A Guide to Choosing the Right Size Paper for You

A Guide to Choosing the Right Size Paper for You
Jun 01

Think the world has fully migrated to a life of tablets, smart phones, and laptops? Think again. Paper and pen continue to be irreplaceable communication tools for students, professionals, artists, writers, and everyone in between. Research has shown that students who used longhand remember more information and have a deeper understanding of the material than students who use laptops, and etiquette experts still point to handwritten thank you notes as the appropriate means of showing gratitude.

If you are among the millions who prefer to scribe in paper and pen, understanding the appropriate shape and size paper for your needs will help you maximize the effectiveness of your communication. Keep in mind that the best size paper for you will depend on how much space you need for writing or drawing, as well as how much space you have on your desk, or in your travel bag. 

To learn about the most common options available, and their most appropriate applications, read our paper size guide below.



  • Dimensions:3 x 11.7 inches
  • Details: A4 has become the standard business letter size in English speaking countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In Europe the A paper sizes were adopted as the formal standard in the mid 20th century.
  • Best for: Classroom notetaking, business notetaking, reports, presentations, essays, manuals and handbooks, booklets, brochures, and event programs
  • Recommended products: Leuchtturm1917 Master Ruled Notebook, Rhodia Classic Notepads Top

A4 Notebook 


Rhodia A5 noteb 



  • Dimensions: 1 x5.8 inches
  • Details: Approximately postcard size
  • Best for: Business notetaking, short notetaking throughout the day, those who want to keep their notebook in their pocket/handback, journaling, sketching
  • Recommended products: Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Pocket A6

A6 Notebook


Other U.S. Standard Sizes:


Government Letter

  • Dimensions: 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Details: Previously the “official” size for U.S. legal forms from the Hoover administration until the Reagan administration
  • Best for: Personal note taking



  • Dimensions:5 x 11 inches
  • Details: A standard defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the current standard for business and home printers everywhere
  • Best for: Business or personal note taking, classroom notetaking, and music scoring


Junior Legal

  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 inches
  • Details: Typically has a 1-1/4” vertical line (or “down line”) placed from the left edge of the page
  • Best for: Scholarly, business, or legal note taking



  • Dimensions:9 x 4.1 inches
  • Details: The ideal portable notebook size
  • Best for: Pocket notetaking


Here are some more standard paper sizes to further help you to choose the right paper size, whatever your needs:

Paper Size   Size in Inches
46.8 x 33.1 in
33.1 x 23.4 in
23.4 x 16.5 in
16.5 x 11.7 in
11.7 x 8.3 in
8.3 x 5.8 in
5.8 x 4.1 in
4.1 x. 2.9 in

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