Documents in Box

How Many Documents are in a Box?

Identifying the number of documents in a box is not difficult, if you know the number of sheets a common folder contains.


150 sheets of paper are available per inch. In a tightly packed box will have around 175-200 sheets of paper per inch. When it comes to scanning, understanding the amount of load that you are going to get digitised is important. In some cases, there are many documents to be scanned while in other, the number of pages is not much. Are you wondering how to determine the number of documents in a typical container? If the answer to the question is yes, we have the perfect solution for you. We are here to help you figure out how to determine the number of documents to be scanned in a box.


What are the basics?


Determining how many documents you have is never a challenge provided you know where to start. We would of course recommend the basics. First things first, understand there are a total of 150 sheets of paper per inch. In case the box is tightly packed, you might be able to accommodate a few more. That puts the total to a maximum of 175 to 200 per inch. With these basic details in mind, calculating the total documents is easy.


How to calculate?


You need to start with figuring out the variables. There are basically two types of variables involved in calculating the number of documents. The first one, as we have already discussed above is the number of papers accommodated in an inch. Second, is the obvious variable, the total number of inches that you can accommodate in a box. Once you have these details, calculating is easy. Just multiply the two variables and you will have your total in seconds.


Calculate sheet per inch


If the basics don’t apply to your case, you will need to calculate the number of sheets per inch. This is also easy. Start by taking a look inside your document box. Before, you proceed towards calculating sheet per inch, just count the files that you have in one foot. Now, you will have to count number of sheets present in a typical file.


For this, you are required to physically examine the file and note down the number of sheets. Do this for two to three files. Take an average, and multiply it by the number of documents in one foot. This should give you approximate number of documents per foot. After this, just multiply the number by the total lineal feet of container space that you have. This is your final figure.


These details are likely to vary but the variation will not be major. Knowing these basics will make it easier for you to calculate the information at any point of time. To understand better and know more about how the scanning services can help you, feel free to contact us today.


The following are the typical numbers of documents per box
Legal/Letter Box 2,000 – 2,500 pages
Long Bankers/Transfer File Box 4,500 – 5,000 pages
Vertical File Drawer 18” 3,000 – 3,600 pages
Vertical File Drawer 24” 4,500 – 5,000 pages
Lateral File Drawer 36” 7,000 – 7,500 pages
Lateral File Drawer 48” 9,000 – 9,600 pages