What is the Jigsaw Puzzle Size?
What is the Jigsaw Puzzle Size?
When you ask the size do you mean how many pieces or what is the measurement of the jigsaw puzzle? This is
so common... kinda like waiting for the turkey to “unthaw” ;)
Fear not though... there is no golden rule around this. It just needs further clarification is all. And both issues
are required when you are looking at the size of your new jigsaw puzzle.
So just to be clear this is how we will discuss the 'size' issue here;
a. number of pieces per jigsaw puzzle
b. size of the pieces in the puzzle
a. total size in inches or cm
1. The number of pieces is sometimes associated with the ‘size’ of the jigsaw puzzle. For example; the question
is often asked, “What size is it?” and the answer may be, “it is 1000 pieces”.
The number of pieces may also determine the physical size of the puzzle. Ideally a 2000-piece puzzle is going to
measure larger than 1000 pieces and a 3000 piece will be larger than a 2000 piece.
2. But those are not hard stone-cold facts because the actual physical size of the puzzle is going to depend on
the size of each jigsaw puzzle piece. I’ve got a World’s Smallest Jigsaw Puzzle with 1000 pieces and the total
physical size is smaller than a regular 1000 piece by measurement... but then look at the size of the pieces...
(Educa 1000 piece Leonardo Da Vinci Miniature Mona Lisa Puzzle)
Here you can see a 'standard' puzzle piece beside the contents of the 1000 Miniature Mona Lisa jigsaw puzzle.
(MasterPieces Route 66 World's Smallest Tin Jigsaw Puzzle, 4-Inch x 8-Inch, 1000-Piece)
Here is a closeup sample of the mini or World's smallest jigsaw puzzle pieces compared to a basic piece.
Although I must mention that some of the 'random' cut jigsaw puzzle pieces can be quite tiny!
(Buffalo Vivid Collection Butterflies)
(Cobble Hill Farm Jigsaw Puzzle)
Here is a general guide (stated loosely) for children but it is not limited to these numbers because some
children develop differently than others. Of course, that does not mean as an adult you cannot do these.
Child Number of Pieces
Ages 2 - 3 4 to 12 Pieces
Ages 3 - 5 12 to 50 Pieces
Ages 5 - 6 50 to 100 Pieces
Ages 6 - 7 100 to 200 Pieces
Ages 7 - 8 200 Pieces
Ages 8 - 10 300 Pieces
Ages 12+ 500+ Pieces
Families most often do 500 pieces and Adults most often do 1000 pieces. There seems to be an ongoing
‘World’s Largest’ competition and almost every year a different company is producing a ‘new’ jigsaw puzzle
with more ‘number of pieces’ and larger in physical measurements.
The first thing I do before I even open the box is look for the jigsaw puzzle’s measurements. Then I locate the
correct size of board I am going to use. It's good to keep a supply of different sizes in your accessories.
As seen in the photos above, the number of pieces does not always determine the actual measurements of the
assembled jigsaw puzzle.
Take at look at this series of images. It is the M.C. Escher mini-wooden 100 pieces jigsaw puzzle. The pieces are
tiny and I used the tweezers to assist with assembly. The size is approximately 2" x 3" in measurements.
Basically you could say the only way to determine the 'measurements' is to read what the final individual puzzle
is manufactured to be once assembled.
Currently the 'World's Largest' (2016) is the Memorable Disney Moments by Ravensburger at 40,320 pieces and
measures 6.80 m by 1.92 m or 22 ft 3.72 in by 6 ft 3.59 in. It's divided into 10 bags with each showing one
photo from a Disney classic movie.
Personally, my largest is the Ravensburger New York City Window at 32000 pieces in 8 bags.
It measures 544 x 192 cm (214 x 76 in.). I have yet to start this one :)
A common issue with puzzle measurements is converting from CM to (imperial) inches so I keep a simple
conversion tool handy for you to use. You can also locate it on the right side bar and simply bookmark or save
this page so it's available anytime.
So to sum it up, just be mindful when you are choosing your puzzle. The number of pieces does not always give
a clear measurement of the physical puzzle image ~ look carefully.
(blog source: puzzlehobby.com)
- Anatolian Puzzle
JIGSAW PUZZLE STRATEGIES, TIPS, and HINTS
JIGSAW PUZZLE STRATEGIES, TIPS, AND HINTS:
A GUIDE TO BECOMING A PUZZLE EXPERT
At any time of year, it’s good to have some ideas for family activities that are inexpensive, conversation-
friendly, and indoor-oriented for sudden rainy days. Jigsaw puzzles are a great alternative to hours of television
or video games. But if you’re new to puzzles (or your puzzle strategies aren’t working out as you’d hoped and
you’re looking for some more tricks), here is our guide to some jigsaw puzzle tips and hints to help you
assemble puzzles like a pro.
Hopefully these suggestions will ensure your puzzling is a fun time for all and that no puzzles are left
Before You Start
1. Choose a puzzle
• Seems obvious, right? But sometimes we’re drawn to the 3000 piece jigsaw puzzles when our skill level might
actually be somewhere around 500 pieces. And that’s okay! Our brains like challenges, but not impossible
ones! Build up your skill level first before tackling expert-level puzzles. It’ll make it more enjoyable along the
way and deter you from abandoning your puzzle halfway through.
• Pick a puzzle that everyone participating in building it enjoys. Investment in the end product will keep everyone motivated.
2. Have an-end plan
• What do you plan to do with your puzzle afterwards? If it’s going to be deconstructed and put back in the
box, you require less planning than if you are going to glue and frame your puzzle.
• If you do glue and mount, learn about gluing jigsaw puzzles before you start. Gluing puzzles can be messy, so
if this is your end plan, work your puzzle out on a surface you don’t mind getting sticky, like a piece of
cardboard (but make sure it’s big enough to hold your entire puzzle—you can check the dimensions on the box)
or a roll up puzzle mat. Wax paper is great for keeping the sticky mess to a minimum.
• We have some great storage options for jigsaw puzzles - from mats that you can roll up to entire cases that
keep all your pieces flat and in place. The cases even come with sorting trays and some are made with felt to
create the perfect work surface for assembling your puzzle.
3. Choose a workspace
• Workspaces that have another function (like a dining room table) are fine if you have a puzzle mat or a piece
of cardboard or other portable surface that will allow you to move it if you need to make room.
• If your building space is permanent but you don’t like the clutter and don’t have a roll up puzzle mat, plastic
baggies or tupperware containers for your extraneous pieces keep everything organized and ensure that you
don’t misplace any small pieces along the way.
• Make sure your workspace is large enough to accommodate the full size of the jigsaw puzzle, but also the
extra pieces that you organize and build with as you go. 1000-piece puzzles are usually around 20" x 27", for
example, so you'll need at least a 3-5 foot workspace to have room for the whole puzzle and loose pieces
you're working on outside the edges.
to be continued…
- Anatolian Puzzle
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