How Much Does a Decorator Charge to Wallpaper
How much does a decorator cost to paper a room?
By Mike Cupit
Unfortunately, this question is quite difficult to answer. However, I can walk you through the process I use in making a quote that you can use as a guide. Please note that prices will vary depending on where your decorator lives and experience. For example, a good decorator who has been in business for many years is typically more expensive than someone who is just starting out, and a London-based decorator is generally more expensive than a decorator in, say, Liverpool. However, in Decorators Forum UK we are often asked “how much does a decorator cost to paper a room” so I thought it was time we gave an official answer.
A professional decorator will charge between £ 120 and £ 250 per day. By the way, that doesn’t mean they make £ 62,000 a year! Running any type of business comes with an ongoing cost. Transporting a delivery truck, maintaining tools, the various insurances, advertising and much more have to come from the daily rate before they can receive a wage. There is also a lot of running around, cleaning tools, creating and organizing offers, which usually happens outside of normal working hours. So if your decorator is with you from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., for example, chances are he or she left work much later.
To get back to the original question, how much does a decorator cost to paper an average room? Let’s say it’s a bedroom that’s being undressed, painted, and papered, break it down into busy days. This is the order in which I would do things. Remember that this is just an example and each room requires a different amount of work;
Day one – Remove any existing wallpaper and fill in the walls.
Day two – sand walls and sealing. Prepare and prime woodwork
Day three – paint walls, paint ceiling, top coat on woodwork
Day four – wallpaper (usually 6 rolls per day)
Day five – wallpaper and hooks
A decorator in my area (Liverpool) can charge £ 140 a day, which means a five-day job costs £ 700 of labor, plus material costs and waste disposal.
I just gave you an example of bedroom wallpaper work, but not all wallpapers are created equal. Some wallcoverings cost a lot of money and require more specialized decorators to do the job. Wallpapers such as those found at Unique Walls, for example. There are other wide vinyls, cut and glue papers, or even fabric papers that are beyond the skill of the average decorator. For this type of job, you need to hire a specialized wallpaper installer. As with any specialist, expect higher rates. In this case, I expect between £ 200 and £ 600 a day.
Do you want to save some money?
Some people make the mistake of getting a few quotes on decorating work and then picking the cheapest one. This is often the worst thing you can do! There are good decorators and there are bad decorators. Sometimes when a dealer is cheap it is because they have to lower their price as they don’t get repeat business. It may be because they are lowering their standards to get the job done faster and still earn an income. I’m not saying the cheapest is always the worst option, but you should also look for other qualities a craftsman has.
If you want to save money, there are a few things you can do. First, tell them that you will be clearing furniture from the room before they start. You can also agree to remove existing wallcoverings before their start date to reduce your workload. You can also offer to remove any waste (usually a few bags) that comes with the job.
I hope it helps. If you want to know how much a decorator charges for wallpapering a feature wall, click here