# Quick Answer: What scale are architectural plans drawn at?

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Architectural plans are drawn to all different scales, ranging from the simple (1 inch = 1 foot) to the complex (3/16 inch = 1 foot). Plans are often drawn at 3/4, 3/16, 1/8, and other scales (in each case the dimension in inches here corresponds to one foot).

## What scale do architects use?

Architect scales, such as 1/4˝ = 1´-0˝ (1/48 size) or 1/8˝ = 1´-0˝ (1/96 size), are used for structures and buildings. They are used to measure interior and exterior dimensions such as rooms, walls, doors, windows, and fire protection system details. Other scale tools include flat scales and rolling scales.

## What is the most common architectural scale?

The 1/4 inch = 1 foot scale is the most common in the U.S. and is also referred to as 1/48 size because there are 48 units of 1/4 inch in 12 inches. Shown below are two different U.S. customary scales. The 1/4 inch scale on the left indicates that for every 0.25 inches measured there is 1 foot of real distance.

## What is the most common scale for house plans?

Architect Scale. The architect’s scale is used by architects and builders for obtaining measurements from scaled drawings of buildings and other structures. It is typically three-sided with 11 scales or flat with 4 scales. It is available in lengths ranging from 4″ to 36″ although 12″ models are most common.

## What is a 1 to 50 scale?

1:50 is a ratio. it means you’re scaling 1 unit to 50 units. that could be inches (1″=50″) or miles (1 mile=50 miles) or anything else, but it’s a direct scale. that works better in metric, because their units scale in multiples of 10.

## What does a 1/100 scale mean?

Ratio scales

If the scale of the plan is 1 : 100, this means the real measurements are 100 times longer than they are on the plan. So 1 cm on the plan represents a real length of 100 cm (1 metre)

## What is a typical detail scale?

Referred to as 1:10, 1:20, 1:30,1:40, 1:50 or 1:60 scale. Typically in civil engineering applications, 1:10 (1″=10′) is used exclusively for detail drawings. 1:20 and 1:40 scales are used for working plans. 1:60 is normally used only to show large areas of a project.

## What is the best preferred scale factor is used in architectural drawing?

1:1.000 to 1:500. Zooming in on projects that demand a contextual reading without needing to show large territorial extensions, the interval between 1:1000 and 1:500 is ideal for most site plans.