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September 12, 2023

FrameReady - How to Calculate the Cost of Fabric

Fabric is sold by the yard and the price per yard depends on several factors including: raw materials, production costs and shipping. Wholesale and retail prices are also driven by the old business adage supply and demand. Popular fabrics are in high demand and sell out quickly which drives up the price.

One of the best ways to determine how much fabric you need for your project is to measure the length and width of the area to be covered. Then multiply these measurements together to get the number of square feet. You can then divide the total amount of fabric needed by the cost per square yard to find the cost in dollars.

To calculate how many square yards a particular piece of fabric will cover simply multiply its length times its width - for example a 3 foot long piece of fabric that is 36 inches wide would be considered to be one yard and therefore will cover nine square feet. If the fabric is wider then a single yard will cover more square feet.

When creating a fabric pricing formula within FrameReady, make sure the UOM is the same as the unit of measurement being quoted in the price of the fabric (e.g. a yard of fabric is equal to 36 inches). If not, the calculations in your cost sheet will be incorrect. If you select the Combine Formula and Code Pricing checkbox then the selected formula will be added to both the Fabric Record and the Substrate/Frame Record. You can then click Apply to All Fabric Records to apply the new pricing formula to all fabrics in the product.