Wooden Flooring Cost Guide 2023: How Much For Wood Floors? (2024)

By Melissa

Last updated 15th March 2023 - Reading time: 19 mins

At a Glance

  • Average cost for installing wood flooring is £1300
  • It will take about 2 days to complete

In this article, you'll find the following:

  • A breakdown of pricing information for different types of wooden floors
  • How long the job will take and a general overview of what the job entails
  • Additional costs that may occur

Trying to find out how much it costs to fit wood flooring?

The average cost of installing a wooden floor is about 500-£1900, but this will depending of the type of wood floor you choose and the size of the floor.

What does this complete cost guide cover?

In this guide we look at wood flooring prices for different materials and the cost of hiring a flooring specialist to lay the wood floor.

Knowing how much wood flooring costs per square metre makes it easy to calculate an estimate for any room.

Read on below to find out how much it will likely cost you, and if you're ready, we can get you wood flooring quotes from local carpenters.

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The average cost of installing wood flooring is around:

Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes 1-2 days.


Table of Contents

  1. How Much Does Wood Flooring Cost?
  2. Supply Costs Only
  3. Additional Costs
  4. Labour Costs and Timescales
  5. Cost Factors of Installing Wood Flooring
  6. How to Fit Wood Flooring
  7. Choosing Wood Flooring
  8. Benefits of Wood Flooring
  9. What is Engineered Wood Flooring?
  10. Wood Floor Patterns
  11. Alternatives to Wood Flooring
  12. Cost of Removing Wood Flooring
  13. Hiring Someone to Install Wood Flooring Checklist
  14. FAQs
  15. Sources

How Much Does Wood Flooring Cost?

Let's talk about the average cost for an average-sized room...

For an average-sized room, you’re looking at spending £1300 to have oak wood flooring fitted. The size of the floor and type used can affect the cost.

As for types these include various forms of solid wood flooring like:

  • Walnut
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Hickory

What other types of wood flooring are available?

Another category of floorboards, namely that of engineered wood flooring, also varies in price.

Typically, the overall engineered wood flooring cost used can be a lot more expensive than other types of wood flooring.

What does it cost to have a wooden floor sanded and refinished for an average-sized living room in a semi-detached house?

"I can imagine the trade person would charge an hourly rate for this work. Probably anywhere between £15-25 an hour. I would imagine it would take between 6-8 hours to do the work, from sanding to painting."

J.E Carpentry

What can affect the overall wood flooring costs?

Additional cost-affecting factors include the type of wood flooring pattern you choose and your location, as where you live in the UK can determine the price of labour.

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Wood Floor Prices

Below, you can find a table including the costs of wooden floors per square metre:

Flooring TypeSize of AreaAvg. Cost
Oak 14 square metres £590 to £1090
16 square metres £660 to £1060
18 square metres £730 to £1130
Pine 14 square metres £730 to £1030
16 square metres £820 to £1210
18 square metres £910 to £1210
Maple 14 square metres £940 to £1340
16 square metres £1060 to £1360
18 square metres £1180 to £1480
Walnut 14 square metres £1080 to £1520
16 square metres £1220 to £1680
18 square metres £1360 to £1840
Cherry 14 square metres £740 to £1040
16 square metres £840 to £1140
18 square metres £930 to £1230
Engineered Wood 14 square metres £350 to £1420
16 square metres £840 to £1340
18 square metres £930 to £1230

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Supply Costs Only

Let’s now take a look at the cost of wood flooring materials.

This is as if you were to purchase from a retailer directly:

Flooring TypeAvg. Cost
Oak £35 per square metre
Pine £45 per square metre
Maple £60 per square metre
Walnut £70 per square metre
Cherry £45 per square metre
Engineered Wood Flooring £45 per square metre

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Additional Costs

There are many extra jobs which you may want to have undertaken when you install wood flooring:

Replace Kitchen Units Cost

One of the focal points of a kitchen is the units it contains. You can expect to pay between £2000 to £5000 on average.

