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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia

    How Much Would You Charge?

    This question is for the professionals among us. I'd like to get a ballpark figure (or range of figures) so I can tell my husband how much we're saving by me doing it.

    If a client asked you to do built-in bookcases like this, how much would you charge:

    For the sake of discussion assume the following:

    3 runs of 8' bookcases, one is 18' and two are 7' each. Red Oak. Simple but with crown and base moldings. With a "pickled" finish.

    How much would you charge (in total or per lineal foot)?

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    Hi Cynthia,

    I typically charge around $125 lineal ft for bookcases like that unfinished. I don't do finishing and really have no idea how to price for it.

    I hope that helps a little


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Chris, are you including the crown in that price ?
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Bloomington MN USA
    Chris.... Was just wondering about choice of wood ? Is it all solid red oak boards or are you useing cabinet grade 3/4" red oak plywood for the carcase and shelves and solid wood for the face frame. Also are the shelves ajustable?
    I don't do this for a living but have done a few similar. I charged about $975.00 for one that was 8ft. x 8ft. and was 11 1/2" deep used oak tape on shelf fronts ,no more than 2ft for each shelf run so as to have no chance for books to bow shelf. But I did not have the crown molding and they were unfinished as well. But I just do it for a hobby, so my input probably not worth to much.
    If you make a mistake it was part of the original plan!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    I get at least $200 a lineal foot for floor to ceiling built-in shelves.

    Your variables include area of the country, material choice, finishing choices, and what you are will to work for with regard to labor, and whether you need to make a profit.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    don, yes crown is included.

    ron, yes 3/4 ply for shelves and hardwood for faceframes. yes, shelves are adjustable

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