How to Estimate Crown Molding Costs


Crown molding is used around the tops of walls to add some decoration and style to a room. The molding is made of wood and is not too complicated to install if you have the right tools. If you are considering putting crown molding in your home, you must first figure out how much of the material you need and how much it will cost you.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Internet access or trip to store
  • Calculator
  • Measure the walls where you want to have crown molding installed. Make the measurements as accurate as possible, measuring all the way into each corner. Record the measurements so you can reference them later.

  • Look at the types of crown molding available so you can choose the type you want. Go to your local home improvement store, or look at online sites to decide on the kind you like.

  • Gather price information from several sources as to how much crown molding is and how much installation is, if you're not planning on doing the installation yourself. Add these prices together and divide the total by the number of prices you obtained to get an average price. If you want to ensure that you have your costs covered, go with the highest price you found. This way, you are more likely to come in under budget.

  • Multiply the cost of the crown molding by the amount you measured. Convert measurements or costs, if necessary. For example, if the crown molding is being priced to you by the foot, and you wrote down your measurements in inches, convert your measurements to feet by dividing by 12. Convert feet to yards by dividing by 3.

  • Multiply the cost that you came up with in Step 4 by 1.10 to add 10 percent to the cost. This will ensure you are covered for scrap wood that is cut off ends or damaged pieces. There is always a certain amount of scrap.

  • Add the cost of installation to the price you figured in Step 5 to get your estimate.

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