Wall Framing Tips - Figuring The Materials

It doesn't really make any difference, whether you have experienced framing walls, or if this is going to be the first wall that you have ever framed. We can always learn something, if we keep an open mind, and enjoy reading.

Let's figure out how much materials you're going to need. Let's say that the wall you're going to build is going to be 16 feet long and you are planning on spacing each studs, 16 inches on center.

The first thing that were going to want to do, is convert 16 feet and inches. This will require us to multiply 16 times 12, which equals 192 inches. Then were going to need to do divide 16 inches on center stud layout measurements, by 192 inches. This will give us 12 equally spaced 16 inches on center vertical studs.

The next thing that you're going to need to do, and most people forget about this, is to add one more 2 x 4 stud, for the end of your wall. This will give us a total of 13 2 x 4 studs, that we will need to purchase at our local home improvement center or lumber yard.

Now what about our bottom and top plates. We know that each one of these top plates are going to be 16 feet long, and we are going to need at least one for the bottom and one for the top.

Don't forget to measure the wall height. If the wall is 8 feet tall, you will need to make sure that your vertical 2 x 4 studs are at least 8 foot in length. If your wall is 9'8" tall, make sure that you get 10 foot vertical 2 x 4 studs. By now, you should have a pretty good idea, how to figure out your materials, to frame a new wall.

Now that doesn't seem too difficult. Happy wall framing.