FAQ - What Size Is a Standard Scaffold Board?
What is the standard size?
It's a good question, and you won't be the first to ask it. The standard size for a new scaffold board is a thickness of 38mm, a width of 225mm, and lengths going up to 3.9m (13ft). As timber goes, scaffold boards are fairly "chunky", which is what gives them a wonderfully rustic and industrial aesthetic and feel.
Will recycled scaffold boards be the right size for my project?
The most important thing of course is to have a good measure up! It sounds obvious, but we've all ordered something without checking sizes, only to find it's too big or small once it arrives. Scaffold boards are ideal for all sorts of projects, from shelves and tables, to flooring and cladding, but it's essential to make sure that the size of the board is going to work for the project in mind. If you're looking at making them in to shelving, then the thickness of the board at 38mm is wider than a lot of other standard shelving, so just make sure you've got suitable brackets. For tables, desks and coffee tables you again need to allow for the weight of the scaffold boards and make sure that the legs you have in mind will be strong enough. Or simply visit our Accessories section to choose from our range of suitable brackets and legs (we've almost made it too easy!). If you're unsure on anything, please ask.
What if I require a scaffold board in a different length or width?
You're in luck! At The Scaff Shop we're more than happy to help. We sell our full ranges of unsanded, sanded, and "special" boards (see here) in any length up to 390cm (13ft). We offer a length cutting service at no extra cost, so if you need a size which is not listed as one of our standard sizes, then all you need to do is order the closest size (i.e. the next size up), then add a note to your order specifying which length you require.
For different widths we offer a few options. We've got boards reduced to half and three-quarter widths when bought as part of a "Half Scaff" Shelf Kit or a "Rad" Shelf Kit respectively. These are cut down to narrower widths, and are then routed to fit floating brackets in the back (please follow the links for more information on this).
If you would prefer one of our standard unsanded, sanded, or special boards but cut to a particular width then this is a custom request which you'll need to contact us specifically for, and we'll be more than happy to help. There might be a little extra cost and there may be some widths we can't cater for (if it's too narrow to cut to for example) but we'll certainly do what we can.
We don't offer an option to change the 38mm thickness. Not only is it tricky to achieve, they would no longer be scaffold boards and would lose the character on one whole face, so it's not something we would recommend.
As always, if you have any questions at all about board sizes, suitability for your project, or really anything else (Jack is an expert on matters of the heart), then pop us a message on firstname.lastname@example.org. Jack or Tom will get back to you as soon as they can.