Here you’ll find our range of everyday A4 paper or copier paper as it is commonly know. If you need specific higher quality laser paper, inkjet paper, photo paper or printing card then these all have their own categories packed full of great offers.
If you need any help choosing your A4 paper or are looking to purchase in bulk quantities then please call the Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833 for assistance.
A4 Paper Category Guide
Even everyday office printing and copier paper can be very different in terms of finish and quality which can affect the quality of the print or copy.
The primary difference is the ‘weight’ of the paper, measured in gsm or Grammes per Square Metre. The lower the gsm the thinner the paper. Normal office copier paper is usually 80gsm and anything above 160gsm is usually considered to be card.
Other differences include colour and in the case of white paper, its ‘whiteness’, or, the smoothness of the finished sheet, the smoother the finish, the less likely it will be that ink will ‘bleed’ meaning that prints will be crisper, sharper and more clearly defined.
Really cheap office paper may be fine for internal communications but look to paper quality and not necessarily price for your external communications.
Most but not necessarily all plain paper will work in all types of printer. Laser printers and high speed copiers operate at high temperatures so require a consistent thickness to avoid warping. Some inkjet printers may print with a particularly ‘wet’ ink which may ‘bleed’ slightly into the paper making the images appear slightly fuzzy in porous papers or those which don’t have a smooth finish.
Finally, a big differentiator among papers is the environmental credentials a paper can claim. At one end you have the very cheap paper, manufactured from wood pulp of questionable origins, using potentially damaging manufacturing processes such as chloride bleaching and being manufactured in countries known for exploitative labour practices. In the middle you have papers manufactured from wood pulp from sustainably managed forests and at the other end you have paper manufactured from 100% recycled paper.