Joiner Prices

Last updated 24th September, 2021

In this article we’re going to explore the role of a joiner, the jobs they complete most commonly, the rates that they charge and pretty much everything else you need to know about joiners.


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A joiner is a tradesperson who builds things by, quite literally, joining pieces of wood. This is usually for decorative purposes like staircases, windows, doors and other things around the home.

If you are renovating your home and want unique designs that suit your interior design perfectly, you can hire a joiner to build and install these things for you.

They also complete repair jobs like fixing doors or staircases and joiners come in really handy for repairing things instead of having to replace them.

Joiner Jobs

Joiners have the skills to complete hundreds of different jobs around your home from renovations to installations and repairs. But the majority of projects completed by joiners tend to the ones listed below.

We’ve delved into each job in a little more detail to provide you with a better understanding of what the jobs entail and the costs associated with them.

Loft Ladders

Lofts are great spaces that sometimes go very underutilised due to access issues. Lofts tend to have one of largest surface areas of any room in your household and once converted, make great storage rooms, bedrooms and even second living rooms, but easy access to them is absolutely integral; otherwise, they don’t make logistical sense to utilise fully.

Now, some people will save money by incorporating a simple aluminium ladder which slides out from the loft for people to climb up. However, this really isn’t the best option for regular use of the room due to the awkward footing of these types of ladders, couple with the space it takes up once inside the loft.

Instead, a wooden fold-out ladder makes for a far better option, firstly for its flatter step options, allowing for a sturdier and more stable climb and for the space-saving measures with the ladder folding to sit above the loft hatch.

Loft ladder

Loft ladders are also quite a lot cheaper than some people think, costing between £150-£250 depending on the quality of timber and finish and can be built in just a few hours.

If you want to find out more about loft ladders, take a look at our extensive guide here.

New Staircases

A new staircase can transform your home incredibly, especially if your current staircase a little worse for wear after years of use. You can get really inventive with how modern or traditional you want your staircase to look too, with some people opting for glass staircases, as has been very popular in recent years.

Whichever style you want to implement into your décor, a joiner will be able to help you decide and plan your new staircase for them to build and install it later on.


Now, because there are so many different options for timber materials, designs and layouts, the cost of a new staircase varies greatly, and the best way to get an accurate idea about how much you are likely to pay is to take a look at our exhaustive guide for new staircase installation here.

New staircases can cost between £600 for a simple straight staircase, whereas spiral staircases cost upwards of £6,000, so this guide will help you get an accurate idea.

Patio Doors

When thinking about the renovation of the back of your property, patio doors are one of the most popular aspects to start with. The benefits from patio doors are in abundance, they provide great security, allow in lots of natural light and views of your garden, not to mention increasing the value of the property.

There are many different types of patio doors that you can opt for depending on your preferences, the space available and, of course, your budget. Each different type of door has its own benefits and challenges, but with the help of a joiner, you’ll be able to secure the best doors for your home.

Wooden patio doors

The cost of patio doors varies depending on the size and style of the doors, but a good rule of thumb is to expect to pay around £1,000 for the typical home, taking less than a day to install. Take a look at our guide to installing patio doors here.

Walk-In Wardrobe

A walk-in wardrobe is a fantastic solution to storage woes and can be a great way to utilise previously wasted space in your home, plus it feels and looks like quite a luxury when finished to a high standard by a joiner.

Walk-in wardrobe options are quite extensive, from design, size, materials, features and lighting, there are so many things to consider and factor into the pricing. With this in mind, we’ve created a complete guide on walk-in wardrobe installations for you to look through.

Walk in wardrobe

You’ll find all the prices, timescales and advice you need, and you can read the guide here. However, in short, you can expect to pay around £5,500 for a small walk-in wardrobe taking around 1-2 days to install and rising in price for larger spaces.

Joiner Rate

Tradespeople across the country all charge different rates based on where they’re located. Due to the cost-of-living differences from region to region, the cost of trade rates differs in turn, with big cities and densely populated areas attracting higher rates due to demand.

Whereas smaller villages and towns are usually where you can find tradespeople with lower rates.

Joiner Hourly Rate

The average hourly rate for a joiner is around the £25 per hour mark, with some areas as low as £19 per hour and cities around the higher mark of £35 per hour.

Female joiner working on a project

A joiner tends to work normal weekly hours of 9am-5pm, but they are known to work weekends too, as that tends to line up with their customers well.

