Which Are the Most Commonly Used Paper Sizes?

Today one of you has asked this question. Thank you for sharing it with us. Well, the fact is that paper sizes depend on the standard applied in this or that case.

Commonly used paper sizes

As a result, Americans and Canadians often use the formats listed below.

Size Width x Height (mm)
Tabloid 279 x 432
Legal 216 x 356
Letter 216 x 279
Junior Legal 127 x 203

On the other hand, there are the so-called ISO standard paper sizes, which comprise three main subseries: ISO216 A, ISO216 B and ISO269 C.

Without any doubt, the ISO216 A series is the paper size standard most commonly used in the vast majority of countries: Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, India, etc.

Size Width x Height (mm)
A0 841 x 1189
A1 594 x 841
A2 420 x 594
A3 297 x 420
A4 210 x 297
A5 148 x 210
A6 105 x 148
A7 74 x 105
A8 52 x 74
A9 37 x 52
A10 26 x 37

With only a few exceptions, we can say as a rule of thumb that the A series is adopted by all countries in the world except the United States and Canada.

The ISO216 A series is the paper size standard most commonly used in the vast majority of countries

The ISO 216 B can be thought of as an alternative to the A series. It isn’t as prevalent in the office as the A series, but it’s used for books, posters, envelopes and passports.

Size Width x Height (mm)
B0 1000 × 1414
B1 707 × 1000
B2 500 × 707
B3 353 × 500
B4 250 × 353
B5 176 × 250
B6 125 × 176
B7 88 × 125
B8 62 × 88
B9 44 × 62
B10 31 × 44

The C series is for envelopes

Finally, the C series is mainly used for envelopes.

Size Width x Height (mm)
C0 917 × 1297
C1 648 × 917
C2 458 × 648
C3 324 × 458
C4 229 × 324
C5 162 × 229
C6 114 × 162
C7 81 × 114
C8 57 × 81
C9 40 × 57
C10 28 × 40

We hope you’ve found this information practical. The short answer is: Select a paper size according to what you are specifically making. The chances for you to choose a particular standard series will vary depending on your target audience.

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