How long does it take to plaster a room, including preparation?

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Exactly how long does it take to plaster a room? If you are at this stage in your project, getting an idea of how long this job is likely to take will be really useful when it comes to planning the tasks that follow, such as final decoration.

While the answer is not completely straightforward, being affected by factors such as the types of plaster you are using, it is still possible to estimate how long it will take to get your walls smooth and ready to paint. 

Alfie Burrows
Alfie Burrows

Alfie Burrows, Director of AB Drylining, has nearly two decades of experience in the residential and commercial sector across a range of services, including dry lining, plastering, partitioning and rendering. His commitment to staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and techniques reflects his dedication to maintaining the company's status as a trusted name in the industry.

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.