FAQ – What Label Sizes Do You Supply (& Why Those Sizes Anyway)?

Customers often come to us with a particular label size in mind – which we may or may not supply. Generally speaking, if we don’t supply a particular size we are usually able to offer a suitable alternative BUT in some cases we simply won’t have a label size that comes close to a customer’s requested measurements. At Label Planet, we specialise in supplying A4 sheets of self-adhesive labels, which means that – while we try to offer the best possible range of label sizes – there are a number of factors that determine the number of label sizes we are able to supply as well as the actual measurements of those label sizes…

  1. We are a label supplier (not a label manufacturer).
    We only supply label sizes that are already available as pre-existing “standard label sizes” and we do not manufacture bespoke labels to suit a customer’s unique set of requirements.
  1. We aim to supply customers with quality labels at competitive prices.
    Standard sizes are made in bulk on a regular basis and have much lower manufacturing costs than bespoke items (that are made in smaller quantities as and when they are requested – sometimes with the added cost of having a die cutter made to produce labels in the exact size and layout required), which allows us to offer our customers much better prices.
  1. We specialise in supplying labels on A4 sheets.
    The label sizes we supply are largely determined by the dimensions of an A4 sheet (210mm wide by 297mm high); standard label sizes are created by dividing up an A4 sheet into a number of equal rows and columns, which is why certain measurements crop up over and over again. For example, if you divide a sheet into two you get 105mm (or 99.1mm if you leave a gap between the labels) and if you divide it into three you get 70mm (or 63.5mm), which is why we have a number of label sizes that have these measurements as their widths.
    Manufacturers also prefer to make products that have as little waste material as possible, which means that standard label sizes tend to be those that are created when a sheet is divided up into individual labels with no gaps between or around the labels at all AND/OR that provide a narrow selvedge (blank strip) around the edge of the sheet AND/OR have narrow gaps between the labels to create a layout that is easier to design and print accurately.
  1. We aim to supply labels that are easy for our customers to print themselves.
    Some label sizes and layouts are more difficult to design and print accurately, while others create practical difficulties when it comes to printing labels using a standard desktop printer. For example, most standard desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet (leaving an unprintable area around the edge of the sheet), which means that many of our label sizes have selvedges (or blank strips) around the sheet to avoid this issue. We also avoid supplying very large label sizes because they tend to waste a lot of material and we avoid very small label sizes because they carry a risk of separating from the backing sheet as they are pulled through the rollers in desktop printers.
  1. We have limited shelf space.
    We aim to supply as wide a range of label sizes as possible so our customers can visit our website confident in the knowledge that they should be able to find a suitable label for their particular application – with many of our most popular label sizes available for same day despatch from stock. HOWEVER, we also have limited space for stock and it would be extremely impractical (indeed impossible) to maintain a label range that offers every possible label size and material combination.
    Therefore, we have tried to select label sizes that are suitable for a miscellany of purposes so that as many customers as possible will be able to visit our site and find a size that is suitable for their application.

You can view our full range of label sizes by visiting our Labels Listed By Width and Labels Listed By Height pages – and you can find all of the material options for each label size by visiting the relevant template information page (found via our Template Home Page OR by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link displayed on every product page).

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