Paper

Our range of paper supplies has been carefully selected to offer our customers a fantastic choice whatever you’re looking for. Whether it's basic office or copier paper for general day to day use or you need some high quality paper for an important presentation then we have a broad selection from leading manufacturers.

If you would like some help selecting your paper then please call the Office Allsorts team on 0115 9455833.

Category Guide

With so many different types of paper on the market it can sometimes be difficult to understand the differences between them and which paper is suitable for a particular task. Below we have put together a handy guide to take you through the key features to look for when selecting your paper.


Size (gsm)


Paper size is normally measured to the international standard ISO 216 system where A0 (A zero) is the base size and each subsequent size reduces in area by half. For example if two sheets of A1 sized paper were placed side by side they would fit exactly into one sheet of A0 laid on its side. Similarly, two sheets of A2 fit into one sheet of A1 and so forth. Common sizes used in the office and the home are A4 and A3 (A3 is the size of two A4 sheets). The table below details the ISO A Series of paper sizes

Paper Sizes - ISO 216 A Series



Paper FormatDimensions (MM)Dimensions (Inches)
A0 841 × 1189 33.1 × 46.8
A1 594 × 841 23.4 × 33.1
A2 420 × 594 16.5 × 23.4
A3 297 × 420 11.7 × 16.5
A4 210 × 297 8.3 × 11.7
A5 148 × 210 5.8 × 8.3
A6 105 × 148 4.1 × 5.8
A7 74 × 105 2.9 × 4.1
A8 52 × 74 2.0 × 2.9
A9 37 × 52 1.5 × 2.0
A10 26 × 37 1.0 × 1.5

Weight


Papers weight is measured in grams per square metre and is abbreviated to ‘gsm’. Standard printing paper or office paper is generally between 60gsm and 120gsm with 80gsm being the standard weight for most every day office papers. Anything heavier than 160gsm is considered to be card. Weight is a very good indicator or paper quality and in general if you are looking for a superior paper for important printing tasks then 100gsm is a good weight to consider.


Colour


White is the most popular type of paper and is used as a general office paper and for most other office printing tasks. There are many other colours available with the most common being blue, pink green and yellow, these are popular for items such as promotional flyers or brochures.


Looking after your Paper


It’s best to keep your paper in a cupboard away from sunlight, heat and damp as all three of these can warp the paper which can cause it to jam in your printer. If you can’t store the paper in a cupboard then keep it in its box or wrapping as this will help protect the paper until its ready for use.

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