How We Price Furniture Assembly

  • Our aim is to be clear about how we charge for our service.
  • This page explains our rates and why we charge this way.
  • The accuracy of our estimates is backed up by our Customer Survey Results
  • All our quotes are for a fixed price assembly, so you know exactly what you will be paying.

We have been assembling furniture for a long time (since 2004) and are familiar with almost everything on the market. So when you contact us for a quote, we have usually built it before, if not, something very similar.

As of September 2016, the typical rate is £40+vat (£48) for the first hour or part thereof and then £30+vat (£36) per hour in half hours, this does vary across the UK. Rather than focus on the rate have a look at the section below to get an idea of how much assembling your furniture will cost, we are a lot quicker than you might think and assemble in 1/4 to 1/2 the time most people do who are good at DIY.


Typically we will need to know the exact product, so we can work out how long it will take and what it will cost. Based on how long the job will take we can let you know how soon we can build it for you. So please provide the following when asking for a quote:

DO PROVIDE For Each Item:

  • An Internet Link for each item
  • OR the Supplier Name, a Description and Part Code
  • If you have LOTS OF FURNITURE or a  MODULAR SYSTEM (such as Ikea Pax - Ikea Besta - John Lewis Mix It etc)
    • There are usually a lot of parts any of which can influence the assembly time, and it is usually quicker and more accurate if you COPY & PASTE or PHOTOGRAPH your RECEIPT and email it to us.
    • We do not accept attachments via the website, so when you fill in our enquiry form you will receive details of your nearest assembler by email. If you reply to this with your attachment it will be routed directly to the assembler to give you a quote.


  • Email us the name of the product and say we can find it on a website such as Argos, Homebase, Next etc. - There are so many similarly named products that the chances are we would pick the wrong one.
  • Ask how much it is to build a wardrobe without providing specific information.

Pre-Assembled / Second Hand

  • We'll do our best to help, so please provide a photograph of it assembled (if you can one internal and external shot) to give us an idea of what we have to do. If not we'll only be able to estimate it and won't be able to offer a fixed price.

Part Assembled and Given Up

  • This happens a lot, and unfortunatley we cannot give a fixed price. All we can say is that it should not be more than a certain amount. We cannot know what we need to do to correct any mistakes you might have made. For example you might have built the frame for a sliding door wardrobe and just want us to build and mount the doors for you (1 hours work). However we might have to spend some time leveling the frame you have built, before we start to ensure the doors run and close properly, which might mean it will take 90 mins in total instead.

A Rough Price Guide

We work out how long it will typically take then apply an "notional hourly rate" to get a price, after the first hour this is charged in half hours, to work out the quote.We use a "notional hourly rate" because our more experienced assemblers are a bit quicker and our less experienced ones take more time. The price you pay is the same, and fixed, as our aim is to maintain quality.

We would only charge extra when

  • there was an exceptional reason for an increase in time i.e. you had created more work for us for some reason such as changing your mind half way through, or
  • you requested additional items to be assembled.


As you can see from the notes below it is difficult to say a wardrobe will cost X or Y until we know exactly which one it is.

All prices shown below need VAT adding at 20% (this will be updated in due course).



Item Time Price On Its Own As Part of Bigger Job*
A cheap 2 door wardrobe from Argos / Homebase such as Malibu / Napoli 30 mins £40 £15
Argos / Homebase Hallingford Wardrobe 3 doors or 4 doors 90 -120 mins £55-£70 £45-£60
Most 2 door wardrobes will take about 1 hour (Next, John Lewis, Very etc). A simple 2 hinged door Ikea Pax 60 mins £40 £30
John Lewis Mix-It 2 doors, rail and shelf (drawers and other internals add time) 90 mins £55 £45
A basic Ikea Pax wardrobe 2m wide with Auli sliding doors and some Komplement fittings. These are modular so can vary enormously. 180-240 mins £100-£130 £90-£120
Rauch Lima 2 Door Sliding Wardrobes (other styles may take longer).  90 mins £55 £45
Most 2 Door Sliding Wardrobes (longer if doors require assembly) 120-180 mins £70-£100 £60-£90
Prague 4 Door Wardrobe with Drawers 120mins £70 £60
The Mexican Corona / Puerto Rico antique pine 2-3 door wardrobe takes a long time to assemble. 120-150 mins £70-£85 £60-£75

Add VAT at 20% to the above prices.

