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How long does it take to do a jigsaw puzzle?

The amount of time it takes to complete a jigsaw puzzle can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the size of the puzzle, the level of difficulty, and the skill level of the person working on it.

A small puzzle with just a few dozen pieces might take just a few minutes to complete, while a large puzzle with thousands of pieces could take hours or even days to complete. The level of difficulty can also affect the time it takes to complete a puzzle, with more complex or intricate designs taking longer to assemble.

Here are the main factors that affect the amount of time to do a jigsaw puzzle:

  1. Size of the puzzle: The larger the puzzle, the more pieces there are and the longer it will take to complete. For example, a 1000 piece puzzle will likely take longer to complete than a 500 piece puzzle.
  2. Level of difficulty: If the image on the puzzle is more complex, it may take longer to complete because it can be more difficult to figure out where each piece belongs. For example, a puzzle with a lot of similar colours or patterns may be more challenging to complete than a puzzle with more distinct features.
  3. Skill level of the person working on the puzzle: If you are an experienced puzzle solver, you may be able to complete a puzzle more quickly than someone who is just starting out. As you get better at jigsaw puzzles, you may be able to complete them more quickly because you have developed strategies for finding and placing pieces. Read more on tips and tricks on how to do a jigsaw puzzle.
  4. Number of people working on the puzzle: If you have more people piecing together a puzzle, it could potentially help in finishing it quicker (plus it'll be sharing the fun!)
  5. Amount of time spent working on the puzzle each day: The more time you spend working on the puzzle each day, the faster you will likely be able to complete it. However, it's important to find a balance between working on the puzzle for an enjoyable amount of time and not becoming too frustrated or burnt out. 

If you're working on a standard difficulty jigsaw puzzle continuously, based on the number of puzzle pieces, you can expect to finish the jigsaw puzzle within:

  • 50 pieces: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • 100 pieces: 1-2 hours
  • 250 pieces: 2-3 hours
  • 500 pieces: 4-6 hours
  • 750 pieces: 6-8 hours
  • 1000 pieces: 7-12 hours
  • 1500 pieces: 11-18 hours
  • 2000 pieces: 14-24 hours

Keep in mind these are rough estimates.


This brings us to the end. We hope you found this information useful. Remember, regardless of how long one can take to do, jigsaw puzzles are a fun hobby that anyone can enjoy. The feeling of accomplishment at the end once you place the last piece makes it all worth it! Stand back and admire your hard work and efforts, you deserve it :)


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