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6 Ingenious Uses for Reclaimed Scaffold Boards

March 15, 2024

6 Ingenious Uses for Reclaimed Scaffold Boards

In a world inundated with disposable goods and mass-produced furnishings, reclaimed scaffold boards offer a low-cost, sustainable alternative for those seeking a more planet-friendly, authentic approach to design. 

Increasing a product’s lifecycle is a core principle of a circular economy, and we believe that it is crucial to keep finite natural resources out of the waste stream and to make sure products are not wasted when they have plenty of life left.

reclaimed scaffold boards in cornwall

Used scaffold boards have become a popular choice for all manner of projects with DIY enthusiasts using them for cladding, flooring, decking, furniture making and more. Read on to discover some ingenious uses for reclaimed scaffold boards, you might be surprised how versatile these planks of wood can be!

Where Can I Buy Reclaimed Scaffold Boards in Cornwall?

Traditionally used in construction, scaffold boards are robust, weather-resistant planks made from high-quality wood such as pine or spruce. After serving their original purpose, scaffolding boards are often deemed unusable and relegated to the scrap heap. However, with a growing emphasis on sustainability, artisans and designers alike are recognising the untapped potential of used scaffold boards and getting creative!

If you're looking for reclaimed scaffold boards in Cornwall, you've come to the right place. Used scaffold boards are versatile and can look beautifully stylish when used to create something new. From benches and bridges to planters and pergolas, beds in the bedroom, or beds for your vegetables… used scaffold boards provide the perfectly characterful material you perhaps hadn’t yet considered for your next DIY project. 

1) Using Reclaimed Scaffold Boards as Shelving

At 220mm wide, reclaimed used scaffold boards make the perfect plank for deep shelving. If greater depth is required you can glue two boards together to make a wider shelf for displaying books, plants, cooking equipment or nick-nacks. Cut your reclaimed scaffold boards to length and mount them on the wall with industrial-style brackets to create stylish rustic open shelves. These shelves can be used in the kitchen, living room, or even a home office for displaying books, plants, or mementos and make a stylish interior statement.

reclaimed scaffold board shelving

2) Rustic Garden Planters Made of Old Scaffold Planks

Used scaffold boards lend themselves perfectly to all manner of garden projects such as scaffold board decking, planting benches, or for creating wooden steps, but we love them when used to create garden planters as we love to see new life sprouting from something old. Cut the scaffold boards to size and assemble them into planters or raised beds for your garden. The sturdy construction of the boards will provide a durable solution for growing flowers, herbs, or vegetables.

old scaffold boards used as planters

3) Using Old Scaffold Boards to Create Furniture

Use scaffold boards to construct a sturdy and stylish table. You can leave the wood as-is for a rustic look, or sand and stain it for a more polished appearance. Add hairpin legs or industrial casters to complete the look. DIY scaffold board tables can be used indoors or outside depending on your need!

diy scaffold board table

4) Used Scaffold Board Bed Headboard

Create a unique headboard for your bed by joining together several scaffold boards. You can leave them in their natural state or paint them to match your bedroom decor. Add built-in shelves or attach sconces for a functional and stylish touch to your bedroom.
scaffold board bed headboard

5) Reclaimed Scaffold Boards for Decking

We find that lots of people also use our reclaimed scaffold boards as decking for their garden – scaffold planks are wider than traditional decking boards and so you will need fewer for your decking project too, result! If you favour a chunky rustic look then used scaffold boards are the timber for you. Using reclaimed boards as decking is a practical and visually appealing way to navigate through your outdoor space while adding a touch of rustic charm. Take a look at this beautiful example of what can be achieved…

reclaimed scaffold board decking

6) Repurposed Scaffold Boards as Kitchen Worktops

You may not envisage an old scaffold plank as being a good timber to use when creating worktops, but the old wood brings about a wonderful warmth and character you can’t achieve with new timber. If you thoroughly sand and treat the old scaffold boards with a good worktop oil then the results can be incredible.

One of the benefits of creating your own worktops is that you can make them as deep as you want to, rather than having to use standard sizes. You can also use reclaimed scaffolding boards to construct a kitchen island or a bar for entertaining guests. Add stools for seating and a butcher block or granite countertop for a sleek finish. 

scaffold board worktop

Saving the Planet, One Reclaimed Scaffold Board at a Time

By repurposing materials that would otherwise go to waste, we not only reduce our environmental impact but also inject a sense of history and character into our living space. As we continue to prioritise sustainability in all aspects of life, the versatility, charm, and practicality of reclaimed scaffold boards ensure their enduring relevance in the ever-evolving landscape of design and construction.

Here at Stax we have an ever-changing collection of reclaimed timber including reclaimed scaffold boards, softwood sleepers and reclaimed cheeseboard planks - all of which make amazing foundations for a unique DIY project for the home or garden. Pop into our reclamation yard in Saltash and see what treasures you can unearth, or get in touch with any questions. We offer a warm and friendly welcome to friends old and new here at Stax! 


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