How Much Does It Cost to Install Wood Trim?

Average range: $300-$1200
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Installing wood trim not only makes a house look complete and stylish; it also protects your home. Properly installed trim covers gaps between doors, windows, and the framing and between the floor and the walls. The trim ensures that these gaps are sealed properly. If the door or window is part of the exterior, air will not flow in from the outside.

Costs to install wood trim vary widely depending on the location of the house, amount of trim, and quality of the materials. The national average cost ranges from $300 to $1200, with most homeowners paying about $560 for casing eight doors with pine flat stock wood trim. Costs can be as low as $100 for installing interior Colonial white oak trim around two windows. When installing interior trim throughout an entire 1500 square foot house, prices will be as high as $1,475.

Wood Trim Costs

Wood trim installation prices
National average cost$560
Average range$300-$1200
Minimum cost$100
Maximum cost$1,475​

Wood Trim Cost by Project Range

Installing interior Colonial white oak trim around two windows
Average Cost
Casing eight doors with pine flat stock wood trim
Cost to install all interior trim in a 1,500 square foot house

Wood Trim Prices per Inch

Wood trim comes in a variety of widths. Trim of different widths is used for different purposes. Some may be decorative or sit on top of wainscotting, while other trim needs to be wider to cover gaps between doors or windows and the walls or siding. Prices below reflect basic pine trim. Expect prices to be higher for decorative pieces or trim made from different species of wood.

Wood Trim Prices per Inch

Wood Trim Prices per Inch

InchesCost Per Linear Foot (Only Materials)
½ inch$0.68
1 inch$0.88
2 inches$1.00
3 inches$1.27
4 inches$1.74
5 inches$1.87
6 inches$2.50

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Wood Trim Cost by Type of Wood

Many options are available when it comes to wood trim. Costs vary based on the type of wood. Each wood type has its own set of features, such as durability, paintability, and sustainability. In most cases, you get what you pay for. In general, the more expensive the wood trim, the more durable it should be. The prices listed are for basic trim. Intricate carving or specialized features will significantly raise the price.

Wood Trim Cost by Type of Wood

Wood Trim Cost by Type of Wood

Type of WoodCost Per Linear Foot of Trim (Only Materials)
Pine$0.62 - $2.50
White Oak$0.75 - $3
Hardwood$0.75 - $10
Redwood$0.85 - $2.50
Red Oak$0.90 - $3.25
Fir$1 - $2
Cedar$1.20 - $2.50
Western Red Cedar$1.50 - $4
Douglas Fir Wood$1.70 - $4
Beech$2 - $4
Composite Wood$2 - $6
Poplar Wood$2.50 - $4
Ash$3 - $7.50
Bamboo Wood$3.80 - $7
Mahogany$4 - $10
Cypress$4.50 - $6
Teak$7 - $10
Walnut Wood$7 - $10
Ipe$8 - $10

Pine Trim Prices

Pine is one of the most widely used sources of lumber in the world. It’s a fast-growing softwood that grows densely and is light in color. It is one of the more inexpensive wood species and is often used for paint-grade trim, but stain-grade is also available. Prices for basic pine trim ranges from $0.62 to $2.50 per linear foot.

White Oak Trim

White oak is more moisture resistant and lighter in color than red oak. It is a hardwood used in many woodworking applications, including cabinets, furniture, flooring, and trim. The wood grain shows through nicely when stained. Expect white oak to cost between $0.75 and $3 per linear foot for basic trim.

Hardwood Trim

Hardwood trim refers to a variety of woods. These include oak, maple, walnut, cherry, birch, poplar, and mahogany. Generally speaking, hardwoods come from deciduous trees that shed their leaves, and softwood comes from coniferous trees known as evergreens. Hardwood trees take longer to grow than softwood. Prices vary widely for hardwood trim, from $.75 to $10 per linear foot.

