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How to Choose a Blueprint Table

How to Choose a Blueprint Table

How To Choose a Blueprint Table

For the person with the mechanical aptitude necessary for professions such as drafting, architecture, or design, there is possibly no one piece of equipment in their office or studio more important than the blueprint table.
Choosing the right table will depend on your profession, the tools you use, as well as the size of media you work with. Here are some tips for finding the right table for your situation.

How to Choose a Blueprint Table

Blueprint Table Size

Professions such as drafting and designing often require a large table-top workspace since large cuts of paper are needed to create a design that is easy to read. Start by determining how much space you'll need for a drafting table.

Your Available Room Space

The available space you have in your office or studio will have some bearing on the size of the table you choose. Due to the nature of their use, drafting tables require plenty of room. Measure your available space before choosing a table to ensure a good fit.

Necessary Working Space

The table-top size you will need should be larger than the size of paper you will be using. Preferably, you want the paper to be laid flat at all edges. Otherwise, your paper could be difficult to view in its entirety, and edges may become damaged. Tables commonly come with top sizes as large as 37.5" x 72" or as small as 24" x 36." Sizes in between and even outside those measurements can also be found.

Considering Different Styles

Style considerations will encompass the type of materials used, the number of legs desired, portability, and functionality.


Blueprint tables can be made from several different types of materials. Traditionally, they are made from wood. Tables made from steel might be more desirable in an environment where there is a potential for more abuse. Glass table tops may be more desirable for crafters or artists since light from below the table would allow for tracing. However, with rounded corners, it would make it difficult to attach accessories.

Pedestal vs Four-Post

Determining whether you prefer a stand with two legs versus four legs may depend on the tilt range desired. Generally, a pedestal table will have a larger tilt range. A four-post table will be the sturdier option, allowing for more weight support. For someone who works leaning into their project, this might prove to be a better option. These types of tables can also come with more storage options.


If you are limited on space, a good option would be a portable table. These work tables are easily folded up and stored away until they are needed again. However, for the person who requires the table for daily work, this can be inconvenient.

Another drawback to a portable table is you may lose stability due to the design requirement of being easy to take down, move, store, and set up.


Everything from tilt range to height adjustability will be considered in functionality. If you're an artist you may require storage. If you're a drafter you'll want to be sure you can attach a parallel bar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At what angle should I work on a drawing board?

How to Choose a Blueprint Table

The angle you choose to work at will largely depend on your individual preference. Some designers prefer a more flat surface so they can view their design from above. Others prefer to view their design while standing back.
Whether you prefer to work at a 45-degree angle or 30-degree angle, the majority of tables on the market will have you covered.

What are the different uses of a drafting table?

Drafting tables can be used from something as simple as sketching or as demanding as architecture. They are also popular among engineers, drafters, and different types of artists and crafters.

Can I also use my drafting table as a desk?

If you only need to use your table occasionally for work, then it could easily double as a desk, especially if you choose a table with storage options. If you need your tabletop for daily work on blueprints or other large paper, then attempting to make it double as a desk could lead to some frustration over room constraints.

Can a drawing table be adjusted to flat?

Engineering and design tables can usually be adjusted to a flat surface like a desk. Be sure to read the specifications for the table that interests you prior to purchasing.

How is the height on a drafter's tables adjusted?

Some tables have a foot pedal, which could be convenient for someone who needs to adjust height often, while others use a hand lever.

Where To Find Your Next Table

Engineer Supply has a large selection of drafting tables. We also carry quality drafting accessories, blueprint storage, and a variety of other equipment to suit your professional needs. Visit us today and let us know how we can help.

Best Drafting Tables

Studio Design Vision


The Studio Design Vision is a two-piece table. The desk boasts a glass top made of tempered blue safety glass, allowing you an easy and safe experience no matter how much pressure you apply while making your lines. The frame of the table is made from powder coated steel of a heavy guage, meaning the desk is durable and sturdy. The table also features a number of removable trays for any supplies you might need to have handy while working on a piece.

Safco 3965MO


A flat table is far from preferable when it comes to drawing or drafting. In fact, professionals know that the best kind of desk is one that has a tilted surface. The Safco 3965MO is an adjustable station that allows you full control over the angle at which the top sits. This makes it much easier to tackle complicated drawings where you need to make lines that would otherwise be putting your body through difficult positions. Give your muscles a break with a split-level desk that boasts a strong frame and design.

Studio Designs Avanta


The Avanta is another excellent option produced by Studios Designs. The contemporary drafting desk boasts a sleek look that doesn’t sacrifice function for style. The glass top of the desk is both strong and adjustable, allowing you the comfort of changing the angle to suit whatever project you’re currently taking on. The desk also features convenient storage, meaning you won’t need to constantly get up and down to grab the supplies you require.

Studio Designs Triflex


Some features can be invaluable when it comes to drafting. The Triflex by Studio Designs boasts a design that allows you a perfect way to maximize comfort and productivity. The simple table can be adjusted up to 22 degrees in a standing position, providing you with a full range of movement. A versatile and innovative option for those in the field of drawing.

Studio Designs Ponderosa


Anyone interested in adding a unique piece to their homes or offices should consider the Ponderosa. Another classic design by Studio Designs, this drafting option has a classic look that can easily blend in with modern settings. The wood frame gives the desk a one-of-a-kind feel without cutting back on durability or usefulness. The table can be adjusted easily into 8 different positions, providing you with a number of angles to use to your advantage.

Studio Designs Vintage


Some environments invoke a classic feel, meaning the furniture placed within the room should match the style. If you want to create an air of sophistication with your drawing table, then consider the Studio Designs Vintage. Not only will this beautiful desk look fantastic in your home or office, it also offers ample workspace and a durable frame constructed of both wood and metal.

Studio Designs Fusion


Stability is important for those who spend long hours drawing. Should your desk wobble while making a vital mark on blueprints, for example, it could lead to some major disasters on an engineering front. Thankfully, you won’t need to worry about this with the Fusion by Studio Designs. This model offers floor levelers that increases stability and ensures you will not be making simple mistakes due to a faulty piece of furniture.

Studio Designs Graphix II


The Graphix II Pro Line by Studio Designs is another desk that is designed to meet the unique needs of engineers, architects, and artists. The desk offers visual appeal, with a wide surface that can be adjusted to whatever angle the user requires. Additionally, the frame is made from heavy-gauge steel, which means the desk will be able to endure whatever you throw at it. In addition to having control over the angle of the surface, you can also adjust the height to meet your preferences.

Mayline Futur-Matic


Sometimes, the best option is the one that is the most simple. When you opt for the Futur-Matic by Mayline, you’re getting a quality piece of furniture that is made to make your life easier. The design of the table is both durable and adjustable, meaning you will have no trouble changing the height and slant of the desk without difficulty. From design to function, the Futur-Matic provides a straightforward and effective way of getting down to business without pause.

Safco Precision

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A desk needs to do more than simple look good in your space. It should also aid in increasing your productivity. The Safco Precision is such an option, allowing you to take advantage of a piece with a traditional style and modern features. Stay organized and motivated with a design that helps you with everything from storage to durability. The table can also be adjusted to meet your requirements, providing you with plenty of positions to work with.

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