Wanting to know what size is a business card? Unfortunately, that’s pretty much like asking how long is a piece of string, there is no simple answer. The world of business cards is incredibly diverse, with cards being seen in a variety of different shapes, sizes, colours, paper types, paper weights – you get the point.
When deciding on your business card measurements, you should consider the goal of getting your business cards printed in the first place. Are you looking to gain new business? Get your foot in the door? Impress your potential customers?
Whatever the reason for getting your business cards printed, the first question your printer will ask is “how big is a business card for your company?” Below, we have outlined the different sized printed business cards we have available and how they can be used for your new prints.
What is the standard business card size?
The main goal behind getting yourself some new business cards is to hand them out to your customers. But what happens when the business card dimensions you have chosen is too big to fit within your customers purses and pockets?
This is where standard business card sizes come into play. The standard business card family is designed with your customers, or more frankly your customers wallets, in mind. With these cards, your customers will have no excuse not to take home your luscious business cards to admire later.
What are the dimensions of a business card?
So, how big is a business card based on the standard business card dimensions? We’ve included this helpful table of our standard business card size in mm and business card size in cm, to help you when it comes to create your artwork.
Business Card Size
Width x Height in mm
Width x Height in cm
|Standard Business Card (Landscape)||85x55mm||8.5x5.5cm|
|Standard Business Card (Portrait)||55x85mm||5.5x8.5cm|
|Small Square Business Card||55x55mm||5.5x5.5cm|
|Large Square Business Card||85x85mm||8.8x8.9cm|
|Mini Business Card (Landscape)||85x35mm||8.9x3.5cm|
|Mini Business Card (Portrait)||35x85mm||3.9x8.5cm|
Remember, when supplying your artwork, we require an additional 2mm along each edge to act as a bleed area.
Business card size in pixels
When you come to design your own business cards, we always recommend using millimetres or centimetres when setting up your document. Not only will this ensure your artwork matches our printing guidelines, it will also ensure that your artwork automatically adjusts to the right resolution required for print. The last thing you want is to design some beautiful business cards using pixels, for the design to then appear pixelated when being set up for print.
Business card size template
If you are struggling with any of our standard business card sizes, then we have you covered with our free business card templates. Our business card size templates are designed to include the correct bleed and safety margins for our standard sizes, simply position your artwork within the template and you’re all sorted. Don’t forget to remove our template artwork from your artwork once you’re finished.
Alternatively, why not utilise the skills of our design team to create the business cards of your dreams? Our in-house professionals can work from your design brief to create print ready business card designs that you are sure to be happy with.
Unconventional business card measurements
Although standard sized business cards are more commonly seen, there is no reason as to why your cards should have to conform to these measurements. Instead, why not experiment with different shapes and sizes to help show off your business’s true personality. Dip your toe in the water with a rounded corner business card or dive straight into the deep end with a custom shape die cut business card.
Whichever business card shape or size you choose, you should always remember to link it to your business. Running a coffee shop? A coffee cup shape would be a better choice than an ice cream (unless you sell ice cream too, in that case you do you). Another thing to consider is the content of your business card. Custom shaped business cards can often be limited in the space available for your text. Make sure to choose a shape that will fit your design elements inside.
With custom shaped business cards, our standard business card size templates are not going to meet your requirements. If you do find yourself unsure as to how to size your artwork whilst being suitable for print, drop us a quick email and we can work with you to put your mind at ease.
Business card printing with Aura Print
After reading this post you should have a better understanding of the right business card size for you. Whether you are opting for a standard business card or a custom shaped card, our team are here to help you every step of the way.
Wanting someone to check over your artwork before placing an order? Not a problem, all you need to do is send us your artwork and a member of the Aura Print team will get back to you about your artwork.