What are the Compartments in a Standard Wallet Called?

What are the Compartments in a Standard Wallet Called?

Wallets have a variety of compartments, whether they’re bi-folds, tri-folds, or money clip wallets. There’s no ‘standard’ setup when it comes to the contents of a wallet, as they’re designed distinctly. A bi-fold wallet for men, for instance, has more compartments than a metal money clip card holder. And of course, a tri-fold wallet for men is roomier than the rest.

In this article, we’ll touch on the types of compartments you can find in a wallet.

Types of Compartments in a Standard Wallet

Let’s take a look at the kinds of compartments you can find in your wallet, whether it’s a bi-fold, tri-fold, and so on. We’ll also break down their uses, and when you will (or won’t) need them.

#1 Cash Compartment

The cash compartment or “divider” can be found in front pocket wallets that are bi-folds and tri-folds. The cash compartment allows you to separate your paper from plastic -- that is, to separate your cash from your coins and cards. It is accessible at the topmost part of the wallet, but for tri-folds, you’ll often find two cash pockets at both ends of the wallet.

The downside of wallets with cash compartments is that they’re likely thick. If you’re in the market for a thin wallet, look for a metal money clip card holder.

#2 Coin Pouch

Who pays with coins these days, anyway? If you still do, you’ll be interested in buying a wallet with a coin pouch. It is usually stitched into the lining of the cash compartment, featuring a fold-over closure to secure your coins in one place. You can also keep your keys in it.

Like the cash compartment, the coin pocket creates bulk, especially if you carry a lot of coins. This is because the wallet needs additional material to create the shape and structure of the coin pouch.

element mens wallet

#3 Money Clip

If you aren’t a fan of a bi-fold wallet for men, you’ll probably be interested in a metal wallet with a money clip. This kind of wallet focuses on keeping your cards instead of your cash. However, it also allows you to clip a couple of bills on its body. For example, the Trayvax Element holds an average of five bills. Even if you often pay with plastic, it’s always a good idea to carry cash in case of emergencies!

A metal money clip card holder is ideal for men that want to make sure they always look sleek. It’s so slim, it won’t create wrinkles on your pants pocket. Be sure to test how many bills it can carry and that the clip is attached securely!

#4 Card Slots

The card slots contain your credit cards, debit cards, insurance cards, and so on. The number of card slots in the wallet depends on the type of wallet. For instance, a bi-fold wallet for men often has more card slots compared to a cardholder. As an example, the Trayvax Axis can carry fourteen cards, while the Trayvax Kryptek Armored Summit can carry half.

It’s worth mentioning that having several card slots doesn’t automatically make a wallet “better”. It boils down to whether or not you carry more cash than cards, or the other way around. Hence, if you prefer paying with plastic, consider purchasing a cardholder. That way, you won’t have to carry a bulky bi-fold wallet in your pocket.

ascent mens wallet

Less Common Compartments in a Standard Wallet

Now that we’ve gone over the common compartments in your everyday wallet, it’s time to consider the less common ones.

  • ID Window: The ID window contains the ID card that you show the most. Wallets rarely come with more than one ID window, so if you have several IDs, you’ll have to keep them in the main card compartments.
  • Elastic Bands: Instead of clips, some wallets use elastic bands to secure the bills. The downside is that bands will become loose until they’re unusable.
  • Pull Tabs: Pull-tabs are useful if you don’t want to fumble around your wallet for that one card. When you need to take out a card, pull the tab that’s sticking out, and all of your cards will slide out of the pocket. If you’re looking for a wallet with pull-tabs, check out the Trayvax Ascent.
  • Passport Inserts: These are (obviously) found in passport sleeves. They do add thickness to the front pocket wallet, but they’re the best way to hold your passport.


Whether you’re looking for a wallet that can hold wads of cash, or a wallet that’s slimmer, thinner, and more up-to-date, you can find the wallet you want from Trayvax. Start by thinking about your day-to-day needs, and then check out our wide array of wallets. We’re confident you can find the perfect wallet that suits your style. 

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