By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A coffer is an architectural ceiling element that appears as a sunken panel in the shape of a square or rectangle. When installed in a room, it often becomes the most striking design feature adding a rich look of luxury and warmth that draws all the attention to the ceiling.
Including labor and material, a contractor will charge $1,914 to install a coffer ceiling system in a 12-by-15-foot room. If you have carpentry experience and tools, you can buy the material for $1,300 and install the ceiling to save 32 percent. No matter who does the job, it’s an investment you’ll enjoy for years to come.
The job involves planning the layout of the ceiling, installing the grid system, dropping the panels into the grid and then measuring and cutting the border panels as needed. You’ll find ideas, inspiration, a material estimator and video about ceiling system at Armstrong Residential Ceilings.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor,
a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.