Binding Methods FAQs2022-12-09T19:54:23+00:00

Binding Methods – Types of Binding and Frequently Asked Questions

There are many binding methods to choose from when combining loose, printed pages into a single finished document. Each has limitations depending on the finished paper size, number of pages, and end use.

Below is a listing, with illustrations, of some of the most popular binding methods available in the printing industry.

When designing your project, keep in mind that some of these binding methods have page layout requirements specific to that method.

If you’re not sure about how to bind your next print job, ask us. A short conversation with our experienced staff will save you a lot of time. Call us at 818-709-1220 or Contact Us here.

Case Binding (or Hard Cover Binding)2022-12-09T19:45:19+00:00

case bindingCase binding is also called hard cover binding. Case binding cover materials can be paper, vinyl, cloth, or leather.

A loose, paper dust jacket is often wrapped around the cover to protect it.

Coil Binding (Continuous Loop Binding)2022-12-09T19:48:45+00:00

coil bindingIn coil binding, a round plastic or metal coil is wound through the pages to hold them together.

Coil-bound books can be opened 360 degrees and can lay flat and remain that way when open.

The coils are available in black and other colors including PMS.

Corner Staple Binding (also Called Corner Stitch)2022-12-09T19:50:06+00:00

corner staple bindingCorner stapling, or corner stitching, is an economical binding method in which a staple is used in the corner to attached collated pages together.

Fastbind Binding2022-12-09T19:46:58+00:00

fastbind bindingIn the Fastbind method, pages are pressed into an adhesive-coated cloth strip that wraps around the spine and covers.

Much like tape binding, the binding itself is flexible and durable.

A range of cloth colors are available.

GBC Binding2022-12-09T19:48:10+00:00

gbc bindingGBC Binding uses a plastic “comb” that wraps through rectangular holes punched along the edge of the pages.

The comb also acts as a spine that covers the edge of the book’s pages.

Perfect Binding2022-12-09T19:46:40+00:00

perfect bindingIn perfect binding, a single sheet of paper cover wraps around the pages and is then glued to the spine.

The cover forms the front, spine and back. Commonly seen in paperback and softcover books, this method results in a slick, professional appearance.

Perfect binding is suitable for many book types and sizes.

Post Binding2022-12-09T19:47:53+00:00

post bindingIn post binding, holes are drilled along the spine edge.

Metal posts are inserted through the holes. The two posts screw together to bind the book.

Saddle Loop Binding2022-12-09T19:49:05+00:00

saddle loop stitchingSaddle loop binding, or saddle loop stitching, is a process like saddle stitching, except the stitch is formed into a loop that extends out from the spine.

The loops let the end user insert the book into 3-ring binders.

Saddle Stitch Binding2022-12-09T19:49:24+00:00

saddle stitch bindingSaddle stitch binding, also called saddle stitching, is a low-cost and sturdy method which binds pages using two or more staples (called stitches) placed along a folded edge.

Suitable for 60 pages or less, depending on paper thickness. Saddle stitched books don’t have a spine on which to print.

Tape Binding2022-12-09T19:47:16+00:00

tape bindingIn tape binding, a strip of tape is applied to the spine and overlaps the bound edge.

To add strength, the pages are often stitched together before the tape application.

Colors are limited.

Velo Binding2022-12-09T19:47:33+00:00

velo bindingIn Velo binding, thin strips of plastic are permanently locked together through holes in the front and back.

Velo bound pages won’t lie flat and also have an exposed, unprintable spine.

A range of colors are available.

What’s the difference between sheets and pages in printing?2023-01-17T19:31:38+00:00

One Sheet, Two Pages

one sheet equals two pages

A single sheet of paper has two sides.

Each side is considered one page. So a single sheet of paper is two pages.


One Sheet Folded is Four Pages

one sheet folded is four pages

A sheet folded in two is a four page document. Page one is the front cover, page two is the inside front, page three is the facing page, and page four is the back cover.


Two Folded Sheets as Eight Pages

two sheets folded as 8 pages

Two folded sheets that are nested together are an eight page document.

Any questions, please let us know before you send us your files!

What’s the right way to count the number of pages in a document?2023-01-17T19:33:23+00:00

There is often confusion about the difference between what is a sheet of paper and what is a page. They are not the same.

The way that a sheet is folded (or not folded) determines how many pages there are. For example, the booklet below has two sheets of paper that are folded in half and saddle stitched (stapled) along the fold, joining them together. This booklet contains eight pages.

8 page booklet
The other FAQs on this page show how the printing industry counts the number of pages in a document. If you have questions about the number of pages in your project, Contact Us so that the job can be estimated correctly.

Wire-O Binding2022-12-09T19:48:27+00:00

wire-o bindingWire-O is also called twin-loop binding or double-loop binding.

A wire is threaded through small holes in the edge of the paper. The end result is similar in look and function to coil binding.

Wire-O loops are also available in a wide range of colors.

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