How Much Does Knotty Pine Wood Cost?

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Knotty pine is a lightweight wood, characterized by its straight grain and fine textures.  This wood tends to have a rustic look, and while knots can be spotted, the knots tend to be smaller and tight.

Knotty Pine and Crown Molding by owenwbrown, on Flickr
Knotty Pine and Crown Molding” (CC BY 2.0) by  owenwbrown

How much does knotty pine cost?

Like any other wood used for wall paneling and furniture, the price of knotty pine can vary from one retailer to another.  The price will often depend on the quality of the wood, the size, thickness, and the amount of wood you purchase.  A 2’x8′ piece, for example, can cost about $35, whereas a 3’x8′ and 4’x8′ piece could cost $55 and $70 respectively.

Since most knotty pine is sold by the panel that typically measures anywhere from 1’x4″ to 2’x8″, the prices are going to range anywhere from $2 to as much as $6 per panel.  The price can often go up and down depending on the pine finish.

The Hardwood Store of North Carolina, for example, lists its prices for knotty pine wood on its official pricing page.  Depending on how many feet you buy at once, the costs can range anywhere from $2.55 to as much as $3.85 per board foot.

Factors that affect the price:


As the size and thickness increases, the value can increase as well.  However, the more wood you buy, the cheaper it will be per piece.  Buying in bulk can always save money.

Wood grades and the quality

Some knotty pines are known to be a lot cheaper than the others; however, the quality could not be compared with wood that is priced higher due to the outstanding quality.  As we all know, wood is priced according to its grade.  First-grade wood, more often than not, may be more expensive, but it will have very few noticeable defects.

What are the extra costs?

If purchasing online, shipping costs may apply, depending on the retailer’s policy.  Some online retailers, however, may waive the freight charges if you spend a certain amount.

If you shop at a local retailer, some can deliver it to your doorstep for an additional fee.

Tips to know:

When buying wood, always check for the possible defects.  Although some the defects in a knotty pine make it appealing, you should check that there are no defects that will pose a threat to quality later.

Knotty pine is usually used for decorative purposes since it is a very soft wood and knots may cause it to split, break, or bow.  This is also the reason that the wood is primarily used for wall paneling rather than flooring.

Buying knotty pine can be done at your local big box hardware store like Home Depot, Lowe’s or even online.  However, it is good to buy the wood in person since you can check its quality.  By buying it in person, you can also choose the pieces you want since some may have imperfections or be slightly discolored compared to the rest.

Paneling, when purchased for a wall, will often be about 3/4 inches thick and commonly come in widths of four to eight inches long.  As for lengths, common cuts include 12, 14 and 16 feet.

How can I save money?

Shop around both locally and online for the highest quality yet cheapest knotty pine wood.  Watch the local ads for times when their lumber is on sale, which is usually once every few weeks.  Sales may occur according to the time of year as well.

If you are going to buy the wood locally, there is no reason you should have to pay for delivery.  Ask a friend, relative, or neighbor to borrow a truck if you need one.  You can load and unload the wood yourself, saving you from paying for this service.

As with purchasing any lumber, the more lumber you purchase at once, the more you can probably save per “board foot.”

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