Can you make a shed out of scaffold poles and boards

Yes, you can make a shed out of scaffold poles and boards. Whether you want to make a home office or create some extra storage space, having a shed is an ideal solution. Here are two ways you can utilise your reclaimed scaffold boards and poles to upgrade your property and create more space.

shed in a back of garden

How to make a shed using scaffold poles and boards

When using scaffold poles and boards to make a shed, the poles are best suited for making the frame of the structure. A scaffold pole framework is more durable, sturdy, and it doesn’t get affected by any pests over time. However, you need to consider how to join the boards to the timber. Depending on the size of your shed, you might need to spend more on secondary bracing and bracketing.

The scaffold boards can be used either for the flooring or walls. When being used on flooring, the boards can be sanded and oiled or waxed with your product of choice. This is all done once you have screwed the planks to the subfloor.

You can always opt for a concrete floor for a more long-lasting structure. However, if you want a temporary structure, you can always opt for a suspended wooden floor instead of the concrete one since it will also cost significantly less.

How to make a shed using only boards and wood

The other way you can make a shed is by using scaffold boards and wood. You can use framing lumber made from fir or spruce for the framework and the scaffold planks for either the flooring, wall or both. Depending on how you intend to use your shed, you can have a deck for extra seating space outside.

It’s advisable to use pressure-treated lumber, especially when making a below-ground foundation because it’s more resistant to rot. This is despite the moist conditions in the ground. The different types of wood you can use alongside scaffold boards include the following:

  • Framing lumber
  • pressure-treated lumber
  • Compressed wood
  • Timber wood
  • Oriented standard boards ( OSB)

When using scaffold boards for your wall, you can always paint them to achieve the aesthetic you want for your exterior. Of course, you need to consider whether you’ll need any insulation or heating for the shed. With the right type of roofing, your shed will last longer because the water won’t be seeping through to the wood and boards.

Box shaped shed made out of scaffold boards

Using scaffold boards for wall cladding

Reclaimed scaffold boards make the perfect material for wall cladding especially if you’re looking to achieve a rustic farmhouse feel. They are also an affordable solution. With the right finish, you can bring out the natural character of the wood while creating a striking visual effect. Scaffold planks can be used for both internal and external wall cladding.

You can choose to arrange them horizontally or vertically depending on how you want your shed to look. There’s also the option of painting the boards, or not, based on your preferences. Whether you choose to use treated or untreated boards, you should ensure that you’re well-informed of any maintenance measures necessary.