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Common Poster Sizes - Which standard to use?

There are four main poster sizes, which are very common and frequently offered for poster printing. In many cases you will see 11” x  17” for small posters, 18” x 24” for medium sizes and 24” x 36” or 27” x 39” for large posters.  These sizes are well-established as an international standard poster size.

11” x 17” Posters

The smallest poster size we offer is ideal for promoting events without taking too much space.  11” x 17” posters are commonly used on bill boards, lamp posts. Beside you will find them often in public buildings or beside doors to inform visitors about certain events. Nonetheless it is also a common size for pin up posters to decorate a locker or wardrobe.

18” x 24” Posters

The medium size posters give more space to put information on them. They are large enough for advertisement and promoting concerts, festivals or sport events. In colleges and universities you will find many sports clubs which introduce their team on a 18” x 24” poster.

24” x 36” and 27” x 39” Posters

The bigger the poster size gets the more likely posters are used for commercial advertisement. Printing movie posters on 24” x 36” is very common for retail stores.  27” x 39” posters  are popular to promote concerts, festivals and art shows.  As this sizes become really attractive for outdoor advertising  a durable outdoor poster paper can be used, which is water proof and does not crinkle up when wet or when glue is applied.

Other common Poster Sizes and special sizes

Further poster sizes are 8.5” x 24”, 11” x 36”, 19” x 27” and 23” x 33”. All of them are standard sizes in our store, so you get an instant quote online which will satisfy your needs for cheap poster printing. If a special size is needed, which can’t be found in the online, please choose the next bigger size and we can trim the printed posters to fit the requested special size.

Related European sizes for posters

If you wish to order an international poster size standard based on the German DIN standard, you can expect quiet similar prices to the related US size:

  • 11” x 17” equals  the European size DIN A3
  • 18” x 24” equals the European size B2
  • 24” x 36” equals the European size B1

Select your poster size and get an instant printing quote here.