Standing Strong: Exploring the Versatility and Benefits of Freestanding Scaffolding

In Australia, the two most common types of scaffolding you’ll see on construction sites are suspended scaffolds and free-standing scaffolds. Their core difference is how they’re supported, meaning that each one may be useful for a different type of project.

In this blog post, we’ll be focusing on the latter: freestanding scaffolding. We’ll be exploring the core benefits of this type of scaffold system and the many projects it’s suited to. If you supply scaffolds to construction crews or are considering adding a mobile scaffolding system to your inventory, you’re in the right place. 

What is Freestanding Scaffolding?

As the name suggests, freestanding scaffolding is a self-supported scaffold that doesn’t rely on another structure to be stable. Featuring horizontal and vertical poles that intersect to form a grid, there are spots for platforms and work surfaces that allow crews to work at height safely.

Free-standing scaffolds must:

  •       Be erected level
  •       Be solidly supported
  •       Be braced or tied to the structure
  •       Have guardrails and toe boards
  •       Have the planks or decks attached to the scaffold itself

The main benefit of a system like this is that it’s incredibly versatile. Rather than being heavily anchored to or reliant on a structure, it’s much easier to move than suspended scaffolds – or other traditional, clunky setups. 

Regardless of the size of the project, freestanding scaffolds are widely applicable and a great option to have on hand for supply to businesses that are working at height.

Here, we will review a few ways a freestanding scaffold can be used to work at height.

How Can You Use Freestanding Scaffolding?

As one of the more versatile scaffolding setups, you can use your freestanding scaffolds in multiple ways. We’ve covered three common uses below to show you where this system is best applied.

Exterior Renovations & Cleaning

Freestanding scaffolding is ideal for accessing the outside of a building without needing direct attachment to the structure. That’s what makes it suitable for simple exterior renovations.

Repainting, detailing windows, or even cleaning multi-story structures all fall under this system’s purview. In fact, it’s the preferred method for restoring the outside of historical or heritage buildings, as it doesn’t damage the façade at all like suspended scaffolding might.

Maintenance and Repairs

Ongoing maintenance and repair work can be challenging with a suspended scaffold because it generally interferes with activities in the building. With a freestanding option, workers can safely take care of gutter work, re-roofing, or even new signage with minimal disruption.

Multi-Story Construction

This kind of scaffolding is also great for new construction projects, notably when teams are erecting multi-story buildings. The platforms are easily adjustable and reliable, enabling crews to shift between bricklaying, concreting, and structural installations daily without losing time.

What are the Benefits of Freestanding Scaffolding?

Safe and Sound

Designed to stand tall without the external support of a structure, freestanding scaffolding is incredibly safe. Thanks to its self-supporting nature, it reduces the risk of accidents and falls on-site. 

Additional edge protection features, including guardrails, toe boards, and interlocking planks, can be installed to help keep your crews safe while keeping the project moving forward against timelines.

Shake and Go

Where traditional scaffolding takes a long time to assemble and disassemble, INTAKS freestanding scaffolding is designed for easy installation and pack down. This can represent time and labour cost savings, helping keep project timelines steady and on track.

Minimal Damage

While other scaffolding methods may require anchoring to the building or structure, freestanding scaffolds don’t. This makes this option ideal for renovating and repairing heritage sites, and minimising structural damage is a benefit across the board.

External supports like buffers can be used to make the scaffolding even more stable, preventing any swaying into the building as a result of high winds or wild weather.


Make any area accessible with the adaptable design of freestanding scaffolding. Designed to get into hard-to-reach areas, this truly versatile system allows workers to do their jobs safely.

Experience increased safety and accessibility and minimise slowdowns due to difficult access. Keep pace and help your customer hit that deadline safely.

Built by Experts

From one set of scaffolding professionals to another, we understand how important it is to keep your customers safe while expediting site work. That’s why we put hours of time, research, and energy into building the perfect freestanding scaffolding system.

Explore the INTAKS scaffolding solution.

With top-tier design, safety, and environmental features built into our system, we’re confident that you’ll be pleased to top up your inventory with our freestanding scaffolds. 

If you’re unsure or want to learn more about our solutions, contact the team at INTAKS, and we’ll happily lend you a hand.