How to Calculate Fence Boards per Foot

A fence can be a very attractive and useful addition to property.

Board fences can enhance privacy.Board fences can enhance privacy.
One of the first tasks in installing a fence is determining the amount of materials needed, which helps you estimate the fence's cost. A board fence is a popular style often used as a border, and it is safe for penning in animals. Installing a board fence requires estimating the amount of boards per foot that you need for the project.

Measure the width of one of the boards that you plan to use for your fence. Most board fences consist of boards that are 4 or 6 inches wide.

Divide 12 (the inches in 1 foot) by the width of the board in inches. For example, if the board's width is 4 inches, divide 12 by 4 to get 3. In that case, you need three boards for each foot of fence.

Multiply the number of boards needed for each foot of fence by the total length of the fence. This information will help you determine the total number of boards that you need for the entire fence length. For instance, if the fence will be 100 feet long and you need three boards for each foot of fence, then multiply 100 times 3 to get 300 boards.

Multiply the number of boards needed for the project by the cost of one board if you want to estimate the cost of the fence's lumber. For example, if you need 300 boards and one board costs $1, then multiply 300 times $1 for a total of $300.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
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