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Cost of Having Shelves Built

Last updated: 23rd May 2019

Tradies and handymen charge around $55/hr to build shelving. Of course, final costs will still depend on the specifics of the job. Shelving rates usually range from $45/hr to $65/hr.

Where does this pricing data come from?

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

Know what affects the cost of shelving jobs

If you want to budget your money properly, you need to know the factors that shelving experts consider when providing a quote. These variables can include the following:


There are plenty of materials that you can choose from. Some are more expensive than the others, but if you’re on a budget, chipboard is the way to go. It’s an affordable and widely available material. However, it’s not very strong, and it tends to sag over time. Medium-density fibreboard (MDF), on the other hand, is more durable than chipboard. Using this material requires care, though. Solid timber is another great option, and it’s probably the best out there. It suits most shelving requirements, and it can be painted or varnished. It’s also very easy to maintain.


Large shelves will naturally be pricier than smaller ones. They require more material and more time, and this can greatly affect the final price.


Tradies can charge hourly rates for your shelving project, so the cost of the job can also depend on how long it takes to complete the project. If you prefer a fixed price, don’t hesitate to tell it to your chosen business as they might be able to offer you a better deal.

Rates depend on location

Hiring a tradie in Victoria to make your shelves costs around $52.50/hr. Meanwhile, businesses in Queensland charge higher fees at $58/hr. In New South Wales, shelving is going to cost you about $60/hr.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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