Welcome to the drywall cost estimator. Before diving into any do-it-yourself drywall project or hiring a contractor to have a project done it is often useful to know the cost so that you may budget for it.
Here we will lay out some basic calculations to estimate your drywall cost.
Listed in the chart below are prices of materials courtesy of our friends at RP Lumber. Prices may vary greatly from location to location and time to time.
The first step in our drywall cost estimator is to calculate the total area of the walls you will be drywalling. This includes the exterior walls and any interior walls (such as closets or partitions) that also need to be drywalled. Do not subtract for window or doorway openings.
Here is how to find the area:
Add the areas of all surfaces to be drywalled together. 96 + 96 + 112 + 112 +112 = 528 sq ft
Now that you have your square footage divide it by the number of square feet per sheet to get the total number of sheets needed.
Now take the number of sheets and multiply it by the cost per sheet.
Again using the number of sheets that you have multiply it by 30. Thirty being the average number of screws per sheet.
Now that you have your poundage multiply it by the price per pound.
We now move on to drywall mud. On average one gallon will cover 100 sq feet. So now take your square footage and divide it by 100.
We finally move on to the drywall tape. Measure the length of all of the seams that must be covered. Then add the total and divide it by 300 ft.
Now that you have gathered all of the prices for the materials that are needed for your project let us add them all together.
So in our example the material cost came out to roughly $175 without the purchase of any tools.
If you have decided that this is not the project for you and would prefer to hire a contractor for the same job, contractors on average charge roughly between $1.00-1.50 per square foot. To get a rough idea of what a contractor would charge we will use are example.
So an estimated drywall cost to have a contractor to complete this job would be between $530-$798. (Drywall contractor prices are typically higher in urban areas.)Thanks for visiting our drywall cost estimator. Click here to return to the How To Drywall home page.