A Guide to the 8 Most Popular Folds

1. Half Fold (Bi-fold or Single Fold)

  • Sheet of paper with a single fold, both of equal size.
  • Uses: greeting cards, announcements, invitations, price lists, menus, programs, booklets, bulletins, flyers/brochures.
  • 1 fold, that creates 1 to 4 areas for print.
half fold example
tri fold example

2. Tri Fold (Letter Fold, C Fold)

  • Sheet of paper with 2 folds, with 3 sections flaps folding inward.
  • Uses: letters, invoices, statements, durable pamphlets, specials, flyers/brochures, price list. If 8.5″ x 11″ paper used, the paper can be placed in standard #10 or #9 envelope.
  • 2 folds, that crate from 1 to 6 areas for print.

3. Z Fold

  • Sheet of paper with 2 folds, with 3 sections of almost equal size. Flaps fold back and forth to make a Z.
  • Uses: letters, invoices, statements, special offers, price list, flyers/brochures. If 8.5″ x 11″ paper used, the paper can be placed in standard #10 or #9 envelope. Paper will open left to right so you can see 3 sections at same time. Easy to handle handouts.
  • 2 folds, that create from 1 to 6 areas for print.
z fold example
inside quarter fold example

4. Inside Quarter Fold (Double Parallel Fold, Accordion Fold, Quarter Fold)

  • Sheet folded in half and folded again.
  • Uses: letters, promotional leaflets, brochures, self-mailers, statements, invitations, flyers/brochures. Normally used with 8.5″ x 14″ paper so you can put paper into a #9 or #10 standard envelope.
  • 2 folds, that create from 1 to 8 areas for print.

5. Quarter Fold (French Fold)

  • Sheet of paper is folded vertical, then folded again horizontally.
  • Uses: letters, greeting cards, flyers/brochures.
  • 2 folds, that create 1 to 8 areas for print.
quarter fold example
quarter pocket fold example

6. Quarter Pocket Fold (Roll Fold)

  • Sheet of paper with 3 folds.
  • Uses: unfolding brochure, step-by-step instructions, cards, advertising.
  • 3 folds, that create from 1 to 8 areas for print.

7. Half – Tri Fold

  • Sheet of paper folded in half, then Tri folded.
  • Uses: brochures, maps, charts, large diagrams.
  • 3 folds, that create from 1 to 12 areas for print.
half tri fold example
half z fold example

8. Half – Z Fold

  • Sheet of paper folded in half, then Z folded.
  • Uses: brochures, maps, newsletters.
  • 3 folds, that create from 1 to 12 areas for print.

A paper folding machine can be a value-add for any digital printer, print shop, mail house, e-commerce center or other commercial/office setting.