RNB Guide to Envelope Sizes and their uses

Our guide to envelope sizes and their uses

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If you’re planning on sending out a mail campaign, you might be wondering what envelope size should I choose?

We’ve created a comprehensive envelope size guide to help you choose the best envelope for the job. Of course, you’ll need an envelope that’s a perfect fit for the letter or brochure it will hold and there are other elements to consider too such as cost of sending and whether the content can be folded.

That’s why we’ve also highlighted some of the most popular sizes with an overview of their common uses. It’s likely your mailer will work in one of these envelopes. However, if your mailer is a little more bespoke there’s a range of alternative ‘C’ envelope sizes available to choose from.

Top tip! An easy way to determine which envelope size you’ll need is to swap the ‘A’ letter of your paper size for the letter ‘C’. For example, A4 paper will fit perfectly inside a C4 envelope. A little caveat to that is the rule doesn’t take in to account folding options.

Envelope size summary

we've popped this handy table below to give you a breakdown of each envelope size and its dimensions in millimetres, centimetres and inches

 Envelope sizes

Size (mm)Size (cm)Size (inches)


917 X 129791.7 x 129.7

36.1 x 51.5


648 x 91764.8 x 91.7

25.5 x 36.1


458 x 64845.8 x 64.8

18 x 25.5


324 x 45832.4 x 45.8

12.8 x 18


229 x 32422.9 x 32.49 x 12.8


162 x 22916.2 x 22.9

6.4 x 9


114 x 16211.4 x 16.2

4.5 x 6.4


81 x 11481 x 11.4

3.2 x 4.5


77 x 8177 x 8.1

2.2 x 3.2


40 x 5740 x 5.7

1.6 x 2.2


28 x 4028 x 4.0

1.1 x 1.6


110 x 22011 x 224.33 x 8.66

Commonly used envelope sizes

We've highlighted some of the most commonly used envelope sizes below along with paper size they will hold. But with 'c' envelopes ranging from a large C0 to a tiny C10, there really is an envelope available for every job.

Pssst! Speak to us if you need any help with choosing an envelope, or any other aspect of your mail campaign for that matter. We'd love to help!

Commonly used envelope sizes

C4 Envelope Size

A standard C4 envelope is designed to fit unfolded A4 paper. It’s a good option for those important A4 documents you’d prefer not to have folded.

C4 Envelope Size

C5 Envelope size

A C5 envelope will accommodate A5 paper unfolded or A4 paper folded in half, a common size for brochures or flyers.

C5 Envelope Size

DL Envelope size

Known as the ‘letter envelope’ a DL is the perfect size for an A4 sheet of paper folded into 3. It’s also ideal for compliment slips which typically measure at 210 x 99 mm.

DL Envelope Size

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