When creating a frame, our Framing calculator allows you to easily conduct any stud calculations you can think of. This calculator will tell you how many pieces you’ll need and how much they’ll cost you in total (with the wastage included). You don’t even have to worry about unit conversions.

In the following text, we will explain what framing is, different walls, components and how to use the calculator. Meanwhile, you can check some our construction section to see other tools, or maybe you want to some specific calculations with our Concrete or Concrete Weight Calculator.

Framing in Construction

When it comes to new construction, framing is where things start to come together. Once you have your designs, it’s up to your building’s frame to bring them to life. The skeleton of a structure is the frame, which supports all finishing elements such as drywall, doors, windows, and even the roof. So before you start building an outbuilding like a garage, shed, or pole barn, you’ll need to know the fundamentals of wall framing. Knowing the following terminology if you’ve hired someone to build your new house can help you comprehend what your builder is saying when the construction process begins.

Framing, also known as light-frame construction, is a building technique based on structural members, usually called studs, that provide a stable frame to which interior and exterior wall coverings are attached, and that is covered by a roof composed of horizontal ceiling joists and sloping rafters (together forming a truss structure) or manufactured pre-fabricated roof trusses, all of which are covered by various sheathing materials to provide weather resistance.

Although solid panels (plywood and plywood-like composites such as oriented strand board) are used to create all or part of wall sections in modern light-frame constructions, carpenters utilize different types of diagonal bracing (called “wind braces”) to support walls until recently. Construction rules require In-wall wind braces in many localities or by particular state legislation in the United States. Diagonal bracing is still an important internal component of many roof systems.

On-Center Spacing in Construction – What is?

In building drawings, architectural blueprints, and woodworking designs, the phrase “on-center” is usually abbreviated “OC” (or “o.c.”). It specifies that the supplied dimension corresponds to the distance between the centers of the first and second frame members.

The ubiquitous process of stud framing, or “stick framing,” best illustrates the utility of the on-center spacing approach. A sheet good, such as plywood or drywall, is commonly used to cover a framed wall. The most typical size of sheet products is 4 x 8-foot sheets, which are 48 inches wide. The edge of a vertical sheet will fall over the center of a stud if you frame a stud wall at 16 inches OC or even 24 inches OC (48 is divisible by both 16 and 24). This ensures that the sheet’s edge is properly supported, with about 3/4 inch of wood behind it for nailing or screwing. The following sheet gets the same amount of support and backing as the previous one. As a result, on-center stud spacing makes drywall installation easier afterward.

When framing a residential stud wall, for example, a construction design can specify that the wall studs be spaced every “16 inches OC” against the floor plate and top plate. This indicates that the studs’ centers are spaced at 16-inch intervals. Building codes may demand certain intervals for framework elements such as studs, rafters, and floor joists. Therefore OC measurements are critical.

Difference between 2×4 and 2×6 walls

How much extra does a home with 26 walls cost? Well, that depends on several things, including the size of the home. Of course, the larger the home, the more wall studs are required. That is to say, framing a larger home with 26 walls will cost more than framing a smaller one. Let’s look at an example utilizing a 3,200 square foot stick-framed home to examine some solid figures.

  • Materials for Framing. We’ll assume a 3,200-square-foot home with a 9-foot-high wall height for this discussion. (Therefore, 9-foot studs are required.) This house will require 4,276 square feet of framing or around 580 studs with porches and patios. The top and bottom plates must also be taken into account. These are the boards that connect the studs at the top and bottom of the walls.
  • Insulation. When using fiberglass batt insulation, an R-13 batt fits into a 24-inch wall, whereas an R-19 batt fits into a 26-inch wall. (The R-value of insulation relates to how well it resists heat flow.) The greater the number, the more resistant the system is.) In our 3,200 square foot sample home, we’ll need 4,671 square feet of insulation.

Outside the house. Door jambs and thresholds for the exterior doors, which will be two inches deeper, are two more things to consider. That’ll set you back another $100, give or take.

