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How Much Does Wainscoting Cost?

 average costMedium: $1,750-$5,500 per room 
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Typically covering the bottom half of an interior wall, wainscot can give a room a sense of timeless elegance or a cozy cottage feel. It's often used to make a dining room appear more formal or to brighten a bathroom or a child's bedroom, but it can be installed almost anywhere.

Typical costs:

  • Easy-to-install prefabricated wainscoting is medium-density fiberboard covered with a veneer, ready for painting or staining.
  • Materials average $7 a square foot for paint-grade poplar veneer, $11-square-foot for red oak, $18 for maple, and $22-square-foot for cherry, according to[1] .
  • For 45 square feet in a bathroom, the cost ranges from $300-$900; or $1,750-$5,500 in a 15x20-foot dining room, uninstalled.
  • Lumber costs vary nationwide, but materials to create your own wainscot using real wood boards and moldings (beautiful but time-consuming) can be less than $100 for a bathroom; $100-$600 or more for a bedroom; and $150-$2,500 or more for a dining room, all depending on the height, style and type of wood and moldings chosen.
  •[2] estimates that a carpenter will charge about $500 to install 130 feet of beadboard wainscoting in a 10-by-12-foot room (compared to do-it-yourself materials costing $120).
  • A carpenter can custom-build wainscoting onsite, board-by-board, which is time consuming but creates the highest quality appearance. A 10-by-12 room would take an average of 3-5 days, depending on complexity, at $40-$65 an hour, or $1,000-$2,600 for labor alone; the cost of wood would vary widely, from $200-$3,000 or more, depending on the type and quality chosen.
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Shopping for wainscoting:
  • Georgia-Pacific is one of the major wainscot panel/kit manufacturers.
  • Wainscoting is sold by Home Depot[3] ,[4] ,[5] and Vintage Wood Works[6] .
  • To find carpenters specializing in trim work, whether it's installing prefab or building custom wainscot, search the National Association of the Remodeling Industry[7] .
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Dinning room medium paint grade wainscoting
Amount: $6,780.00 total
Posted by: Mike Stanley in Bountiful, UT.Posted: December 3rd, 2014 08:12PM
Number of Rooms: 1Contractor: Madd Construction
Had Madd Construction install 172 square feet of custom mid paint grade wainscoting in our dinning room. Looks amazing and they did a great job for the second to cheapest bid (out of 5).
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Bathroom wainscot
Amount: $700.00 total
Posted by: Kevinzmom in dallas, TX.Posted: July 6th, 2010 06:07PM
Number of Rooms: 1Contractor: Men In Pink, LLC
45 sq ft with 48 inch high wainscot, and chair rail (which was actually crown moulding) installed for $700. They did an amazing job helping me go for a vintage look.
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