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Scaffolding helps you reach the top of your builds with ease. Just keep stacking them as you go! It’s also handy for avoiding fall damage, as you can gently get your delicate body to the ground by lowering yourself through the scaffolding blocks, instead of just leaping off a cliff and hoping you land on a particularly soft Creeper (which never works btw). Plus you can build all kinds of great things out of scaffolding itself!

Tom Stone[1]

Scaffolding is a block used when building structures to help the player reach higher places, or safely go downwards without taking fall damage.


Scaffolding is broken instantly, and no tools are required.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Bamboo +



A stack of scaffolding created by only placing another scaffolding block on the side face of the bottom scaffolding block.

When the bottom block of scaffolding is destroyed, all scaffolding blocks above it will break, similar to chorus plants; this makes it easier for players to make temporary structures.

The placement of scaffolding is different from any other blocks in the game. When pressing use on the side of a scaffolding, the scaffolding will be added on top of the highest scaffolding in that location, allowing the player to build the scaffolding structure higher on the ground. Pressing use on the top face of the scaffolding will add the scaffolding to the side, depending on the direction the player is facing. While sneaking, pressing use on the top face of the scaffolding will place the new scaffolding on top of the targetted one, but if there's already a scaffolding there, then it will try to place it under the targetted scaffolding. Pressing use on the side while sneaking will place it on the side like placing other blocks.

Scaffolding has no collision detection. The player can climb up or down by jumping or sneaking respectively. A scaffolding block can be moved by pistons, allowing them to be broken easily.

A diagram showing that scaffolding can only be placed 4 blocks away from the base of support.‌[PlayStation 4 Edition only]

Scaffolding can only be placed 6 blocks‌[Java and Bedrock editions only] or 4 blocks‌[PlayStation 4 Edition only] out from its base of support; any further scaffolding placed will fall down to the ground.

Scaffolding cannot be placed inside lava; if scaffolding is placed next to lava or fire, the scaffolding will also be destroyed. If it falls into lava or fire, it will also be destroyed immediately when it touches them.‌[Bedrock and PlayStation 4 editions only]

Scaffolding can be placed inside lava but burns after some time.‌[Java Edition only]

When holding scaffolding, the hitbox of scaffolding in the world will be a full block. Otherwise, you can interact with other blocks through the scaffolding.


Scaffolding can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 0.25 items per block in the Java Edition and PlayStation 4 Edition, and 6 items per block in the Bedrock Edition.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
If this scaffolding is floating.
The distance from a center scaffolding horizontally. If it is 7, it will turn into a falling block entity.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as the scaffolding.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Top of the WorldPlace Scaffolding to the world limit.YesPS4YesNo20GBronze


September 29, 2018Scaffolding is announced at MINECON Earth 2018.
Java Edition
1.1418w45aStanding Scaffolding.pngFloating Scaffolding Revision 1.png Added scaffolding.
18w46aScaffolding can now be placed 6 blocks (was 4 blocks) out from its base of support without falling.
Smelting changed to 0.25.
19w03aWhen built up from the bottom, blocks such as water and vines will now be properly placed above.[2][3]
Floating Scaffolding.png The floating scaffolding model has now been changed.
19w05aScaffolding can now be instantly broken.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta Scaffolding BE.pngFloating Scaffolding BE.png Added scaffolding.
beta sounds for scaffolding.
Added a guide in the how to play menu for scaffolding.
Scaffolding will now burn in lava.
beta flight controls on touch devices after climbing scaffolding have now been fixed.
1.11.0beta can now be placed 6 blocks (was 4 blocks) out from its base of support without falling.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.83Added scaffolding.


Issues relating to "Scaffolding" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.



  1. "New Year, New Builds" –, January 10, 2019
  2. MC-139018
  3. MC-141080