For more information on the cost of kitchen units, check out our article here.

Carpet Laying Cost

While having floorboards installed, you may wish to have carpet fitted in other rooms.

On average you'll need to budget between £100 to £1100 for laying carpet.

Paint Walls Cost

To have the walls painted in a room is a relatively straightforward task for any painter & decorator and will cost about £300 to £1000.

In addition, it’s the sort of job that can be easily undertaken by a DIY enthusiast, too.

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New Lighting Features Cost

There are plenty of lighting fixtures you could have added to the rooms of your home.

Budget for around £50 to £150 per light fitting.

Replace Kitchen Sink Cost

By having a new sink fitted, you can dramatically enhance the look and feel of your kitchen. While it's not too difficult to replace a kitchen sink, it will definitely be worth your while hiring a professional for this job.

To replace a sink, it'll cost you £275 on average.

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Labour Costs and Timescales

To have new wood flooring installed can be anywhere from £100 to £400 in labour costs. This is because a carpenter will likely charge around £100 to £200 per day while the work itself could take 1 to 2 days to complete.

This is included in the overall cost alongside the supplies (i.e. the wooden floorboards and any other materials such as underlay) and any waste removal expenses. If any furniture needs to be moved out of the room before work commences, this should take an hour or less while it will take a couple of hours to remove the initial floorboards.

The actual new flooring installation could take anywhere from around 4-5 hours to as much as 16-18 hours depending on the size of the room and the type of floorboards being used. The full length of the job will also vary based on the design and layout of your room. Fitting new floorboards in an irregularly shaped room, for example, can be more challenging and time-consuming.

These aforementioned time-related factors can ultimately influence the total labour cost since the longer the job takes, the more a contractor will charge. Further, due to different pay rates in different parts of the UK, where you live also matters when it comes to the labour cost.

Cost Factors of Installing Wood Flooring

There are many aspects of a wood flooring installation that can shape the total cost. In the following subsections, we will break down the details of each factor and how they’ll influence your overall bill.

Type of Wood Floor

As we showed in the supply costs section, there are plenty of wood floor types out there to choose from, each with their own approximate price tag. Popular options include laminate, engineered wood, reclaimed wood, parquet, bamboo and of course solid real wood flooring.

There are also different edging styles available such as micro bevelled, bevelled edge and square edge wood flooring. This too is a cost-affecting factor as is the finish and quality of the floorboards.

Size of Floor

Of course, the bigger the floor is, the more floorboards will be needed, and the more you’ll need to spend. For a 20 square metre area, the total cost, between labour and supply will likely be just under double that of a 10m2 floor.

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As for a 30 square metre surface, the cost could be anywhere from just over double to around triple the price of the same job for a 10 square metre area but only about 25-40% more than it would be for a 20 metre squared floor.

Location of Property

Contractors charge different rates depending on where you live in the UK. If you’re based in London or the south-east of England in general, you’re likely going to face higher rates than you would elsewhere in the UK.

On the other hand, Scotland and northern England tend to have lower contractor quotes than the national average.

Ease of Access

How accessible is the room and flooring? This is another essential attribute of the overall cost. If you have an irregularly shaped floorboard with difficult to reach elements, the job could take longer, and therefore your total bill will be higher.

Pattern of Wood Floor

There are also various patterns of wood flooring to choose from. These include straight, diagonal, random, herringbone, chevron, brick and basketweave patterns. Each option comes with their own prices making wood floor patterns another factor in the total cost.

How to Fit Wood Flooring

This job does not require the skills of a professional. While you’re more likely to get the perfect finish, and it will probably be a less stressful experience if you hire a contractor, by undertaking the work DIY, you can save on costs.

But, if you'd like to know how to fit wooden flooring take a look at our how-to guide complete with step-by-step instructions and images.

