So you want to estimate how much it would cost for to buy some Urban wood for your next project?
The way lumber is typically priced is a bit confusing at first, but makes sense after you understand it. We wrote this little post to help people estimate costs.
What is a “board foot”?
Lumber is often sold by the board foot. A board foot is 12″ x 12″ x 1″.
So a board 3 ft long, 12″ wide and 1″ thick is 3 board feet.
If it’s 3 ft long, 2 ft wide and 1 inch thick, it’s 6 board ft.
And it is 3 ft long, 2 ft wide and 2 inch thick, it is 12 board ft.
So Length x Width x Thickness = Board ft.
How do I determine cost if I know the board feet?
Now that you know the board feet of the wood you are looking at, you can now factor in the cost per board-ft. So if the cost is $4 per board ft, the board that was 6 board ft is $24. The board that was 12 board ft. is $48.