Document wallets are cardboard folders with a top flap and expandable sides. They are a low cost document protection solution that is portable and can hold a large amount of paper. A normal capacity wallet can hold about 150 sheets of paper. We have two sizes of wallet available which are A4 and Foolscap. The Foolscap size is the most common as it is slightly larger than A4 size so can easily hold A4 and foolscap sheets.
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Documents wallets are part of a group of products that are regularly referred to as being made from Manilla. The name Manilla comes from the fact that the folders were originally made from hemp or abaca. Once of the main producers of abaca was the Philippines so the name “Manilla” derives from the capital city Manila. Manilla folders were traditionally beige but as they are now made using card they are available in a wide range of colours. We also sell supply a wide range of Manilla Folders and Files .
As the majority of document wallets are manufactured out of card there is a very large choice of environmentally friendly products available from a range of well known and economy brands.
What should you consider when purchasing document wallets........
Cardboard Weight – The weight of the wallets relates to the thickness of the cardboard. The heavier the weight the better quality the product and the longer it is likely to last. Weight is measured in GSM (Grams per Square Meter) and the higher the number the thicker or heavier the cardboard is. Entry level document wallets start at 250gsm with the best quality products reaching 315gsm to 320gsm. To give these weights some sort of perspective an average sheet of copier paper would be 80gsm.
Half Flap or Full Flap – The flap is the part of the wallet you lift up to insert paper into the file and then drops down to protect the documents. There are two type of flap to choose from these being half flap and full flap. The half flap style is generally found on cheaper wallets and as the name suggest the flap covers only half of the front of the wallet. This allows the flap to be tucked into the wallets pocket to help secure the enclosed documents. Full flaps cover the entire front of the file providing added protection for your paperwork.
Capacity – This is obviously a very important factor as you need to know the volume of paper the wallets you are purchasing can comfortably hold. Here the thing to look for in product descriptions is the millimetres (mm). The smallest document wallets have a 30mm capacity and these have a recommended paper capacity of 125 sheets of 80gsm paper. The largest capacity is 35mm and this size file will hold approx 175 sheets of 80gsm paper.
Size – We supply both A4 and Foolscap size document wallets with foolscap being the more popular as they offer a little more capacity.