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A stand-up pouch’s size can be easily determined by knowing the size and characteristics of the bag you want. The standing pouch protects your product, makes it stand out on store shelves, and helps you save on packaging costs. Choosing the right pouch size is a good first step, and this article outlines some key things to help you get started.

With a self-supporting bag chart, we will discuss some important details to remember when determining the bag size. Once you have found the best size option, you can narrow your packaging search using other factors such as material thickness, type of packaging material, and bag characteristics.

1. How to determine the size of a stand up pouch

There are two important things to consider when figuring out how to calculate the bag size.

First of all, the size of the bag is always listed in the following order: width, height, and gusset, so if the third size is listed, you know that the bag contains a gusset. When measuring a gusseted bag, we recommend opening the bag and measuring the bottom of the bag from front to back to get an accurate reading. It is worth noting that some manufacturers think that 1/2 of the measured length is the size of the gusset, while others will specify the length of the entire gusset in the correct size.

Second, the measurement of the bag is always based on the external dimensions, as shown in the figure below.

Stand up pouch size chart

A chart with a stand-up pouch size chart showing how to measure the gusseted back, with the bottom, width, and height of the label

But here is an important point: there is a difference between the bag size and its actual filling space. For example, a 6 x 8-inch pouch is not necessarily suitable for a 5 x 6-inch product. This is why it is necessary to test the product first.

Please also keep in mind that the characteristics of the bag, such as zipper closure, sealing size, tearing notch, and hanging hole are all included in the overall size of the package, which can affect the filling space. A fillable space is the area under the bag left over after the zipper or heat seal line has been closed.

2. Check your volume

When choosing the right pouch size, it is important to understand the volume of the product. For example, 8-ounce high-density products, such as chicken, occupy less than 8-ounce bulky but light-weight products, such as granola.

Some larger items may even require you to use a large-sized pouch to hold the extra volume, so be sure to test your products in different-sized pouches before buying. In the packaging industry, the size of common stock stand up pouches ranges from 6×8 to 14×24.

At Hezcy, we provide these standard sizes, as well as custom station bags. Whether your packaging is fresh, dry, bulky, or smooth food, we have a choice that suits your product.

To give you a better idea of what size bag might be the best, here is a chart showing some of our customers’ products packed in stand up pouches:

Stand up pouch size chart

The various foods in the picture are arranged in a pyramid shape. If they all weigh 8 ounces, they will show the size of their stand-up pouches.

3. How Do You Fill Your Pouches?

Another important question to ask yourself is, what packaging equipment will I use? You may fill the bag manually, but if you use automation in your process, there are additional things to consider. How you package your products will affect the size, thickness, and type of packaging materials you need.

One of the reasons is that the power of the automatic filling machine will be greater than that of the manual filling machine, so you need to make sure that your machine will not damage the bag during the operation. Our equipment experts are happy to discuss packaging process options and how to choose the right stand-up pouch size and thickness to match.

4. Stock Stand Up Pouch

At Hezcy, we can meet the needs of standard bag sizes and beyond. Some common pouch sizes may be perfect for you. Having said that, every product is different, and every product requires precise specifications for safety reasons. This stand-up pouch size table will give us an idea of the range of standard bag sizes:

Demonstrates an illustration of six stock stand up pouches. 6×8, 7×9, 8×10, 8×12, and 14×24 are all vertical pouch sizes provided by Hezcy Packaging.

Stand up pouch size chart

To discuss all our size options, please contact us and we will get back to you right away.

5. Custom stand up Pouch

If the standard bag size does not fit your unique product, don’t worry. The custom station bag can be almost any size you need. Whether it’s candies, beef jerky, or fresh salmon, customized packaging solutions, are find them in Hezcy.

Our packaging experts work with customers every day to accurately develop custom sizes, and we hope to do the same for you. Customized stand bags deliver your products in the best design and safest packaging possible.

A few years ago, a friend of mine, was a smart lock supplier. It was he who suggested that I come to Hezcy to find the right self-supporting bag because here you can customize the self-supporting bag you want.

6. Pouch Size Calculator

It is not as easy as it seems to determine your ideal stand up pouch size with the bag size calculator. Every product and application is unique. This variety often requires trial and error to find the perfect packaging fit. The sizing strategy we outlined above is a good start to determine the volume of your product and understand how much the bag can hold. Another good start is the idea of testing small bags at home, in your kitchen, or pantry.

First, find a bag of similar products on your shelf. Then empty the bag and fill it with your product so that you can know the size of the bag you need. Similarly, you can go to any grocery store, buy a pouch related to your product, and try to fill it with your materials as a reference.

7. Stand up Pouch Sizes FAQs

Here are some common faqs for stand up pouches sizes:

Q: What size stand-up pouch do I need?

Knowing the volume of your product will help you determine the correct stand-up pouch size. Using this information as a starting point, you can test whether your product fits into a small bag. Whether you are using similar bags at home or getting sample bags from our packaging experts, there are many options to find the perfect bag size.

Q: How to calculate the size of the pouch?

To calculate the size of the stand up pouch, some measurement methods need to be tracked. The width and height of the bag, in some cases, the gusset size. The stand up pouch can only hold the product below the zipper or heat seal line. This is a key consideration when deciding what size bag to use.

Q: How to calculate the volume of the standing pouch?

To understand how much a stand up pouch can hold, it is first necessary to know the volume of your product. There is a difference between the size of the bag and its actual filling space. For example, a 6 x 8-inch pouch is not necessarily suitable for a 5 x 6-inch product.

Depending on how bulky your product is, you may need a larger stand-up pouch. Testing your product with bags from other products at home, or contacting a packaging expert is the best way to determine how much capacity your bag needs.

Q: How to measure the back pocket?

When measuring a gusseted bag, we recommend opening the bag and measuring the bottom of the bag from front to back to get an accurate reading. It is important to remember that the measurement of the bag is always based on the external dimensions, as shown in the image above.

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