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Skateboard Size Calculator: What Size Deck Should I Buy?

Trying to figure out which size skateboard deck is right for you is one of the most challenging parts of learning to skateboard. The truth is that every skater’s body and every skateboard deck are a little different, so you will need to try a few and learn which one feels the most comfortable for your body type and preference. 

This skate deck size calculator tool is intended to help you as a starting point to learn which size skateboard you should get first. Ultimately, you will have to try a few decks to learn which feels best for you. This tool will help you narrow down your options.  

Skateboard Size Calculator and Deck Finder Tool

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These are the primary guiding principles to help you choose the right skateboard deck size.

  • The deck’s width is the most important measurement for sizing a skateboard deck.
  • For Kids – If you are sizing a deck for a kid or teen who is under 5 feet tall, you should choose a deck that is less than 8.0″ wide.

    The smaller the child, the skinnier the board. This chart below will help you find the right size skateboard for your child.
  • For Adults – Most adult skaters will feel most comfortable on a skateboard deck that is:
    • Between 8.0″ to 8.5″ wide
    • At least 31.5″ long
    • Has a wheelbase that is either 14″ or 14.25″.
      • What the Pros Use – As of April 2024, most professional skateboarders use a deck in this range that is between 8.0″ and 8.5″ wide.
      • For Street or Park Skating – The standard skateboard deck size is between 7.75 inches to 8.5 inches wide and 31 inches to 33 inches long. This size will work well if you are going to be street skating or skating at your local skatepark.
      • For Vert Skating – A new trend is emerging where skaters are riding 8.5 to 10.0 wide decks. These wider boards are better for stability when riding bowls or vert ramps.


Width vs Length: Which Skate Deck Dimension Matters More?

The width of the deck will matter more. 

When a skateboarder refers to the size of their deck, they are referring to the width rather than the length most of the time. 

Picking a skate deck width based on your age.

skateboard size chart by age of skater

Guiding principle: 

If you or your child is six years old or younger, you are probably going to want to start with a micro skateboard deck.

If you or your child is between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, you should get a skate deck size that is between 7.0 inches and 7.75 inches. You should start with a mini skateboard deck.

If you’re between the ages of 10 to 13, then you are going to want a deck width that is 7.5 inches to 7.75 inches wide. You are probably going to want a mid-size skate deck

If you’re a teenager older than 14 years old, you are going to want a wider deck that is 7.75 inches or wider. You are going to want what we will call a “normal” skateboard deck. Check out the shoe size section below to get a better idea of the type of deck you will need. 

Skateboarders Age Skateboard Deck Width Size Chart By Age
3 – 5 6.5 inches
3 – 5 6.75 inches
4 – 6 6.825 inches
6 – 7 7.0 inches
6 – 8 7.125 inches
7 – 9 7.25 inches
8 – 10 7.375 inches
9 – 11 7.5 inches
10 – 12 7.625 inches
12 – 14 7.75 inches
12 – 14 7.875 inches
14 & Up 8 inches & Up

Does a Skateboard’s Wheelbase Length Matter?

Yes.

A skateboard’s wheelbase is the distance the trucks sit away from each other on your skateboard. While this dimension also comes down to the skater’s personal preference, it does make a difference in the feel of how a skateboard deck rides.

My recommendation is to gauge your wheelbase like this: 

  • If you’re above 6′ tall, look for a deck with a wheelbase that is 14.25″ or longer.
  • If you’re between 5′ and 6′ tall, try a wheelbase that is either 14″ and 14.25″ wheelbase deck to see which one feels most natural to you. 
  • If you’re between 4′ and 5′ tall, then try a wheelbase that is between 13.5″ to 14″ long to see which one feels most natural to you.

What’s the benefit of a shorter wheelbase? 

A shorter or tighter wheelbase offers a more responsive, quicker feeling turn. This allows you to more easily set up for your tricks and get to the object you’re skating. 

A shorter wheelbase is beneficial for turning, flip tricks, and park skating.

What’s the benefit of a longer wheelbase? 

A longer wheelbase offers more stability as you ride and land your tricks with your feet a little further apart. 

A longer wheelbase is beneficial for stability while skating and has a higher impact on street skating (like skating stairs).  

Deck Size Categories and Who These Would be Good For

Normal Skate Deck Dimensions Start Here if You Are Above 5 Foot Tall

Typical Deck for Skating Street

Will you be skating mostly flat ground, ledges, or rails? If so, go with a deck like this. 

typical street deck 1

If you’re a skateboarder who is taller than 5’’ with a men’s shoe size larger than a 7.0 in the usa, then you’re most likely going to like skating a “normal” full-size skate deck size. I would consider a normal skateboard deck to fall within these dimensions currently. It is between 7.75” to 8.5” wide and 31” to 33” long. 

If you aren’t sure what size to go with, a common deck for street skating would be a 8.0” x 31.6”. (The width is usually listed before the length.) 

If those dimensions sound good to you, then I would go with a deck like this oneir?t=boardworld5 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B08FBM7LSM or search specifically for “skateboard 8.0”ir?t=boardworld5 20&l=ur2&o=1&camp=1789 to see other decks with those dimensions too.

Typical Deck for Skating Ramps

Will you be skating mostly ramps or bowls? If so, go with a slightly wider deck like this. 

typical ramp deck

If you plan to ride transitions like bowls, vert ramps, or mini ramps, then you might want to go wider with an 8.3” x 32” deck like any of theseir?t=boardworld5 20&l=ur2&o=1&camp=1789.

If You Are Smaller than 5 Foot Tall, Start Here

There are smaller skateboard deck sizes for kids and younger teenagers.

