How Much Does It Cost To Install A Built-In Entertainment Center?


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Built-in Entertainment Center Costs

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A built-in entertainment center is an attractive way to add value to your home and save space when accommodating all of your personal effects. Whether you have a full entertainment system or just a cable box and a few game systems, having a good entertainment center can make all the difference. A built-in will provide you with something that lasts and save you from buying cheap pre-fabricated furniture that is rarely worth the cost.

The cost to build and install a built-in entertainment center depends largely on the size of the unit and the type of wood or other material used to construct it. You can have them custom designed by a professional designer, or even choose a modular kit that may be more affordable to build in than a custom shelving unit.

Built-in entertainment center: 10’x10’ built-in entertainment center costs, including a range for various types of materials and accessories, as well as labor costs and the option to hire a designer to custom design the unit.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Oak lumber $14-$15 per sq.ft. 100 $1,400-$1,500
Accessories, hardware, and other materials $100-$400 per project 1 $100-$400
Labor Cost (installation) $70 per hour 24-48 $1,680-$3,360
Labor (designer fee) $200-$300 per project 1 $200-$300
Total Cost $33.80-$55.60 per sq.ft. 100 $3,380-$5,560


Other considerations and costs

  • Custom-built oak shelves are among the more expensive options. Other materials, such as pine or spruce, offer a more affordable product. They are not going to improve the resale value as much, but they can often be painted or stained to look just as good as a more expensive product.
  • You should hire a carpenter for this project because all measurements and cuts will need to be exact. Plus, they can often create custom spaces for your entertainment devices and give you a much better-finished product.
  • If you are having other renovation work done or building a unit into new construction, the costs will generally be lower because there will be less demolition, prep work, and retrofitting involved.

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DIY considerations

  • If you are a skilled carpenter, you can save labor costs and create your own built-in shelving. Otherwise, you should leave the work to the professionals. Consider doing some of the demo work or purchasing a built-in kit to help reduce project costs in other ways.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$7,068
  • Bronx, NY$5,808
  • Brooklyn, NY$4,841
  • Philadelphia, PA$6,039
  • Washington, DC$5,240
  • Atlanta, GA$4,741
  • Miami, FL$4,312
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$4,517
  • Minneapolis, MN$5,299
  • Chicago, IL$6,174
  • Houston, TX$6,368
  • San Antonio, TX$4,275
  • Austin, TX$4,840
  • Denver, CO$4,089
  • Phoenix, AZ$4,315
  • Las Vegas, NV$4,736
  • Los Angeles, CA$5,336
  • San Diego, CA$4,842
  • San Jose, CA$5,849
  • Seattle, WA$4,282

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