Bracknell Forest£35£216
Carpenter & Joiner near Bradford£24£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Braintree£30£214
Carpenter & Joiner near Breckland£22£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Bridgend£24£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Brighton£27£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Bristol£24£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Broadland£20£173
Carpenter & Joiner near Broxtowe£25£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Bury£30£191
Carpenter & Joiner near Caerphilly£27£183
Carpenter & Joiner near Calderdale£24£168
Carpenter & Joiner near Cambridge£26£205
Carpenter & Joiner near Canterbury£25£184
Carpenter & Joiner near Cardiff£24£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Carmarthenshire£18£156
Carpenter & Joiner near Charnwood£24£193
Carpenter & Joiner near Chelmsford£31£217
Carpenter & Joiner near Cheltenham£29£223
Carpenter & Joiner near Cherwell£34£228
Carpenter & Joiner near Chester£25£179
Carpenter & Joiner near Colchester£28£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Conway£21£170
Carpenter & Joiner near Coventry£25£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Crewe & Nantwich£31£253
Carpenter & Joiner near Dacorum£31£214
Carpenter & Joiner near Derby£25£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Doncaster£23£169
Carpenter & Joiner near Dover£22£170
Carpenter & Joiner near Dudley£28£174
Carpenter & Joiner near Dumfries & Galloway£20£160
Carpenter & Joiner near Dundee£27£219
Carpenter & Joiner near East Ayrshire£25£224
Carpenter & Joiner near East Devon£23£182
Carpenter & Joiner near East Dunbartonshire£33£171
Carpenter & Joiner near East Hampshire£26£202
Carpenter & Joiner near East Hertfordshire£34£222
Carpenter & Joiner near East Riding£22£189
Carpenter & Joiner near Eastleigh£29£218
Carpenter & Joiner near Edinburgh£27£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Elmbridge£34£225
Carpenter & Joiner near Epping Forest£36£226
Carpenter & Joiner near Erewash£25£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Exeter£23£174
Carpenter & Joiner near Falkirk£24£177
Carpenter & Joiner near Fife£28£234
Carpenter & Joiner near Flintshire£24£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Gateshead£23£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Gedling£24£189
Carpenter & Joiner near Glasgow£32£173
Carpenter & Joiner near Gloucester£28£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Guildford£31£214
Carpenter & Joiner near Gwynedd£20£159
Carpenter & Joiner near Halton£27£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Harrogate£24£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Havant & Waterloo£28£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Highland£25£203
Carpenter & Joiner near Horsham£27£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Huntingdonshire£31£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Ipswich£28£209
Carpenter & Joiner near Isle of Wight£29£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£22£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Kingston-upon-Hull£21£167
Carpenter & Joiner near Kirklees£23£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Knowsley£25£173
Carpenter & Joiner near Lancaster£23£186
Carpenter & Joiner near Leeds£24£178
Carpenter & Joiner near Leicester£23£185
Carpenter & Joiner near Lisburn£17£131
Carpenter & Joiner near Liverpool£25£171
Carpenter & Joiner near London£36£224
Carpenter & Joiner near Luton£33£219
Carpenter & Joiner near Macclesfield£32£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Maidstone£27£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Manchester£30£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Mid Bedfordshire£33£220
Carpenter & Joiner near Mid Sussex£26£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Middlesbrough£40£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Milton Keynes£30£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Neath Port Talbot£23£177
Carpenter & Joiner near New Forest£29£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Newbury£36£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Newcastle-under-Lyme£26£200
Carpenter & Joiner near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£23£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Newport£23£183
Carpenter & Joiner near North Ayrshire£23£195