These fall into categories names of their own.

A Micro Skate Deck

This is an option for skaters under 3’5”. 

micro deck2

A micro skate deck has a width of 6.5 inches to 6.75 inches with a deck length that I’ve seen go as low as 27.2 inches. 

A Mini Skate Deck

mini deck

This is an option for skaters between 3’5”- 4’5” tall. 

A mini skate deck will usually have dimensions near 7.0 inches wide by 28 inches long. These are good for new skateboarders between the ages of 6 to 8. They look close to what they will see the older skateboarders riding. 

A Mid-size Skate Deck

mid size deck

This is an option for skaters between 4’5”- 5’ tall. 

A mid-size skateboard deck will have dimensions close to a 7.3 inch wide by 29 inch long deck. 

After that, you’re ready for what I wrote above as a “normal” skateboard deck size.  

Picking a skate deck based on your shoe size

For kids and smaller feet, here is a good chart to help guide you. 

Skateboard Deck Width Shoesize US Shoesize EU
6.5 inches 6C – 11C 23 – 28
6.75 inches 7C – 11C 24 – 28
6.825 inches 9C – 12C 26 – 30
7.0 inches 10C – 1Y 28 – 32
7.125 inches 11C – 2Y 29 – 33
7.25 inches 12C – 3Y 30 – 34
7.375 inches 13C – 4Y 31 – 35
7.5 inches 1Y – 6 32 – 38
7.625 inches 2Y – 7 33 – 39
7.75 inches 4Y – 9 35 – 42
7.875 inches 4Y – 9 35 – 42
8 inches & Up 9 & Up 42 & Up

If your shoe size is larger than a men’s 7.0 US, then you are probably going to want to go with a normal full sized deck.

I am a small guy at 5’ 6” with a men’s size 8.0. When I grew up skating in the 90’s it was common for everyone to skate a deck that had the 7” to 7.75”width. I remember the first time I skated a board over 8.0 inches, and it felt like I was skating a boat. It flipped slower. It was heavier, and it just took me longer to get used to than I wanted it to. Those days are gone now. It is actually strange for me to run into any skaters who skate a deck below 8 inches wide. Why is that? The truth is probably more around the trends, and what we see pros ride in videos. If a deck that is a little wider works for them, then it will work for you. 

So let this be your guiding principle. If you have a shoe size that is larger than mine (a men’s 8 / women’s 9.5), then get at least an 8 inch wide deck. 

The most common deck size I hear friends ride is 8.25. My friends tend to be average height with a shoe size between a men’s 9 – 11. 

Which skate would fit your trucks? & Which trucks would fit your skate?

skateboard truck size chart by width of deck
Which Size Skateboard Trucks Should You Get (Truck Size Chart)
Skate Deck Width Skate Truck Size Examples
Between 7.25 and 7.9 inches 129 mm or a 5.0 inches See Examples Here
Between 8.0 and 8.125  inches 139 mm or a 5.5 inches See Examples Here
Between 8.25 and 8.5  inches 149 mm or a 5.8 inches See Examples Here
Between 8.75 and 9.0  inches 159 mm or a 6.26  inches See Examples Here
Greater than 9.75 inches 169 mm or a 6.65  inches See Examples Here

What Size Skateboard Decks Do the Pros Ride?

Nearly all the pros are going to be riding a deck in the sweet spot, typical street deck, range size that I described above. The average pro skateboarder typically rides a board that will be in the range of 7.75″ to 8.5″ wide and 31″ to 33″ long.


You can search for the last name of the pro along with the brand of skateboard they ride for to see the exact dimensions they ride.

A pro model skateboard deck is a board that has the name of the pro written somewhere on it. These decks are not necessarily better or worse than another deck you would buy from that same company. Getting a pro model deck is a way that you can show support for your favorite skateboard pros as a portion of the deck sales will go to that rider.

What does a pro-level skateboard cost?

As of May 2024, the average pro-quality skateboard from a reputable skateboard brand costs between $50 to $72. 

So, what should you spend on your first skateboard deck? 

For the deck only (without grip tape or any other parts needed to build a complete skateboard), you should spend between $35 – $65 on your first skateboard deck.

The lower end of that price range will be for a deck that either doesn’t have a graphic on it (a blank deck) or a deck that is part of a clearance sale from a previous season.

As long as you buy the deck from a local skate shop or online skate shop (like Tactics), you will get a quality deck that will last you through your learning curve. The main tip is to avoid getting your first board from a major box store, as these skateboards are designed to hit a certain price point and are usually incredibly low quality to the point of being unsafe to skate.  

Lastly, look for a skate deck that is made with maple instead of birch or a softer type of wood. 

Do All Skateboard Decks Come With Griptape?

No. It ultimately depends where you buy your decks from. Some of the major retailers include a free sheet of griptape along with a board purchase. You will have to check with the website or skateshop that you purchase your skateboard from, though.

That said, griptape is relatively cheap. The typical sheet will fit a normal sized skatedeck. If you are looking for a great, inexpensive, sheet of griptape, I’d recommend you with either this Mob sheetir?t=boardworld5 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B00V0CRB2M or Jessup sheetir?t=boardworld5 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B003IDPGEQ.

So what Do I Skate?

The size that feels most comfortable under my feet is an 8.0” x 31.6” deck. I typically like these.

I am a street skater. I like skating ledges, rails, and the occasional transition. I skate the typical street size that I mentioned above. I have a men’s size shoe size that is 8 – 8.5, and I am not very tall at a 5’ 6”. 

At the moment I am reviewing all of the strongest skateboard decks for another post, so you can follow my reviews there.



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