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What Are The 8 Common Flag Sizes?

Oct 12, 2007
Flags can be used for any occasions - whether you have a business or you just want a flag for personal use. The standard flag with grommet eyelets is the most commonly displayed flag and is typically flown horizontally on a vertical freestanding outdoor flagpole. The hoist edge is reinforced canvas with eyelets (usually brass grommets) designed to attach the flag to the pole.

What is an average flag size?
There are about 8 standard common flag sizes which can be used for different reasons. Sizes are quoted as height by width.

For in-ground flagpoles, the length of the flag should be one quarter to one third the height of the pole. An example would be if you had a 20ft flagpole you should be looking at a 3ft x 5ft flag.

Size: 4 inches x 6 inches
This is the smallest standard flag size, is commonly made from polyester. They are ideally used at parades and come with small hand poles enabling the person to wave them during an event. This flag size has also been used on the back of motorbike helmets and is a common table flag size.

Size: 11 inches x 15 inches
This size is most commonly used for car flags. A car flag can have different size poles ranging from 43cm to 50cm. They are made from a material called polypropylene and attached to the car window. The flag stays in place when the window is wound up and flies when there is wind or when the car is moving. They are great for promotions and are also used for sporting events such as the World Cup.

Size: 12 inches x 18 inches
While this flag is usually classified as a hand flag, it can also be used as a car flag and is generally supplied with a wooden or plastic pole. The size of the pole would be 0.08mm x 60cm again allowing it to be easily used for waving. These flags would be seen at sporting events, promotions etc.

Size: 2ft x 3ft
This flag is sized between the hand flags and hoisted flags. They are commonly used with high flag poles but can be used as garden flags. As a hand flag they are ideal for use at sporting events and as promotional give outs.

Size: 3ft x 5ft
This is the most common flag size, big enough to be seen and cheap enough to make the flag cost effective. This size is used on business and company flag poles, flown outside private homes, used in schools, clubs and by fans. They are also prominent at promos and often used as giveaways. A flag pole of at least 20ft high is required for this size flag.

Size: 4ft x 6ft
This flag is considered a larger size and not as common as the 3ft x 5ft. Depending on the material used, it is much heavier and takes more wind to fly it. This flag proves more popular at sporting events as supporters can hang the flag around the stadiums. If this flag is to be used on a flag pole, the pole needs to be securely placed in-ground and needs to be at least 25fthigh.

Size: 5ft x 8ft
Considered a large flag it can be used as a flag or banner and needs an in-ground flagpole of at least 30-35ft in length. This size flag is commonly used by cheerleaders who perform up and down a football field.

Size: 6ft x 10ft
This size flag is great for use at sporting events and as back drops for stages and requires an in-ground flagpole of at least 40-45ft in length. It is very large and can be expensive, depending on the material used and colors used in the printing process.

While a flag can be any size, custom flags can be made to a specific size. It is important to consider the use of the flag together with its location. If the flag is to be used on a standard flagpole and flown outside a business or home, ensure the flagpole chosen is the correct size.
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