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Cost to Drywall a House

Our page on Average Drywall Installation Cost & Prices shows that the cost to drywall a house per square foot is roughly $1.30 – $4.00 per square foot.

Here is where we turn those figures into complete cost to drywall a home, we have also provided a breakdown of costs by room and by sq. ft. on the page below.

Low Cost$13,990
Average Cost$24,695
High Cost$39,515


This page of the Drywall Price Guide answers the common question – how much would it cost to drywall a house?

Cost to Drywall a House

Down the page is a look at project costs for a variety of homes by size. A comprehensive chart shows low, medium and high drywall costs for homes from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet. Here are the averages.

  • Average cost to drywall a 1000 sq ft house: $9,150
  • Average cost to drywall a 1500 square foot house: $12,100
  • Average cost to drywall a 2000 sq ft house: $20,850
  • Average cost to drywall a 2500 sq ft house: $24,695
  • Average cost to drywall a 3000 square foot house: $28,250

There is information below on how to determine how much drywall you need.

Drywall Installation Cost Comparison

Let’s start with an overview table.

If you’re wondering how much would it cost to drywall a house like yours, the table should help. But read on for cost factors, so you can more closely estimate your cost to drywall a house. This table is based on the average home being built today – 2,500 square feet.

Cost to Drywall a 2,500 Square Foot Home
Low CostAverage CostHigh Cost
Cost Factor$13,990$24,695$39,515
Specialty DrywallLittle or NoneModerateLarge Amount
CeilingsTexturedSmoothSmooth
Ceiling Height8-9 Feet8-10 Feet10+ Feet
Vaulted/2-story CeilingNoneUp to 500 sq.ft.More than 300 sq.ft.
# of CornersAverageAverage-HighHigh

Price Factors in the Cost to Drywall a House

There are material factors and installation factors to consider when considering the common question “how much does it cost to drywall a house?”.

Whether you’ll pay closer to $1.30 or closer to $4 per square foot of drywall will depend on these factors.

Let’s start with drywall costs and move to installation labor costs.

What Type Drywall You Install: There are quite a few drywall types explained in our Drywall Installation Cost guide. Standard drywall in 1/4″, 3/8” and 1/2″ are quite inexpensive. Paperless drywall is affordable but has few applications. There are several specialty drywall options include those that are fire-resistant, moisture-resistant drywall, also called green board, and sound-resistant. Specialty drywall options cost more, but are typically used in a small portion of most homes. These drywall types are typically up to 5/8” thick. Most homes contain several drywall types.

Installation Challenges: Difficult work takes longer and comes at a higher cost. These challenges include the need for scaffolding, a high number of corners and the need to fit drywall around cabinetry, fireplace hearths and similar obstructions.

Finishing Type: Textured ceilings take less time to produce. Drywall compound is sprayed onto the drywall after taping. It is either left as is or scraped, called knocked down. It’s quick and easy. Finishing takes much more labor, so costs more.

New or Replacement Drywall: If you’re tearing out the old material and disposing of it, total cost increases by about 40 cents for DIY to $3.00 depending on who tears it out. These costs are not included in the tables. And that’s why the cost to drywall a new house is quite a bit lower.

Average Cost to Drywall a House by House Size

The prices in this table are for the cost to drywall a house per square foot for common home and apartment sizes.

It shows Low, Medium and High ranges. Each range is explained beneath the table.

Average Cost to Drywall a House by House Size
Cost to Drywall a 1000 sq ft HouseTotal Cost
Low x 3600 square feet$5,220
Average x 4140$9,150
High x 4700$14,800
Cost to Drywall a 1500 sq ft House
Low x 5500 square feet$7,975
Average x 6325$12,100
High x 7250$17,325
Cost to Drywall a 2000 sq ft House
Low x 8100 square feet$11,165
Average x 9355$20,580
High x 10450$32,920
Cost to Drywall a 2500 sq ft House
Low x 9650 square feet$13,990
Average x 11225$24,695
High x 12545$39,515
Cost to Drywall a 3000 sq ft House
Low x 11160 square feet$16,180
Average x 12840$28,250
High x 14500$45,600

What are homes like with low/average/high costs?