Choosing Wood Flooring

As mentioned earlier, there are plenty of wood flooring types to choose from when it comes to materials. Let’s take a look at each option in more detail. Most wood types are available in solid or ordinary timber flooring while many also have vinyl or engineered wood flooring options.

Oak Flooring Costs

Solid oak flooring is one of the most popular and attractive types available. It has a robust, stylish and beautiful appearance. Oak floorboards are available in a variety of different colours ranging from pale white to very dark.

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There are also options such as those with a range of lines, knots and bands and others with natural markings that are few and far between. This type of flooring has traditionally been used to signal opulence because of its long-lasting ability as well as its capacity to age well. Oak floorboards cost approximately £35 per square metre.


  • ✔ Relatively cheap
  • ✔ Very durable
  • ✔ Range of colours, styles and finishes to choose from


  • ✖ Not everyone’s cup of tea

Pine Flooring Costs

This type of flooring is a classic option thanks to its affordability, durability and various finishes that are available. It is also known for its environmental benefits and for providing rooms with a homely look and feel.

In regards to the former point, pine trees grow faster than most hardwoods used for flooring like walnut or oak, meaning that pine forests can grow back quicker. While it is a widely popular option, pine isn’t right for everyone or every situation. You’re looking at paying about £45 per square metre to purchase pine wood flooring.


  • ✔ Not too costly
  • ✔ Aesthetically pleasing
  • ✔ Also durable
  • ✔ Environmentally friendly


  • ✖ Finishing requirements are not very convenien
  • ✖ Does not age as well
  • ✖ Needs plenty of maintenance (e.g. must be vacuumed and dusted regularly)
  • ✖ Finishing is required after installation

Maple Flooring Costs

Maple hardwood flooring is a beautiful and easy to maintain option for any room. It comes with a warm hue and light colour tone. It can fit with practically any background colour palette. It is an excellent choice if you’d like to add light and warmth to a room.

Maple flooring is also not a difficult type of flooring to look after. The finish will stay fresh if you vacuum or sweep this type of flooring regularly. Such a clean should also involve a decent mopping with the use of water and mild wood soap. One issue with maple flooring is scratching.

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Due to having an exceptionally smooth grain, scratches can be noticeable. A rubbing compound wax will be needed to polish out these scratches.

Maple floorboards are also more prone to expansion and contraction in response to changing humidity levels. Further, applying a finish once the installation is complete can be a bit tricky and time-consuming. Maple floorboards cost about £60 per square metre.


  • ✔ Highly durable
  • ✔ Low costing
  • ✔ Great colour features
  • ✔ Easily maintained


  • ✖ Scratches are not easy to hide
  • ✖ Issues with humidity
  • ✖ Staining can be challenging

Walnut Flooring Costs

This version of hardwood flooring is a particularly unique option. Its colour ranges from brown heartwood to light sapwood. While walnut is a softer type of hardwood flooring, its colour palette has a good ability to conceal dents. That is despite the material itself being prone to dents and scratches.

Since the natural colours of walnut flooring are so out of the ordinary, staining is not often applied. Its rich and beautiful brown tones make it an attractive option among consumers. Its unique visual characteristics make it difficult to replicate with any other wood species. It can, however, be fairly costly at approximately £70 per square metre.


  • ✔ Conceals dents
  • ✔ Beautiful and unusual look
  • ✔ Strong
  • ✔ High level of shock resistance


  • ✖ Susceptible to scratches
  • ✖ Softwood type
  • ✖ Staining may not be necessary
  • ✖ More costly option

Cherry Flooring Costs

Another softwood flooring option is cherry. As with walnut flooring, it too is rarely stained thanks to its natural and beautiful soft colours. With that said, it is also prone to scratches and dents while not having the same ability to hide marks as walnut flooring.

Despite this, it is still a popular choice. Cherry flooring has a unique trait in that it can be installed with a soft pink tone and over the course of a six to twelve-month period, will darken to a rich red.

