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Standard Paper Sizes

By: Dana Byerwalter, Editor, AllFreePaperCrafts

Have you ever wondered how paper size is measured and why? Why do certain paper sizes have that little "a" in front of them, while other sizes are measured in a different way? Consult this guide to Standard Paper Sizes. Here you will learn what the International Organization for Standardization deems standard size paper, and you will also learn of other standard sizes. For a quick go-to guide for paper sizes, this is a wonderful reference to consult.

Standard Paper Sizes

Standard Paper Sizes

The International Organization for Standardization has compiled the 216 series of paper dimensions. The dimensions are measured at a ratio of 1:(sq rt of 2). These unique dimensions mean that each time a sheet of this paper is folded in half, the aspect ratio remains the same. The chart above does an excellent job of showing this. Each size in the A series is measured by halves: begin with A0. Half of A0 is the A1 size. Half of the A1 size is A2, and so on. This is true of the B series and C series as well, but each series follows different dimensions. The C series, for example, is how envelopes for the A series are measured.

 

ISO 216: A Series

  A Series
size mm inches
0 841 x 1189 33.11 x 46.81
1 594 x 841 23.38 x 33.11
2 420 x 594 16.53 x 23.38
3 297 x 420 11.69 x 16.53
4 210 x 297 8.26 x 11.69
5 148 x 210 5.82 x 8.26
6 105 x 148 4.13 x 5.82
7 74 x 105 2.91 x 4.13
8 52 x 74 2.04 x 2.91
9 37 x 52 1.5 x 2.04
10 26 x 37 1.0 x 1.5

 

ISO 216: B Series

  B Series
Size mm inches
0 1000 x 1414 39.4 x 55.7
1 707 x 1000 27.8 x 39.4
2 500 x 707 19.7 x 27. 8
3 353 x 500 13.9 x 19.7
4 250 x 353 9.8 x 13.9
5 176 x 250 6.9 x 9.8
6 125 x 176 4.9 x 6.9
7 88 x 125 3.5 x 4.9
8 62 x 88 2.4 x 3.5
9 44 x 62 1.7 x 2.4
10 31 x 44 1.2 x 2.7

 

ISO 216: C Series (envelopes)

  C Series
Size mm inches
0 917 x 1297 36.1 x 51.1
1 648 x 917 25.5 x 36.1
2 458 x 648 18.0 x 25.5
3 324 x 458 12.8 x 18.0
4 229 x 324 9.0 x 12.8
5 162 x 229 6.4 x 9.0
6 114 x 162 4.5 x 6.4
7 81 x 114 3.2 x 4.5
8 57 x 81 2.2 x 3.2
9 40 x 57 1.6 x 2.2
10 28 x 40 1.1 x 1.6

 

 

Other Standard Paper Sizes

Name mm inches
Letter (printer) 215.9 x 279.4 8.5 x 11.0
Legal 215.9 x 355.6 8.5 x 14.0
Junior Legal 127 x 203 5.0 x 8.0
Ledger/Tabloid 279 x 432 11.0 x 17.0

 

 

Sources Cited:

http://www.iso.org

http://www.papersizes.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_216

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