Q&A: What Are The Different Envelope Sizes?

Q&A: What Are The Different Envelope Sizes?

An explanation of standard envelope sizes from C4 to C7

If you are confused by the terminology, and don’t quite get the difference between A5 and C5, then this simple envelope size guide will hopefully explain everything.

What do the A and the C mean?

Envelopes and paper have their own measurement system and at first it can seem a little baffling. It is actually quite simple, although I’ll admit it doesn’t help itself to make it easy!

Remember – A stands for paper and C stands for envelopes. Easy, right?

Starting with paper, A0 is actually 1 sqm. Yes, very metric. A1 is a sheet of A0 folded in half. A2 is half of A1 and so on down the line.

Envelopes sizes are listed under the prefix of ‘C’. Why remains a mystery but it really doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that envelopes are defined by a ‘C’ size and this corresponds to an equivalent ‘A’ paper size. The C size is a bit larger to accommodate the insert.

So that means that a flat sheet of A4 paper will require a C4 envelope if you don’t want to fold it. An A5 sheet will require a C5 envelope, and so on down.

universal paper sizes
Universal Paper Sizes from A0 to A7
‘C’ envelope sizesdimensionsequivalent to…’A’ paper sizesdimensions
C0917 x 1297 mmA0841 x 1189 mm
C1648 x 917 mmA1594 x 841 mm
C2548 x 648 mmA2420 x 594 mm
C3324 x 548 mmA3297 x 420 mm
C4229 x 324 mmA4210 x 297 mm
C5162 x 229 mmA5148 x 210 mm
C6114 x 162 mmA6105 x 148 mm
C781 x 114 mmA774 x 105 mm
C857 x 81 mmA852 x 74 mm
C940 x 57 mmA937 x 52 mm
C1028 x 40 mmA1026 x 37 mm

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