Paper Sizes for Crafters.

Paper Sizes for Crafters.

An explanation of paper sizes in the UK, US and Internationally. All sizes are given in millimeters and the closest approximation in inches. If it worth remembering when they use the term A$ in the US they are normally talking about US letter size. This is different to the A4 sized used in the rest of the world. (The international sizes). We have know this to cause endless ammounts of confusion.

I know this all seem a bit confusing but it is actually fairy simple. The most common sized used is the “A” series.  Take the largest sheet, A0 and fold it in half using the long side. This gives you an A1 sized sheet. Again fold it in half using the long side and it will give you A2. And so on and so on. This can be a useful technique for resizing something in a graphics folder or even on a photocopier.

Paper Sizes (International).

 

ISO paper sizes (plus rounded inch values)
Format A series B series C series
Size mm x mm in x in mm x mm in x in mm x mm in x in
0 841 x 1189 33.1 x 46.8 1000 x 1414 39.4 x 55.7 917 x 1297 36.1 x 51.1
1 594 x 841 23.4 x 33.1 707 x 1000 27.8 x 39.4 648 x 917 25.5 x 36.1
2 420 x 594 16.5 x 23.4 500 x 707 19.7 x 27.8 458 x 648 18.0 x 25.5
3 297 x 420 11.7 x 16.5 353 x 500 13.9 x 19.7 324 x 458 12.8 x 18.0
4 210 x 297 8.3 x 11.7 250 x 353 9.8 x 13.9 228 x 324 9.0 x 12.8
5 148 x 210 5.8 x 8.3 176 x 250 6.9 x 9.8 162 x 229 6.4 x 9.0
6 105 x 148 4.1 x 5.8 125 x 176 4.9 x 6.9 114 x 162 4.5 x 6.4
7 74 x 105 2.9 x 4.1 88 x 125 3.5 x 4.9 81 x 114.9 3.2 x 4.5
8 52 x 74 2.0 x 2.9 62 x 88 2.4 x 3.5 57 x 81 2.2 x 3.2
9 37 x 52 1.5 x 2.0 44 x 62 1.7 x 2.4 40 x 57 1.6 x 2.2
10 26 x 37 1.0 x 1.5 31 x 44 1.2 x 1.7 28 x 40 1.1 x 1.6

 

Paper Sizes (USA and Canada).

North American paper sizes
Size in x in mm x mm
Letter 8.5 x 11 216 x 279
Legal 8.5 x 14 216 x 356
Junior Legal 8.0 x 5.0 203 x 127
Ledger 17 x 11 432 x 279
Tabloid 11 x 17 279 x 432

Please don’t let this information overwhelm you. It isn’t as bad as it looks 🙂 .

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