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 2.376 2.285 2.075 2.234 2.148 1.949 2.120 2.037 1.847
38 × 120 2.994 2.880 2.617 2.816 2.708 2.458 2.673 2.569 2.331
38 × 145 3.608 3.472 3.156 3.395 3.265 2.966 3.223 3.099 2.813
38 × 170 4.220 4.061 3.694 3.972 3.821 3.472 3.772 3.628 3.293
38 × 195 4.828 4.648 4.230 4.546 4.374 3.977 4.319 4.154 3.773
44 × 95 2.494 2.399 2.180 2.346 2.256 2.048 2.227 2.140 1.942
44 × 120 3.141 3.023 2.748 2.956 2.843 2.583 2.807 2.699 2.450
44 × 145 3.784 3.643 3.314 3.563 3.428 3.115 3.384 3.255 2.956
44 × 170 4.424 4.259 3.878 4.166 4.010 3.646 3.959 3.808 3.460
44 × 195 5.059 4.873 4.439 4.767 4.589 4.176 4.531 4.360 3.963
47 × 95 2.549 2.452 2.229 2.398 2.306 2.094 2.276 2.188 1.986
47 × 120 3.209 3.089 2.809 3.021 2.906 2.640 2.869 2.759 2.505
47 × 145 3.866 3.721 3.387 3.640 3.503 3.185 3.458 3.326 3.022
47 × 170 4.518 4.351 3.963 4.256 4.097 3.727 4.045 3.892 3.538
47 × 195 5.166 4.977 4.536 4.870 4.688 4.268 4.630 4.455 4.051
ALS/CLS
38 × 114 2.846 2.738 2.487 2.676 2.573 2.336 2.540 2.442 2.215
38 × 140 3.486 3.354 3.049 3.279 3.154 2.864 3.113 2.993 2.716
38 × 184 4.561 4.390 3.995 4.294 4.131 3.755 4.078 3.923 3.562