How to Store Blue Prints

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Architects, contractors, engineers and other professionals often have blueprints filling up their office at work and home in a disorganized and scattered manner. Rolling up blue prints takes time and laying them out on your draft table on top of each other makes it difficult to find them quickly. By organizing and storing your blueprints you will give yourself more free space in your office for other items and will be able to locate them more easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Vertical hanging storage
  • Wall rack
  • Wall clamp
  • Built-in wall unit
  • Staple strip
  • Hang the blueprints in a vertical filing system. There are vertical hanging storage systems with wheels for rolling around your office and moving as you see fit or that mount to the wall. By hanging your blueprints vertically, you are giving yourself an easier way to flip through them quickly and keep them organized.

  • Hang blueprints on a wall rack that is color-coded to help organize them by job type and keep several blueprints together in large blueprint-sized file folders. Mount a wall clamp to hang blueprints, which make it easy to remove and replace blueprints you use and view often.

  • Make a built-in wall storage unit with spaces deep enough to place blueprints into the wall units. This storage unit should have spaces or "cubbies" in which blueprints are rolled up and stored, with the individual cubbies being labeled for the specific plan, job or project.

  • Keep multiple blueprints for the same job or project together more permanently by stapling them together in a large staple strip and hanging the strip in any of the aforementioned storage solutions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your blueprints color coded with dots or strips to help you locate projects and jobs more efficiently.
  • Always keep an electronic backup of all blueprints.

References

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