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Find a local carpenter or joiner

Well first off, you're probably wondering what the difference is between a carpenter and a joiner. Traditionally, a carpenter works on site to install structural elements like doors and partition walls. A joiner, in general, is involved in non-structural elements, building the items that a carpenter then goes on to install.

What a carpenter or joiner can help with

  • Building and installing structures that are made of wood or wood substitutes.
  • For example – doors, door frames, decking, windows, floors, cabinets, staircases and partition walls.
  • Repairing damaged furniture.
  • Cutting and shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames.
  • Building temporary wooden supports to hold setting concrete in place – this is called shuttering.

This isn't always strictly the case though, and some tradespeople specialise in certain areas, so when you post a job it's good to be specific about the work you need done.

If it involves wood, you need a carpenter or joiner. It could be for decking in the garden, installing kitchen cabinets, having some custom shelves or cabinets made… there are lots of different things they can do.

Costs for common carpentry jobs

Some typical jobs Low High
Built-in shelves into alcove £200 £400
Erect shelves onto wall brackets £75 £150
Built-in cabinet in an alcove £450 £700
Built-in wardrobe (2-door) £400 £800
Fit curtain rail £60 £100

The qualifications your carpenter or joiner needs

There aren't any required certificates or qualifications in order to do the work, but most good carpenters will have learnt through college courses and apprenticeships, combined with on-the-job training. If they've completed various college courses they might be happy to share those certificates or results, but really the best thing to do is ask about recent work and references. Of course you can also refer to their Rated People profile page to see all their recent reviews.

Planning permission for carpentry jobs

If you want decking in your garden, you don't need permission as long as:

Most carpentry jobs won't need any permission, unless you're in a listed building. This information was correct at the time it was published, but you can go to the Planning Portal to see the latest.

Insurance for carpentry work

There's nothing specific to carpenters that you need to look out for. Public liability insurance is a common insurance for all tradespeople to have, along with accidental damage cover, in the rare cases when something might get damaged.

Questions you should ask a carpenter

Carpentry ideas

Turn to carpenters to add stylish furniture to your interiors as well as custom storage solutions. If you're not sure where the best storage spaces are in your house then check out this post to help you find the best spots. Last but not least here's how to choose the right doors for your home, and the right decking for your garden.

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    Carpenter / Joiner

    replacement of rotten floorboards

    Added 22/06/2017

    I need some rotten floorboards replacing and varnishing in this summer house. I also need...

    £250
    N21, Winchmore Hill

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    Chairs , 3 tables and a cupboard

    Added 22/06/2017

    Chairs , 3 tables and a cupboard

    £100
    OX2, St Margaret's

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    Hang 5 new pine doors

    Added 21/06/2017

    I have already purchased the handles, latches and hinges. New doors will need to trimmed down....

    £500
    SM3, Stonecot

    Carpenter / Joiner

    Repoisition the garden shed

    Added 21/06/2017

    As we are building a conservatory, I need someone to help me with removing my garden shed...

    £250
    PR7, Buckshaw Village

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    Plane wood doors

    Added 20/06/2017

    Hi, I would like 3 doors planed so my laminated flooring can be laid

    £250
    ME2, Strood Rural

    Carpenter / Joiner

    fit and install 6 internal and 1 external doo

    Added 20/06/2017

    to fit and install 6 internal and 1 external door with new furniture

    £100
    M14, Longsight

    What other homeowners are saying

    Carpenter / Joiner
    Posted by Georgina on 06/24/2017

    Excellent job and reasonable price, turned up on time and my neighbours now want to use the same company. Definitely use again

    Carpenter / Joiner
    Posted by John on 06/24/2017

    Igor was polite, professional and had experience that meant he was able to give some good advice and tips with the work. He was very reliable and efficient. Would recommend and use again.

    Carpenter / Joiner
    Posted by Gerry on 06/24/2017

    Very very pleased with this firm, Karen & Steve the bosses are nice people to deal with and agreed a good price .Dave the fitter was a very nice bloke and a good tradesman + him and kevin were very helpful and willing to help . A fantastic job all round. THANKS AGAIN

    Carpenter / Joiner
    Posted by Oliver on 06/24/2017

    Reliable, friendly, easy to contact and got on the with the job quickly and professionally. I would def use them again.

    Carpenter / Joiner
    Posted by terry on 06/24/2017

    Very good you would never know they were there just got on with there worrk never stopped very clean and polite would use them again

    Carpenter / Joiner
    Posted by on 06/24/2017

    John did a great job - I thoroughly recommend him.

    Carpenter / Joiner
    Posted by Vanessa on 06/24/2017

    Chris was able to make exactly what we were hoping for. In a loft conversion, with awkward spaces, he was able to create a beautiful wardrobe and cupboard space, that suits the room and looks beautiful.

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