# Scale Drawing - Stairway Designing

A scale drawing is used to reduce the amount of paper it would take, to draw a large object. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a stairway that was designed as a scale drawing. Scale drawings provide additional information for stair builders and construction workers.

Usually a scale drawing is represented by a scale measurement. For example, a quarter of an inch can represent 1 foot. If this was the case and you measured a 2 inch stairway on a scaled drawing, the 2 inches would represent 8 feet.

Each inch would represent 4 feet on a 1/4 inch = 1 foot scale.

Each inch would represent 2 feet on a 1/2 inch = 1 foot scale.

Each inch would represent 1 foot on a 1 inch = 1 foot scale

These drawings are often provided by architects, engineers and building designers and can use different scales, to accomplish different tasks.

If you were designing a 100 foot stairway, you might need to use 1/16 of an inch or 1/8 of an inch scale drawing, just to fit on one piece of paper.

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