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 1.759 1.739 1.685 1.685 1.660 1.595 1.623 1.595 1.523
38 × 120 2.413 2.379 2.291 2.291 2.251 2.149 2.192 2.149 2.037
38 × 145 3.092 3.043 2.915 2.915 2.859 2.714 2.775 2.714 2.561
38 × 170 3.788 3.722 3.533 3.550 3.476 3.287 3.366 3.287 3.071
38 × 195 4.493 4.409 4.046 4.192 4.098 3.781 3.961 3.863 3.495
44 × 95 1.884 1.862 1.802 1.802 1.775 1.703 1.734 1.703 1.624
44 × 120 2.577 2.540 2.443 2.443 2.400 2.288 2.335 2.288 2.168
44 × 145 3.294 3.241 3.101 3.101 3.040 2.884 2.949 2.884 2.719
44 × 170 4.026 3.955 3.709 3.769 3.689 3.481 3.570 3.486 3.275
44 × 195 4.766 4.665 4.247 4.442 4.343 3.987 4.195 4.091 3.756
47 × 95 1.943 1.920 1.857 1.857 1.829 1.754 1.785 1.754 1.672
47 × 120 2.653 2.615 2.514 2.514 2.469 2.353 2.402 2.353 2.228
47 × 145 3.388 3.333 3.188 3.188 3.124 2.963 3.030 2.963 2.793
47 × 170 4.136 4.062 3.791 3.871 3.788 3.559 3.665 3.578 3.361
47 × 195 4.892 4.765 4.340 4.558 4.456 4.075 4.304 4.197 3.864
ALS/CLS
38 × 114 2.253 2.223 2.143 2.143 2.108 2.013 2.054 2.013 1.913
38 × 140 2.955 2.909 2.789 2.789 2.736 2.601 2.657 2.601 2.456
38 × 184 4.182 4.106 3.820 3.909 3.824 3.580 3.699 3.609 3.309