What is the Average Time Needed to Paint a Room?


You can apply paint to an average-sized bedroom (approximately 150 square feet) in about two hours. However, additional time is needed for preparation and cleanup. It could take anywhere from half a day to several days to paint an average room, depending on complications.

Clean the Room

  • Before painting, the room must be thoroughly cleaned of all dust and debris. Remove furniture, accessories, switch-plate covers and light fixtures from the room.

Repairs and Masking

  • Inspect walls and molding for dents and gouges, and make all repairs before painting. Edge all windows and doors with masking tape to prevent drips.

Unusual Features

  • High or rounded walls and ceilings may require awkward, time-consuming brushwork. Bumpy wall textures require more time to finish and absorb more paint.

Paint Color

  • If you are painting over a bright color, you will need to apply primer first. If you are painting on a bright color, you will probably need to apply two coats. In either case, your painting time is instantly doubled.


  • If you're using good quality paintbrushes or rollers and want to preserve them for future projects, spend at least 20 minutes thoroughly cleaning each brush and roller.

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