There are a few types of scaffolding with different features for different benefits. Which type of scaffolding used is dependent on factors surrounding the construction project. The size and complexity of each project will dictate which type, or types will be required to successfully and safely get the job done.

9 commonly used types of scaffolding are:

  • Mobile Scaffolding
  • H Frame Scaffolding
  • Trestle scaffolding
  • Steel scaffolding
  • Patented scaffolding
  • Suspended scaffolding
  • Cantilever scaffolding
  • Single scaffolding
  • Double Scaffolding

Each of these different types of scaffolding serve a different purpose in the overall construction picture.


Mobile Scaffolding

Mobile scaffold is a popular choice for tasks that requires workers to change positioning frequently.  This is because these temporary support platforms are usually on casters or wheels. Also referred to as a mobile scaffold tower, portable scaffold or rolling scaffold, it is often used for jobs such as plastering or painting.


H Frame Scaffolding

This system features heavy duty height adjustable casters, and is designed to have simple componentry for a user friendly erecting process. H frame scaffolding comes in a  variety of setups such as having steel scissor bracing with airlock connectors, or aluminium braces with snaplock connections.


Trestle Scaffolding

This type of scaffolding, as the name suggests, main supports are tripod-like movable ladders. It’s main use is generally indoors, such as interior repairs or painting. The reason why it is only used indoors is due to having a height limit of 5 meters.


Steel Scaffolding

As its name suggests, this type of scaffolding consists of steel tubes set by couplers. It is remarkably easy to assemble and dismantle, with a vast amount of uses and benefits such as its increased safety standards during construction. Steel is strong, durable and fire resistant. Even though it costs more than many other options, it is still extremely popular because of these benefits. It is mainly used outdoors for bigger projects.


Patented Scaffolding

While this type of scaffolding is also made of steel, it differentiates itself from your standard steel scaffolding by being readymade scaffolding that is fitted with special couplings and frames.These are available to purchase as a package that is ready to use immediately. The working platform is set on brackets which can be adjusted to the required level.


Suspended Scaffolding

Usually used for various types of repair work or painting, suspended scaffolding is created using rope or chains connected to the platform. This is then hung from the roof and the height adjusted to the required level. This is particularly useful for painting because the platform can be adjusted to a desired length and height multiple times.


Cantilever Scaffolding

There are a couple different types of cantilever scaffolding, sometimes referred to as single frame scaffolding. The first type is supported by chains or needles that are pulled out through holes in the wall.

The second type is similar, but instead of the wall, the needles are supported inside the floors through double frame scaffolding. The nature of this scaffolding means that particular care and attention to detail needs to be used when installing it. Due to this it has limited uses, usually only being used if the top section of a wall is under construction or the ground is too unstable to support the scaffolding.


Single Scaffolding

Single scaffolding is one  of the oldest types of scaffolding used in construction. It is a very basic system and is usually used for brick masonry. Included in this system of scaffolding are the standards, putlogs and ledgers which link to the wall at a distance of approximately 1.2 meters. In addition to this, the ledgers connect the standards at a vertical distance of 1.2-1.5 meters. The distance between the standards is 2-2.5 meters and putlogs are fixed at a distance of 1.2-1.5 meters. All these technical calculations need to be in place to ensure that the scaffold tower is sturdy and safe.


Double Scaffolding

Sometimes known as independent scaffolding, double scaffolding is a system that is mainly used for stone masonry. Because it is difficult to make holes in stone to support the putlogs, two scaffoldings joined together create a sturdy structure. While the first row is 20-30cm away from the wall, the second one is erected 1 meter from the first row. With the support of both these frames the putlogs are able to be positioned. Cross braces and rakers are used to add additional support and rigidity to the structure.


Assembling scaffolding

There are many different ways to erect scaffolding. One of the common ways is using the cuplock scaffolding method. This is a multi-purpose, fully galvanised steel scaffold system for general access, as well as supporting vertical loads. What makes cuplock unique is its circular node point that allows 4 components to be connected in one fastening section.

Another convenient system is ringlock scaffolding, which is a modular scaffolding system. The modular system makes it quick and convenient to assemble, alter, and dismantle.



Whatever the construction project is, there is bound to be a scaffolding system perfect for the job. South Pacific Scaffolding are experts in all types of scaffolding for any project, no matter the scale or complexity. If you wish to know more about which type of scaffolding system is best for your next project, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.