Built-In Entertainment Center Cost

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.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Entertainment centers naturally have a lot of wiring and technical equipment. Built-ins 1 are a great way to conceal those items and create a clean and stylish area of your home. If you have multiple devices with lots of cords, be sure to talk to your contractor about a way to hide those things away.
  • Some contractors or carpenters may offer a discount if the entertainment center is installed during a remodel or if it is combined with other projects. Talk to your contractor for specific discount details.
  • Entertainment centers built in more remote areas of the home, such as a hard-to-access basement or upper bedroom, may require more labor time to construct because of the difficulty maneuvering and getting supplies to the area.

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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

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.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Andover, MA
+39%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Batavia, IL
+28%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Beaverton, OR
+15%
Brandon, FL
-5%
Catawba, NC
-24%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chester, VA
-29%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, GA
-20%
Crofton, MD
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
East Haven, CT
+21%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Lee, NJ
+26%
Frankfort, KY
-25%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Glen Allen, VA
-12%
Grand Prairie, TX
+6%
Greensburg, PA
-15%
High Point, NC
-9%
Highland, CA
-1%
Hinesville, GA
+8%
Houston, TX
+24%
Hudson, OH
+8%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jamaica, NY
+35%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lutz, FL
-31%
Mcdonough, GA
-11%
Melbourne, FL
-16%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Midlothian, VA
-3%
Naples, FL
-3%
Nevada, MO
-32%
New York, NY
+77%
Ontario, CA
+19%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%

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