Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Build/Make MDF Units (Built-In Chimney Alcoves)

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)

How Much Does it Cost To Build MDF Alcove Units?

mdf alcove unit

ALWAYS get 2 prices - one to make the unit/s, the other for painting.

To build one of the above MDF shelving cabinet in a chimney breast alcove, complete with cupboard, TV shelf and bookshelves, expect to pay:
If you want
the carpenter to apply 3 coats of paint, think about an extra: £475.00. That's right, the painting costs about as much as the work - nobody said life was fair. Remember, unless you're a darn good painter and you choose the DIY route - a bad job will ruin the lot!
To make two matching units at the same time, call it:
You really don’t want to pay him to paint both of them do you?

For your must-see guide to Tradesmen's Rates please click on the map…


A Price Guide and Information Sheet on the Cost of Building MDF Cupboards in the Chimney Breast Alcoves.


How long has it been now? About 9 months since your lovely wife first mentioned them, then mentioned them again……. Then really started. You were always going to lose so why wait so long? Manly pride! They should brew a pint called that. We could all booze away, lying to each other, each pretending that we ruled the roost. But she knows different, doesn’t he. 

Right, be a man, take charge now, organise the work, get some quotes in and your wife can choose which bloke she trusts enough to allow him and all his excuses and tools and messy MDF, into your home.

So what design do you want? I’ll tell you shall I?
Cupboards underneath, (for the video, digisbatch, pudgybox, podocam, etc). Wide shelf above these for the telly, I know it’s a 65” flat screen but the base is still as big as a dustbin lid isn’t it. Then the shelves, with a big space above the bottom one for those interchangeable Sunday Times Atlases and ludicrous great books on Matisse and those oh so necessary tomes on whatsisnames patchy old garden “Giverney”. Why do we bother? Who are we trying to kid? Every self-portrait these blokes ever did only made them look like that old yellow faced drunk in that bar in the “Simpsons”.
Four shelves above that, for all those books with shiny embossed covers you actually bothered to bring back from your holidays! Then possibly a nice tasteful arch at the top.
Do you want a matching skirting to go across the bottom?
Do you want the shelves to be encased (framed) on each side, or just hanging on tiny little pegs in the wall?

If there is a large span, are you happy for him to support the back of each shelf with planed timber battens?
Do you want mouldings anywhere? Pinned to the front edges of the shelves for instance or mirroring the cupboard door edges?
What sort of handles do you want? You can choose these yourself from “Beeskneesbase”. I bet you can’t guess what rubbishy metal they’re made from.
Who will paint it all when it’s done? This is usually the biggest sticking point of the whole job (see below).
The only decision you won’t have to make, is what the whole thing is made from…..MDF!

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