Drywall Costs
Drywall installation costs $1,837, with a typical range of $1,002 and $2,879. This 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.
How do I estimate the cost of drywall?
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 Cost  Average Cost  High Cost  
Cost Factor  $13,990  $24,695  $39,515 
Specialty Drywall  Little or None  Moderate  Large Amount 
Ceilings  Textured  Smooth  Smooth 
Ceiling Height  89 Feet  810 Feet  10+ Feet 
Vaulted/2story Ceiling  None  Up to 500 sq.ft.  More than 300 sq.ft. 
# of Corners  Average  AverageHigh  High 
 Wood Planks. Wood planks are an ageold drywall alternative that has certainly stood the test of time well. …
 Veneer Plaster. …
 Lath & Plaster. …
 Plywood and Sheet Wood. …
 Texture Wall Panels. …
 Brick & Masonry. …
 Exposed Concrete Block. …
 Cement Board.
Estimate Drywall Sheets
Calculate how many drywall sheets you will need by dividing the total square footage of area by 32 (if you’re using 4by8 sheets) or by 48 (if you’re using 4by12 sheets).
This division will get you the numbers of full sheets required. It’s a good idea to add 10 to 15 percent for waste and odd cuts. For example, if your total area is 1,600 square feet and you’re using 4by8 sheets:
1,600 divided by 32 = 50 sheets
50 + 5 (10 percent addon) = 55 sheets
If you want to get the cost, just multiply the total number of sheets by the price per sheet. Remember to add local taxes and delivery charges.
Estimate Drywall Tape
Using the total number of drywall sheets needed, multiply by the perimeter of each sheet to determine the linear feet of joint tape for the drywall. The perimeter of a 4by8 sheet is 16 feet; the perimeter of a 4by12 sheet is 20 feet. For example, if you need 55 4by8 sheets, the total tape needed is:
55 x 16 = 800 feet
Most rolls of tape contain 500 feet, so divide your total by 500 to determine how many rolls tape you will need. Once that you know how many rolls of drywall tape is required, multiply by the cost per roll.
Estimate Drywall Screws
To determine the pounds of screws required, divide the square footage of drywall by 300. For example, if you have 1,600 square feet of drywall:
1,600 divided by 300 = 5.33 pounds of screws