How Long Does It Take To Paint A Room (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 2 To 4 Days

Almost all the painters and the paint contractors charge you money for painting a wall, or a room, or a house, or a building, or anything based upon many factors. The factors can be the size of the object to be painted, time of labor, amount of labor used, the material used, and other such things.

How Long Does It Take To Paint A Room

How Long Does It Take To Paint A Room?

Steps To Paint A RoomTime
Prep work6 hours
Priming the walls1 day
Multiple coats (if needed)1 to 2 days
Final touches2 to 4 hours

Talking about all the steps it takes to paint a room, they can be summarised in a few points: prep work, priming the walls, cutting in the ceiling and trim, second or multiple coats if needed, and final touches.

The first step for painting the room is prep work. Before the painter starts painting, it is important to make sure that there are no holes in the wall, pinholes, or if there are no leakages behind the wall or any such problems. Although it takes no time to inspect these problems, fixing these problems can take a longer time. On average, prep work takes up to 6 hours to get completed. 

Talking about the second step, that is, priming the walls is an extremely important step to be followed before painting the room. Primer is coated on walls before painting. Primer makes the paint on the walls look better, and even last longer. Be it any type of room or any type of paint, it is always important to prime the walls first. Priming a room can take up to 1 complete day. 

The third step is cutting and trimming the ceilings. This step majorly depends on the skills and experience level of the painter. This step is another important step because it makes sure that there is always a fine line of paint at the corners of the walls and wherever the walls meet ceilings. In this step, the corners are taped and then primed and painted to give a neat cut at the corners when the tape is removed. This process can take about 4 hours to get completed.

The next step is coating the walls with paint. The first coat of paint is the primary coat that is fundamental to be done. However, depending upon the depth and color of the paint, it becomes important for another second or third coat to be performed as well. If the person wants the color of the wall to be darker, then more and more coats can be done according to the preferences of the person. This process can take about 1 to 2 days depending upon the number of coats to be performed.

Why Does It Take That Long To Paint A Room?

Although the time it will take to paint a room can take anywhere from a minimum of 2 hours to a maximum of a week as well. The reason behind that is because painting a room depends on many factors. The major factor could be considered as the size of the room, how many paint coats have to be done, and many other such factors as well. However, taking a rough estimation about the time it takes to paint a room, it can take about 2 to 4 days.

When we talk about average room size, then we can consider it normal to be a size of around 432 square feet. To be more specific with the calculations, this size of the room can also be written as 13 inches by 13 inches in length and breadth. Whereas, about 8 inches in height. If any room has these exact measurements then that room can also be called an average bedroom size. With these measurements, it will take about 3 days for the room to get painted.

However, it is important to keep in mind that painting a room is not just about coating the walls with colored paint. Painting a room includes many steps which may or may not be important to be followed depending upon the needs and preferences. If these steps are followed, then the time duration to paint the room can be increased, whereas, if the steps are skipped, then the time can be decreased as well.


If you are someone who is planning to get your room painted then the paint contractors will majorly charge you upon the time it will take you to paint the room. Thus, it gets really important to know how long it will take to get your room painted so that you are charged the most reasonable amount by the paint contractors.


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