Padded Envelopes

Padded envelopes are designed to give extra protection to their contents so fragile items such as CD’s and DVD’s arrive at their destination in good condition. Padded envelopes come in two main types, namely bubble bags and padded bags, a full explanation of the differences between them and what it is best to use each type of padded envelope for is outlined below.

If you need any assistance choosing your padded envelopes then please call the Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833.

Buyers Guide

Padded envelopes provide extra protection for items being sent by Royal Mail or through one of the courier networks such as UPS or Fed Ex. Whatever you are posting, if you want it to arrive with no damage then padded envelopes are a must.

There are numerous options available and the padded envelopes you choose depends on what you intend to send in it and how well protected you would like the item to be.

Types of Padded Envelopes......


Bubble Bags - Are constructed using a tear resistant, high quality paper exterior and a lightweight laminated bubble lining. This lightweight construction helps reduce postage costs. Bubble bags are made by a number of manufacturers with Jiffy being by far the best known and most popular. Bubble bags are best used for fragile items such as CD’s, DVD’s and Jewellery.

Padded Bags -Offer exceptionally strong protection for bulky or heavy items. Padded bags are manufactured from highly durable tear resistant and puncture resistant kraft paper. They come with a double glued bottom flap for extra protection. As with bubble bags Jiffy are the market leaders in this type of product. The padding that provides the protection is made of fibre cushioning and therefore means the bags are often fully recyclable.

Below is a helpful guide to padded envelopes detailing sizes, bag references and suggestions for usage.

Internal Size (MM)Bag No:Suggested Uses
90x45 000 A7, Jewellery
115x195 00 A4, Floppy Disk
140x195 0 CD's
170x245 1 A5, Video Tapes
205X245 2 Small Gifts
220x320 3 Desk Diary
240x340 4 A4, Brochures
260x345 5 Books
290x445 6 Shirts, Clothes
340x445 7 A3

Packaging and Wrapping Advice.........


If you are unsure how to pack an item for mailing then please follow our simple guidelines. For further information you can visit the Royal Mail website by clicking here.

1. Write the destination address clearly on the front of the envelope or package and make sure the post code is included.

2. For items that have sharp edges, are fragile or are odd shapes use a padded envelope.

3. If you are sending fragile items make sure this is shown on the outside of the envelope or package by using a ‘FRAGILE’ or ‘HANDLE WITH CARE’ sticker.

4. If sending your items in a box make sure plenty of packaging such as bubble wrap of kraft paper is used to prevent the contents from moving.

5. Write a return address on the outside of the envelope of package.

6. Ensure the envelope of package is securely sealed.

If you have a larger item to send and padded envelopes are not big enough then we have a wide selection of cardboard boxes to choose from. For our full range of packaging supplies please click here.

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