How Much Does Drywall Installation Cost?

Typical Range:

$993 - $2,920

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Updated June 1, 2022

Reviewed by Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Drywall installation costs $1,877, with a typical range of $993 and $2,920. This cost translates into a price of $1.50 to $3 per square foot for materials and labor. Most homeowners pay $2 per square foot, depending on the number of rooms and the level of finish. In this guide, learn how much drywall installation costs, plus additional information like the labor cost to hang and finish drywall.

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National Average $1,877
Typical Range $993 - $2,920
Low End - High End $400 - $5,300

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 10,898 HomeAdvisor members.

Drywall Installation Cost Factors

Here are some elements to consider when determining your drywall installation budget.

Older Homes

Homes built prior to the 1980s might have mold, lead paint, or asbestos. If you aren't sure whether it's safe or not, you'll want to hire a home inspector near you. You might have to pay for these additional services:

Size of the Project

Of course, size matters when it comes to hanging and finishing drywall. At up to $3 per square foot, you might add thousands of dollars to the final price if you have a large drywall project.

As a guideline, a house that's 1,500 square feet may need between 5,000 and 6,500 square feet of drywall. In total, this could cost between $5,000 and $19,500.

Texture

The cost to texture drywall by hand ranges from $1.15 to $1.35 per square foot. Contractors usually apply it with a trowel, brush, or roller. Some pros may use a sprayer for the basic material. Since this type of job requires a higher degree of skill, it's best to view examples of the contractor's work before you finalize your plans.

Insulation

Expect to pay an additional $0.30 to $1.50 per square foot to insulate the drywall. Even for a smaller section, hiring a professional to do this will cost a minimum of $200 to $500.

Removal and Disposal

Replacing drywall costs $2 to $3.50 per square foot, including $0.40 to $0.50 per square foot for demolition. For a 200-square-foot room, you can expect to pay $300 to $500 to remove and dispose of the old material.

Removing wood paneling to replace it with drywall costs $2 to $4.50 per square foot. The total depends on how much time it takes to demolish the wood. Thicker panels may require special tools for cutting. 

Type of Drywall

The average price of drywall is $0.40 to $0.65 per square foot for most products, not including other materials or installation. High-end options with superior water resistance or soundproofing can run up to $90 per panel.

Drywall Panel Sizes and Costs

Most drywall panels cost $12 to $35 per panel. They come in a variety of sizes from 4' x 8', which is the most common, to 4' x 16'.

Material Price Per 200 Square Feet
Drywall $300 – $500
Mud $15
Tape $5
Screws $6
Total $326 – $526
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Cost of Drywall per Square Foot

Drywall costs $1.50 to $3 per square foot, including materials and installation.

Item Price per Square Foot
Materials $0.50 – $0.75
Basic Labor $0.50 – $0.75
Finishes/Texturing $0.50 – $1.50
Total $1.50 – $3

Drywall Installation Costs by Application

Professionals can apply drywall to rooms, basements, garages, ceilings, or even an entirely new home. 

Some deviations in cost may occur depending on what you're installing drywall on. For example, The cost to drywall a ceiling ranges from $2.25 to $3 per square foot, which is more expensive than other drywall projects because ceilings are more difficult to hang and finish.

Similarly, installing drywall in a garage may range from $1,200 to $5,100 for a one-car garage, depending on size. Contractors often use thicker or fire-resistant panels for this space, which cost up to 50% more than the average.

Benefits of Using Drywall

Homeowners have chosen drywall for protecting their walls, ceiling, and garages for many years because of its relative affordability, durability, and versatility.

Additional benefits of using drywall include:

  • Fire resistant

  • Relatively soundproof

  • Easy to paint

  • Relatively easy to customize (by adding texture, for example)

  • Relatively easy to repair

FAQs

What is drywall?

Drywall, also called gypsum board, is a soft, sedimentary mineral used in plaster, fertilizers, and construction. It's powdered, flattened into a sheet, and then wrapped in heavy paper. Panels range from 3/8" to 5/8" thick and usually measure 4' x 8'. This material forms walls and ceilings inside a house or other structure where it will not be exposed to the elements.

How do I calculate how much drywall I need?

This drywall calculator helps you estimate how much you'll need. Remember to count the square footage for the walls and ceiling.

How much do drywallers make?

Drywallers make about $50,000 per year, or around $24 per hour.

How much drywall tape do I need?

You'll need about 12 feet of drywall tape per 4' x 8' panel. This translates into about 240 feet of tape for a 200-square-foot room.

How much joint compound do I need per sheet of drywall?

For a 4' x 8' sheet of drywall, you'll need about one-third of a gallon of joint compound. For a 200-square-foot room, you can plan to buy around 7 gallons.

Do you need a permit to install drywall?

You may or may not need a permit to install drywall. It depends on where you live. In most cases, you don't need a permit to replace or repair damaged materials. If you're finishing the attic or basement, or adding on to the house, the cost of building permits is $450 to $2,300.

What's the difference between drywall and plaster?

Plaster involves the application of wet material to wood. It still sees some use in construction, particularly for restorations of historic homes. It is:

  • Thicker

  • Good for sound-deadening

  • Fire-retardant

By comparison, drywall is:

  • Less likely to crack

  • Cheaper

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