Redwood Trim

Redwood is most commonly used in outdoor applications. It can be used as trim and for decks, benches, and fences. Redwood will naturally darken over time and is resistant to moisture, but needs some extra protection such as paint, stain, or redwood oil. The costs for basic redwood trim range from $0.85 to $2.50.

Red Oak Trim

Widely available, red oak is a popular choice for wood projects. The grain is straight with an uneven and coarse texture. The grain is popular, even being printed on imitation laminate and vinyl products. Red oak costs about the same as white oak. Red oak generally costs $0.90 to $3.25 per linear foot.

Fir Trim

Most often used for framing lumber, fir is one of the harder softwoods. The grain pattern is not very interesting, and the wood doesn’t stain well, so it’s best when painted. It’s not a very common wood used for trim, but it can be used for this, as well as furniture making. Costs for basic fir trim will range in price from $1 to $2 per linear foot.

Cedar Trim Prices

Cedar is another type of wood commonly used for exterior applications. Cedar trim is popular for houses, as well as for decks, fences, and outdoor furniture. This is a softwood that has a pleasant smell and can deal well with moist environments without rotting. Cedar trim pieces cost between $1.20 and $2.50 per linear foot.

Western Red Cedar Trim

The most common type of cedar, western red cedar, has a reddish color to it. It does well in moist environments and is easily found at local home improvement stores. Western red cedar is soft and one of the most aromatic woods. Expect costs to range from $1.50 to $4 per linear foot for basic western red cedar trim.

Douglas Fir Wood Trim

Despite the fir name, Douglas fir is not a true fir tree. It is a cousin of the fir tree. The grain is not necessarily prominent, but it can look nice stained or painted. Douglas fir is also used in framing and shelving, making furniture, and other finish work. Prices for basic Douglas fir trim range from $1.70 to $4.

Beech Trim

Beech trees grow in every hemisphere and have a notable silver-gray bark that is smooth. Beech wood is harder to find in hardware stores but is available from large retailers or specialty wood stores. The wood is hard and heavy and has a straight grain with even texture. The price for beech trim should be between $2 and $4 per linear foot.

Composite Wood Trim

Also known as engineered wood trim, this product is made by combining several wood products. These are chosen to create wood that is stronger and more durable. Sometimes composite wood trim will also include plastic or straw. Composite wood trim has interior and exterior applications and costs between $2 and $6 per linear foot.

Poplar Wood Trim

Poplar is usually a wood that lives behind the scenes. It’s more likely to be used in drawer boxes than drawer fronts and is also more likely to serve as a higher quality paint-grade wood. However, stain grade is available. Poplar trees grow fast and are an eco-friendly choice. Prices for basic poplar trim is $2.50 to $4 per linear foot.

Ash Trim

Ash wood is strong for having a relatively light weight. It is used to make many things, such as furniture, flooring, kitchen cabinets, trim, and even baseball bats. There is no smell to the wood, and the grain creates a nice, stained finish. Prices for basic ash trim ranges from $3 to $7.50 per linear foot.

Bamboo Wood Trim

Bamboo wood trim has become increasingly popular because it is eco-friendly and fast-growing. It is also very strong and durable. Bamboo wood is easy to use. It can be used in various applications, including flooring, trim, furniture, and kitchen cabinets. Expect to pay between $3.80 and $7 per linear foot for bamboo wood trim.

Mahogany Trim

Mahogany is best known for its beautiful reddish hue. It is a strong wood and has a consistent color and grain throughout with few knots. It is one of the more valuable wood species in the world. It’s listed as vulnerable by the Union of Conservation of Nature. Prices for mahogany trim range from $4 to $10 per linear foot.

Cypress Trim

Used in interior and exterior applications, cypress wood has a straight grain and medium to coarse texture. Old-growth cypress is very durable when it comes to decay resistance and is good to use outdoors. Younger trees are not as durable and more widely used indoors. The cost for cypress wood trim ranges from $4.50 to $6 per linear foot.

