How Many Square Feet In A Box Of Wood Flooring Do I Need to Finish My Project?

Tiffany Nichols
by Tiffany Nichols

Accurately installed wood flooring is gorgeous. Each polished slat fits together perfectly to create a smooth, shiny finish. But how many square feet come in each box? And how many is it going to take to finish this job?

The amount of wood flooring you need to finish your project depends on several factors. First, check the square footage of your space. Then, compare that to how much flooring comes in each box. Find the difference to determine how many boxes you need.

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How Are Boxes of Wood Flooring Packaged?

Most retailers sell hardwood flooring by the box. They’re the long, rectangular cartons located in the home renovation section. Wood floor pieces seldom come in square containers because of how they fit together.

Boxes usually contain about 20 square feet of your chosen wood flooring. However, all flooring cartons come with a bit of extra for good measure. Manufacturers typically send a few spare feet to make up for the waste created during installation. The amount of extra is based on a percentage.

That means each project is different. It also means you have to take some measurements before you begin. Keep in mind that the percentage of spare flooring provided depends on many things. Higher grade wood usually doesn’t come with as much in the box.

Various wood grains may affect the price as well. And so can the amount you’re installing. Some retailers will give you a discount if you buy your supplies in bulk. This generally includes wood flooring purchases of around 1,000 square feet or more.

What Are the Dimensions of a Box of Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered hardwoods, natural hardwoods, and solid hardwoods have distinct dimensions. It’s because of the way they’re processed and sold. So, you can expect their boxes to reflect that.

For example, engineered wood products often come in 2-inch by 3-inch pieces (height). Widths can be between five inches and fifteen inches, depending on which cuts you get. For more information on standard wood sizing, speak to a licensed carpenter.

This means that boxes can vary widely in size and volume. Containers with large flooring pieces will naturally hold less. However, the same can be said about higher-quality products like imported woods.

TIP: Find out how many pieces are inside the box. Then, calculate the square footage that it covers, minus the 10% extra. Next, compare that to the space you want to finish. Buy a spare carton for cutting mistakes and incorrect measurements.

Calculating How Many Boxes of Wood Flooring You’ll Need

Knowing how to calculate the number of hardwood flooring boxes you’ll need is easy. Let’s say you need to install wood floors in a room that’s 210 square feet:

  • Figure in an allowance of about 10% for waste from cutting and fitting.
  • Take 210 times 10% to get 21.
  • Add 21 to the original number (i.e.: 210 + 21 = 231).
  • Buy at least 231 square feet of wood flooring to finish the job.

If the box you select has 20 feet of product, divide the final number by 20. So, you get this calculation next:

231 ÷ 20 = 11.55

That means you should buy no less than 12 boxes of hardwood flooring to complete a 210 square-foot space. Change the numbers but keep the equation to configure different rooms. And try to use the same product for different spaces to improve the flow.

Don’t forget to account for unpredictable mishaps, special cuts, diagonal pieces, and structural issues. It may be hard to find the same flooring later. So, buy one or two extra boxes if you can afford them.

TIP: Sell what you didn’t use on a local social media sale site to recoup some of the money. Many communities have local charities that let you donate your extra materials too.

Related Questions

How heavy is the average box of hardwood flooring?

Each type of wood has a different density. So, each type has a unique weight to match. Check out The Wood Database for specific information. Hint: Oak, Maple, and Mahogany are some of the heaviest.

What would it cost to install wood floors in a 1,500 square foot house?

The average cost of a box of wood flooring is between $3 and $22 per square foot. The subfloor may add a fee of around $2 per square foot. So, the estimated price of hardwood in a small house is about $7,000 to $36,000, depending on the wood.

Home Is Where the Hardwood Is

Install beautiful hardwood floors in your home to increase the resale value. Or do it just to enjoy the space like never before. Either way, remember to measure twice and cut once to save time and money. And buy plenty of boxes to finish the project with a few pieces leftover.

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Tiffany Nichols
Tiffany Nichols

Tiffany Nichols specializes in aesthetics, design, marketing, and manufacturing. She's a copywriter and editor for several home renovation companies in the U.S. and works alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. Her hobbies include architecture, art, mental health, and fashion.

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