Display Your Blueprints (and Rescue Them From Storage)

Old houses are sometimes exhausting but always special, and you should definitely highlight all those things that make your home unique. For instance, your blueprints can make beautiful artwork when you display them instead of letting them sit in the closet for, say, the last four and a half years.

The previous owners of our home kindly gave Eric and me a pack of old photos and the original blueprints that their family used to build this place back in the 1960s. We kept them tucked safely away in the closet all this time, but I am happy to report that I now have our favorite blueprints out on display.

Framing and displaying your home’s blueprints is a quick and easy project. Once you find the right frame, it doesn’t take long to get those blueprints up on the wall where you can enjoy them.

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Materials

  • Your blueprints
  • Tape measure
  • Poster frames (this frame comes in several sizes and colors)
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Find the Right Blueprint Frames

Measure your blueprints and look for frames in the same size or slightly smaller. My blueprints were about 30×22 inches and I used two 30×20-inch black frames that I already had.

I love the simple mid-century look of this walnut frame. It comes in a variety of sizes, so you can probably find one to fit your blueprints. Here are a few options to consider.

Mid-century modern walnut frame for displaying blueprints
Black poster frame
Large white frame
Wood frame
Silver frame

Frame and Display Your Blueprints

Once you have your frames, clean them with a microfiber cloth. Fold the edges of your blueprints to fit if needed, using the frame as a guide.

Fitting blueprints into frame
Needs ironing.

Carefully iron your blueprints on a low setting with no steam, to smooth out any wrinkles. Then insert your blueprints into the frames and hang them on the wall with a hammer and nails.

Ironing blueprints to frame and display them

Here’s how my blueprints look hanging up in the downstairs recreation room. I nerd out for blueprints, so I love to see these exterior sketches of my house out on display. I think I need to frame the interior blueprints next.

House blueprints in frames on display

You might also like these vintage and mid-century decor ideas.


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9 thoughts on “Display Your Blueprints (and Rescue Them From Storage)”

  1. I think this is a very cool idea (not nerdy at all!) (Very mid-century too!). How many times do you stop to admire them as you walk past them? Looks great and awesome that the former owners gave them to you.

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    • This is a great idea! Last summer I moved into a 1959 modern home in Minneapolis, MN that an architect designed and built for himself and he lived in it for 3 decades. Fortunately, it was well preserved with no bad renovations that usually happen in the 70s & 80s. But unfortunately there are no blueprints or plans.

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      • Tim, that’s so great you found a time capsule mid-century home! They are becoming so rare. Many of the houses we looked at when house hunting back in 2014 had some bad renovations. But this one was mostly untouched except for a few cosmetic things we updated, like getting rid of the 80s carpet and a chandelier.

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  2. Tara, that looks great. I’ve often thought about putting some of my early pen and ink or pencil boat design drawings into frames. These days all my work is on computer so the prints don’t have the same character.

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