Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Wallpapering a bedroom

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Wallpapering a bedroom £100 £250 £150 £375 £200 £500

Wallpapering your bedroom can give you a great finish and really set off your room, but it does not always come cheap. The cost of materials is a great variable here, as you can get very cheap paper at your local DIY store or hand-printed heritage designs from designer outlets. You will know what is right for your price range and your decorating professional can help you with decisions around materials, style and colour. Decisions may include whether the bedroom is to double as a child’s bedroom, a home office or just be a relaxing space for you to spend time in.

The cost of labour associated with the job will depend on how large your  bedroom is and the layout of the room. If it is a standard squared room with no awkward cut outs to be made, then it will be far quicker to paper than a room that requires your decorator to make lots of complex cuts to the wallpaper to make it go around decorations.

Once the walls are clean and free of old paper and debris then your decorator may want to fill in any holes or uneven parts of the wall to ensure that you get a smooth finish. Small divots in the wall should not be a problem, but a wall that needs to be re-plastered will add substantially to costs. This is, however, work that is well worth getting done, as the wallpaper will then last longer and look better.

When asking for a quote you should be sure how your decorator will charge you to hang your wallpaper. Some will charge by the roll, some by the size of the room and others simply by the hour. At this stage your decorating professional should also be able to let you know how many rolls of paper they will need to complete the wallpapering job. 

Rated People surveyed 60 of our painters and decorators across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of interior decorating jobs in your home. Factors which influence cost are the room you want decorating, the job you want doing in it and the condition of the room. We classify surfaces in “Good Condition” as having a few picture hooks or small cracks in the wall, “Average Condition” as having multiple cracks or holes and “Poor Condition” as having larger cracked or damaged plaster.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Rated People. Most tradesmen we surveyed said the start price for work is £500, so these costs are really only appropriate if you have more than one room to decorate. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact one of our local painter and decorators.


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