Low Price: $1.65 per square foot. Open floor plan except for bedrooms. Little specialty drywall. Ceilings are 8-9 feet without need for scaffolding, and they are textured.

Average Price: $2.20 per square foot. Mostly open plan but a few rooms like an office or formal dining room are closed. Some specialty drywall and possibly the need for scaffolding in a small area such as a vaulted ceiling. Ceilings are generally 8-10 feet and smooth or textured.

High Price: $3.30 per square foot. More of a closed floor plan – often an older home when closed plans were more popular. More specialty drywall than most – for example, surrounding a home theater in sound-reducing drywall. Ceilings are 9-10 feet in most of the home. More need for scaffolding, such as a two-story entryway and vaulted ceiling. Ceilings are smooth.

Our cost range for drywall is $1.30 to $4.00 per square foot. In most homes, there are more than one type of drywall hung, each with its own price.

For this reason, while some of the drywall will cost $1.30 per foot to hang, the average price in the home will be higher when all types are calculated, added and divided by the total square feet of drywall.

For example, ceilings must be covered in 5/8” drywall. It is thicker and firmer, so sagging is less likely. Bathrooms are covered in moisture-resistant drywall. The kitchen and wall adjoining a garage might have fire-resistant drywall.

Breakdown of Average Home Drywall Cost

Our Average 2,500 square foot home has 11,225 square feet of drywall. Here’s a typical breakdown of the average cost to drywall a house.

AreaSquare FeetDrywall TypeCost/sq.ft.Total Cost
Living Areas6,6041/2″$1.82$12,020
Ceilings (1)1,2605/8″$2.05$2,582
2-story Ceiling4305/8″$2.80$1,203
Home Theater2,100Sound Control$2.60$5,459
Bathrooms (2)1,215Moisture Resistant$2.32$2,811
Garage Wall (3)216Fire-Resistant$2.87$620
Totals11,225Ave. $2.20$24,695
(1) Accept for bathroom and vaulted/2-story ceilings

(2) Walls and ceilings

(3) Interior wall where the garage is attached

How Much Does Drywall Removal Cost?

The cost to drywall a new house is significantly less because you don’t have these cost.

According to our drywall installation price list:

  • DIY removal with disposal: $0.40 to $1.00 per square foot
  • Removal by a handyman with disposal: $1.25 to $2.10 per square foot
  • Removal by a drywall contractor with disposal: $2.00 to $3.25 per square foot

There are more details in that guide.

How to Determine How Much Drywall You Need

Perhaps it goes without saying that the cost of drywall is determined by square footage of walls and ceiling to be covered, not by the square feet of space in a home. For example, the more internal walls your home has, the higher your total drywall price will be. Open floor plans have less drywall, so less cost.

The basic idea is to measure each wall or section of ceiling, add up the square footages and add 8% for waste.

Walls:

1). Multiply the length and height of each wall for its square feet.

2). Measure and subtract the area of windows, doors and any surface that won’t be covered in drywall.

Example: A wall is 24 feet long and 10 feet tall for a total of 240 square feet. A picture window assembly is 6 feet long and 4 feet tall – 24 square feet. Do the math: 240 – 24 = 216 square feet. Jot down the number. One wall down! Measure the rest, jot down the total for each, and add them up.

Ceilings:

The same approach applies. Since it is hard to measure ceilings, measure the floor space, length x width for each section. If your ceiling is flat, this will give you a measurement that is pretty exact. If the ceiling is vaulted, then add 10% for a gentle slope up to 30% for a steep slope.

Total it Up and Account for Waste:

Add your total ceiling number to the total wall number. Then add about 8% for waste caused by trimming around windows, doors, cabinets, countertops, etc.

Let’s say you come up with 9,500 square feet of surface to be covered. Multiply that by 1.08  to get your total – 10,260 square feet of drywall. That’s just material. Of course, only the 9,500 square feet of surface will be finished.

There is a great drywall calculator which makes calculating your project needs easy, you can see that calculator here.