Teak Trim

Teak is a species of tropical hardwood. It’s a large deciduous tree and is one of the finest building products. It can withstand weather and is used both indoors and outdoors, as well as in marine woodwork. Real teakwood is native to Southeast Asia. One of the more expensive woods, teak trim costs $7 to $10 per linear foot.

Walnut Wood Trim

Walnut trees grow in North America and produce wood that is light to dark brown or even chocolate brown. The bold color is accented by the open grain with unique patterns. Walnut is easy to work with and used to create gun stocks, cabinetry, flooring, musical instruments, trim, and fine furniture. Costs for walnut wood trim range from $7 to $10 per linear foot.

Ipe Trim

Ipe has recently become a very popular wood for outdoor applications. It’s very hard and strong and grows in the Brazilian rainforests. It can last more than 25 years outdoors and is resistant to pests, weather, fire, and mold. Ipe can be stained or left natural and has a warm, rich color. The cost for ipe trim is $8 to $10 per linear foot.

Wood Trim Prices by Type of Interior Trim

There are many types of trim used in a home, and all have slightly different purposes. Some are purely ornamental, while others are used to cover gaps. Trim adds a finished element to a home and can be stained or painted to match any decor.

Wood Trim Prices by Type of Interior Trim

Wood Trim Prices by Type of Interior Trim

Type of TrimCost Per Linear Foot (Only Materials)
Quarter Round$0.54 - $3.84
Shoe Molding$0.65 - $1.57
Chair Rail$1.37 - $3.12
Baseboard$1.61 - $4.27
Crown Molding$1.69 - $10
Wainscotting$1.75 - $4.12
Base Cap$1.78 - $4.62
Wall Frame Molding$2.17 - $4.25
Picture Rail$3.49 - $4.89
Wood Plinth Block$5.14 - $8.08

Wood Quarter Round

Quarter round is generally less than an inch thick. It is used as a decorative element to build-up a design around a mantel or other architectural features. Quarter round installation is used at the lower edge of the baseboard if there are gaps to hide. The cost of this type of trim is between $0.54 and $3.84 per linear foot.

Wood Shoe Molding

Wood shoe molding is very similar to wood quarter round. The only difference is that the shape of quarter round is a quarter circle, and the shape of shoe molding is a quarter of an ellipse. This trim is used to hide gaps at the bottom of the baseboard or as a decorative element in architectural features. Expect shoe molding to cost between $0.65 and $1.57 per linear foot.

Wood Chair Rail Trim

Today, chair rail is usually used as a decorative element. However, this trim has historically been used to protect the wall from chairs. For this reason, it is typically installed horizontally three feet above the floor. Since chair rail is used to prevent damage to the wall, it is generally made from hardwoods. There are many profiles available, from basic to intricate. Expect to pay between $1.37 and $3.12 for wood chair rail trim.

Wood Baseboard Trim

Wood baseboard trim is installed where the wall meets the flooring. It is installed on the lowermost part of the wall. Wood base molding installation covers the gaps in between the wall and the flooring and hides any imperfections. Costs commonly range from $1.61 to $4.27 per linear foot.

Wood Crown Molding

Wood crown molding trim is installed in between the wall and the ceiling. It is usually decorative but could hide any gaps or imperfections in the wall and ceiling. Many styles of crown molding are available, from plain to intricately carved. Wood crown molding prices range from $1.69 to $10 per linear foot and beyond for intricate pieces.

Wainscoting Wood Trim

Also referred to as a wainscot cap, this trim is similar to chair rail. It is installed above wainscoting to give it a finished look and is generally painted white to match the wainscoting. Most wainscoting wood trim is either 3 inches or 1¾ inch in width. The trim cap for wainscoting cost per linear foot is between $1.75 and $4.12.

Wood Base Cap

Wood base cap can be used to create a more intricate, refined look when combined with baseboard. Many profiles are available for wood base cap. Custom profiles can be made, as well. The base cap is generally installed on top of a basic baseboard and is between 1 and 3 inches in width. Wood base cap costs are between $1.78 and $4.62 per linear foot.

