# What scales do architects use?

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## What architect scale is most commonly used?

Most commonly used scales for floor plans are the 1/8 and 1/4. The 3/8 and 3/4 are often used for detailed sections.

## 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 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 the difference between architect and engineer scale?

Architect scales have numbers that run incrementally both from left to right and from right to left. A whole number or fraction to the left or right of the number line indicates the scale those numbers represent. Engineer scales have numbers that run incrementally from left to right.

## How do you convert scales to drawings?

Drawings can be scaled up or down using either a calculator or a scale rule. To scale a drawing using a calculator: divide the measurement by the scale if you want to reduce the drawing in size, or. multiply the measurement by the scale if you want to increase it in size.

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## How do you scale down a room?

Measure the length of your room in feet. Transfer that measurement to your graph paper by making a like with your pencil. If your room is 14 ½ feet long, then draw a line that is 14 ½ boxes long on your graph paper. Likewise, you will measure the width of the room, and transfer those measurements onto graph paper.

## What does the scale 1 50 mean?

What does a 1:50 scale mean. Using the same method of calculation, a 1:50 scale is simple representing an object and/or subject 50 times smaller that its real size. This consequently is 50% larger than a 1:100 scale.

## What does a 1/2 scale mean?

Half scale is 1:2. It is helpful to think of this as one unit on the drawing equals two units on the object. … This means the drawing of the object is twice as large as the object itself. Designers use an enlarged scale, such as double scale, on objects that are too small to draw full size with any meaningful detail.

## How do you calculate scale?

To scale an object to a smaller size, you simply divide each dimension by the required scale factor. For example, if you would like to apply a scale factor of 1:6 and the length of the item is 60 cm, you simply divide 60 / 6 = 10 cm to get the new dimension. 