Skateboard Deck Size Guide - Shrewsbury Skateboard Shop - Wake2o UKSkateboard Deck Size Guide - Shrewsbury Skateboard Shop - Wake2o UK

Guide:Skateboard Deck

What Size Skateboard Deck Do I Need?

Here at Wake2o we stock a vast selection of skateboard decks; stocking sizes between 7.75" - 8.75", so whether you're buying your first deck or looking for an upgrade or you broke yours at the park, we have the perfect selection of decks.

Whilst picking your skateboard deck size is largely based on personal preference; there are a few things to think about when buying a new deck. We have created this blog as the all round skateboard deck buying guide! We cover the essential details needed to guarantee you make the right choice because we want you to get out to the parks just as much as you do.

If you want any extra advice, don't hesitate to hop onto the live chat and one of our team will help you find the perfect skateboard deck.

The three things to consider when on the hunt for your dream deck are:

  • Your shoe size
  • Height and weight of the rider
  • Riding style
Deck Width

When looking for the correct size skateboard deck, you will be looking at the width of the deck - this is the most important thing. When choosing the right skateboard deck width, consider your shoe size and preferred riding style to ensure optimal comfort and performance.

The wider your deck, the more stability you will have and the narrower the deck, the more responsive and maneuverable your board will be. So it totally depends on your riding style and whether or not you'll want to be popping tricks or just cruising the streets.

7.0" - 7.75" - This deck size is ideal for the little ones and getting them onto a board and learning the basics. 

7.75" - 8.0" - Great for teens that are learning or mastering technical tricks as the the deck will be lighter that the wider sizes, therefore giving you the pop easier for performing kickflips or other tricks. The best skateboard deck for beginners is a 7.75" or 8.0" as they provide you with stability but also give you the responsiveness to perform tricks.

8.0" - 8.4" - This size bracket is popular in the skating world. It is the ideal size for teens and adults with a size size of UK8+. Ramp skaters often prefer a slightly wider skateboard deck size, around 8 to 8.5 inches, for added stability and control.

8.5"+ - If you are bigger than decks of 8.5" or more are perfect for you as they will provide you more stability. However, if you've never done tricks and are wanting to, you'll find it more difficult to get the hang of it on such a wide board as they won't pop as easy. If you're just wanting to cruise around then this is the size for you.

Skateboard Deck Foot Placement - Shrewsbury Skateboard Shop - Wake2o

Understanding the relationship between skateboard deck size and foot placement is crucial for achieving better balance and executing tricks.

Is my skateboard deck too small?

To know if you've hit the nail on the head with your deck size or if you're a bit off is by simply standing on the deck and checking your foot placements. 

If the deck is too small for you, you'll notice that your feet are flapping over the rails.

Too big? You will have too much board around your feet, this will hinder your learning as you will lack control over the board.

If your feet fit rail to rail then its a fit! 


Height is another thing to think about when you're trying to find the right skateboard deck. Here is a brief guide:

  • 4'6 > - We would recommend a deck between 7.25" and 7.75"
  • 4'6 - 5'6 - Skateboard deck between 7.75" and 8.0"
  • 5'6 < - The ideal size would be between 8.0" and 8.5"

Taller riders might find more comfort on a wider skateboard deck, around 8.25 inches or above, to accommodate their larger shoe size and provide you with stability.


The deck of a skateboard is the wooden part which you stand on, where your trucks attach too. They come in different sizes and typically come in a popsicle shape with kicktails and nose.

Yes, over time the wood can expand and contract with the seasons and temperature changes.

Width: Grab yourself a tape measure and measure from rail to rail, you want to make sure it is in inches as thats the measurements used.

Length: Again, grab your handy dandy tape measure and measure from the tail (back) of your board to the nose (the front) and there you have the length.

We would strongly advise you don't use your skateboard in wet conditions. The water will cause your bearings to rust and deteriorate over time. Your deck will become waterlogged and lose its strength and the grip tape will start to peel off.

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