LongSkinnyBags.com

Looking for Plan Bags, Blueprint Shipping Bags, Bags to ship Blueprints, Blueprint Bags?
   

This page is to help guide you on selecting long and skinny bags ("Plan Bags") for storing or shipping
Architectural Plans, Blueprints, Drawings, Fabrics and Wallpaper.

   
For the BEST Prices, Selection and Service go to:
www.PlanBags.com
   
There are only a few vendors in the United States which make these speciality bags that range in diameter from 3.75” to 16.75” with lengths from 38” to 73”. Known as Plan Bags, Blueprint Bags, Drawing bags, Blueprint Shipping Bags, these bags are used to ship architectural drawings and are also sold to fabric and wallpaper stores and manufacturers.
One of the the oldest and most well-known suppliers of Plan Bags or Blueprint Bags in the industry is http://www.PlanBags.com. They have been manufacturing these specialty long, skinny bags since 1968.
Their product line includes 1-Ply and 2-Ply 70# (pound) Brown Kraft Paper and 4-Mil Poly (polyethylene) Bags.
The below information has been compiled to help guide you in learning about and selecting a long skinny bag for your shipping and storage needs.

Brown Kraft Paper: Common brown grocery bags are made out of Kraft Paper. Most grocery bags are 40# or 50# paper weight; http://www.PlanBags.com offers a 70# (pound) Kraft Paper shipping bag.

# (pound): Measures the paper weight. The higher the number the thicker and stronger the paper. Beware - we have found that it is common that others sell a 50# stock. A 70# Kraft Paper is 40% stronger and important when it comes to protecting what is inside.

Ply: Refers to the number of paper sheets a bag is made of. Think of 2-ply as “double bagging” a grocery bag. 2-Ply is a much stronger bag and better for shipping. 1-Ply is just one sheet of paper.

1-Ply vs 2-Ply: 1-Ply bags were the industry standard. They are strong enough to ship drawings, fabric or wallpaper but are better suited for storing or archiving.

A 2-ply bag, which costs only pennies more than a 1-ply bag, is made of 2 sheets of 70# Kraft paper bound together as 2 separate sleeves of paper. Most often it is sewn together at the bottom which is stronger than glue. This makes them strong enough to protect your thick as a “tree-trunk” shipment of goods.

4-Mil Poly (polyethylene): Most poly bags are made from co-extruded polyethylene. The strongest bags are made of 4 mil Poly, similar to heavy-duty yard leaf bags made of 4-mil poly. Technically a 4-mil bag is .004 inches thickness. Co-extruding means mixing 2 or more compounds together for strength when producing the bags. We have found that other vendors state their bags are “a special co-extruded formula” which means they just charge more but are not necessarily any stronger. Compare PlanBags pricing to the other leading poly brand.

Kraft Paper Bag Dimensions: The most important aspect of a bag is the diameter opening and the length of the bag. A Kraft paper bag size of 6 x 3.5 x 40 bag refers to the following: 6 x 3.5 is the opening of the bag. Like a grocery bag, 6 refers to inches of one side of the bag, the “gusset - like an accordion” is the other side at 3.5 inches. 40 Refers to the length of the bag (in inches). See here for an example.

Poly Bag Dimensions: The most important aspect of a bag is the diameter opening and the length of the bag. Poly bags lay flat (no gusset). A 9.5 x 44 Poly bag: 9.5 refers to the width of the bag lying flat. Once opened it creates a 6” diameter opening. 44 refers to the length. See here for an example.

Sizes: The most common sizes in both Kraft Paper and Poly are the 6” x 3.5” x 40” (6” diameter opening, 40” long), 8 x 5 x 44 (8.25” diameter opening, 44” long), 10 x 5 48 (9.5” diameter opening, 48” long).

In Poly the 9.5 x 44 (6” diameter opening, 44” long), 13 x 44 (8.25” diameter opening, 44” long), 15 x 48 (9.5” diameter opening, 48” long) are the most popular. These are many other sizes that one can find for your specific needs. Below are the standard sizes found at PlanBags.com:

PlanBags QUICK SIZE Guide
All sizes are in inches
(as the opening of the bag increases the length increases
proportionately so it can be sealed shut)

70 # 2-PLY BROWN KRAFT PAPER Plan Bags

Product Name
Bag size opening and length of bag
Based on
200 bags
4
x
2
x 38
3.75
Diameter Opening
12
Circumference 38 Long
49¢
each
6
x
3.5
x 40
6
Diameter Opening
19
Circumference 40 Long
64¢
each #1 A
8
x
5
x 44
8.25
Diameter Opening
26
Circumference 44 Long
74¢
each #2 B
10 x
5
x 48
9.5
Diameter Opening
30
Circumference 48 Long
96¢
each #3 C
11 x
8
x 65
12
Diameter Opening
38
Circumference 65 Long $1.64 each

#1, 2 and 3 are our most popular paper bags!
Bags A, B & C are the same size as our A, B & C Poly bag.


SELF-SEALING 4-MIL SKY BLUE POLY (Polyethylene) Plan Bags

Product Name
Bag size opening and length of bag
Based on
200 bags
6.25
x 40
4
Diameter Opening
12.5
Circumference 40 Long
51¢
each #2
9.5
x 44
6
Diameter Opening
19
Circumference 44 Long
59¢
each #1 A
13
x 44
8.25
Diameter Opening
26
Circumference 44 Long
73¢
each #3 B
15
x 48
9.5
Diameter Opening
30
Circumference 48 Long
.835¢
each C

#1, 2 and 3 are our most popular poly bags!
Bags A, B & C are the same size as our A, B & C Kraft Paper bag.


70 # 1-PLY BROWN KRAFT PAPER Plan Bags
1-Ply is best for storage.

Product Name
Bag size opening and length of bag
Based on
200 bags
6
x
3.5
x 40
6
Diameter Opening
19
Circumference 40 Long
49¢
each
8
x
5
x 44
8
Diameter Opening
26
Circumference 44 Long
58¢
each

Click here to download a PDF brochure with rates/fax order form.

Plans, Fabric or Wallpaper Larger Than the Length of 1 Bag! Telescope 2 Bags! You can always telescope one bag over the other if what you are inserting is longer than the length of the bag.

Simple Ordering Form: http://www.planbags.com has a simple and easy to follow website for ordering products and NO CREDIT CARD IS NEEDED. All orders are confirmed by their staff before shipping.



Shipping: PlanBags charges for shipping via UPS Ground and your actual shipping costs can be calculated before you purchase (see above example). All bags are shipped in units of 100. Both the Kraft Paper and Poly bags are accepted by the US Mail, UPS, FedEx...

Bottom Line: If you have any questions about sizes or anything the staff at PlanBags is happy to help you and we have found that they offer the best products at the lowest cost with the best customer service!

Any questions or comments please contact:
Drew or Diana
at PlanBags.com
2720 Taylor, Suite 450
San Francisco, CA 94133
800 794 8494 | M–F 9am–5:30pm PST

For any special orders please call us.