Sides to show indicates the number of pages of information that can be held in a menu or folder. Your information is held securely within the menu using clear plastic wallets, border frames or corner mounts. Each of these can be a double or a single.
A double stretches right across the menu, held in at the spine by a tag fastening, and can hold four pages of information back to back. A single is held at spine by one edge and only shows two pages of information back to back.
A show six will therefore have one double holding four pages and one single holding two pages. Menus may hold several doubles but only one single insert at a time. So to increase capacity from a show 6 to a show 8 you must remove the single insert and replace it with a double. To go from a show 8 to a show 10 you add a single insert.
For each menu there is a maximum number of Sides to Show based on the thickness of the spine and the type of fixing used. For many menus the maximum is 24 sides using clear wallets, 10 or 12 using corner mounts and 6 or 8 using border frames.
The fixings are the various methods by which information is held into the menu or folder. We use three main methods:
Clear pockets - these are strong clear PVC pockets that are held into the menu/folder using an elasticated tag fixing. This is the most economical and simplest method and also allows the maximum number of sides to be shown - often up to 24 sides per menu.
Corner mounts - these are made from matt laminated card and have four corner cutouts to enable each corner of the page to be slipped in and held in place. This is an elegant and stylish fixing also held in by a tag but it does reduce slightly the visible page area and the number of pages that can be held.
Border frames - these are also made from laminated card but pages are inserted from the top and held behind clear PVC panels. They are only available in A4 size menus because the visible size is reduced. The number of sides to show is restricted to either six or eight depending on the type of menu.
We categorise the menus by the size of the paper they are designed to hold so the actual menu will be larger than the paper. Most menus are available in three sizes
A4 - the standard size of paper used in the UK . Actual paper size is 297mm high and 210mm wide
A5 - this is half A4 cut so that the height is 210mm and the width 148mm
Slim - this is paper that has the same height as A4 but is narrower. Actual paper size is 297mm high by 140mm wide for clear pockets and 130mm in corner mounts.
In certain menus, particularly the American range we offer other sizes:
1/3 A3 is the same as Slim - see above
1/3 A4 is an A4 sheet cut into three - 210mm high by 99mm wide
A3 is twice the size of A4 - 420mm high by 297mm wide
1/2 A4 is a piece of A4 cut so that it is 297mm high by 105mm wide
A6 is half of A5 cut so that it is 148mm high and 105mm wide
Standard titles are generic titles such as "Menu", "Wine List", "Guest Information" and "Thank you" which may be wanted on the front covers of products such as menus, room information folders and bill presenters. These can be used alone or in conjunction with a logo or the name of an establishment.
We have a large selection of such standard titles and it is possible to order online and specify the title you want, which font you want used and where on the cover you want it to appear.
For online buying we have limited the titles and fonts to the most popular choices but we have many more available by contacting the sales office.
What is personalisation?
Personalisation is the use of a name, logo or image that is specific to an establishment on a product as opposed to a generic title such as "Menu". Personalisation is available for online ordering on many of the products on this website as you can specify what you want to see on the final product.
What we require
As you work through the ordering process, you will have the opportunity to specify what personalisation you want and also how you will make this available to us. If it is simply words you can tell us by using a text box. If it is a logo or similar we will ask you to supply it to us either by email or by post (fax images are not usable).
When supplying artwork please make sure your artwork is in a usable format. For example when designing printed menus or inserts we require your menu in Word format not a printed menu otherwise you could incur extra costs for re-typing / formatting.
When we are asked to personalise a product, we take your information and produce a paper or electronic proof for your approval. For any personalised product you have to approve artwork before we go into production. It is therefore important that you check proofs carefully before approval because errors can be costly. Only give your approval when you are happy with the result.
In many areas of our site and brochure you will see that we measure the area to be personalised on a product in square centimetres (cm2). The diagram below illustrates two examples of how you work out the area to be personalised. We generally offer 90 cm2 on most of our blocking, embossed & engraved products with larger areas available on request.
There are several methods of personalisation available. Some products only allow one type while others may be personalised in a variety of ways. The major methods are:
The only difference between a menu and the room folder from the same range is that the room folder has a pocket fixed into each of the inside covers. This can be used for holding paper, envelopes etc for the use of guests.
Any product sold as a menu can be used as a room information folder and we are quite happy to use an appropriate standard title on the front.
Metal corners are available as standard on many of the products we sell. They serve two purposes - decoration and protection.
Where corners are offered you can have either gold or silver corners - there no other colour options. On some products you may choose not to have corners but on others the construction of the product means that we have to fit corners.
We do not provide a fitting service for menu cases but we do provide all the information necessary to fit the cases we sell.
The actual fitting usually only requires basic DIY skills although fitting the electrics for illuminated cases may require more specialised knowledge. Generally we recommend that illuminated cases be wired in rather than using plugs as this is safer.
We recommend that if an item requires installation beyond your capabilities you contact an appropriate professional. We cannot be held liable for any damage or injury caused by incorrect installation.