Joiner Daily Rate

For larger and longer jobs, it makes sense to hire a joiner on their daily rate instead of an hourly rate, and as a result, you’ll get much better hourly rates.

This is due to the joiner not losing time and money moving between jobs and securing work a few days at a time.

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Again, this does differ in price from region to region just like the hourly rates, and the national average stands at around £170 per day, with the lower end of the scale at around £150 and the higher end at £200.

Joiner Qualifications

Joiners don’t actually need any qualifications to become self-employed as a joiner. This is because a lot of joiners start as hobbyists, before discovering they are naturally skilled at joining, and pursue it as a career based on their experience.

Of course, we would never encourage you to hire a joiner with no qualification’s or experience, and some joiners will have certificates from courses they have voluntarily put themselves through. These are courses like Bench Joinery, Timber & Panel Products, Carpentry & Joinery and Wood Machining.

Male joiner working

While there may not be specific qualification’s that allow a joiner to work in the trade, their portfolio of projects will serve as a judging stick as to whether they are skilled enough to complete the work. We’ll discuss the best way to find a joiner in a later section.

Joiner Insurance

Business liability insurance is integral for any tradesperson working in a customer’s home, and it not only protects the tradesperson but the customer too.

Liability insurance protects the tradesperson from any accidental damage or injury caused by their work, the insurance is there for the unlikely occasion in which a customer claims against them, and it will be claimed through the insurance, instead of personally through the tradesperson.

It protects the customer by giving them an official route of claiming damages, as otherwise, it would technically class as a personal dispute with no liability insurance. You should always check that the tradesperson has the relevant insurance, and it is active before starting any work for you.


A joiner is a craftsman who is specialised in joining wood together to make a whole host of items such as doors, staircases, wardrobes, windows and a lot more.

Joiners also tend to utilise a lot of heavy machinery like sanding machines, circular saws and bandsaws, requiring solid equipment to make the neat and accurate finishes needed to be on display and in use in people’s homes.

A carpenter, on the other hand is skilled in using small, intricate hand tools for more intimate pieces and bespoke items. Both professions are more than proficient in each other’s roles but will specialise in different areas.
A bench joiner will generally work from CAD drawings to manufacturer wooden products based on the diagrams and drawings.

They will also compile accurate cutting lists and work out the best methods for the construction of the job at hand, using both hand and power tools. A bench joiner is essentially a joiner, and the roles aren’t very different at all.
There is no real timescale for learning to be a joiner, and it all depends on how you found your way into the trade.

For those joiners that started as hobbyists, it could have taken years before they found themselves confident enough to do work for other people for a fee, and from there pursue it as a job.

However, some joiners start as an apprentice with another joiner, and therefore they improve in the role very quickly, considering they spend each and every day learning about the trade.

There’s no proven way to decide how much experience is required, as everyone picks up joinery quicker than others.
Joiners will work from a massive catalogue of woods, all suited for different projects, designs and budgets. For example, staircases are typically made from Pine which is a redwood, but furniture can be made from anything from Cedar to Oak.

This outlines the importance of hiring a joiner for these projects, as they have the expertise to advise on which materials will work best.
Google and other search engines are your first port of call for looking for any service in your area.

It will use your location to show you businesses close by, and it will show you how to contact them, how many reviews they have and if they have a website that you can check out.

Checkatrade is also a popular website to use, and the majority of tradesmen are listed on there. TrustATrader, Yell and MyBuilder are just a few more options for you to take a look at.

How to Find and Hire a Joiner You Can Trust

Hiring a joiner would have been much different 20 years ago than it is today. The rise of the internet age has allowed us to choose from a massive number of tradespeople in an instant, viewing reviews, portfolios, price ranges, specialities, qualifications and accreditations in an instant.

It also allows us to communicate and collaborate with tradespeople much better through email and messaging, making sure that they know exactly what you want from them. The first thing to consider when hiring a tradesperson is how many good reviews they have, and what do the reviews say.

If the only have 3 reviews, and two are bad, the chances are they aren’t the best out there. Whereas is they have 50 reviews and 85% are 5-star, they’ve had plenty of happy customers and are well worth your time.

You should also ask around for recommendations, as if someone has completed quality work for a friend before, they are about as proven as you could hope for. You should always ensure that they are registered as either a business or self-employed and have the right insurance to be working on your home.