Western Red Cedar Decking Span Tables

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Span Table and Common Dimensions

WRCLA Western Red Cedar decking is available in a selection of thicknesses, widths and lengths as shown in the table below.

Maximum spans for decking shown in the table are based on a continuous beam with two equal spans and a concentrated load of 220-lb at the center of one span. The true span of the decking board is used, taking into account the thickness of the supporting joist beneath it. Wet end-use conditions and unseasoned (green) lumber sizes are assumed.

Decking Span Illustration

Thickness (in.) Width (in.) Grade Category (in.) Span
1-1/4 4 All clear grade categories 16
1-1/4 4 All knotty grade categories 12
1-1/4 6 All clear and knotty grade categories 16
2 4 All clear and knotty grade categories 24
2 6 All clear and knotty grade categories 24

To help figure the amount of decking needed for a project, use the following linear footage calculator:

To Cover 100 Square Feet of Deck
Nominal Size (in.) Linear Feet
1-1/4 x 4 325
2 x 4 325
1-1/4 x 6 211
2 x 6 211

Check with your local building authority about what span is required in your area.

Common Sizes – Deck Boards

Thickness Width
Nominal (in.) Nominal (mm) Actual (in.) Actual (mm) Nominal (in.) Nominal (mm) Actual (in.) Actual (mm)
Rough (Undressed)
5/4 32 1-1/32 26 4 102 3-9/16 90
2 51 1-9/16 40 6 152 5-9/16 141

Note: These are nominal sizes, actual sizes may vary by manufacturer.