Cost to Install Beadboard Wallcovering – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 661

$ 115

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 80% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Install Beadboard Wallcovering noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much to install beadboard wallcovering? The contractor cost of installing beadboard wallcovering is $661 vs. the DIY cost of $115 and saving 82 percent.

If a designer wants to add charm and texture to an ordinary room, beadboard paneling is often the solution. But the wood panels are pricey compared to hanging a beadboard wallpaper, which is much less expensive and easier to install.

The wallcovering doesn’t require carpentry tools and skills so it’s a likely alternative that makes any room more appealing. You’ll find prepasted beadboard wallpaper sold at paint and decorating retailers, home centers, and online.

To install prepasted beadboard below a chair rail in a 10 by 12-foot room, an installer will charge $661. You can buy the material for $115 and do the job and pocket an 82 percent saving.

You’ll need wall sizing to apply to the surface of the wall to make it easier to install and reposition the material. You’ll also need a sharp pair of scissors, razor cutter, plumb bob or laser level, and a drop cloth to protect the floor.

Follow the directions from the manufacturer and work slowly to avoid making any miscuts. If you plan to paint the chair rail, do it before installing the wallpaper.

At, a manufacturer of the material, you’ll find how-to videos in the Tips & Advice section.

The bottom line: compare the price of an installer’s bid to install a beadboard wallcovering with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision.

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.