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How Long Does It Take to Paint a Room

Jul 24, 2023

The time it takes to paint a room can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the room, the complexity of the project, the type of paint being used, the condition of the walls, and the experience level of the painter. However, as a general guideline, here are some estimates for different sizes of rooms:

Small Room

A bathroom or small office

Preparing the room: 1-2 hours

Painting time: 2-4 hours

Drying and curing time: 1-2 days

Medium-Sized Room

A bedroom or average-sized living room

Preparing the room: 2-3 hours

Painting time: 4-6 hours

Drying and curing time: 1-2 days

Large Room

A spacious living room or open-plan area

Preparing the room: 3-4 hours

Painting time: 6-8 hours

Drying and curing time: 1-2 days

Factors that Affect the Time Required to Paint a Room

While those time estimates are helpful, there are a lot of factors that can affect the amount of time you’ll spend painting a room if you choose to do it yourself.

Selecting the Paint Color

Choosing the exact paint that you want can be a difficult process by itself. Most homeowners want to spend a good amount of time on this step because once you add the paint, you’re pretty much committed unless you want to go through the whole process again.

Read this helpful guide on how to pick paint colors for each room in your home.

Size of the Room

One of the most important and obvious factors is going to be the size of the room and specifically how much wall surface area you need to cover. The bigger the room, the larger the project, and the longer it will take you to complete it. When looking into this, be sure to factor in doors, windows, and openings that won’t need to be painted.

Complexity of the Project

Every situation is different, so there is a lot that can come into play when seeing how hard a room will be to paint. Is the room empty or full of furniture and art? Is the previous paint fading, old, and light or new and dark?

Moving furniture

Protecting the furniture in your home while painting a room is vital. If your room is full of furniture and art, you should definitely take the time required to move the furniture to the center of the room and remove any and all art from the walls.

Depending on the size of your room, it might be advisable to cover your furniture entirely in plastic sheets to ensure no paint will ruin it.

Accent walls

Are all of the walls going to be the same color or do you plan on adding a trendy accent wall? This will add some additional prep time for the extra paint and consideration for the new style of paint that you’re using. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Condition of the Walls

It’s important to carefully inspect your walls bnefore getting started with your painting project. If there are holes or blemishses on your wall, you should take the time to patch it up before starting with the paint.

Experience Level of the Painter

First time painters take significantly longer than experienced home painters. If you’re new and nervous about the quality of your work, it’s advised to work with a trusted, local painting company instead.

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