You have started a new restaurant or café but are you at a loss over what type of menu to get for your customers?

There are many type of menus available and you might feel overwhelmed with the number of options as which one is right for you but you can decide based on your needs, budget and usage.

For every new restaurants or cafes, it is important to watch your expenses so you will need a menu which is easy to maintain and update and one of these menu is the Transparent PVC menu folders. It is sometimes known as clear menu folders or menu covers and they are made of PVC material which hold and protect the printed menu paper like a laminated menu.

The PVC material is harder type of plastic and is waterproof so make the menu folder easy to maintain. In addition, they are affordable and durable so you will not need to spend a fortune on designing and printing of a menu as you can print out your updated menu easily from your own printer and slot the printed sheet into the PVC menu folders.

Most importantly, as a new restaurant or cafes, it gives you time to test out your menu to get the most saleable food items and drinks before you invest on a premium menu.

Overview of Transparent PVC Menu Folder

It is sometimes called Clear Menu Folder or Transparent PVC menu folders and they come in different sizes, pages and style. The most popular size is Letter size (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) or A4 size (21 cm x 29.7 cm) menu folder so that you can print your own menu sheet (also called printed insert) and fit nicely into the folder.

The most commonly found transparent PVC Menu Folders includes the following:

Single Panel Menu Folder with Two Views

This one sheet transparent menu folder allows you to slot in two printed menu paper back-to-back or a single sheet paper with double-side printing. It is excellent menu folder for new restaurants or cafes who do not have too many food or drink items. Customers can flip and view quickly from front to back or vice versa without spending too much time on ordering.

Size: Letter size (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm)
Page: 1 page with 2 views (front & back)
Color: Black
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Double-Panel Clear Menu Folders

The two pages clear menu folders is designed to hold four sheet of printed menu paper back-to-back or two sheet of double-sided printed menu. The corners of the menu is protected by bold brass corner protectors. It is waterproof and easy to maintain thus making it one of the most popular menu folders among the new restaurants and cafes.

Size: Letter size (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm)
Color: Black
Pages: 2 pages with 4 views
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Three-Panel Menu Folder (3-Fold Format)

The three-fold transparent menu folder is an extension to two pages menu folder; it is ideal when there are more food and drink items you want to offer in your restaurant or café but still want to keep the menu neat and orderly.

It can contain six sheet of single printed menu back-to-back or 3 sheet of double-sided menu. It is recommended that you use a thicker paper such as 80 gsm paper or above for double-side printing so that no ink smears while printing.

Size: Letter size (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm)
Color: Black
Pages: 3 pages with 6 views
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Five-Panel Menu Folder (Booklet Format)

The five pages clear folder is designed to hold 10 sheets of menu back-to-back or 5 sheets of double-sided printing menu. This five panel clear folder is binded together like a booklet so you can categorize your food and drink items clearly in each page. Customers will find it easier and quicker to browse from individual category than reading the whole menu for a specific food item.

Size: Letter size (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm)
Color: Black
Pages: 5 pages with 10 views
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Restaurant Menu Leather Cover


If you have VIP guests coming to your restaurant or cafe, you may want to make your transparent menu folder looks more presentable to impress them.

You can quickly attach a leather menu cover to your existing transparent menu folder and instantly your plain-looking menu folder is transformed to a classy and elegant-looking menu.

In addition, you can print or emboss your restaurant or café logo on to the front of the menu to add the premium touch. The leather menu cover can be attached and detached easily to the clear menu folder using two pins at the top and bottom of the page. This gives you the flexibility of catering both to your VIP guests as well as your normal rushing patrons.

You can either buy these clear menu folder from the shop and insert your own printed menu or get the professional menu designer or commercial printer to help you.

The professional designer will design the menu and let the commercial printer print out and slot them into the folders for you nicely. You can even request them to be delivered right to your doorsteps for a small fee.

However, majority of the printers have minimum quantity requirement such as 20 or 30 copies so do check out with the printers before printing.


Hope you find the above useful.

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