The quantity of shuttering calculation is very easy and simple with the help of thumb rules. The area of the shuttering is measured in square feet on in square meter depending upon the unit type. Basically shuttering is a temporary structure in the building construction because the shuttering will remove after concrete gets their desire strength.

In this article we are going to calculate the shuttering quantity with thumb rule, Basically thumb rule gives us an approx quantity which is going to use in our construction work. The quantity is nearly less or more as compared to the actual quantity.

Before calculating the quantity lest’s clear this first which are going to use in our calculation.
What is the thumb rule?

It is defined as we chose a constant number for the approximately quantity calculation (Any think), with the help of our experience and our daily practice. The result we get by using thumb rule is nearly equal to the actual quantity. So the thumb rule is considered as the easiest way to calculate the approx quantities.

What is Running Feet rft?


Running feet is defined as the abject front face width and height is to be considered as fixed but how long is the object was to be measured in rft means running feet. The length of the object.

For better understanding lets solve this example for shuttering quantity calculation.


Suppose we have a covered area is 200o square feet and over there we need to construct the R.C.C slab. So we need to calculate the quantity to tell the contractor.

1. To calculate the quantity of Shuttering Plywood, Nails, Shuttering oil, clamps etc.?

Given Data:

Covered Area = 2,000 square foot.

Shuttering type = Wooden 

The quantity of shuttering =?


The quantity of the shuttering is to be done in numbers or in running foots.

1. Plywood: 12 mm thick (8′ x 4′)

= Covered area x Thumb rule

= 2000 sft x 0.02

= 40 No’s Ans…

2. Wooden Battens : (3” x 3”)

= Covered area x Thumb rule

=2000 sft x 0.4

= 800 rft (running feet) Ans…

3. Beam Bottom Plates: (1.5” thick)

= Covered area x Thumb rule

= 2000 x 0.24

= 480 rft (running feet) Ans…

4. Wooden Ballies:

For Slab = Covered area x thumb rule

= 2000 x 0.16

= 320 No’s Ans..

For Beam = Beam bottom plate running feet x thumb rule

= 480 x 0.5

240 No’s Ans…

5. Ms Clamps:

= Covered area x thumb rule

= 2000 x 0.08

= 160 No’s An..

6. Shuttering Oil:

= Covered Area x thumb rule

= 2000 x 0.006

= 12 litters Ans..

Note: These all quantities are approximately little less or more to the actual quantity is going to use at the site. For actual quantity measurement, you need to properly take all the dimensions (Length, Width ) and then subtract those areas over which shuttering is not going to use and then you can calculate the exact calculation.


Watch this article video on YouTube for your better understanding this video is in the Hindi language.

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