What size are my boxes? And what are "Bankers Boxes®"?

Companies just beginning to work with document storage companies often have questions about their box sizes.

This is an important question to answer since, with vendors who charge by the cubic foot, the size of your boxes can have a significant impact on your costs.

Standard sizes

There are three standard box sizes used for storing documents.

Letter/Legal boxes are approximately the size of a copy paper box. These boxes, which are by far the most commonly used, will hold letter documents width-wise or legal documents length-wise. The dimensions of these boxes are roughly 15 x 12 x 10 inches.

Large Letter boxes are for storing letter documents only, and are roughly 50% larger than a Letter/Legal box. The dimensions of these boxes are roughly 24 x 12 x 10 inches. Some records management companies that bill by the cubic foot charge these boxes as 2.4 cubic feet even though their actual measurements are closer to 1.7 cubic feet (a 40% markup).

Large Legal boxes are for storing legal documents only, and are roughly twice the size of a Letter/Legal box. The dimensions of these boxes are roughly 24 x 15 x 10 inches. Some records management companies that bill by the cubic foot charge these boxes as 3.6 cubic feet even though their actual measurements are closer to 2.1 cubic feet (a 71% markup).

Bankers Boxes®

There is often great confusion over the term "Bankers Box®." This confusion arises because Bankers Box® is a brand name, and the company that manufactures them, Fellowes, Inc., makes boxes of all shapes and sizes.

Often, people referring to Bankers Boxes® mistakenly believe that this term refers to boxes of a particular size. In fact, a Bankers Box® can be any one of the three standard sizes listed above, or can even be a non-standard size.