Cost to Assemble Office Furniture on Site

Office Furniture AssemblyThis was a four piece set. The desk was sectional with a book case, filing cabinet and printer stand with drawer.

The first piece of furniture takes longer than the rest as the handyman figures out the manufacturer’s scheme.

You should also consider disposal of the packaging materials. There are usually quite a lot of packaging to deal with, and time spent for breakdown and disposal. Usually this is the responsibility of the assembler.

Low estimate for labor to assemble 4 pieces of furniture:

  • Labor 3 hours

High estimate for labor to assemble 4 pieces of furniture:

  • Labor 4 hours

furnitureA - CopyCost to assemble conference table and 5 chairs: $75

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $150

Consensus Price: $175

High Price: $200



  1. Hello I would say 150$ to 200$ is about right depending on the size and complexity of what they want, but a lot of businesses want more then one thing set up like a whole office full of stuff so I charge 50 – 150$ more for each piece.

    • I need to fix my carpet but the need dr ome lifting. Also to fix a utility sheft. Estimated time is less than two hours

  2. As a licensed contractor who specializes in contract furniture installation you are looking at the following charges:
    $75.00 base charge: arrival to site, drive-time, fuel, service vehicle.
    Then you need to factor if the product is KD. KD means knock down and requires complete assembly or is pre-assembled, only requiring minor attachment to each other.
    This product is KD, so I would estimate 4 hours for the desk units and 2 hours for the conference table and chairs. These hours are based on $35.00, per hour. Standard LA/OC County rates. Total cost is $285.00

  3. $250 to $350 including cleanup (dusting, vacuum) and disposal depending upon complexity and any necessary repairs (prior to assembly – yes it happens) and obtaining missing hardware (fasteners – yes it happens).

    Many of you guys are charging far too little. Please think about the time it takes!
    Detailed and documented (notes and photos) inventory of parts and fasteners is essential. 1 to 2 hrs minimum including review of manufacturers instructions which are often erroneous. You need to catch the errors BEFORE you start. Use logic and experience to evaluate.

    And remember, even organizing, packing, and hauling waste is usually 2 hr minimum “project” plus dump fees and fuel. Sometimes disposal of styrofoam and the “plastic wrap” is problematic = expensive.

    I agree with Danny – he is most sensible. Well done Bro.

    Don’t forget about your travel, fuel, and equipment amortization… factor 15 to 20 percent for tools & equipment. It recently cost me $200 to redo my batteries and charger in my cordless tools (drill, circ saw, recip saw, etc).

    We need to sprinkle that overhead across customers as we serve them.

    FYI here are two recent examples:

    Dining: 1 table, 4 chairs. Nothing special i.e. normal.
    Fee 4.5 h assembly at $35/h = $157.5 *1.20 (T&E) = $189
    Fee travel & org $50 to $75
    Fee Disposal 2 h * $35/ h = $70 plus dump fees and any significant fuel
    So you can see we are easily $189 + $50 + $70 = $309 minimum
    Never quote a fee including disposal. Always give customer option to DIY.
    If the customer asks you to do it then gently explain there is a true cost.
    Stand by it. You need to feed your family. And pay taxes LOL.

    Bedroom: Queen platform with large elaborate headboard and underbed drawers on both sides and end… with fucked up instructions, damaged side rail, and missing fasteners. 😀 Made in Malaysia. No offense. Stuff happens.
    Fee inventory & org + obtain missing fasteners 2.5 h * $35 / h = $87.5
    Fee assembly & repair 8.25 h * $35 / h = $288.75
    Fee cleanup (dust, vac) and disposal (incl dump fees) 2.5 h * $35/h = $87.5
    So… at very minimum we see…
    ($87.5 + $288.75 + $87.5) * 1.2 (T&E) = $556.50
    And this does not charge an upfront $75 service call fee or fuel costs…
    If it is a first-time customer unlikely to repeat then they will pay the service call fee. Explain to them the fuel and tool costs and tell them the next time they call they will receive a $75 service call discount.
    Loyal repeat customer invoices show $75 service call DISCOUNT for loyalty right on the invoice. Put it in up top, then pull it out before final total.
    It is very effective.
    Hope that helps.

    • Do you even have customers with those prices??? The idea of a handyman is to fix something that is broken, you are suppose reasonable. you start charging customers those ridiculous prices that end up being higher than what the item is worth!

What would a fair price be?