October 15, 2022

How long does it take to paint a room?

How long does it take to paint a room?

“How long does it take to paint a room?” is a common question that we are asked regularly. It’s no secret that painting a room can be a bit of a process.

Not every room is the same, after all. And how long it takes depends on a number of additional factors.

How Big is the Room?

Of course, preparing and painting a room will take more or less time depending on how much you need to cover. Larger rooms take longer to paint, and smaller rooms take less time, naturally.

Painting a room usually takes around six to eight hours, depending on the size of the room and the number of painters working. This includes time for breaks, lunch, and cleanup.

But how long does it actually take to get the job done?

Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect when you’re ready to tackle those walls.

Keep in Mind Preparation Time - 1-2 hours

If you hire professional painters, they can probably do a great job in a record amount of time. If you’re doing the job yourself, plan on taking some extra time for prep work. This means moving all furniture out of the way, taping off any trim or molding, and protecting the floors with drop cloths.

Cutting in: 2-3 hours

cutting in

Painting the edges of walls, windows, door frames, and other irregular surfaces are known as “cutting in.” You can’t expect the paint roller to abruptly cease painting when you get close to a window’s edge.

By cutting in, you can see where to stop painting so that you don’t mistakenly paint areas of the room that you don’t want to or that are a different colour.

Priming and painting: 2-3 hours

Priming your walls before painting can increase paint adhesion, improve sheen, block stains, and create professional-looking results in your home. This video from The Home Depot will teach you how to prime walls for painting for your next DIY painting project

How Many Coats of Paint?

Unless you’re just touching up a room’s existing paint job, painting a new room often requires multiple coats. The first coat will take longer to apply, while the second coat will help saturate the color and fully cover the surface and any imperfections.

For the average room and average painter, it might take about 45 minutes to an hour to paint the walls and ceilings with the initial coat, and maybe half that time to apply the second one.

Cleaning and Touching Up, Too - up to 1 hour

Once you’ve finished painting, it’s time to wait for it to dry. Don’t forget to give everything a good cleaning before putting it back in place. Just like preparation, cleaning and touching up are important and should be factored into the total time to paint a room. If you’re on your own, this final step can take another hour or so.

DIY or Hiring Professional Painters when you paint a room?

DIY or Hiring Professional Painters

Experience really does make a difference when it comes to painting a room in record time.

We work carefully and don’t cut corners (figuratively), but we honor the customer’s needs and time constraints, always making sure to get the job done quickly. Our experience allows us to do this naturally, so you don’t have to spend hours doing it yourself or deal with workers in your home for longer than expected.


Then how long does it take to paint a room for professionals, then? Well, about four to six hours for a standard-sized room is what you can expect if you hire a professional painter. 

If you hire us, we will come in and do an estimate of how long it will take them to complete the job based on the size of the room, the number of windows and doors, and any other factors that could affect the time it takes to complete the job.

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The answer to “How long does it take to paint a room?” depends on a number of factors. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect when you paint a room.
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