Address plaques and signs are a practical and decorative addition to your home. Read on to learn how big house numbers need to be and how to make them more visible.
Visitors will see the exterior design of your home before they even step foot inside. But they will never find the exterior if you don't have an address plaque! A stylish, well-placed house number will help people find your home, complement your exterior design, and even serve as a unique family plaque.
In this blog article, we will cover:
- What size your house numbers need to be
- How to make your address plaque more visible
- Traditional and on-trend shapes and styles
- Ways to make your house numbers special to your home.
How big do address plaques need to be?
Whether they are on your letterbox, fence or house, the letters and numbers on your address plaque need to be big enough to be seen.
Not only does it make it easier for guests to find your home, but it is also important for couriers and emergency services that might need to find you.
Where you place your address plaque will determine the size. There may also be regulations depending on your location so if you are unsure, it is best to check with your local post services.
Height of your house numbers
For your mailbox on the street, numbers should be at least 1 inch tall (2.5cm). It is the same if your address is on a fence at the front of the house. For aesthetic or design purposes you may want larger numbers if they are on the fence.
For house numbers on the side of your house, the size will depend on how far away they are from the middle of the street. These sizes are approximate based on whether they can be read by someone in a vehicle.
You will need to measure how far away the front of the house is away from the middle of the street and use the following figures as a size guide.
- Zero to 70 feet - At least 3 inches tall
- 70- 110 feet - 4 inches minimum
- 110-132 feet - 5 inches minimum
- 133-160 feet - 6 inches minimum
- 161-300 feet - 8 inches minimum
House number spacing
Now that you have determined the height of your numbers, what is the right horizontal house number spacing?
If they are too close together, it may make it difficult to read from far away. They can also look crowded if done wrong.
A tip to avoid this is to arrange the numbers on a flat surface or piece of paper before permanently attaching them. This way, you can see if the numbers will run into each other. also, hang them up to look at them from a distance.
Style ideas for house numbers and address plaques
While you need to stick to certain guidelines as far as size is concerned, there are ways to choose a design that is unique to you.
For example, playing around with the size of your house numbers can be a style in itself. Obviously, if they are too small they won't be seen, but oversized numbers on a fence can become a deliberate design feature.
If you want to include color, try putting it on a contrasting color background so it can still be seen. For example, if you want to include floral or geometric patterns, get numbers that are on a white or black background so that they will still stand out on the house or fence.
An easy way to include unique design features is to design around the numbers. You could add decals to the wall or fence to draw attention to them, or cut the numbers out of the fence for a reverse silhouette effect.
Plaques are another way to add personal style to your house numbers. These can be custom made to include your family name and other design features around the numbers themselves. An interesting option to add a statement can be an animal, vehicle or even surfboard shaped plaque. You can mount plaques on a fence, letterbox, or even have them freestanding on the ground.
Of course, the address plaque should flow naturally with your exterior design!
- If you have a modern house, stick to simple lines and shiny materials. A combination of stainless steel and cedar wood also looks beautiful.