Carpenter & Joiner near North East Lincolnshire£23£186
Carpenter & Joiner near North Hertfordshire£33£226
Carpenter & Joiner near North Lanarkshire£32£166
Carpenter & Joiner near North Lincolnshire£20£166
Carpenter & Joiner near North Somerset£24£197
Carpenter & Joiner near North Tyneside£23£190
Carpenter & Joiner near North Wiltshire£26£199
Carpenter & Joiner near Northampton£26£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Norwich£20£179
Carpenter & Joiner near Nottingham£25£196
Carpenter & Joiner near Nuneaton & Bedworth£25£176
Carpenter & Joiner near Oldham£30£192
Carpenter & Joiner near Oxford£33£225
Carpenter & Joiner near Pembrokeshire£22£200
Carpenter & Joiner near Perth & Kinross£34£270
Carpenter & Joiner near Peterborough£29£192
Carpenter & Joiner near Plymouth£21£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Poole£29£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Portsmouth£28£212
Carpenter & Joiner near Preston£28£162
Carpenter & Joiner near Reading£35£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Redcar & Cleveland£28£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Reigate & Banstead£34£225
Carpenter & Joiner near Renfrewshire£34£184
Carpenter & Joiner near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£28£171
Carpenter & Joiner near Rochdale£29£186
Carpenter & Joiner near Rotherham£22£177
Carpenter & Joiner near Salford£29£193
Carpenter & Joiner near Salisbury£27£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Sandwell£29£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Scarborough£27£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Scottish Borders£28£224
Carpenter & Joiner near Sefton£24£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Sevenoaks£30£210
Carpenter & Joiner near Sheffield£23£177
Carpenter & Joiner near Slough£33£219
Carpenter & Joiner near Solihull£28£170
Carpenter & Joiner near South Ayrshire£25£208
Carpenter & Joiner near South Bedfordshire£34£228
Carpenter & Joiner near South Cambridgeshire£29£221
Carpenter & Joiner near South Gloucestershire£23£192
Carpenter & Joiner near South Kesteven£24£192
Carpenter & Joiner near South Lanarkshire£22£168
Carpenter & Joiner near South Oxfordshire£35£224
Carpenter & Joiner near South Somerset£29£246
Carpenter & Joiner near South Tyneside£23£192
Carpenter & Joiner near Southampton£29£215
Carpenter & Joiner near Southend-on-Sea£30£206
Carpenter & Joiner near St Albans£32£221
Carpenter & Joiner near St Helens£25£176
Carpenter & Joiner near Stafford£32£205
Carpenter & Joiner near Stockport£31£201
Carpenter & Joiner near Stockton-on-Tees£38£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Stoke-on-Trent£26£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Stratford-on-Avon£27£188
Carpenter & Joiner near Stroud£25£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Suffolk Coastal£27£202
Carpenter & Joiner near Sunderland£23£193
Carpenter & Joiner near Swale£27£201
Carpenter & Joiner near Swansea£21£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Tameside£31£197
Carpenter & Joiner near Teignbridge£24£184
Carpenter & Joiner near Tendring£28£211
Carpenter & Joiner near Test Valley£28£206
Carpenter & Joiner near Thamesdown£24£191
Carpenter & Joiner near Thanet£22£179
Carpenter & Joiner near The Wrekin£26£176
Carpenter & Joiner near Thurrock£30£216
Carpenter & Joiner near Torbay£24£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Trafford£31£203
Carpenter & Joiner near Vale of Glamorgan£26£184
Carpenter & Joiner near Vale of White Horse£31£221
Carpenter & Joiner near Vale Royal£24£176
Carpenter & Joiner near Wakefield£24£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Walsall£29£177
Carpenter & Joiner near Warrington£28£201
Carpenter & Joiner near Warwick£25£175
Carpenter & Joiner near Waveney£23£174
Carpenter & Joiner near Waverley£30£204
Carpenter & Joiner near Wealden£26£211
Carpenter & Joiner near West Lancashire£27£171
Carpenter & Joiner near West Lothian£26£202
Carpenter & Joiner near West Wiltshire£26£199
Carpenter & Joiner near Wigan£24£177
Carpenter & Joiner near Windsor & Maidenhead£33£219
Carpenter & Joiner near Wirral£26£172
Carpenter & Joiner near Wokingham£34£213
Carpenter & Joiner near Wolverhampton£32£184
Carpenter & Joiner near Wrexham Maelor£26£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Wychavon£26£185
Carpenter & Joiner near Wycombe£34£228
Carpenter & Joiner near York£23£179