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 kitchen

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Wallpapering a kitchen £150 £375 £225 £563 £300 £750

Using a professional decorator means that you will have someone who is experienced enough to be able to advise you on how much paper you need, what kind of paper works best in a kitchen and even which colours may be best for you. Lots of brands offer wallpaper that is specially for use in kitchens as it is durable and easy to wipe down.

No matter how clean you keep your kitchen or how good the fan on your hob is, you will end up with grease or dirt on your kitchen walls. Papers vary massively in cost, from the bargain basement to those with a royal seal of approval, but do be aware that what seems like a small price difference per roll can add up. Your decorator should be able to tell you how many rolls you need.

The size and dimensions of your kitchen will largely dictate how much it costs for a decorator to hang wallpaper for you, but how complex a job is will also influence cost. If there is a lot of climbing to corners to paste up small pieces of paper, then the job will take longer than simply applying full strips of paper to a box-shaped kitchen.

You should always ask how your decorator will charge, as some charge by the hour, some by the day and some by how many rolls of paper they have to hang. If your decorator needs to make good plaster work or do any filling of cracks before they paper your walls then the price will increase. If both you and the tradesman are happy for them to paper over existing paper then the price may come down.

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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