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Two of the most popular grades associated with this type of flooring are prime, which offers a more consistent look and country grade which adds plenty of character to your floorboards with a variety of colours and knots—cherry flooring costs around £45 per square metre.


  • ✔ Natural and beautiful soft colours
  • ✔ Darkens from soft pink to rich red
  • ✔ Not very costly


  • ✖ Vulnerable to scratching

Benefits of Wood Flooring


One of the critical advantages of wood flooring is its strength and durability. While it can be dented or scratched, it is less vulnerable compared with many flooring types in general. If taken care of correctly, a hardwood surface can survive and age well over several decades. The fact that timber floorboards are long-lasting also means that it will save you money in the long-run.


One of the biggest appeals of wood flooring is the aesthetic value it offers. It can provide warmth and an elegant touch to any room. Wood floors can even give the illusion that the room is more spacious as well as making a great first impression for any visitors.

Can Repair

These types of floors can be fixed and maintained easily. It’s also possible to refinish wooden flooring instead of simply replacing it when problems arise as you might have to with tile or carpet.

Improved Air Quality

Another benefit of wood floors is that they can enhance the quality of indoor air. Hardwood floors do not trap pollen, particulate matter, dust, animal dander or any other run of the mill allergens. If you suffer from allergies, you should strongly consider having a lumber-based floor installed.

What is Engineered Wood Flooring?

This type of wood flooring consists of several layers hence where the name comes from and since manufacturers engineer wood flooring into this type. Not only is it less costly than ordinary hardwood flooring, but it is also more resistant to temperature and humidity level variations.

Further, it is still difficult to tell apart from regular wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can cost anywhere from £17 to £73 per square metre but generally falls in the lower end of this range.

Wood Floor Patterns

There are many patterns that wood flooring can be laid in. The cost of each design may vary if the job takes different durations, but this will largely depend on the complexity of the work.

Straight Floor Pattern Cost

This pattern is, by far the most common. It is a well-known approach to a hardwood floor installation. As you know, this type of flooring simply involves the boards being laid side by side from wall to wall.

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The boards may follow the longest wall of a small room in order to give a more spacious look and vice versa. Straight pattern flooring is mainly popular because it is plain, easy and effective.


  • ✔ Straightforward, traditional and effective
  • ✔ Easy and quick installation
  • ✔ Can add space to a small room


  • ✖ May not be considered especially interesting

Random Floor Pattern Cost

As the name suggests, this pattern involves mixing things up. While the width of the blocks for each row can differ, the pattern itself is ultimately consistent. It is the size of the boards that vary.

This can give the impression of a large room. Random pattern floorboards can create a diagonal or straight pattern simultaneously. Ideally, this is best achieved by fitting it parallel with the longest wall in the room.


  • ✔ Provides a room with a unique look
  • ✔ Possible in diagonal or straight patterns too


  • ✖ Trickier to install
  • ✖ Not for everyone

Diagonal Floor Pattern Cost

Unlike a straight pattern, this approach involves covering the floor from corner to corner.

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This is a more challenging pattern to achieve for sure and is not something you should undertake DIY unless you are highly skilled with plenty of experience. It requires a lot of precision to execute correctly.


  • ✔ Gives an interesting appearance


  • ✖ More challenging installation
  • ✖ May cost more to install

Herringbone Floor Pattern Cost

This modern option has gained in popularity. However, it is not very well suited to small spaces. With that said, it provides a high level of dimensional stability since each block is pressed against each other to limit its movements.

It may be installed parallel or diagonal to the walls. As an interesting fact, this pattern was used for ancient Roman roads; hence it really has stood the test of time.


  • ✔ Provides a unique aesthetic
  • ✔ Becoming more popular
  • ✔ High level of dimensional stability


  • ✖ Not easy to fit
  • ✖ Not well suited to small areas

Parquet Floor Pattern Cost

This pattern is a geometric collection of wooden pieces. The pieces of timber are arranged to create a very fancy and decorative effect—parquet patterns to be highly geometrical and angular although in some cases they may feature curves.

