THE WINDWARD WIRE

Paper Document Estimator

Mindy Rathe
March 22, 2015

If you're thinking about scanning your documents and/or sending them to off-site storage, it's useful to quickly estimate how many documents you actually have without having to leaf through them all – this is how you will be charged.

Here's a handy guide to determine how much paper you actually have. These estimates do not include anything that may be holding your documents together, such as paper clips, folders, bindings, etc.

  • Stacks of Paper: 150-180 pages per inch
  • Drawings & Plans (unrolled/unfolded): 125-150 pages per inch
  • 1" Binders: 250-275 pages
  • 2" Binders: 450-480 pages
  • 3" Binders: 650-670 pages
  • 4" Binders: 750-780 pages
  • 5" Binders: 950-1,050 pages
  • Copy Paper Box (17.5" x 9.75" x 11.5"): 1,800-2,200 pages per box
  • Bankers Box (16" x 10" x 12"): 1,800-2,000 pages per box
  • Vertical Filing Cabinet (2-5 drawers): 2,500 pages per drawer
  • Lateral Filing Cabinet (2-4 drawers): 5,000-6,000 pages per drawer
  • Linear Foot (shelving): 1,500 pages per horizontal foot
  • Photographs: 100-125 per inch

Contact us for help estimating your paper and how many documents need to be scanned