Cost to Install a Coffer Ceiling System – 2021

| Last Updated: August 21, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1914

$ 1300

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 75% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

How much does it cost to install a coffer ceiling? The contractor cost to install a Coffer Ceiling System is $1,914 vs. doing it yourself for $1,300 and saving 32 percent. 

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.

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