Wall Frame Molding

Wall frame molding is purely decorative and is not very common. It is often used by homeowners hoping to obtain the look of a formal English home. Pieces of molding are used to imitate the look of a picture frame on the wall. It is usually painted the same color as the wall. It usually costs between $2.17 and $4.25 per linear foot for wall frame molding.

Wood Picture Rail

Picture rail is similar to chair rail, but it is hung much higher on the wall. It is not very common but is often used to hold hooks to hang pictures with wire. This makes it easy to hang and move pictures without the need for damaging the walls. It works well in rooms with high ceilings, as it also breaks up the wall. The cost for wood picture rail is generally between $3.49 and $4.89 per linear foot.

Wood Plinth Block

A wood plinth block is installed in between the floor and casing around a door. Sometimes it is for decorative purposes, while other times, it serves as a load-bearing unit or fills a gap. Wood plinth blocks are usually sold individually for about $2.58 to $6.88, which translates to $5.14 to $8.08 per linear foot.

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Wood Trim Cost by Type of Exterior Trim

Wood has long been the standard for exterior trim, but it’s very important to properly prime and paint or stain the wood so that it can stand up to the elements. There are many types of exterior trim. Exterior trim is installed around the roofline and doors and windows. In some instances, extra decorative trim is added. The installation of exterior trim is generally more costly. Sealing gaps adequately and waterproofing the trim takes more effort. Working on ladders or scaffolding adds installation time.

Wood Trim Cost by Type of Exterior Trim

Wood Trim Cost by Type of Exterior Trim

Type of Wood Exterior TrimCost Per Linear Foot (Materials Only)
Fascia$0.77 - $1.68
Frieze$0.77 - $1.68
Rake$0.77 - $1.68
Casing$1 - $3.61
Drip Cap$1.36 - $2.75
Soffit$1.80 - $10
Outside Corner Trim$1.92 - $12
Box Ends$3 - $8
Knee Braces$14.44 - $63

Wood Fascia Board Prices

Wood fascia boards range in price from $0.77 to $1.68 per linear foot, with the cedar fascia board price being right around $1 per linear foot. Fascia boards are installed at the roofline to help cover the soffit, support the gutter system, and protect the roof. These boards keep the water out and provide a place for the sheathing and flashing to adhere. There are many types of wood to choose from, with boards like cedar or redwood holding up better to the elements.

Wood Frieze Board

Expect to pay between $0.77 and $1.68 per linear foot for a basic wood frieze board. Usually, a 1” x 4” frieze board is installed just for looks. It has no functional purpose in the roofing system. It is installed where the soffit ends on the exterior walls and completes the home’s trim pattern. For architectural detail, a homeowner can opt for costlier carved pieces.

Wood Rake Board

As the same types of boards are used, expect to pay between $0.77 and $1.68 per linear foot for a wood rake board. These boards are installed on the sloped roof parts in contrast to fascia boards installed on the straight edges of the roof that have gutters. These boards usually match the fascia boards and give continuity to the trim.

Wood Casing

The cost of exterior wood casing ranges from $1 to $3.61 per linear foot. Both exterior doors and windows receive casing. Homeowners can choose from very basic casing or opt for more intricate designs or exotic wood, which increases the price. When installation occurs, special care must be taken to seal all gaps and protect the wood from the elements.

Wood Drip Cap

Wood drip cap costs are between $1.36 and $2.75 per linear foot. Wood drip cap pieces are installed on the home’s exterior that redirects rainwater. It can be installed over windows or doors to divert the water from dripping on the framing. This helps to protect these areas from water damage.

Wood Soffit Cost

The cost for wood soffit trim varies widely, with homeowners generally paying between $1.80 and $10 per linear foot. Many material options are available for a wood soffit. Something simple like ¼ in. plywood, planks of exotic hardwood, or anything in between can be used. A soffit can be flat, beadboard, or other designs and usually include some type of venting.

