Connect wooden posts - many options at a glance

Whether in the carport, garden shed or the interior of the house, the stable beams have to be connected to one another somehow. In earlier times the stud work was connected with handcrafted tenons. Thanks to the large number of industrially manufactured fittings and connectors, this is no longer necessary today. Here is an overview of the many different types of connectors.


Most connections for wooden posts are simply made from sheet steel. For outdoor use, however, you should use galvanized connectors if possible, as these can of course withstand the weather and the strong humidity for much longer.

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When buying, you should also pay attention to the different holes. Usually a larger number of different holes is distributed over the area. Above all, it is important that there are at least a small number of slightly larger holes. You can use these for stable connecting screws and strong bolts. Sometimes these holes are missing in very cheap connectors.

Flat connector

Flat connectors are ideal for crossbars that rest on a stud frame. These are available as simple rectangular connecting plates as well as T or L connecting plates. The flat connectors are in most cases the cheapest option for a connection and yet are extremely durable if they are attached correctly and carefully.

  • Flat connector
  • T-flat connector
  • L-flat connector

Angle connector

Angle connectors usually have a 90-degree angle and are therefore perfect for making right-angled connections between individual wooden posts. However, angle connectors are available in very different sizes, from very small to huge. In this way, both small slats and strips can be firmly connected to one another, as well as large, heavy stud frames.

Joist hangers

Beam hangers are also available in different designs. The joist hanger is nailed or screwed to the existing cross member. He grips the new branching beam like a hand and thus securely holds even large loads.

Overview of the connectors

  • Flat connector
  • Angle connector
  • Joist hangers
  • Rider anchor
  • Fork anchor
  • Rafter purlin anchors
  • Strut connector
  • Multipurpose connector
Tips & Tricks You really don't always need a complicated special connector, which is often also expensive. The flat or angle connectors are in the vast majority of cases the best and cheapest solution. Even the joist hanger, which is also kept relatively simple, is often made superfluous by these flat connections.