There are 2 terrible things that can happen to jigsaws. The first is that your pet cat claws at the pieces when you’re almost done, which is practically unavoidable. The second is that your table is too small to fit all the pieces, and your puzzle ends up falling apart when you try to transfer it to another surface. So, before you begin a 1,000-piece puzzle, you should probably figure out how large it is.
The typical 1,000-piece puzzle will measure around 25 × 20 inches, but the exact measurements vary from brand to brand.
In this guide, I’ll talk about the various dimensions of different jigsaw puzzle sets, what size surface you need for such a large puzzle, and the different tips you can try out to complete jigsaw puzzles.
Size of a 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Puzzles aren’t for everyone, but the puzzling thing about them is that their popularity grew up by up to 400% during the pandemic. There were a ton of contributing factors to this phenomenon, but what’s pretty clear is the astounding benefits of working on and completing jigsaw puzzles.
But before you purchase a brand-new puzzle set, do you know how large they are?
The most common puzzle sets are marketed as being comprised of 1,000 pieces, which is quite a lot. In many cases, they measure 32 × 32 pieces horizontally and vertically, but the exact puzzle piece dimensions depend on the particular set. But what we can see is that many of them have similar inch measurements.
On average, a 1,000-piece puzzle will measure roughly 25 inches wide and 20 inches long. But if you were to look at them individually, you’d see that their measurements are all over the place.
|NY Puzzle Transit Posters||24 × 18 in.|
|Eurographics Self Portrait and Hummingbird||19.25 × 26.5 in.|
|Buffalo Games Hummingbird Garden||26.75 × 19.75 in.|
|Blue Kazoo Gradient Jigsaw||20 × 30 in.|
|Buffalo Games Spirit of Flight||26.75 × 19.75 in.|
|Elena Rainbow Kingdom||28 × 20 in.|
|Bgraamiens Geometric Mandala||26.6 × 26.6 in.|
|Big Potato Night at the Movies||20 × 27.39 in.|
|Grateful House Carrousel Jigsaw||19.6 × 27.5 in.|
|Bob Ross Mountain Retreat||20 × 28 in.|
|Buffalo Games Cinque Terre||19.75 × 26.75 in.|
|Buffalo Games Crescent Moon Bay||19.75 × 26.75 in.|
|Neith Games Old Town Porto||18.9 × 26.7 in.|
|Moruska Starry Night||19.69 × 27.56 in.|
What Table Size Do You Need for a 1,000-Piece Puzzle?
As you can see from the table above, 1,000-piece puzzles don’t have a uniform size. In fact, there are even triangular puzzles, such as the Heye Puzzles Gulliver (Amazon), that take up much less surface space than traditional 2D jigsaw puzzles.
But before you start any puzzle, big or small, you should look for a surface or a table that’s large enough to support all the pieces. For the most part, you can get by putting puzzles together on a coffee table or dining table, but the important thing is that there’s enough space for all the pieces and some.
In my humble opinion, the best table you can get for your 1,000-piece puzzle is a portable table. That way, you can transport your puzzle from place to place without physically touching the individual pieces. Like jigsaw puzzles, the surface dimensions of portable tables vary, so I’ll describe some of the trendiest portable puzzle tables with specs below.
|Portable Table||Surface Dimensions|
|Puzzle Ready||24 × 30 in.|
|Laviert Puzzle Case||35.8 × 25.8 in.|
|Beck Non-Slip Mat||30.7 × 20.9 in.|
|Bits and Pieces Jumbo Surface||34 × 26 in.|
|PLAYVIBE Wooden Table||36 × 27 in.|
|Gamenote Puzzle Mat||30 × 22 in.|
|Rekcopu Portable Puzzle Board||35.6 × 25.6 in.|
|Tektalk Puzzle Board||30.7 × 20.9 in.|
|Lovinouse Jigsaw Puzzle Board||29 × 21 in.|
|Rose Home Fashion Puzzle Board||34 × 26 in.|
Jigsaw Puzzle Tips
A 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle is not easy to put together, regardless of your puzzle-solving skills. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you solve large puzzles in a shorter amount of time.
1. Sort your pieces
What many newbies tend to do is try to put the puzzle together immediately after unboxing the pieces. While this will eventually pay off, you may lose focus and scrap the whole project out of boredom. If you’d like to see the fruits of your hard work, you need to set achievable short-term goals.
The first goal is to sort your pieces. Put the edge pieces on one side of your table, then take the center pieces. While you’re doing this, if you come across center pieces that look like they belong to the same section, place them in another pile.
2. Start from the middle
This probably goes against everything you ever believed as a puzzle solver, but you’d be surprised by how much quicker things get done doing it this way. Instead of creating the border, try and match centerpieces and work your way out.
3. Don’t focus on a single missing piece
Imagine going through 999 different puzzle pieces to look for a single missing piece. Before you know it, it’s bedtime, and you haven’t even finished 1/8th of the puzzle. Instead, if you are missing a piece, just skip over it and continue working on other portions of the puzzle. You’ll eventually find the missing one sooner or later, but in the meantime, you’ll actually be doing something productive.
4. Identify the puzzle’s main features
Take a look at the box and look for main or distinguishable features—buildings, chimneys, planets, animals, etc. Now, check how close they are in relation to other features and piece things together as you see them. The background stuff can wait.
Do 1,000-Piece Puzzles Have 1,000 Pieces?
No, they do not. Most 1,000-piece puzzles will come with around 1,026 pieces. This is due to the irregular shape of the individual pieces. If the puzzle were to be cut into perfectly square pieces, then yes, creating a 40 × 25-piece puzzle would result in 1,000 pieces, but they wouldn’t be able to cling together.