The diagrams below represent the orientations for bricks as they are laid in walls.  The blue face is the face that will be exposed.

Even though the bricks are laid in any of the six orientations below, bricks are always dimensioned as if they are laid in the stretcher orientation. For more information on dimensions, check out our article Brick Sizes.

Stretcher

Stretcher

Shiner

Shiner

Soldier

Soldier

Sailor

Sailor

Header

Header

Rowlock

Rowlock

Help make Archtoolbox better for everyone. If you found an error or out of date information in this article (even if it is just a minor typo), please let us know.

Subscribe to the Archtoolbox Newsletter
Receive two emails each month with industry news focusing on practice, leadership, technology, and career growth. We also include career growth and project management tips along with the occasional helpful surprise.