How To Determine Cost Of Urban Lumber


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.


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