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Cost of custom built furniture

Last updated: 28th May 2019


If you’re keen on having custom built furniture, you can expect to pay your local carpenter around $50/hr. Prices can still go lower at approximately $40/hr if the design you want is simple. On the other hand, if the furniture you need is large or has complicated details, the cost of the job can go up to $55/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Carpenters on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Prices of custom built furniture from real customers

Shane from Qld: Computer Desk
Job details: Needs a laminated computer desk with bullnose edge and dimensions of 4,600mm x 900mm x 40mm
TOTAL COST: $1,650
Yogesh from Vic: Storage Cabinets
Job details: Needs storage cabinets for walk-in wardrobes in the master bedroom and another bedroom; includes drawers and hangrails
TOTAL COST: $2,860
Lauren from Qld: Laundry Cabinets
Job details: Needs cabinets for laundry and custom en-suite vanity
TOTAL COST: $4,000
Mark from Vic: Cabinets for En Suite and Bedroom Extension
Job details: Needs cabinets for an en suite and bedroom extension; includes large chest of drawers, bathroom cabinets, and wardrobe; detailed drawings provided by customer
TOTAL COST: $6,600
Kieren: Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets
Job details: Needs cabinets for a U-shaped kitchen with Caesar stone benchtops; storage cabinet, wall-hung vanity with Ceasar stone benchtops, and light pelmet for bathroom
TOTAL COST: $14,650.60

Factors that can influence the cost of custom furniture

When getting a custom made furniture, make sure to take note of these things so that you won’t go over your budget:

1. Size

Larger pieces of furniture are typically harder to make than smaller ones, and they also require more materials. However, if you need small furniture with intricate details, your carpenter can charge a higher rate for that.

2. Material

Wood is commonly used in furniture making. Due to its appeal and durability, many homeowners are quite willing to invest in high-quality wooden furniture. Teak and mahogany are some types of wood that are in the higher price range. Apart from the main material to be used for your custom furniture, you should also consider the finish that you want as this can affect the total cost.

3. Design

A plain cabinet will naturally cost less than a piece of furniture with various embellishments and intricate carvings. If you’re budget is a bit tight but you want your cabinet to go beyond the basic look, you can try painting it with a solid or ombre shade.

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Custom built furniture rates across Australia

In New South Wales, the average cost of hiring a pro to build custom furniture is $57.50/hr. Meanwhile, Queenslanders can get a carpenter to make personalised furniture at about $50/hr. Businesses in Victoria charge the lowest rate at approximately $45/hr.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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