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How Much Do Ceiling Covers Cost?

Impeccable design starts at the floor and works its way up to the ceiling. Although many homeowners overlook the importance of the ceiling, it can make an enormous impact on the ambiance in a room. The color, texture and style of a ceiling help bring the room's decor together.

Understanding the potential costs of this project is an important first step. Whether you choose to DIY project or hire a drywall contractor, it's helpful to know the average costs associated with installing or repairing ceiling covers.

Table of Contents

  1. Ceiling Coverings Cost
  2. What Are Ceiling Covers?
  3. Where To Use Ceiling Covers
  4. Ceiling Covering Options
  5. Popcorn Ceiling Covers
  6. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  7. How To Repair Ceiling Covers
  8. Find A Pro

Ceiling Coverings Cost

Most homeowners spend an average of $1,301 to install a ceiling and an average of $680 in ceiling repairs. The cost to both install and repair ceiling coverings varies depending on the material, size and finish. The average cost of popular materials is as follows:

  • Drywall: $10 to $20 per 8-foot by 4-foot panel; $25 average repair cost.
  • Ceiling Tiles: $0.84 to $1.04 per square foot plus an additional $20 to $25 for related supplies; kits cost around $100 for a 10-foot by 12-foot ceiling; $0.84 to $1.04 per square foot to repair tiles by replacing damaged ones.
  • Pressed Tin Panels: $18 for a 2-foot by 4-foot panel; $2 to $10 average cost to repair cracks with auto body filler or $18 for a new panel.
  • Paneling: $1 to $34 per board foot depending on the material and finish; repair costs $5 to $20 to fill with wood putty or the cost of a new panel if replacement is required.
  • Ceiling Medallions: $25 to $300 or more; most repairs require replacement or hiring a professional carpenter for guidance ($35 to $100 per hour).
  • Wallpaper: $3 to $100 or more per roll measuring 21 inches by 16.5 feet; repair costs average $0 if you use leftover paper to patch damaged areas.
  • Other covers such as light, fan and speaker covers average $8 to $100 each, depending on the material and design of the cover; repairs typically require replacement.

What Are Ceiling Covers

What Are Ceiling Covers?

Even though it's always overhead, many people overlook the design importance of the ceiling. Homeowners are increasingly using ceiling covers to transform the look of their rooms by adding warmth, architectural detail or concealing damage. As the name implies, ceiling covers do just that — they cover over the existing ceiling. Specialty covers add a decorative or safety component to fans, light fixtures and vents.

Where to Use Ceiling Covers

Cover the ceiling anywhere you want to hide exposed wires, plumbing, joists, drywall or textured ceilings, such as popcorn ceilings. They also offer relatively low-cost remodeling options. If you're adding a ceiling cover in the basement or a bathroom, then choose a product that's designed to withstand the conditions.

Ceiling Cover Options

Modern coverings create stylish and decorative ceilings. From cottage-inspired wood panels to traditional pressed tin or funky wallpaper, there are plenty of options to choose from.


Drywall is readily available and relatively budget-friendly. Adding an extra layer of single-thickness drywall around the border of the ceiling can give your room architectural interest that echoes the effects of raised-panel cabinets and wainscoting. Calculate how much you need with our free drywall calculator.

Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling tiles comprise decorative panels installed in a grid system that's suspended from the ceiling joists. It offers easy access to any wires or pipes above the ceiling. Homeowners can choose from traditional ceiling panels and squares or kits with specialty grids and panels.

Where To Use Ceiling Covers

Pressed Tin Panels

Homeowners who desire a classic or ornate look often use pressed tin panels to achieve their design goals. These ceiling covers complement traditional homes.


Although beadboard offers a cottage-inspired finish, homeowners have other options that could work better with their home's decor. Unfinished wood boards offer a look that ranges from eclectic to elegant, depending on the type of wood, installation style and the finish.

Ceiling Medallions

Homeowners often use this ceiling covering to call attention to coffered ceilings or beautiful light fixtures. Experiment with the look by using smaller medallions in a line or spaced out across the ceiling.


This works equally well on sloped, flat, standard and irregular ceilings. Additionally, wallpaper comes in a large variety of patterns, colors and textures, which offers homeowners nearly endless options.

Popcorn Ceiling Covers

Increasing numbers of homeowners are removing or covering their popcorn ceilings to avoid this dated look. Popular in the mid-20th century, popcorn ceilings were favored among homeowners who wanted an easy way to hide imperfections. Not all ceiling covers work well for this purpose. For example, wallpaper isn't a good option. Two effective options include drywall or installing paneling to cover the popcorn.

Ceiling Covering Options

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

You can save money by approaching this as a DIY project. For example, installing a ceiling medallion might cost an extra $50 to $100 for a professional do the job. Unless you're handy and you have the time and expertise in working with these materials, you might be in over your head. Save time and frustration by letting a pro get the job done.

How To Repair Ceiling Covers

The process of repairing ceiling covers varies in complexity, depending on the type of cover that is on the ceiling. For example, most light, fan and vent covers require replacement. Drywall is simple to sand and refinish, but wallpaper requires a bit more finesse. Some popular repairs for common ceiling covers include:

  • Wallpaper: Repair loose seams by applying wallpaper seam adhesive to the back of a loose piece with a small paintbrush. Flatten the seam with wooden seam rolls and wipe away any excess adhesive with a damp rag. Repair rips or punctures by cutting the damaged area away, cutting a matching piece of wallpaper from the roll, and patching the area with the new piece of wallpaper carefully aligned over the damaged area.
  • Ceiling Tiles: Press up on the ceiling panel with both hands. Tilt and slide it down through the grid. Install a new panel by tilting it up and raising it above the grid before lowering it into the proper position.
  • Paneling: Homeowners can quickly fix minor damage by smoothing matching putty over the damaged area. Smooth it with a putty knife, and then let it dry, wiping away any excess. Major repairs may require removing a panel or a plank and installing a new one.
  • Drywall: Remove the damaged area by cutting it out with a drywall saw, and replace it with a new piece of drywall secured with drywall anchors inserted into the ceiling joists. Apply a thin layer of joint compound over the screws and joints before adding a piece of drywall tape over the wet compound. Add a second layer of joint compound over the tape. Sand the area smooth, and add another layer if necessary. Prime and paint the area so that it matches the rest of the ceiling.

How To Repair Ceiling Covers

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Last updated on Nov 8, 2018

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