Cost to Install a Wood Window Cornice – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 133

$ 85

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 73% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

What’s the cost to install a wood cornice? The contractor cost to install a wood window cornice is $133 vs. doing it yourself for $85.

A cornice above a window does a lot more than add a handsome decorative element to a room. A window topper can make a window appear larger than it is and conceal the less than lovely headrail of a drapery or shade, so you get a lot of bang for your decorating buck by adding one.

You’ll find easy to make kits for fabric-covered cornices, but those made of wood are usually custom made. Don’t let the word “custom” scare you. Online we found high-quality yet relatively inexpensive wood cornices that add architectural appeal to even the most ordinary room.

At we found a 40-inch wide all-wood cornice for $85 plus shipping. You can hire a handyman to install it for an additional $48 or do it yourself and save the installation cost. You’ll find a nice selection cornice sizes, styles and finishes and each one comes with brackets and hardware that you attach to the wall.

When layering a cornice over a window treatment, make sure to measure its depth to order a cornice that will be deep enough to clear it. When measuring, order a cornice 1 inch wider than any outside mounted window treatment or molding that will be covered.

The average price to install a wood window cornice noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. 

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