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Guide Prices for Joinery in London

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Although all joinery work is different it is useful to have an idea of ball park prices for joinery work in London. We’ve listed a few of the items we are most regularly asked to price for. In these prices we’ve allowed for the joinery work to measured up, for shop drawings to be produced and approved, for the item to be made in our joinery factory and then delivered and installed on site.

Producing the joinery work in a specialist factory allows a much higher specification of finish, as well as allowing processes such as veneering to be completed.

Guide Prices (including shop drawings, production in factory and installation)

Wardrobe – custom made, veneered or spray lacquered

Including shelves, 4 pull our drawers and hanging space as specified by the client.

Small (2 doors) £2,500

Medium (3-4 doors) £4,000

Large (6 doors or more) £6,000

Kitchen – custom made, veneered or spray lacquered

Including the kitchen units, the worktop in solid stone, all pull out drawers, drawer inserts, back splash, upstands etc, excluding appliances such as washing machine, fridge freezer etc

Small kitchen (3m solid stone work surface) £3,600

Medium kithcen (6m solid stone work surface) £7,200

Large (10m solid stone work surface) £12,000

The kitchen above shows how natural stone can be lit to give the kitchen a unique ans stylish look. This is a large kitchen and it would fall in the last category above.

Staircase – custom made, open softwood, hardwood, curved, spiral or glass staircase

See our post on the cost of different types of staircases.

Softwood or hardwood straight stairs to supply from £3,000 and fit £2,000

Wooden curved or spiral stairs to supply from £4,500 and fit £3,000

Glass staircase supply from £5,000 and fit £3,000



If you have a project that you would like priced or that you would like to talk about please contact us


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What type of wood veneer does London Joinery recommend?

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As a leading specialist in joinery in London we are often asked what type of veneer and substrate material we recommend for different tasks (a veneer is a thin layer of wood attached to a substrate material). The choice of veneers is very wide as practically any type of wood can be used, however each type of wood has it’s advantages and disadvantages.

There are several things to consider when selecting the type of veneer best suited to the job, generally these can be broken down into functional and aesthetic characteristics, they include:

Aesthetic features include:


For example light or dark colours, you may choose to compliment or contrast with existing decor.


For example smooth, rough or mottled textures. Having several different textures in a space offers a greater level of visual interest, however if you are trying to achieve a simple clean finish select a veneer that compliments the existing decor.

Lacquer finish

Lacquer falls into both the aesthetic and functional groups, it is applied to the wood veneer to protect it from chipping and to protect the colour and integrity of the wood veneer it covers. Lacquer can be high glass, gloss, satin or matt and virtually anywhere along the scale of shininess to a matt protective finish.

Functional features include:


The durability of the veneer is important in most situations as the outer surface of any functional piece of joinery often takes a considerable amount of wear and tear. Striking a balance between the durability of wood, it’s cost and finish also need to be considered as hard woods are better wearing and often have a pleasing appearance, but they are considerably more expensive than softwoods.

Ability to accept lacquer finish

Some wood types require several applications of lacquer, this increases the cost of production of the veneer and the overall cost of the project, especially if they involve large areas of veneer.

Method of production of the veneer

There are many ways to produce a veneer and then apply lacquer. We use a process of which involves the vacuum application of the veneer to the substrate, which produces excellent properties of durability and quality of finish. Other processes include simply gluing the veneer in place and applying a finishing lacquer, this type of approach is better suited to smaller projects or repair work of existing veneers.

Costs of spiral stairs, curved stairs, straight stairs and glass stairs compared

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There are a huge variety of different stairs that can be used to give a property or refurbishment project an interesting twist.  These range from curved glass staircases to simple softwood staircases, here are a few examples with some ideas of price for supply and fitting.

Enclosed wooden softwood straight staircase (supply £2,500 and fit £2,000)

This is the most widely used type of stair, where the lower side of the step is hidden from view in by under stair storage or where it is simply boxed in. These can be painted, covered with a carpet run or finished with a varnish or wax.

Open wooden softwood/hardwood straight staircase (supply £3,000 and fit £2,000)

When a more decorative staircase is required the underside can be left open. This allows the stairs themselves to become a feature that is equally attractive when viewed from above or below. An open staircase is more likely to be made with higher quality wood such as oak. The construction of the stair is slightly more complicated in order to hide some of the structural elements.

Wooden curved or spiral staircase (supply from £4,500 and fit £3,000)

A curved staircase not only allows space saving, but also adds an interesting feature to a house or flat. Staircases of this type can have straight and curved sections and so can be extremely aesthetically pleasing. The most extreme example of this is the spiral staircase, which can be used as an interesting feature that also saves space.

The picture above shows a spiral staircase that is enclosed in a glass balustrade. While being functional this staircase made an interesting feature in this Dublin flat refurbishment.

Glass staircases (supply from £5,000 and fit £3,000)

Glass staircases can add an amazing level of interest to a room, they’re a great pleasure to use as they offer the unusual feeling of floating as you descend them!

From a more practical point of view they also allow light to move freely through a space that might otherwise have been dark. They offer many exciting opportunities in terms design including curvature, methods of lighting, type and thickness of glass, colour of glass and so on. Do give us a call to discuss any idea you may have for a glass staircase, we would be very interested to discuss them with you!

Prices are to give an idea as of course every staircase is different, these prices also exclude handrails and balustrades, call us if you want an exact quote.

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