Cost to Install a Plank Ceiling – 2021

| Last Updated: August 21, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1390

$ 750

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 74% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

How much does it cost to install a laminate plank ceiling? A contractor charges $1,390 or you can do it yourself for $750 and save 49 percent.

With today’s ceiling systems designed for DIY installation you can install a laminate wood plank ceiling and create a striking look in any room; transforming it from ordinary to extraordinary. The attention-getting planks add a charming contrast in a stark contemporary setting or complete the look in a country décor. The ceiling systems make the job easy because they include random-length tongue-and-groove planks that you can install on wood furring strips or in a metal track designed to suspend them.

Here’s a look at the cost comparison: A carpenter will charge $1,390 to hang a plank laminate ceiling system on a drywall ceiling on furring strips in a 15- by 18-foot room. This includes labor and material. You can buy the materials for $750 and do it yourself, saving 46 percent. The materials include furring strips or metal track, planks, and clips and screws used to hold the planks in position.

Carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions to plan the installation, and layout the location of the furring strips or track following the directions. Usually, the planks of a ceiling are installed so they run parallel along the longest wall. It’s easy to get confused because the planks are installed perpendicular to the furring strips so there’s a surface to attach them to.

To make layout easier and be assured that the ceiling is level, rent or buy a laser level.

You’ll need a measuring tape, chalk line and a power or hand saw to cut the planks to length. Use a cordless screwdriver to fasten the system in place.

Here’s advice from Armstrong to Install a Ceiling Plank System.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a plank ceiling with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision.

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