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How to Organize and Archive Blueprints

Lines and solid shapes are delineated in white on a blue background. Blueprints are commonly used in the manufacturing, architectural, and engineering industries to communicate construction specifications visually. Hence, technical drawings rendered on blueprints tend to follow an accepted system of visual symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, and layout conventions to communicate these instructions in an unambiguous, coherent manner.

Many professionals engaged in the use of blueprints such as architects, contractors and engineers should keep their blueprints well-organized and stored away safely. By organizing their blueprints in a proper storage system, they not only protect their valuable blueprints from damage and loss, but also free space in their offices and increase productivity.

Architectural and engineering firms can benefit from using blueprint hangers to store and organize their technical drawings. Blueprint hangers range from small to large in order to house one or more projects. In addition, some blueprint hangers are stationary for permanent location storage, while others are designed to be mobile, enabling them to be wheeled to different sections of the office.

For blueprints and documents that need to be stored separately, wall mounted racks are available. These metal devices are attached to the walls and have bars across the top that allow different papers to be slid back and forth. Many blueprint storage wall mounted racks can store hundreds of papers. Such a system maximizes space, keeps papers and blueprints organized, and minimizes loss.

For greater security, firms can store their most valuable blueprints, jackets, maps, and other valuable documents in a blueprint storage cabinet. These blueprint storage cabinets have locks and closed backs and sides to protect the papers and several levels of adjustable shelves that customize the storage of various documents.

For better blueprint storage box organization, wall mounted racks, blueprint hangers, and blueprint storage cabinets should be color coded to create a coherent organization system. Moreover, various papers should be sorted by job type and description. Multiple blueprints for the same job should also be stapled or grouped together in large staple strips for greater organization.