Building bricks - practical dimensions

There are actually countless different formats and sizes in the bricks. But one thing is always certain, someone has thought something of it, because for the particular use, for which the bricks are thought, their dimensions were perfectly planned. Here is an overview of the practical dimensions of the bricks, which have been developed from the monastery bricks.

Dimensions practically developed

Already with the monastery bricks the long side was usually more than twice the length of the short side. This made it possible to build in an ideal way as the width of the joints was always planned. However, the dimensions were still slightly different, since the different cloister schools had their own measurements. Here are three examples of the handmade monastery tiles:

  • Monastic format 28.0 x 15.0 x 9.0 centimeters
  • Monastery format 30.0 x 14.0 x 10.0 centimeters
  • Monastery format 30.0 x 14.0 x 12.5 centimeters

Standardizations and uniformities

Only when it was possible to produce the bricks mechanically on a large scale, it became necessary that the dimensions were adjusted. Therefore, the imperial tile was introduced, from which then the current standard format also NF has developed. The imperial format was further adapted because of the ever narrowing joints and today traded as a new imperial format. Regional there are still some deviations in the bricks.

  • Normal size NF 24.0 x 11.5 x 7.1 centimeters
  • Old imperial format 25.0 x 12.0 x 6.5 cm
  • New imperial format 24.0 x 11.5 x 6.3 centimeters
  • Hamburger format 22.0 x 10.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Oldenburg format 22.0 x 10.5 x 5.2 inches

aerated concrete

The aerated or aerated concrete blocks are usually just about the strength of the stone. The plates themselves can easily be cut to size with a foxtail. As a result, these panels can also be used to wall or glue entire kitchen fixtures.

  • 5.0 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 7.5 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 10.0 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 11.5 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 15.0 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 17.5 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 20.0 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 24.0 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 30.0 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 36.5 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches
  • 42.0 x 59.9 x 24.9 inches

Tips & Tricks

If you want to use small-sized bricks, such as the Reichsformat, choose the common new German imperial format or a normal format. Here you will later have the least difficulty after a conversion or an extension to get matching bricks. After all, the color is already slightly different, as it should not be the size also.