What Is Letterhead?

by Taffy Wagner ; Updated September 26, 2017

The one item that every business needs whether large or small is letterhead. Letterhead is a document that says you are officially a business.


Letterhead is a formal piece of paper that a company uses when printing letters to other businesses, in response to offers and as a way of providing correspondence. Standard size for letterhead is an 8 1/2-by-11 inch sheet of paper.


Letterhead is usually comprised of the company logo, address, telephone number, fax and website address. It generally has a matching envelope.

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Letterhead all by itself makes a statement about the company. This is usually based on the weight, color and feel of the paper. Also, it contributes to the branding of the company.


Letterhead can be in various designs, such as corporate layout, traditional layout and casual design with full-color printing. Corporate layout focuses on the corporate logo at the top of the page. Traditional layout is a classical layout that has the company name in the center at the top and the address in the center at the bottom. The casual design is a stationery that can be used for personal invites or announcements.

Fun Facts about Paper

The world goes through around 300 million metric tons of paper every year. The United States uses approximately 50 million tons.

About the Author

Taffy Wagner is a money and marriage advocate, speaker and personal finances educator in Colorado. She has been writing for approximately five years. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry in biblical counseling, a master's in human resources management and a bachelor's in business management and administration. She has been quoted in Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, Woman's Day and Entrepreneur.com regarding money management.

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