Wall Framing Components

Future jobs, such as plaster sheeting, tiling, and installing kitchen cabinets, must be considered while framing the walls. It will be impossible to finish future work to high quality if the walls are not built properly. Therefore, make sure that everything you do is accurate.

The following are the key structural components of a wall frame:

  • Plates at the top and bottom. The roof and ceiling components are supported by the top plate, which runs along the top of the wall frame. Roof loads are distributed horizontally to the studs via the top plate. Single or double plated top plates are available. Double plating is commonly used on loadbearing walls for added strength or on trussed roofs for clearance to interior walls.
  • Studs. The vertical pieces between the top and bottom plates are known as studs. They set the height of the frame and provide bearing strength for loads applied from above. They also serve as support for the installation of wall linings.
  • Lintels. There are openings in the wall frame, such as for windows. A lintel supports the weight over the aperture. The span and weight that the lintel must support determine the cross-section size.
  • Noggings.  The studs, noggings run horizontally, almost halfway between the top and bottom plates. Their purpose is to give the studs lateral sideways rigidity and fastening support for the wall linings.
  • Bracing. Bracing is utilized in the wall frame to give rigidity against longitudinal deformation, also known as racking. Steel angle or flat strapping as a diagonal brace, or plywood panels as sheet bracing, are all options for bracing a wall frame.

Framing Calculator Formula

With studs spaced at different distances, you may frame (construct) walls. For example, 16 inches, 19.2 inches, and 2 feet on centers are the most widely utilized stud spacings in a wall (O.C.). Because of the lengths of the sheathing materials, you’ll need to build the wall. These stud placements will have to be these distances.

Your wall will be part of a larger scheme. In certain circumstances, the initial wall may require a corner stud on either end, while succeeding walls will only require a corner stud on one end to support interior finishing.

Start with a simple calculation for the overall studs, then add studs for particular parts to calculate the total number of studs needed:

  1. Add number 0.75 to the overall wall length (in feet) (for 16-inch on-center stud spacing).
  2. For each 90-degree corner, add three studs.
  3. Also, for each 45-degree corner, add four studs.
  4. For each wall junction, add two studs (where another wall abuts the wall you are estimating).
  5. For any aperture less than 5 feet wide, add two studs.
  6. And for any aperture over 5 feet wide, add one stud.
  7. To account for waste, multiply the overall count by number 1.15.

Framing Calculator – How to Use?

Our wall framing calculator is very user-friendly! Only two values you need to enter:

  • The studs’ OC (on-center) spacing, and
  • the wall’s length.

Remember that the standard OC stud spacing is 16, 19.2, or 24 inches. (Measuring the distance/length between the centers of two consecutive studs is known as OC spacing.)

  • If you want to utilize our 2×4 calculator’s pricing part, you’ll also need to know
  • The cost of a single stud and the expected percentage of waste.


What is framing in construction?

When it comes to new construction, framing is where things start to come together. Once you have your designs, it’s up to your building’s frame to bring them to life. The skeleton of a structure is the frame, which supports all finishing elements such as drywall, doors, windows, and even the roof.

Is a 2×6 wall stronger than 2×4?

Three 2x4s have a total bearing area of 15 3/4 square inches, whereas two 2x6s have 16 square inches. A 2×6 wall, on the other hand, is far stronger when bending, such as under a wind force.

How far apart should studs be when framing?

Studs are planks that support the walls and serve as framing components in your home. You might be wondering how far apart my studs are in my house. They’re usually 16 or 24 inches on center (measured from center to center) along the wall, stretching from floor to ceiling.

How to calculate lumber for framing?

Use the overall width of the aperture plus 7 inches to estimate the framing materials for each window and door opening. For a 36-inch wide door, for example, you’ll need two pieces of 2×12 whose length is 43 inches and one piece of plywood whose length is 11 1/4 inches (the exact width of a 2×12).