Skip to main content

German Series



Belonging to the ISO 216 international paper size standard, DIN B2 is a distinctive and versatile paper size. With dimensions of 500mm x 707mm, it offers ample space for various applications, from posters and charts to architectural drawings and diagrams.

As part of the B series in the ISO standard, DIN B2 is designed with a specific purpose in mind. It fills the gap between A series sizes, providing an optimal solution when A series dimensions are either too large or too small for a particular requirement. This unique positioning makes DIN B2 an invaluable asset in diverse professional settings.

DIN B2 paper dimensions


View All German Series

2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

DIN B2's aspect ratio remains constant even when folded or cut in half along its larger side. This means that two sheets of the next smaller size (B3) placed side by side will exactly match one sheet of DIN B2 - a feature that enhances its versatility and usability.

While not as commonly used as A series sizes in everyday scenarios, DIN B2 holds significant importance in specialized fields such as graphic design and engineering. Its larger surface area allows for detailed work while maintaining clarity and legibility.

In comparison to ANSI standards prevalent in North America, ISO's DIN B2 offers more flexibility due to its consistent aspect ratio across all sizes. This makes it easier for professionals working across different regions to maintain consistency and accuracy in their work.

DIN B2 is more than just a paper size - it's a tool that facilitates precision, versatility, and efficiency across various professional domains.

Other Formats in the German Series

Interesting facts about DIN B2

1: The Origin of DIN B2 Paper

DIN B2 paper is part of the DIN paper size series, which was introduced by the German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung) in 1922. The series aimed to standardize paper sizes and simplify printing processes.

2: Dimensions of DIN B2 Paper

DIN B2 paper measures 500 mm × 707 mm or approximately 19.7 inches × 27.8 inches. It has an aspect ratio of √2, meaning that when folded in half, it retains the same proportions.

3: Common Uses for DIN B2 Paper

DIN B2 paper is commonly used for posters, large format prints, architectural drawings, and various types of artwork. Its size allows for a good balance between readability and visibility.

4: Relationship with Other DIN Sizes

DIN B2 is one step larger than DIN B3 and one step smaller than DIN B1 in the series. Each subsequent size in the series can be obtained by halving the longer side of the previous size.

5: International Equivalents

The closest international equivalent to DIN B2 is ISO size A3+. However, ISO sizes have slightly different dimensions compared to their DIN counterparts due to variations in rounding conventions.

6: Historical Importance

The introduction of standardized paper sizes like DIN B2 played a significant role in streamlining printing processes worldwide. It allowed for easier compatibility between different printers and facilitated international communication through standardized document sizes.

7: Influence on Modern Design Practices

The DIN paper size series, including DIN B2, has had a lasting impact on modern design practices. Its proportions and standardized dimensions are often used as a reference point for creating layouts and compositions in various fields, such as graphic design and architecture.

8: Paper Weight Considerations

DIN B2 paper is available in various weights, ranging from lightweight options suitable for sketches to heavier options suitable for high-quality prints. The weight of the paper affects its durability, texture, and suitability for different printing techniques.

9: Environmental Impact

When choosing DIN B2 paper or any other type of paper, it is important to consider its environmental impact. Opting for recycled or sustainably sourced papers can help reduce deforestation and minimize the carbon footprint associated with paper production.

10: Paper Preservation Techniques

To ensure the longevity of printed materials on DIN B2 paper or any other type of paper, proper preservation techniques should be employed. Factors such as temperature, humidity, light exposure, and handling should be carefully managed to prevent deterioration over time.