Responsive Flutter Layout with SizedBox & Center

How do you create a Flutter card layout that grows horizontally up to a given width and then remains fixed at that width, like in this example?

This can be done by composing Center and SizedBox widgets like so:

class ResponsiveCenter extends StatelessWidget { const ResponsiveCenter({super.key, this.maxWidth = 600, required this.child}); final double maxWidth; final Widget child; @override Widget build(BuildContext context) => Center( child: SizedBox( width: maxWidth, child: child, ), ); }

Then, to recreate the card layout from above, you can use this code:

class CenteredCardLayout extends StatelessWidget { const CenteredCardLayout({super.key, required this.child}); final Widget child; @override Widget build(BuildContext context) { return Padding( padding: const EdgeInsets.all(8.0), // outer padding child: ResponsiveCenter( maxWidth: 500, child: Card( elevation: 10, child: Padding( padding: const EdgeInsets.all(16.0), // inner padding child: child, // card contents ), ), )); } }

Tight and Loose Constraints

Why does this work?

Well, it's all about tight vs loose constraints:

  • Center has loose constraints
  • SizedBox has tight constraints

Combine them together for fun and profit.

Going Further with ResponsiveCenterScrollable

The ResponsiveCenter widget works well for simple use cases without scrollable content.

But if you want to use the same technique with scrollable widgets (such as a ListView), you'll need to do some extra work.

To make life easier, I created a ResponsiveCenterScrollable widget that you can use in your projects:

class ResponsiveCenterScrollable extends StatelessWidget { const ResponsiveCenterScrollable({ super.key, this.maxContentWidth = 600, this.padding =, this.controller, required this.child, }); final double maxContentWidth; final EdgeInsetsGeometry padding; final ScrollController? controller; final Widget child; @override Widget build(BuildContext context) { return Listener( onPointerSignal: (pointerSignal) { final c = controller; if (pointerSignal is PointerScrollEvent && c != null) { final newOffset = c.offset + pointerSignal.scrollDelta.dy; if (newOffset < c.position.minScrollExtent) { c.jumpTo(c.position.minScrollExtent); } else if (newOffset > c.position.maxScrollExtent) { c.jumpTo(c.position.maxScrollExtent); } else { c.jumpTo(newOffset); } } }, child: Scrollbar( controller: controller, child: Center( child: ConstrainedBox( constraints: BoxConstraints(maxWidth: maxContentWidth), child: ScrollConfiguration( behavior: ScrollConfiguration.of(context).copyWith(scrollbars: false), child: Padding( padding: padding, child: child, ), ), ), ), ), ); } }

Here's a full Dartpad example showing how it works:

Want More?

Invest in yourself with my high-quality Flutter courses.

Flutter Foundations Course

Flutter Foundations Course

Learn about State Management, App Architecture, Navigation, Testing, and much more by building a Flutter eCommerce app on iOS, Android, and web.

Flutter & Firebase Masterclass

Flutter & Firebase Masterclass

Learn about Firebase Auth, Cloud Firestore, Cloud Functions, Stripe payments, and much more by building a full-stack eCommerce app with Flutter & Firebase.

The Complete Dart Developer Guide

The Complete Dart Developer Guide

Learn Dart Programming in depth. Includes: basic to advanced topics, exercises, and projects. Fully updated to Dart 2.15.

Flutter Animations Masterclass

Flutter Animations Masterclass

Master Flutter animations and build a completely custom habit tracking application.