How Much Paint for Painting 3-Room HDB Flat in Singapore?

  • Each room (wall) of a 3-room HDB flat typically requires 5 liters of paint.
  • For the living room walls, plan for approximately 8 to 10 liters of paint, depending on the size and layout.
  • Additionally, allocate around 10 liters of paint to cover all ceilings in the flat.

It includes the dining room, toilets (ceiling only), kitchen (ceiling only, assuming kitchen walls are tilted), storeroom, the 2 bedrooms, and the living room.

The above information is based on 2 coats of paint on all walls, and all ceilings use the same colour and using same type of paint. If you are using multiple types of paint with different colours, you will need more liters of paint.

Important Note: Some older HDB units may have a helper’s room, which was added years after the HDB building was completed. Or purchased an extension area from their original HDB layout.

You will need to include these in too.


It will take a day to paint a room of 4 walls. It will take less than a day if the room is empty.

It takes about 2 to 4 hours for the paint to dry, then apply 2nd coat over. You could dry it faster by using fan.

To engage us (professional painters) to paint a 3 room HDB, the rough estimate cost is $1,000 to $1,100. We are using Nippon Vilinax (up to 2 colours) for the wall, and using Nippon Matex (white only) for the ceiling.

For other types of Nippon paint, do check with us.

Yes, it is cheaper if you know what you are doing, if you have time to paint your own house, if you have the right painting techniques, if you have a painting process in mind.

But, if you have no experience, no time to paint on your own, no process, and techniques, it will be best to outsource to the professional.

Do contact us to check our paint job rate.

Here are some reasons why. It is due to the increase cost of;

– worker’s levy.
– increase in rental stay for the workers.
– increase in paint cost.

Other costs that most painting companies are incurring;

– insurance 
– medical benefits for workers.

To Sum It Up

Hopefully, this information didn’t only educate you but help you to decide whether to DIY paint or get professional help.

If you have any questions regarding painting your 3-room HDB flat, do look up our More FAQs for answers.

Or if you decide to get a professional painting service, why not try us out?

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To paint a 3-room HDB flat, you will need at least 25 to 30 liters in Singapore.

How much paint is needed for each individual room? Below are the breakdown;

Each Room (wall): 5 liters of paint.
Living room (wall): 8 to 10 liters of paint.
All ceilings: 10 liters of paint.

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