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Board and batten wall sidingHow to use the board and batten calculatorHow to calculate the number of boards and battens needed using the board and batten wall calculatorTypes of materials for board and batten wall sidingsFAQs

Omni Calculator's board and batten calculator is your one-stop tool to determine the material required to make beautiful wall sidings. But that's not all; you can also determine the number of boards and battens that you'll be making or be able to make with that material and much more. So, our tool is good news for all DIY enthusiasts as well as home decor artists.

In the article, we will be talking about a lot of things:

  • What is a board and batten wall siding?
  • What are the options of board and batten material to choose from?

So, stay tuned to learn as much as you need.

Board and batten wall siding

A board and batten siding is a type of wall siding made of wide boards that are installed vertically on the wall. The seams of these boards are covered with thin strips of the same material and are called battens. These alternating patterns are what give this siding a rustic look and are considered a timeless classic.

You can choose any type of material to make your board and batten wall siding, ranging from vinyl to wood and fiber cement. In certain DIY projects, you might find that you can simply paint the pattern on the wall and give it the illusion of the construction.

The purpose of making the board and batten wall siding is to provide a protective and decorative covering for the exterior or interior walls of a building.

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Wall with labelled boards and battens and furring strips..

How to use the board and batten calculator

Omni Calculator's board and batten wall calculator is a one-of-a-kind tool that helps estimate the number of boards, battens, and rows, along with the material for each, to build a board and batten wall siding project.

Using our board and batten calculator is straightforward. If you are into making DIY home projects, you are sure to enjoy the tool.

You need to input:

  • The width of the wall or the section where you want to build the siding;
  • The height of the wall or the section where you want to build the siding;
  • Board width; and
  • Board spacing.

All these measurements have a default unit of either feet or meters, but you can change it to anything else you like to measure the length with.

Additionally, in the Doors and windows section, you may enter:

  • The number of doors; and
  • The number of windows, if there are any, in the location of the project.

The heights and widths of the doors and windows are generic, but you can change them in this section of the calculator.

Once you input the required measurements, the tool determines:

  • The number of boards;
  • Number of battens;
  • Number of furring strip rows;
  • Number of trims. By default, they are 2, but you can change it according to your liking as well;
  • The material for boards;
  • Material needed for battens;
  • Material needed for furring strips; and
  • Material needed for the trims.

Now, imagine once you have all that information, you can easily construct the board and batten wall siding or get it done by an expert.

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⚠️ Disclaimer!
Our board and batten calculator determines results using precise formulas. Despite that, we suggest you purchase extra material just to be on the safe side.

How to calculate the number of boards and battens needed using the board and batten wall calculator

The good thing about using the board and batten calculator is that you only need to measure the width and height of either the entire wall or the section where you want to make the siding, along with the desired board width and spacing. The rest will be done efficiently by the tool.

So, for instance, you plan on making the board and batten siding on the entire wall.

  1. Measure the wall width and height. You might find it in the blueprints of the house as well. For instance, they are 3 m and 5 m, respectively.
  2. Determine the desired width and spacing of boards. Say, it is 5 and 8 centimeters, respectively.
  3. Confirm the number of doors and windows. Suppose there are none, as you are making the siding in the corridor.
  4. Input the measurements in our calculator.
  5. The tool will tell you that you'll make 24 boards and 23 battens, with 9 rows of furring strips and 2 trims.
  6. The material needed for this layout is calculated as 120 m of board and 115 m of battens. And the furring strip is 30 m with a trim of 6 m.

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Types of materials for board and batten wall sidings

We understand that the choice of material is totally a personal preference, but here is a list of some common materials that people like to use to make wall sidings.

  1. Vinyl siding: It is one of the most affordable and durable materials to make wall sidings and, hence, is a popular choice.

  2. Wood siding: The wood siding is a timeless classic and can be made using various types of wood based on your style and availability.

  3. Fiber cement siding: It is a mixture of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. Hence, it is durable. You can either paint or stain it to match your style.

  4. Paint siding: Yes, we know paint is not a construction material, but who says you can only construct the siding? You may do an impressive paint job that gives the illusion of a siding.

FAQs

What is board and batten wall siding?

The board and batten are one of the many types of wall sidings. It consists of wide or sometimes narrow boards (depending on personal preference) installed vertically on a wall. The seams of the boards are covered with thin or thick strips (again, depending on personal preference) called battens.

These wall sidings are a popular and traditional form of architectural decor. The board and batten material could be anything from vinyl or wood to fiber or simply a graceful paint job.

How much material do I need for my board and batten?

The material needed for board and batten depends on the number of boards and battens, wall width, and height.

  1. Let's assume the width and height of the siding you want are 7 m and 8 m, respectively.
  2. Then the number of boards and battens is 34 and 33, respectively, if the board width and spacing are 9 and 12 cm, respectively.
  3. The material needed for boards is 272 m. It is estimated by multiplying the number of boards by the wall height.
  4. The material required for battens is 264 m. It is estimated by multiplying the number of battens by the wall height.

Is board and batten the same as wainscoting?

No, board and batten, and wainscotting are different types of wall sidings.

The board and batten consist of vertical wall panels called boards, and the battens, the thin strips covering the seams of the boards. The board and batten siding can even cover the entire wall, meaning there is no limitation to the height of this design.

Whereas wainscoting is a form of decorative paneling covering the lower, generally 1/3rd of 1/4th of the wall.

How can I determine number of battens needed for wall siding?

The number of battens of a wall siding is based on the number of boards you want to make and your personal preference of the design, whether you want the edge seams to be covered or not.

  1. If you want both the edge seams of the boards to be covered, use the formula:

    Number of battens = Number of boards + 1

  2. If you want only one edge seam of the board covered by batten, in case you plan on making it on two consecutive walls, then use the formula:

    Number of battens = Number of boards − 1

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