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Herringbone, as mentioned above, is a type of parquet flooring pattern which in itself is a broader collection of ‘sub-patterns’.


  • ✔ Fancy appearance
  • ✔ Geometric


  • ✖ Installation can be time-consuming
  • ✖ May cost more to have installed

Alternatives to Wood Flooring

Laminate Cost

This synthetic multi-layered flooring is a durable and sturdy product. It is pet-proof, easy to clean and can be installed with ease.

In addition, laminate flooring is often designed to replicate the texture of stone or wood. It costs around £8 to £12 per square metre.


  • ✔ Durable and sturdy
  • ✔ Easy to clean
  • ✔ Easy to fit


  • ✖ Vulnerable to water damage
  • ✖ Does not have an overly authentic appearance
  • ✖ Loud and hard underfoot
  • ✖ Certain chemicals are present

Tile Cost

Tiles are thin objects that tend to come in a rectangular or square shape. It is a piece of durable material often that of stone, metal, ceramic, baked clay and in some cases glass. For more information on tile flooring cost, check out this article here.

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It can be used for a wide range of surfaces whether it be a floor, wall or even countertop. Tiles cost approximately £25 to £40 per m2.


  • ✔ Easily maintained
  • ✔ Resistant to moisture
  • ✔ Durable


  • ✖ Cold
  • ✖ Heavy
  • ✖ Can be slippery

Carpet Cost

This is a floor covering consisting of a thick woven fabric. Nowadays, it tends to be made of synthetic fibres like nylon, polyester or polypropylene.

Carpet generally costs about £3 to £30 per metre squared.


  • ✔ Inexpensive
  • ✔ Quiet
  • ✔ Soft feel
  • ✔ Versatile
  • ✔ Conceals dirt


  • ✖ Wear and tear is comfortable to see
  • ✖ Requires plenty of maintenance
  • ✖ Not considered the best aesthetic by many

Cost of Removing Wood Flooring

You may wish to have wooden floorboards removed because you’d prefer to have an alternative installed, to repair existing floorboards or to access the pipes or other underground features for another construction or repair project.

Based on the average hourly rates of carpenters in the UK and assuming a job that takes 2-6 hours, you’re looking at paying anywhere from £25 to £75 for the labour costs. This will be on top of any waste removal costs, which will likely end up between £50 and £150.

Waste disposal can be achieved by hiring a skip or using an alternative service such as a man and van service. You may perform this work on a DIY basis, as long as you don’t occupy a listed building.

Hiring Someone to Install Wood Flooring Checklist

So what should you be looking for in a carpenter before hiring them?

  • Do they have plenty of experience?
  • What kind of carpentry jobs have they done before?
  • Are past customers happy with the contractor’s work?

As for qualifications and accreditation, while these aren’t necessary, they are a plus. Most contractors develop their skills and knowledge through practical work, however. Ultimately, you want to find an experienced and skilled professional to do the job!


What is the most durable type of wood flooring?

Bamboo is one of the hardest wearing wood floor types available, if not the most.

Best type of wood flooring for the living room?

Preferably, you should purchase engineered wood flooring.

How long do wooden floors last for?

They can last up to 25 years or more.

Can I perform a wood flooring installation by myself?

Yes. You’ll only need planning permission in cases such as if you live in a listed property or intend to access the wiring.

How much do carpenters charge per hour?

Carpenters earn approximately £12.50 an hour in the UK, but it really depends on the location.



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Average Hardwood Flooring Costs in 2023

The average cost of installing hardwood floors typically runs from $2,245 to $6,110 for a 200-square-foot room. Of that total, 25% to 50% is used to pay for labor.

How much does hardwood floor cost 2023? ›

Average Hardwood Flooring Costs in 2023

The average cost of installing hardwood floors typically runs from $2,245 to $6,110 for a 200-square-foot room. Of that total, 25% to 50% is used to pay for labor.

