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 stairwell

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Wallpapering a stairwell £150 £375 £225 £565 £300 £750

Hanging wallpaper in a stairwell can be physically awkward to do, especially when high up. For this reason your decorator may well need more than one person on the job, which is a cost that will obviously be passed on to you. Making sure that all the prep work is done first will certainly save the time that the decorator takes on the job, but safety will be the main concern here, which may mean bringing in a scaffold of some sort.

Many decorators will have their own small scaffold, but do ask about any extras like this that may have to be hired in. Of course the kind of paper you use will help determine the overall cost for you, but your decorator may be able to offer advice on brands and styles if you need it. A good professional will have materials they like to work with, although they will also be happy to use whatever paper it is you choose, whether that is from the DIY store or a boutique.

The main cost on a wallpapering job is in the labour, so the harder it is to hang wallpaper in your stairwell, the more you will have to spend to get a well-finished professional job done. The drop is important here, as your decorator may well need a hand to make sure that the paper can be hung properly from height or at awkward angles, so they are likely to need a mate on hand, for part of the job at least.

Decorators will usually charge by the day or the hour, although some will charge by the roll of paper or the size of your stairwell. Always check this when you get your quote so that your bill is not a big surprise. You should also check that the cost includes removing scrap and rubbish at the end of the 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 with 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.