What Size Is A Business Card?

Needing to know what size is a business card? Then you’re in the right place!

With our complete business card size guide, we'll cover all the UK standard business card sizes you’re likely to come across. Then, we’ll take a look at how to choose the canvas size for business cards in millimetres, centimetres, inches, or pixels, to get the perfect fit.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

What Size Is A Standard Business Card?

When talking about the standard business card size, 9 times out of 10, it’s the classic landscape business card that is being referred to (The standard business card size measures 85mm x 55mm).

The standard UK business card size is designed to match the size of a credit card (85mm x 54mm). These cards fit into your potential customer’s purses and wallets, allowing people to take your cards away to look back on later.

Here’s a rundown of the landscape standard business card dimensions:

Standard business card size mm 85mm x 55mm
Standard business card size cm 8.5cm x 5.5cm
Standard business card size inches 3.35 inches x 2.17 inches
Standard business card size pixels 322px x 208px
Diagram showing standard business card with measurements 85mm x 55mm

On the flip side of the landscape standard card, is the portrait standard card. Our standard portrait business card has the same measurements as the landscape - just flipped.

Standard portrait business card size mm 55mm x 85mm
Standard portrait business card size cm 5.5cm x 8.5cm
Standard portrait business card size inches 2.17 inches x 3.35 inches
Standard portrait business card size pixels 208px x 322px
Diagram showing standard portrait business card with measurements 55mm x 85mm

Think of all the company cards you've seen. How many were landscape and how many were portrait? Portrait cards are a wonderful way to help your company stand out without having to stray from the standard UK business card dimensions.

What Are The Business Card UK Sizes?

The most popular business card size UK is the standard landscape (85 x 55). There are, however, other card sizes that you may come across out in the wild.

The Mini Business Card

Meet the standard business card’s little sister – the mini business card. Mini cards do everything that the standard card can do, just at a smaller size.

Here are the mini business card sizes:

Mini business card dimensions mm 35mm x 85mm
Mini business card dimensions cm 3.5cm x 8.5cm
Mini business card dimensions inches 1.38 inches x 3.35 inches
Mini business card dimensions pixels 133px x 322px
Diagram showing mini business card with measurements 85mm x 35mm

Smaller company cards are a cute accessory for your business. Whether you’re wanting smaller business cards to fit into your branding, or fancy a way to stick out from your competitors, the mini card is a great choice.

The Square Business Card?

Who needs a rectangle when you could have a square business card

At Aura Print, we have the option between two different square sizes - the large and the small. What's great about square cards is they allow you to create a fun card design, without having to be too adventurous with the shape. It is, after all, a square not a custom die cut.

Here are the large and small square sizes:

Large Square Small Square
Business card mm size 85mm x 85mm 55mm x 55mm
Business card cm size 8.5cm x 8.5cm 5.5cm x 5.5cm
Business card inches size 3.35 inches x 3.35 inches 2.17 inches x 2.17 inches
Business card px size 322px x 322px 208px x 208px
Diagram showing large and small square business cards with measurements 85mm x 85mm and 55mm x 55mm

How Big Is A Business Card: Getting The Right Size

Once you've chosen the size of a business card you would be liking, it's now time to set up your business card artwork. Making your artwork print ready is the best thing you can do, otherwise, you might be faced with additional changes at the printing stage.

Add Bleed To Your Canvas Size For Business Card

Setting up your cards to include bleed is simple. Take your dimensions of business cards as listed above, and then add 4mm to both the height and width. Here's an example:

UK Standard business card size mm 85mm x 55mm
UK standard business card size mm with bleed 89mm x 59mm

Adding 4mm to the height and width will provide an additional 2mm bleed area along each of the four edges of your cards.

Check The Colours And Resolution

Our recommended resolution for print is 300 dpi. This will ensure all your lovely business card designs print nice and crisp, instead of being blurred. Vector programs, such as Adobe Illustrator, will be automatically set to 300 dpi. Other editing programs, such as Photoshop, may need to be manually changed.

We also recommend setting up your artwork in the CMYK colour mode. This will provide you with the most accurate representation of the printed colours from your screen.

Related: Resolution: What Is DPI?

Related: CMYK Vs RGB Colours

3 business cards showing correct resolution, CMYK colours, and bleed indicated on each card

Download Business Card Templates For All Size Of Business Card UK

Needing a little help with your artwork? We've designed a set of business card templates, free for you to download right here.

Our templates match all the business card dimensions UK mentioned above and can be opened in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Canva. Each template includes a safe zone and bleed area, to help you to get perfect print-ready artwork.

Print Your Standard Sized Business Card

You're all set to print your own average business card size. For any help and assistance, our dedicated team is here for you. We can answer all your questions, from artwork queries to knowing what size is a business card, and to learn about playing card sizing, get in touch.