I am writing my master thesis with classicthesis. I am afraid margins are too wide and I was considering modifying them. I am definitely not a LaTeX guru so I surfed on the internet to find how much smaller I can make them to keep the it looking awesome.

I came up with this:


Does it make sense for printing on one side only?

Shouldn't the margins be different?

Can I make them smaller?

EDIT: I presented the theses, still I do not have an answer to how the margins have to be for documents to be printed front-only, so I will just leave the question open.

  • Please help us to help you and add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}.
    – user31729
    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:11
  • Your 'MWE' does not compile since pdflatex complains about subfigure as option to classigthesis. I added that package to my solution below.
    – user31729
    Mar 21, 2014 at 14:41
  • Yes sorry, I have that package loaded, I didn't add a minimal example because I consider it more a theoretical question than a practical one. I am more in need of margin advice than code help. Which margin should I use? Are there any best practices? Because the ones furnished by classicthesis appear huge for a master thesis, at least for my own personal point of view. No?
    – Irene
    Mar 21, 2014 at 16:53
  • I suggest margins of about 2cm on the left/right side of a page, and, say, 1.5cm at the bottom and top. However, there may be restrictions by supervisors, corporate design issues etc. You can change the left and right margins to be different at will, as they usually are when printed as book.
    – user31729
    Mar 22, 2014 at 5:55
  • What do you mean by printing on one side?
    – user31729
    Mar 22, 2014 at 5:58

1 Answer 1


You can use the geometry package, with specific margins (see below), in order to print only on 'recto' pages, you can use the everyshi package, as explained in an answer to this question How to insert a blank page or other annotation space next to each page

However, the blank 'verso' pages are included in page number counting.



% Now with onesided option to scrbook the left margin is always larger, which
% allows 'assembly' to a book.
% Change the margins to your needs

% This is taken from 
% https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/43523/how-to-insert-a-blank-page-or-other-annotation-space-next-to-each-page

\thispagestyle{empty} % Preventing page headers, numbers to be printed


\chapter{My first chapter}


\chapter{Yet another chapter}



Change the parameters in \geometry as you wish. I do not know which margins you want to have exactly, so I used some 'arbitrary' values.

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