Installing wainscoting is a straightforward and attractive way to decorate empty walls and create a traditional ambiance in a sitting room or home office. Wainscoting can transform your living space, add extra insulation and even cover up unsightly wall damage. Wainscoting installation costs depend on the size of your room and the going rate for contractors in your area. The cost of having wainscoting professionally installed varies widely and is dependent on the prices charged by local contractors.
Contractors typically charge higher rates in areas with steeper costs of living. Meanwhile, opting for wood veneer or plastic panels is a good way to save money and get the look of wainscoting on a budget.
You'll also need some basic equipment to install wainscoting, which should cost around $120 (CAD 160) to purchase from a hardware store. If you already have some of the equipment from previous projects, or if you can borrow it from friends or family, this will shave a little off the overall installation cost.
The materials for DIY shiplap are relatively inexpensive, making it an affordable project for homeowners on a very tight budget.