Wood Outside Corner Trim

The cost for wood outside corner trim ranges from $1.92 to $12 per linear foot. Wood outside corner trim is sometimes installed on the outside corners of the exterior of a house. This trim can neaten up the corners where the siding comes together and enhance its appearance. It can also add extra protection to the corners.

Wood Box Ends

The price for wood box ends ranges from $3 to $8 per linear foot for materials. These pieces are custom made to fit at the end of the soffit. This gives the soffit a finished edge, or cap, and is located where the gable end meets the non-gable end. This piece has to be custom made because it needs to fit perfectly in a uniquely shaped space and account for all angles.

Wood Knee Braces

The cost for wood knee braces ranges between $15.60 and $98 each, or $14.44 to $63 per linear foot, depending on the wood and decorative qualities. Wood knee braces are an architectural element that dresses up your home’s exterior. They are a curved piece of wood and are generally installed on porches. The curved portion reaches from a column up to the roofline to add character to the project.

Wood Trim Prices by Grade

When installing wood trim, there are two choices, to paint or stain the trim. Prices for each type of wood in each grade will be different. Paint-grade wood trim is usually made of pine or poplar, with pine being the most inexpensive. Nicer hardwoods are used to manufacture stain-grade trim, which is why it comes with a higher price tag. For comparison purposes, the prices below reflect basic baseboard trim.

Wood Trim Prices by Grade

Wood GradePrice Per Linear Foot (Only Materials)
Paint-Grade Wood Trim$1.74 to $2.50
Stain Grade Wood Trim$1.89 to 4.27

Paint-Grade Wood Trim

Paint-grade wood trim is less expensive because paint makes it easier to hide imperfections in the wood. It’s easier to maintain painted trim because any holes or dings can simply be filled, and the trim can be easily repainted. Some people don’t think that painted trim looks as high-end as stained trim, and it is a sure sign that painted trim is lesser quality wood. Basic paint-grade baseboard that has been primed is $1.74 to $2.50 per linear foot.

Stain-Grade Wood Trim

Stain-grade wood trim costs more because it is a higher quality of wood. This is important so that the wood grain comes through nicely when stained. Stained trim is more difficult to maintain because it isn’t easy to fill holes and restain the wood. To restain wood trim, you need to clean it with mineral spirits, apply a chemical stripper, sand the trim, and then apply the stain. However, many would argue that stained wood gives a more sophisticated look. Basic stain-grade baseboard is $1.89 to $4.27 per linear foot.

Wood Trim Cost by Style

Many different trim styles are available. There are simple, modern, historical, and intricate styles to accentuate any home’s style and architecture. These types of trim come in paint-grade or stain-grade in various sizes and materials. Choose from dark wood trim, light wood trim, or trim to be painted the color of your choice.

Wood Trim Cost by Style

Wood Trim Cost by Style

Wood Trim StyleCost Per Linear Foot (Only Materials)
Flat Stock$1 - $8
Colonial$1 - $8
Craftsmen$1 - $10
Barnwood$1.25 - $50
Windsor$2 - $10
Victorian$3 - $15
Scalloped$4 - $10

Flat Stock Wood Trim

As the name suggests, flat stock wood trim is flat and smooth. It is the most basic trim and has a square profile with a flat face. It is popular because it works in modern and contemporary homes. The joints can be mitered or butted. It is also inexpensive, coming in between $1 to $8 per linear foot depending on the wood type.

Colonial Wood Trim

Colonial wood trim is another popular choice found in a variety of architectural styles. There are subtle, rounded details in the middle of the trim. There are basic types, as well as those that have more detail, including fluting. Costs range between $1 and $8 per linear foot depending on the material.

Craftsman Wood Trim

Craftsman wood trim is not mitered and is slightly wider on the top than on the sides. The side trim dies into the top piece. This type of trim is normally flat, but decorative versions can be found. The cost for craftsman style wood trim has a wide range, between $1 and $10 per linear foot depending on the style and material.

