How To Calculate Square Feet For A Wood Accent Wall

How To Calculate Square Feet For A Wood Accent Wall

Installing a wood accent wall is a fantastic way to add warmth and character to any room. Before starting your project, it’s essential to calculate the square footage accurately to ensure you purchase the right amount of wood. At Wallcraft Wood, we provide reclaimed wood for stunning accent walls and want to help you get your project off to a smooth start. This guide will walk you through the steps to calculate the square feet needed for your wood accent wall.

Step-by-Step Guide to Calculating Square Feet

Step 1: Measure the Wall

Tools You’ll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Calculator
  • Pen and paper

Taking Measurements

  1. Measure the Width: Using a measuring tape, measure the width of the wall from one end to the other. Record this measurement in feet.
  2. Measure the Height: Measure the height of the wall from the floor to the ceiling. Record this measurement in feet.

Step 2: Calculate the Total Square Feet


To find the total square footage, use the formula:

Square Feet = Width (in feet) × Height (in feet)

Example Calculation

For a wall that is 12 feet wide and 8 feet high:

12 ft (width) × 8 ft (height) = 96 square feet

Step 3: Account for Doors and Windows

Measuring Doors and Windows

If your wall has any doors or windows, you need to subtract their area from the total square footage.

  1. Measure the Width and Height: Measure the width and height of each door and window.
  2. Calculate the Area: Multiply the width by the height to find the square footage of each door and window.
  3. Subtract from Total: Subtract the total square footage of the doors and windows from the total square footage of the wall.

Example Calculation

If your wall has a window that is 3 feet wide and 4 feet high:

3 ft (width) × 4 ft (height) = 12 square feet

Subtract the window area from the total wall area:

96 square feet - 12 square feet = 84 square feet

Step 4: Add Extra for Waste

Waste Factor

When working with reclaimed wood, it's a good idea to add an extra 10-15% to your total square footage to account for waste, cuts, and any damaged pieces.

Example Calculation

If your final total is 84 square feet, calculate 10% extra:

84 square feet × 0.10 = 8.4 square feet

Add this to your total:

84 square feet + 8.4 square feet = 92.4 square feet

Rounding up, you should purchase approximately 93 square feet of reclaimed wood.

Practical Tips

Double-Check Measurements

Always double-check your measurements to ensure accuracy. Mistakes in measuring can lead to ordering too much or too little wood.

Use a Square Footage Calculator

There are many online square footage calculators that can help you verify your calculations quickly and accurately.

Consider the Pattern

If you plan to install the wood in a pattern (like herringbone or chevron), you may need more wood to accommodate the additional cuts and layout intricacies. Adjust your waste factor accordingly.

Purchase from a Reliable Source

Buy your reclaimed wood from a trusted supplier like Wallcraft Wood to ensure you get high-quality materials for your accent wall.

Why Choose Wallcraft Wood?

At Wallcraft Wood, we are dedicated to providing high-quality reclaimed wood that supports sustainability and enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home. Our barn wood planks are sourced from authentic structures, ensuring each piece carries its own unique history and character. We prioritize sustainability and quality, offering materials that are both environmentally friendly and built to last.