Parking Lot Striping Design Considerations

Maximize Space: A property owner aims to get the maximum cars possible into a parking lot to maintain cost-effectiveness. The right layout and parking lot striping can help meet this goal. 


Efficient Traffic Flow: Customers want parking lots that allow them to enter, park, and exit quickly and safely. Attractive and properly placed parking stalls, arrows, and handicapped-reserved signs help to efficiently direct travelers. 


Designated Parking

Before parking lot striping, it is important to consider whether the parking lot needs designated parking spaces for disabled persons, customers, employees, visitors, or other individuals. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects every property owner. Regardless of company size, all businesses must now have the proper amount of handicapped-accessible parking stalls and required van parking spaces.  PLR will assess the type of business and/or property and ensure that the proper ADA requirements are followed.


Layout Options

Layout is important to provide the most stalls possible in a functional parking lot. The layout options include straight-in and angled designs

  • The straight-in design (90°) always allows for the most stalls; but, for a variety of reasons, angled stalls (45°, 60° or 75°) are preferred. Straight-in stalls are easiest to lay out and stripe, plus they permit two-way traffic.

  • The angled design, on the other hand, is easier for drivers to turn into and back out of and require a narrower lane. In addition, angled stalls provide a controlled one-way traffic flow and create a herringbone design that many owners find appealing. Unfortunately, the greater the angle, the more space is taken up.



There are several options when it comes to parking lot striping layouts and styles. PLR can help you decide things such as:

  • Do I want single lines or double lines?

  • Do I want straight end design or the popular round end design for the parking line?


We can help with the design of your stalls or follow your set of well-drawn blueprints. It's entirely up to you. It's best to consult your city planner before you make any design decision that can affect your parking lot users.


60 Degree - This type of parking lot striping line is the second most common degree of parking stall layout. It is also referred to as angled parking. This is the least severe angle one can use when laying out parking spaces and is often used where head-in or 90 degree parking is not permissible. Another reason one might want to use this type of layout would be that it helps create more back out space from the parking stall making it easier for vehicles to pull in and out.


45 Degree - This angle choice in parking lot striping is exactly like the one mentioned above; however, the degree is even greater. The tighter an area is where the parking is trying to be created, the greater the severity of the angle is needed.


30 Degree - Same as above. However, this is not recommended. When you start using angles this severe it usually comes at a significant cost to the number of stalls you can actually fit into the area. If you have no choice or the space is simply not a concern, this can work. But in most cases, these angels are not practical.


T-stall - Also  known as boxed stalls. This type of layout scenario is typically used in an alley or up against a fence or block wall. The layout allows a property owner to take advantage of areas where parking typically doesn't occur. An example would be a building owner laying out parking along a wall where a driveway is located. To maintain traffic flow, the owner can't place a traditional parking space; however, he can use t-stalls. This basically means striping the corners of single spaces parallel to the wall marked only by the two corners of the cars outer edge with a T.


Tandem parking - This is sometimes done with residential motor vehicle parking where two motor vehicles park nose-to-end in tandem. The first motor vehicle does not have independent access, and the second motor vehicle must move to provide access. As with attendant parking, the purpose is to maximize the number of motor vehicles that can park in a limited space.


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