Barnwood Trim

Barnwood trim gives a rustic look to any room. It can be used for door casing, window casing, baseboard, and many other trim applications. Choose from new or reclaimed barnwood. New barnwood starts as low as $1.25 per linear foot, while reclaimed barnwood costs anywhere around $12 or more per linear foot.

Windsor Wood Trim

Windsor trim allows for plenty of details, with some portions of the trim being flat and others rounded. Curved areas and interesting angles are used throughout. This popular trim is used in traditional homes and comes with a price of $2 to $10 per linear foot.

Victorian Style Wood Trim

Elegant and intricate, Victorian style wood trim tends to have ripples along the casing. At the corners and tops, expect to find carved pieces of varying intricacies. The top of Victorian style wood trim is often the focal point, with beautiful carvings. This type of trim is most often found in older, Victorian homes. Original trim will be stained, not painted. The price ranges from $3 to $15 per linear foot.

Scalloped Wood Trim

Scalloped wood trim has a circular, scalloped edge. This trim type is usually not used throughout an entire home but serves as a decorative element above sinks, between cabinets, or on credenzas or china cabinets. Scalloped wood trim is usually used in historic homes and is also used in exterior applications. Costs are between $4 and $10 per linear foot.

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Wood Trim Installation Cost

A professional handyman, carpenter, or trim carpenter has the knowledge, experience, and tools to quickly complete your interior trim job and make it look great. Exterior trim is most commonly installed by a siding installer. It’s a specialized skill to miter trim pieces together so that they fit perfectly. Cutting angles and making a run look smooth takes practice. The average homeowner doesn’t possess the best tools for the job.

Trim carpentry pricing can be figured in many ways. Some may charge per door or window, while others charge by the hour or linear foot. Interior window trim installation averages around $40 per window, including materials. The average cost to install door casing is $70 per door, including materials. These prices go up for intricate designs or installations. Hourly rates for trim installation generally range from $60 to $100. Installation costs per linear foot vary widely and depend on the type of trim and intricacies of the job. The cost per foot for trim labor should be between $0.50 and $10. An average homeowner can expect to pay about $560 for casing eight doors with pine flat stock wood trim.

In terms of exterior trim, costs generally range from $4 to $7 per linear foot for materials. Labor ranges in price from $70 per hour to $90 per hour. This brings the cost to install all exterior trim on a 1500 square foot house to between $5,125 and $6,300.

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Cost to Replace Wood Trim

Trim only needs to be replaced if a homeowner is changing their home’s style. However, trim may rot or get dinged up. The best time to replace wood trim is when siding, doors, windows, or flooring are replaced. If you hire someone for replacing wood trim around windows, doors, siding, or flooring, sometimes the interior or exterior wood trim replacement cost includes trim removal. If it isn’t included in the price, expect to pay between $0.60 and $1.20 per linear foot for removal. The cost to remove old trim and retrim the interior of a house will vary widely. You can expect to pay between $2,375 and $2,600 for a 1500 square foot home to remove old trim and replacement. Costs to replace old trim and retrim the exterior of a 1500 square foot home should cost between $1,800 and $2,500.

Cost to Trim a House per Square Foot

When building a new home, one of the final pieces of the puzzle is installing trim. Working with a good trim carpenter makes the process go smoothly and leaves your home looking great. Costs for trimming the interior of an entire house vary greatly based on the size of the house and the types of trim used. Prices below reflect using basic pine trim that is painted for interior prices and western red cedar for exterior trim.

