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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Built-in Entertainment Center?

Low
$6,000 - $8,000
Average Cost
$8,000 - $9,500
High
$10,000
(12'x10' built-in entertainment center & cabinets - oak wood)

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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Built-in Entertainment Center?

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$6,000 - $8,000
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$10,000
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Built-In Entertainment Center Cost by Project Range

Low
$6,000 - $8,000
Fir wood
Average Cost
$8,000 - $9,500
12'x10' built-in entertainment center & cabinets - oak wood
High
$10,000
Cherry wood

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Built-in Entertainment Center?

Add a custom piece to your home with a built-in entertainment center. For this example, we'll look at the cost of a 12'x10' built-in entertainment center made of oak wood with shelves and cabinets. This project will cost $8000-$9500. It is recommended to hire a professional for their process.

Cost Breakdown

  • Planning: most contractors and carpenters include the consultation and design processes in their labor cost estimates. In most cases, the preliminary measurements, meetings, and designs take about a week (20-35 labor hours - $1400-$2450).
  • Materials: expect to spend $1000-$1500 on oak wood. Custom cabinets generally cost $500-$1200 per linear foot.
  • Labor: carpenters charge an average of $70 an hour. This project will take three to five days to construct (24-40 labor hours, for a total cost of $1680-$2800).

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

  • Countertop can be a great way to finish the entertainment center. A tile countertop will run about $20-$35 per square foot, while a more deluxe marble countertop will cost $50-$80 per square foot.
  • Incorporating an electric fireplace into the entertainment center can increase overall costs by $600-$1000 or possibly more depending on the current heating system.
  • The type of wood can have a big impact on your total costs, fire and oak are common, inexpensive woods, while cherry and walnut are more expensive, sometimes four times the cost of cheaper wood.
  • If you are painting the wood, a 12'x10' entertainment center will likely need two gallons of paint or stain, for an average cost of $60-$100 total.

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Built-in 1 Built-ins: An item of furniture, such as a bookcase or set of cabinets, that is built directly into the structure of the room. Built-ins are therefore customized to the room and not detachable

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Cost to install a built-in entertainment center varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources.