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Drawing Paper : Sizes, Weight & Selection of Drawing Paper for Work

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Drawing paper is specially made for drawing on.

✔ From making artistic drawings to heavy structural drawings, drawing paper is vital.

✔ Not for making hand drawings only but also to print a hard copy of digital drawings; drawing paper is needed.

✔ Different types of drawings require different types of drawing papers.


Drawing Paper



  1. Selection of Drawing Paper for Work  

Selecting the best drawing paper for specific work is quite complicated. So, to make your task easier, we have made this list.


a. Bond Paper

✔ Harder & durable than ordinary papers.

✔ Mostly made up of rag pulp.

Suitable For: Letterheads, Typed reports, and Envelopes.


b. Gloss Coated Paper

✔ Coated with gloss.

✔ Highly shining in nature.

Suitable For: Flyers and Brochures


c. Matt Coated Paper

✔ It is the opposite of gloss-coated paper.

✔ Coated with matt.

✔ It isn’t shiny.

Suitable For: Reports, Flyers, and Leaflets 


d. Recycled Paper

✔ This paper is made recycling already utilized papers.

✔ Helps in reducing environmental impacts.

Suitable For: Reports, Memo paper, and Forms.


e. Silk Coated Paper

✔  Interim between gloss and matt.

✔ Smooth silky coating is done.

✔ Paper is smooth to touch but not much shine.

Suitable For: Magazines, Books, and Catalogues


f. Uncoated Paper

✔ Absence of coat.

✔ Commonly used for official purposes.

✔ It is a mainly used and commonly available type in our daily life.

Suitable For: Forms, Letterheads, Applications writing, Files printing, and Memo paper


g. Watermarked Paper

✔ It provides a luxury and premium look as it is provided with a watermark of the company.

Suitable For: Documents, Exam Certificates, and Game Certificates.



  2. Different Sizes of Drawing Paper  

Paper size Dimensions (cm)  Paper Area
Α5 14.8 x 21 cm 0.03108  m2
Α4 21 x 29.7 cm 0.0612  m2
Α3 29.7 x 42 cm 0.125 m2
Α2 42 x 59.4 cm  0.25 m2
Α1 59.4 x 84.1 cm 0.50  m2
Α0 84.1 x 118.9 cm 1 m2


✔ Commonly, A3 & A4 paper is utilized for official uses.

✔ A0 and A5 are not suitable for general works.

The dimensions in the drawing below are in centimeters.

Drawing Paper : Sizes & Selection of Drawing Paper for Work



  3. Paper Weight Descriptions  

Weight Feels Similar to:
35-55 gsm Most newspapers
90 gsm Mid-market magazine inner pages
130-250 gsm A good quality promotional poster
180-250 gsm Mid-market magazine cover
350 gsm Most reasonable quality business cards


Paper of weight between 75 gsm to 110 gsm is commonly utilized for official purposes.


Read Also: Tools used in drafting


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Er. Madhu Krishna Poudel
Er. Madhu Krishna Poudel
He is a founder and lead author of Dream Civil International and his civil engineering research articles has been taken as source by world's top news and educational sites like USA Today, Time, The richest, Wikipedia, etc.
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