Cost to Trim a House per Square Foot

Cost to Trim a House per Square Foot

Home Square FootageCost For Interior Trim (Including Labor)Cost For Exterior Trim (Including Labor)
1,500 sq.ft.$1,475 - $2,400$4,300 - $5,325
2,000 sq.ft.$1,960 - $2,860$5,125 - $6,300
2,500 sq.ft.$2,325 - $3,200$6,375 - $7,325
3,000 sq.ft.$2,750 - $3,800$7,315 - $8,325
3,500 sq.ft.$3,430 - $4,300$8,200 - $9,285

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Cost to Trim a House by Location

Many different places inside a house and outside a house need trim. In new construction, all trim needs to be installed. With trim replacement, only small areas are completed at a time. Costs vary depending on the location and difficulty of installation and type of trim.

Cost to Trim a House by Location

Cost to Trim a House by Location

LocationInstallation Cost (including labor)
Around Windows$30 - $80
Around Doors$70 - $250
Around Shower or Bathtub$135 - $255
Around Garage Door$350 - $500
Around Fireplace Hearth$300 - $1,000
Around Ceiling$450 - $900

Wood Trim Around Windows

Wood trim around windows is important to seal gaps and make the window look nice. Installing wood trim around windows costs between $30 and $50 per window. Large, hard to reach, skylight wood trim, and bay window wood trim cost more. Exterior window wood trim costs from $60 to $80 per window. Wood trim around exterior windows generally needs to be replaced more often due to exposure to the elements.

Wood Trim Around Doors

Wood trim around wood doors is necessary to seal gaps between the door jam and the wall. Interior wood trim and exterior door wood trim give the project a completed look. Expect to pay between $70 and $180 per door for interior door wood trim installation and between $180 and $250 for exterior door wood trim installation.

Wood Trim Around Shower or Bathtub

Installing wood trim around the bathtub or a shower is one way to give it a completed look. However, wood trim is not usually recommended in moist environments. Bullnose tile or PVC trim handles moisture much better. Installing wood trim around a shower surround or tiled shower costs between $5.50 and $8.50 per linear foot, or $135 to $255.

Wood Trim Around Garage Door

A garage door trim comprises several different pieces, including a wrap and the exterior trim. These materials need to coordinate and be sturdy, as the wrap is exposed to wear and tear since it comes in contact with the garage door. Since several pieces are involved, garage door wood trim is more complicated and comes with a price tag of $350 to $500.

Wood Trim Around Fireplace Hearth

Adding wood trim around a fireplace hearth covers uneven hearth or wall edges. Trimming the hearth gives you free rein to add wood design elements to your finished hearth. Most fireplace surrounds are made from solid hardwoods, such as poplar, oak, maple, or cherry. These woods make a durable and beautiful focal point for the home. Costs to install wood trim around a fireplace hearth vary widely. The costs range from $300 to $1,000, depending on the materials and intricacies of the installation.

Wood Trim Around Ceiling

Crown molding is wood trim around the ceiling. It hides imperfections and gives a room a highly sophisticated look. Most often seen in older historic homes or high-end new construction, crown molding comes in various designs and materials. It can be plain or quite elaborate. Adding trim around the ceiling softens the corners to eliminate the boxy look of a room. The average costs to install 60 linear feet of crown molding around the ceiling are between $450 and $900.

MDF vs Wood Trim

Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is made from trees, but it is generally made from branches, pulped into a mash, and then formed again into a hard product. This means that MDF comes with a lower price tag, but it is more prone to dings, scratches, and chipping. MDF can only be painted and not stained. MDF does not stand up well to moisture. However, it will not split when being nailed and is easier to install. Wood baseboard trim costs $1.61 to $4.27 per linear foot, while MDF baseboard trim costs $0.99 to $3 per linear foot.

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PVC vs Wood Trim

PVC trim comes in a white color that does not need to be painted. It will not decay or rot when exposed to moisture and is resistant to insect invasion. Many people choose PVC trim because it is flexible and does not encourage deforestation. However, PVC is more expensive, and many people would rather have the look of natural wood in their homes. PVC flat casing will start at about $1.85 per linear foot, whereas flat wood casing starts at $1 per linear foot.