How much should I expect to pay for hardwood floors? ›

The average cost of installing hardwood floors is $3–$10 per square foot for materials and $3–$8 per square foot for labor, totaling $6–$18 per square foot.

How much does it cost to install 1200 square feet of hardwood? ›

Room Size
Amount of FlooringTypical Cost Range
500 sq. ft.$3,000 – $6,000
1,000 sq. ft.$6,000 – $12,000
1,200 sq. ft.$7,200 – $14,400
2,000 sq. ft.$12,000 – $24,000
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How much does it cost to put hardwood floors in 1600 square feet? ›

Hardwood flooring prices:
Total square footageWood flooring cost per square foot (installed)
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What is the most popular hardwood floor color for 2023? ›

Neutral tones like honey, cream, and white will be top choices in 2023. These colors will work well with almost any decor style.

What are the wooden floor trends for 2023? ›

#4: Light Neutral Colors

Another top flooring trend in 2023? Light and neutral flooring. Modern grey wood flooring continues to be popular, as are light floor colors like blonde and beige. A great way to add these lighter flooring shades to your home or business is to use bamboo flooring.

Do hardwood floors increase home value? ›

While there are many factors that influence a home's value, hardwood flooring can certainly increase its worth. Not only does it add a warm and inviting aesthetic to any living space, but it also makes a home easier to sell and can even add resale value when the time comes.

Are wood floors worth the money? ›

There's a lot to like about hardwood flooring. It brings a bit of nature's beauty into your home and it goes with just about any decor, be it traditional, contemporary, rustic or a stylish mash-up. It requires an investment of both time and money, but when the dust settles, wood floors are almost always worth it.

Are hardwood floors worth the money? ›

Every year, countless homeowners have wood flooring installed—and not just because it looks great. Some studies show wood floors can increase your home's value by three to five percent.

Is carpet cheaper than hardwood? ›

Most carpet is considerably less expensive than most hardwood materials. And although carpeting does need to be replaced every few years, perfectly acceptable carpeting may be available for less than $1 per square foot. Costs can also run as high as $20 per square foot for the highest quality wool carpets.

How much for 1,000 sq feet of wood floors? ›

$6,000 - $12,000

How much does it cost to install 500 square feet of engineered hardwood floors? ›

Engineered Hardwood Cost Estimator by Size
Project SizeAverage Costs (Material & Labor)
300 sq. ft.$1,800 – $6,000
400 sq. ft.$2,400 – $8,000
500 sq. ft.$3,000 – $10,000
600 sq. ft.$3,600 – $12,000
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How long does it take to install 1 000 sq ft of hardwood floor? ›

On average, a two-person crew can lay 800 to 1,000 square feet of flooring per day. Depending on the size of the planks and size of the room, the project can take one to three days to complete. However, you need to account for removal as well as any prep work that may be needed.

How much is labor to install floor joists and subfloor? ›

Labor. The labor fees to install subflooring are usually between $25 and $30 per hour, but may vary based on your location and whether the job is straightforward or complex. Additional work—like removing existing flooring and subflooring, hauling old materials, or preparing a surface—costs extra.

How long does it take to install 1500 square feet of hardwood floors? ›

With a small crew of at least wo people, it should only take between 1-3 days to fully install the hardwood for jobs 1,500 square feet and under. This process is fairly easy and involves little disruption for you and your family, but there's always the possibility of complications.

What is the outlook for the flooring industry in 2023? ›

Most of the market for commercial flooring is healthy and our members expect to have a growth year in 2023,” said Mark Bischoff, president and CEO, Starnet Commercial Flooring. “Starnet members continue to report strong backlogs, and warehouses are bursting the walls with products that need to be installed.”

How much is 2000 square feet of hardwood flooring? ›

By Room Size
Floor Size in Square FeetAverage Cost
2,000$12,000 - $24,000
500$,3000 - $6,000
1,000$6,000 - $12,000
1,200$7,200 - $14,400
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