Vinyl letter sizing tips: How to choose a size.
Three components to consider when sizing your lettering
(1) Available Space:
Since you've made the choice to purchase vinyl lettering, you already know where you want to place the lettering. To determine a proper size for your lettering you'll need to measure your "available space" where you'll be installing your lettering. The size of your lettering will need to balance with the available space you have. Small areas will need smaller lettering if there is lots of text, whereas, if there is a small amount of text you can go bigger with your lettering. Large areas can accommodate lots of different sizes depending on the overall dimensions.
Whether you have a small space or a large space to letter, you will need to have some idea of how far away you want the lettering to be visible from, so that your lettering is effective. For every inch in height, your lettering can be seen, from about 25-30 feet away. If you need a large banner announcing an upcoming city event that needs to be viewed from at least a block away, your text would need to be close to 16 inches in height. If you have a business store, that needs window lettering stating your hours of operation and company name, the visibility of your lettering only needs to be seen from maybe 50 feet away which would make 2 inch lettering effective and economical.
(3) Height vs. Width:
All lettering, no matter the height, is roughly as wide as it is tall. This rule is relatively true with all font styles and plays a very big part in the size of lettering. A 2" tall letter is going to be about 1.7" wide, and a 16" tall letter will roughly run about 13 1/2" wide. So when you figure out your size, compare it to the amount of letters you will need, to make sure it will fit appropriately.
All three of these components are all relative to choosing a size for cut vinyl lettering. If you call a sign company, they will automatically ask what size lettering you need, and if you don't know getting an accurate price can be very difficult. If you come to the pricing table prepared, your experience will be much quicker and a lot more accurate. But when in doubt, you can always ask a sign professional, for assistance with size and any good sign company will help you determine an appropriate size for your lettering.