Baseboard vs Trim

Baseboard is one of the many types of trim. Trim is generally described as a material used where the walls meet the floor, around openings such as doors and windows, where the walls meet the ceiling, or at corners between walls. Trim describes all the molding used in a home. Baseboard is the type of trim used where the walls meet the floor.

Trim vs Molding

Trim is the very general term that refers to all the molding in a home. Molding is a millwork classification, which is woodwork that is created in a mill. It adds non-structural details to a room. Molding adds beauty and is not essential to the structural integrity of the home. All that said, the terms are fairly interchangeable. Molding, trim, and millwork are all terms used to describe the same thing.

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Enhancements and Improvement Costs

Paint Wood Trim Cost

Sometimes trim comes pre-painted, while other times, it needs to be painted before or after installation. When working in new construction, professionals tend to paint the trim after installation since holes need to be filled and painted anyway. However, in small projects, it makes more sense to paint the trim before installation and touch up the paint later. At least some painting will need to take place after installation because nail holes will need to be filled. The cost to paint trim will be between $1.60 and $3 per linear foot.

Wood Ceiling Medallion

A wood ceiling medallion can be a beautiful addition to a ceiling, especially one that includes crown molding. A ceiling medallion is round and goes around the base of a light fixture on a ceiling to make it more decorative. A 20” to 14” ceiling medallion is often intricately carved and ranges from $50 to $350.

Bullnose Wood Trim

Consider using bullnose wood trim if you would like a rounded edge to your trim. Some types of trim can be found with a bullnose edge. A bullnose corner can also be used to create a rounded corner at the edges of drywall when installing baseboard. The cost for a bullnose corner is $2.20 to $5.92 for each corner piece.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Each state has different requirements for carpenter licensing. Before hiring someone, ask about their insurance to ensure that it is up to date and any licensing they may have. Permits are generally not needed for installing wood trim.
  • A homeowner who has some carpentry experience and the necessary tools could attempt to install wood trim. However, getting miters tight and runs smooth is difficult.
  • If the trim in your home is old, outdated, and beat up, updating it will likely increase your home’s value. This is especially true if the trim around your entry door is in rough shape. Replacing the trim around your entry door enhances curb appeal, making a better first impression when selling.
  • Adding shiplap with wood trim creates a farmhouse look to your home. It can elevate a space and make it unique. Shiplap with wood trim will cost between $500 and $1,500 for one room.


  • How much does it cost to install wood trim?

Costs to install wood trim vary widely. The national average cost ranges from $300 to $1,200, with most homeowners paying about $560 for casing eight doors, $100 for installing trim around two windows, and $1,475 for installing trim throughout an entire 1,500 square foot house.

  • How to paint wood trim white?

Wood trim can be painted white before or after installation. Even if painting the trim before installation, holes or other damage still must be filled and touched up after installation.

  • How to trim interior doors?

An interior door is trimmed with door casing on all sides. The casing should sit back from the jamb by ⅛ inch to ¼ inch. The joints where the casings meet can be cut with a miter joint to 45 degrees for a square corner. A butt joint, where the legs of the casing meet the head or top piece, are cut at 90 degrees. A tight joint is the most important part of casing installation.

  • How much does wood trim repair cost?

Wood trim repair costs anywhere from $300 to $1,000 depending on the type of repair. If holes and knicks need to be filled and repainted, it will cost a few hundred dollars. If the exterior trim is rotting, it will cost more to fix the problem with epoxy and paint.

  • How much do trim carpenters charge?

Most trim carpenters start at around $5 per linear foot for trim work. Hourly rates generally range from $60 to $100.

  • How do you install wood trim without nails?

If you want to install wood trim without using nails, construction glue can be used to install lightweight trim. However, this method is rarely used.

  • How do you make wood trim?

Trim is made by first ripping and beveling the wood to the desired size. After this, the trim is shaped using a router, which creates the contours of the trim. Last, the trim needs to be sanded to be smooth and ready for painting or staining.

Cost to install wood trim varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Cost to install wood trim 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