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Best Ruled Paper


Whether you’re stocking up on school supplies or just need to take an occasional note, ruled paper is a school supply classic. Available in wide and college rule, this staple office supply comes in a variety of colors, with or without holes. Depending on your goals, one version might be better than others. Whatever your reasons, these ruled paper picks are a great place to start your supplies search. 

Note that this paper is college ruled and best suited for middle and high school students. This selection offers a three-hole punch for use in compatible binders, and it works with all standard pens and pencils.

This white ruled paper is measures 10.5 by 8 inches. The total of sheets is 600 sheets of paper, since you get a set of three packs, each holding 200 sheets of paper.

This pack of ruled paper is wide-ruled with a three-hole punch to fit into a traditional binder. This paper measures 10.5 by eight inches and comes in a resealable storage bag to preserve unused sheets.

This college-ruled paper also features three-hole punches but is made for note-taking rather than homework. Each sheet measures just 8.5 by 5.5 inches and each pack comes with 100 sheets.

This ruled paper has triangle cutouts rather than traditional circles for better clearance with a variety of binder ring sizes. This pack of 11-by-8.5-inch paper comes in a pack of 100 sheets.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is loose-leaf paper used for?

Loose-leaf paper is similar to notebook paper, except it’s unbound. Rather than the wire binding you find with notebooks, you’ll get several sheets of individual, unbound paper in a pack. This type of paper is most closely associated with school work as it’s common to complete homework assignments, term papers, and even take notes on. Loose-leaf paper is usually sold in either wide or college rule and comes in a variety of sizes. The most standard option is letter size (8.5” x 11”) but you can also find legal and other specialty sizes. 

2. What size is loose-leaf paper?

In the United States, the most common size for loose-leaf paper is 8.5 by 11 inches which matches the North American Standard (ANSI/ASME Y14.1)which is only followed by the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines. However, the rest of the world follows the International Standard (ISO 216) which designates the A4 (automatic four-speed) paper size as the standard size for most paper. A4 paper measures 210 by 297 millimeters, with an aspect ratio that equals the square root of two. 

3. Can I put ruled paper in a printer?

Not all printers are equal, so you should always check with your printer manufacturer’s manual to confirm that loose-leaf copy paper can be safely used in your printer without causing it to jam.  Make sure you can use loose-leaf paper with holes. But also keep in mind that typically, copy paper is optimized to work best with printers. Specifically, they’re often designed to better absorb ink and to move smoothly through the printing process. 

4. How do you use ruled paper?

Ruled paper is a multifunctional tool that can be used in a variety of ways.  Loose-leaf ruled paper can be used to jot down notes around the home or to keep track of inventory. This type of paper is a staple option for school supplies and the preferred option for routine homework assignments, note-taking, and even for term papers that must be submitted as handwritten pieces. Loose-leaf paper is also ideal for writing letters — which is why the most common size you find is usually either 8.5 by 11 inches or 8.5 by 10 inches. 

About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, parenting, consumer goods, and tech. She has written for Inverse, Healthline Parenthood, The Confused Millennial, XONecole, Glowsly, and The Drive along with a variety of other publications. She is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.