Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Replace Coving/Cornice

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

The Average Cost/Price to Fit Coving and Cornicing (including video introduction)

cost to fit coving/cornice

Job 1

Fit “Gyproc” coving all round a normal sized room, with a bay window and chimney breast.

(Gyproc is a brand name for paper covered, concave plaster mouldings which come in 2.4m or 3m lengths. They are fixed all round the room where the walls meet the ceiling. When fitted, filled and decorated properly, they create a very satisfactory finish and can sometimes even “make” the room.

This will take 2 men, 1 day, covering furniture etc. as they go. (One man can’t do it on his own, the covings will snap, the adhesive will get everywhere, the air will turn blue, the man will storm out and three hours later the pub will be better off by £50.00!

Materials £50, Labour £250


Job 2
Let’s call you an architectural purist (we've all been called worse). You want the real thing, which is a proper moulding, “run in” using wet plaster and a wooden mould, all done by expert plasterers.

Well at least you now have a choice of moulding profiles, not just boring old “concave”. It will cost you though and the room will have to be cleared.

The chaps who do it, know they are experts and charge accordingly. Even if you do all the furniture moving, it will still cost you about ………


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Price Guide and Information Sheet on the Cost to fit Cornice, Coving, Mouldings


Which is which? There seems to be disagreement. So I’ve just Wickiepeadiaeeard them.

A cornice is an overhanging (decorative) element. Coving is something to do with urban planning. (So why is
plaster coving also sold in lengths that get fitted around your ceiling). A moulding is what we also call the other two.

OK, all I’ve discovered so far is that “common usage” is slowly turning language into indecipherable mush. Just as all those moronic daytime TV shows must be affecting programming!

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