• Paper Calculator
  • Paper Math
  • Pieces per Sheet
  • Grain Direction
  • Basis Weight to Metric

The Paper Calculator will help you quantify the benefits of better paper choices and shows the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.

Why do paper choices matter?
By using less paper, increasing recycled content, and making other improvements, you can save wood, water and energy, and cut pollution and solid waste.

 M Weight (weight per thousand sheets)
 Sheet to Lbs/Kgs
 Pages per Inch(PPI)
 Estimate Roll Weight
 Lineal Feet/Metres per Roll
 Squares Units per Roll
 Basis Weight/GSM Conversions
 Length Conversions
 Weight Conversions

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Calculate Pieces per Sheet

Set down the dimensions of the piece under the dimension of the sheet, and divide diagonally and vertically as shown in the following:

Thus it would be more economical to cut the short dimension of the piece out of the long dimension of the sheet (thereby getting 8 pieces per sheet). Provided that it is satisfactory to have the grain run the short (9 inch) way of the piece (for the grain of the paper is parallel to the 38 inch side). However if it should be necessary for the grain to run parallel to the 12 inch side of the piece, each would yield only 6 pieces.

Determine Grain Direction

One or more of the following five tests will determine the direction of grain:

  1. Cut a sample about 2 inches square from the sheet marking its original position in the sheet. Wet it. As it dries it will curl. The grain is the direction of the curl.
  2. Moisten two right-angle edges of the sheet, and press between the fingers. As the sheet dries, the edge across the grain will be wavy; with the grain, straight.
  3. Tear the sheet in two directions. It tears straighter and cleaner with the grain.
  4. Fold the sheet in two directions. It folds easier and smoother with the grain.
  5. If paper has a laid finish, the grain is usually parallel to the chain marks (widely spaced lines). This is not a conclusive test because paper is sometimes made with the chain marks running across the grain.

Convert Basis Weight To Metric

The schedule below allows you to find the M weight (weight of 1000 sheets) of any special size sheet. The length x width of the sheets gives you the number of square inches in the special size sheet. If you then multiply this figure times the Constant Factor (weight of 1000 sheets one inch square) you will get the M weight of that special size.

Example: You estimate you need a special sheet size of 27 x 39 Basis 70 white #3 Offset. Multiplying 27 x 39 you get 1053 sq. inches. Under "Book Paper" you get a constant factor figure of .1474 equals 155.2122 or 155 lbs. per 1 M sheets 27 x 39.