Permissible Clear Spans for Rafters (to BS 5268-7.5)

Slope Imposed load Strength class Plasterboard
  • Find the column for your dead load and spacing, and the row for your timber size to find the permissible clear span on slope in metres.
  • Click on a span to generate a full calculation (you can adjust the exact span and slope).
  • This span table is to the format and methodology given in BS 5268-7.5.
  • These spans were calculated using our rafter calculation engine.
  • These span tables are the equivalent of other industry-standard span tables and are calculated to the same standards.
  • This table uses commonly available UK regularised timber depths.
  • Read the notes at the bottom of the table for assumptions, references and related standards.
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Dead load per square metre (in kN/m²) supported by rafters
Not more than 0.5 More than 0.5 but not more than 0.75 More than 0.75 but not more than 1
Centre-to-centre spacing of rafters (in mm)
Rafter size
Width × depth (mm)
400 450 600 400 450 600 400 450 600
Permissible clear span on slope (metres)
38 × 95 1.722 1.702 1.650 1.650 1.626 1.563 1.590 1.563 1.493
38 × 120 2.363 2.331 2.245 2.245 2.207 2.107 2.149 2.107 1.999
38 × 145 3.031 2.984 2.859 2.859 2.804 2.663 2.722 2.663 2.503
38 × 170 3.715 3.650 3.445 3.483 3.411 3.145 3.303 3.227 2.909
38 × 195 4.408 4.326 3.919 4.114 4.024 3.579 3.889 3.794 3.312
44 × 95 1.845 1.823 1.765 1.765 1.739 1.670 1.699 1.670 1.593
44 × 120 2.525 2.489 2.395 2.395 2.353 2.244 2.290 2.244 2.127
44 × 145 3.230 3.178 3.042 3.042 2.983 2.831 2.894 2.831 2.670
44 × 170 3.949 3.880 3.621 3.699 3.621 3.379 3.505 3.423 3.129
44 × 195 4.677 4.556 4.146 4.361 4.264 3.845 4.120 4.019 3.561
47 × 95 1.902 1.880 1.819 1.819 1.792 1.719 1.750 1.719 1.639
47 × 120 2.600 2.563 2.465 2.465 2.421 2.308 2.356 2.308 2.187
47 × 145 3.322 3.268 3.127 3.127 3.066 2.908 2.974 2.908 2.742
47 × 170 4.058 3.986 3.701 3.799 3.719 3.480 3.599 3.514 3.233
47 × 195 4.801 4.654 4.238 4.476 4.375 3.970 4.227 4.123 3.679
ALS/CLS
38 × 114 2.207 2.178 2.100 2.100 2.066 1.975 2.013 1.975 1.876
38 × 140 2.896 2.852 2.735 2.735 2.684 2.551 2.607 2.551 2.411
38 × 184 4.102 4.027 3.711 3.836 3.754 3.389 3.631 3.544 3.135