Chests of Drawers

The assembly time of anything with drawers in it, will be affected by the number of drawers and style of drawers.

Item Time Price On Its Own As Part of Bigger Job*
A cheap Argos / Homebase chest of 3 drawers such as Malibu / Napoli 20 mins £40 £10
An Ikea Malm chest of 3 drawers or Aspellund 30 mins £40 £15
An Ikea Malm chest of 6 drawers (there are two) 50 or 70 mins £40 £24 or £36
An Ikea Nordland chest of 3 drawers 60 mins £40 £30
Most Next and John Lewis 3 or 4 drawer chest will take about 1 hour to build. Generally 30 mins for the frame then 10 mins per drawer. 60 mins £40 £30
A 6-8 drawer chest could easily take 2 or more hours, such as the Isobella from Next 120 + mins £70+ £60+

Add VAT at 20% to the above prices.


These are geenerally simple to build but as soon as there is storage they will take longer

Item Time Price On Its Own As Part of Bigger Job*
Most simple beds singles, doubles and kingsize. 30-45 mins £40 £15-£23
A Double Bed with 2 drawers 60 mins £40 £30
Most Ottoman Storage Beds 60-90 mins £40-£55 £30-£45
Childrens beds with storage, desks etc: usually 2-3 hours depending on what is involved 120-180 mins £70-£100 £60-£90
Mrs Flat Pack Beds will take 2 1/2 - 3 hours, depending on space 150-180 mins £85-£100 £75-£90
Most Stompa Beds 2 - 3 hours. 120-180 mins £70-£100 £60-£90

Add VAT at 20% to the above prices.

Nursery Furniture

Item Time Price On Its Own As Part of Bigger Job*
Simple Nursery Sets (wardrobe, baby changer and cotbed) 120 mins £70 £60
Mamas and Papas sets vary quite a bit 120-180 mins £70-£100 £60-£90

Add VAT at 20% to the above prices.

Ikea Besta Systems

These are modular and we will need a list or parts and a picture of how it should be installed to give a quote more...

Other Items

Item Time Price On Its Own As Part of Bigger Job*
Fixed Dining Tables 20-30 mins £40 £10-£15
Extending Dining Tables 30-40 mins £40 £15-£20
Dining Chairs - each 10-15 mins £40 £5-£8
Bookcases 20-30 mins £40 £10-£15
Display Cabinets 40-70 mins £40 £20-£36
Sideboards 60-120 mins £40-£70 £30-£60
Trampolines with surround < 8ft 60 mins £40 £30
Trampolines with surround 10ft-14ft 90-120 mins £55-£70 £45-£60

* This price is a pro-rata indication and will be rounded up based on the hourly rates.

 Add VAT at 20% to the above prices.


  1. The Mexican Corona style of furniture takes twice as long as other types.
  2. Hygena / Schreiber furniture now sold through Argos / Homebase will take 2-3 times longer than most other equivalent suppliers. However most of our assemblers do not carry the tools to cut the plinth and cornice down and may decline to quote for this furniture.


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Recent Satisfied Customers


Simon was smartly presented, diligent and undertook the work exactly as requested. I recommend him to undertake similar construction tasks ( I had three wardrobes and some outside furniture) and would definitely use him again.

(5 out of 5 stars) on June, 7, 2018


Friendly,efficient,skilled company....will b recommencing

(5 out of 5 stars) on June, 4, 2018


John did a great job assembling my Pax wardrobes, he worked really fast, levelled them.properly, fixed them to the wall, showed me that all was in order before he left and separated out a neat pile of recyclable packaging from the non-recyclables (which he bagged up), so all I neded to do was one quick trip to the recycling bins at the supermarket and the room was neat. The wardrobes are finished perfectly. I would definitely recommend John to others, in fact already have done.

(5 out of 5 stars) on June, 1, 2018


This service delivered exactly what what advertised, very happy with service friendly and efficient at a good price. I would use again and definitely I would recomend.

(5 out of 5 stars) on May, 29, 2018


We are very pleased with the work done. From the start till finish it was very professional, reliable and hassle-free. I would highly recommend Edwin and his services.

(5 out of 5 stars) on May, 27, 2018


This is a great service and one i would use again. Simple booking process and quick response via email. Reasonable price. Very happy with the work. Quick, no fuss, job done. Perfect.

(5 out of 5 stars) on May, 25, 2018