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Dispenser Napkins Folds and Sizes Guide

From restaurants to rest stops, virtually all businesses require dispenser napkins for one purpose or another. By choosing the napkin that's best suited for your business, you can build your brand, minimize waste, and offer a convenient solution to your customers' needs. Selecting the right type might not be easy; the options are as endless as the needs they meet. Whether you've opened a new business and just started shopping, or if you're in need of a new supply for refilling purposes, this guide will help you decode the meaning behind each fold's name.


Color options were considered when choosing your business's logo, servingware, and other front of the house accessories. Available in while or natural brown, dispenser napkins can help build your brand too! Offering a crisp, sanitary look, white napkins are perfect for traditional diners, amusement parks, and more. The clean color will help you identify potential contamination when left in a tabletop dispenser, ensuring that each new group of seated guests is provided with an optimal dining experience. If your specialty is farm to table fare, a natural brown kraft napkin that's bleach-free and made from recycled material might be a great option. Your eco-conscious patrons will love the earthy look that results from chemical-free processing. This style is the perfect match for any rustic or casual décor.

White Dispenser Napkins Brown Dispenser Napkins


1-Ply and 2-Ply Napkins

A napkin's ply is its thickness, which affects absorbency and durability. Messes come in many shapes and sizes, so it's only fitting that the napkins used to tidy up should, too! Consider the application for which your napkin will be used to determine which ply is best for your business.

2-Ply napkins are thicker, more durable, and more absorbent than 1-ply napkins. When your customers' hands are a mess after eating your prize-winning ribs, they'll want to reach for a napkin that won't tear; a 2-ply option will do the trick! Chances are that your patrons will spill a drink at some point, and you can prevent embarrassment and save the day by offering a reliable napkin for when accidents happen.

1-Ply napkins are an economical solution to your patrons' needs! Lightweight for grab-and-go applications, these napkins are perfect for your cautious customers to take "just in case." Rather than wasting plates in your gourmet cupcake shop, allow guests to grab a 1-ply napkin on which they can rest your sweet treats. When dining in at your fast-food joint, your guests might use one of these 1-ply napkins for sanitation and to prevent food from having direct contact with your trays or tabletop.

Types of Folds

Dispenser Napkins
White Full-Fold

Full-Fold napkins provide high-quality absorbency. Place them next to your snack bar's condiments for a convenient clean-up solution.


Side-Fold napkins are commonly used in dispensers that sit in the middle of each table. Featuring a timeless style that's been getting the job done for decades, this style is suited for any application!

Low-Fold Natural Kraft

Low-Fold napkins are perfect for your cautious customers who want to grab a napkin just in case they need one. Use these low-fold napkins in your old-fashioned diners or on restaurant tables.


Mini-fold napkins are great for treats taken to go at your coffee shop or cafe. They allow customers to hold a pastry or doughnut and still have something to clean up the mess when they're done!


Tall-Fold napkins can be found in pizza shops or any type of restaurant that needs fast access to highly absorbent napkins. Looking for an option that doesn't require a ton of table or counter space? Tall-fold napkins will do the trick!

Interfold Dispenser Napkin Kraft

Interfold napkins are designed for one-at-a-time-dispensing. Due to their folded design, they're dispensed in a convenient pop-up fashion that helps cut down on waste. Customers can grab one instead of a handful, allowing you to save on restocking costs.

The Roll

Roll dispenser napkins prevent your overly-cautious customers from depleting your supply while still offering convenience. Popular at high-volume locations like amusement parks and convention centers, this style allows customers to quickly tear and go. This design and its dispenser will reduce refill frequency compared to traditional styles.


Fold Compatible Dispenser Folded Dimensions Unfolded Dimensions Benefits
San Jamar H4005TBK Venue Tabletop Fullfold Napkin Dispenser
5 1/8" x 6 3/4" 12" x 17"
  • Timeless style
Vollrath 7540-06 Black One Sided Countertop Limited Sidefold Napkin Dispenser with Clear Faceplate
5" x 6 1/2" 12" x 13"
  • Timeless style
Vollrath 6509-06 Two Sided Tabletop Lowfold Napkin Dispenser with Chrome Faceplate - Black
3 1/2" x 5" 9" x 12"
  • Reduces waste
Vollrath 6513-06 Black One Sided Countertop Minifold Napkin Dispenser with Chrome Faceplate
3 3/4" x 6 3/4" 12" x 13"
  • Small countertop footprint
Tallfold Napkin Dispenser - Stainless Steel
5" x 6 1/2" 6" x 13 1/2"
  • Lowest cost per use
San Jamar H4003TBK Venue Tabletop Interfold Napkin Dispenser - Black Pearl
3 1/2" x 6 1/2" 6 3/8" x 10 3/4"
  • Reduces waste
  • Easy dispensing
SCA Dispensers Roll Napkin Dispenser
N/A Size varies
  • Reduces refill frequency

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