How to best bind your jobs

We recommended the following cost effective binding options when finishing your printed jobs with us.

Saddle Stitch

Creating saddle stitched books is the most common binding method. It requires folded and collated paper sheets to be stapled twice through the middle.

We recommend using this method on less than 80 pages (40 leaves), but this is dependent on paper stock weight and other paper related variables.

Common uses: magazines, small soft covered books, brochures


Perfect Bound

Perfect bound books are created with adhesive. Folded sections of the spine are cut off and roughened. Glue is then applied and an oversized cover is attached then trimmed to size.

We recommend using PUR glue (Poly Urethane Reactive) which can withstand temperature changes and is 3 x stronger than ordinary glue.

Common uses: paperback books, large magazines, training manuals


Plastic Comb

Plastic comb binding is created with a flexible 21 ring plastic. A stack of paper is punched along the edge with rectangular holes and the plastic comb is then inserted.

This is a cheap method for low quantities and is typically limited to 3in paper thickness. This method it best for small runs and is not the most durable option.

Common uses: reports, documents, presentations


Spiral Bound

Spiral binding is created with a plastic or metal looped spiral. The process requires a stack of paper to be punched along the edge and the looped spiral is screwed in.

This method allows the bound books to be folded back on itself which is easier for reading.

We recommend using plastic for the spiral as this material is less prone to damage and is crush-resistant.

Common uses: technical manuals, notebooks, presentations, calendars


Case Bound

Case bound books are created with thread and adhesive where folded and collated sheets are sewn together with the thread. A hard cover is then glued on.

This is an expensive process and we recommend using this only with books that must withstand constant use.

Common uses: hardcover books, reference books, text books, novels


Ring Binders

Ring binders are created with ‘O’ or ‘D’ rings and folders that are made from cardboard with a wrap around artwork; or plastic with a silk screened design. The paper to be inserted is then drilled for placement into the rings.

We recommend using ring folders for presenting large amounts of resources, which may require updating and a durable case.

Common uses: pricing folders, menus, presentation folders, training folders


Rivet Bound

Rivet binding is created with plastic or metal rivets. The process requires a stack of paper to be punched once in the corner and the rivet is then inserted.

This is a cost effective method method for binding up to 500 pages.

Common uses: frequently used documents, swatches, presentations, instructions


Our recommended binding styles

Download a copy of our recommended binding styles. We also provide a range of alternative binding methods upon request.

Ask us a question

If you would like advice on how to best bind your upcoming print job get in contact with us and we can assist you with some suggestions.