How Big Is Big? Your Plotter Printer Paper Size

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Different from your standard printer, plotter printers use a pen to create large images.

Best for large projects, like banners, architectural blueprints, charts, and more, plotter printers provide greater precision and clarity of image for large displays. If you are looking to print something large, plotter printers are your best bet.

The question is, what plotter printer paper size should you use?

Here is your easy-to-understand guide to all available plotter printer sizes so you can get the perfect print for your next project.

Plotter Printer Paper Size

The size of your printer paper will vary depending on the model of your wide format inkjet printer or xerographic copier that you are using. Here are a few basic measurements to keep in mind.

Length of the Roll

Bond papers usually come in sizes: 150 ft, 300 ft, and 500 ft.

If you are printing a special application and need a thicker paper, you can purchase and print on clear films in lengths of 100 ft or 150 ft.

Having rolls this long allows you to print multiple copies without stopping and reloading the paper.

Width of the Roll

U.S. roll width sizes are listed in inches. The width is the first number listed in your specification.

Common widths for wide-format plotters are: 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, 30, 34, 36, or 42 inches.

These dimensions allow for less expense when printing large numbers of standard-sized architecture paper or engineering documents.


A paper’s thickness is measured in one-thousandth of an inch. This measurement is expressed in what is called “mils.” Depending on the age and model of your printer, the thickness can be anywhere between 9, 12, or 31 mm¬†thick.

Usually, older models of inkjet printers made to print on clear films and bond papers can only print on papers 9 mm in thickness or less.

Many new versions of plotter printers are now capable of handling paper with 9 mm in thickness or more.

The Core Diameter

The diameter of the cardboard tube that the paper comes on is called the “core size.” Rolls of plotter paper for inkjet printers come in 2-inch cores.

Rolls of plotter paper for xerographic copiers usually come in 3-inch cores.

Here is your breakdown of standard sizings in the United States:

Engineering Drawings:

  • ANSI A– 8.5 x1 1 inches
  • ANSI B– 11 x 17 inches
  • ANSI C– 17 x 22 inches
  • ANSI D– 22 x 34 inches
  • ANSI E– 34 x 44 inches

Architectural Drawings:

  • ARCH A– 9 x 12 inches
  • ARCH B– 12 x 18 inches
  • ARCH C– 18 x 24 inches
  • ARCH D– 24 x 36 inches
  • ARCH E– 36 x 48 inches

ISO Drawing Sheet Sizes:

  • A0– 33.11 x 46.81 inches/841 x 1189 millimeters
  • A1– 23.39 x 33.11 inches/594 x 841 millimeters
  • A2– 16.54 x 22.23 inches/420 x 495 millimeters
  • A3– 11.69 x 16.54 inches/297 x 420 millimeters
  • A4– 8.27 x 11.69 inches/210 x 297 millimeters

United States Letter Sizing

  • A– 8.5 x 11 inches
  • B– 11 x 17 inches
  • C– 17 x 22 inches
  • D– 22 x 34 inches
  • E– 34 x 44 inches
  • F– 28 x 40 inches

Materials Needed for Plotter Printers

Now that you have got a basic understanding of the standard plotter printer paper size dimensions, you can get started on your next big printing or drawing project.

There are a variety of essential products and pieces plotter printers require for the best end result. Check out our list of plotter brands to sort through and see what your machine’s needs are.

Simple Solutions International offers a full selection of plotter blades and plotter pens as well as a variety of useful tools for use in plotting and sign making such as plotter adapters, masking film, spray mask, and other sign making tools and accessories.