Cost to Install Ceiling Molding – 2021

| Last Updated: August 21, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 341

$ 195

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 52% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

How much is ceiling molding installed? A carpenter charges $341 to install ceiling molding vs. doing it yourself for $195.

In many grand old houses, much of the character and grace of the rooms come from the crown molding. More and more buyers of new homes are looking for that same fine detail, and builders are responding with intricate cornices and crown moldings to trim out rooms.

You can add that distinguishing detail and transform an ordinary house by installing wooden crown molding and then painting or staining it to fit your décor.

To get an idea of how crown molding will look in a room, use blue painter’s tape to approximate its depth and scale. It’s simple to do this with easy-to-remove tape, and it will help you visualize how the molding will call attention to the ceiling and add a fine detail to the space.

A carpenter will charge $341 to install 70 linear feet of finger joint pine crown molding in a 12-by-20-foot room. This includes labor and material. If you have experience with finish carpentry and tools you can buy the molding and install it for $195, the cost of the material. That’s a 42 percent saving.

You’ll get the best results using a power miter saw, cordless drill, and finish nail gun. And it helps to also have an electronic stud finder to locate wall studs. You’ll also need a tape measure, hammer, chalk line, coping saw, wood rasp and ladder. Use finish nails to fasten the molding to the walls, wood putty to fill nail holes, and caulk to seal any gaps between the molding and walls and ceiling.

There are different qualities of wooden molding and the least expensive is often finger-jointed, which means it’s a composite of different wood. It’s a good choice if you plan to paint the molding because the paint conceals the mismatched wood. But choose a quality-grade wood if you plan to finish the molding with a stain because the grain of the wood will show through.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to install ceiling molding you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. 

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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.