Choosing the Right Binding Type

The type of binding is usually selected based on the function of the document, the number of pages it contains and the printing budget. Strangely, aesthetics are usually considered last in the decision-making, unless quality is a priority and budget is not a factor, or the binding itself is part of the conceptual design.

Saddle Stitched Binding

Saddle Stitched
(8-80 Pages)

Saddle Stitched Binding

Loop Stitched
(8-80 Pages)

Stab Stitched or Side Stitched Binding

Stab Stitched or
Side Stitched
(2-300 Pages)

Sewn Bound Binding

Sewn Bound
(8-24 Pages)

Perfect Bound Binding

Perfect Bound
(50-250 Pages)

Tape Bound Binding

Tape Bound
(50-250 Pages)

Screw Bound Binding

Screw Bound
(16-400 Pages)

Hardcover or Case Bound Binding

Hardcover or
Case Bound
(60-400 Pages)

Plastic Grip Binding

Plastic Grip
(2-250 Pages)

Comb Bound or Plastic Bound Binding

Comb Bound or
Plastic Bound
(2-250 Pages)

Spiral Bound or Coil Bound Binding

Spiral Bound or
Coil Bound
(16-275 Pages)

Wire-O Bound or Wire Bound Binding

Wire-O? Bound or
Wire Bound
(16-275 Pages)

Saddle Stitched Binding

Saddle Stitching ($)

Probably the most common and economical binding method. Created by punching wire through the document?s outside spine, then bending the wire flat on the inside centre fold to grip all the pages. It may provide a similar look, but is not the same as stapling.

Loop Stitched Binding

Loop Stitched ($)

Comparable to saddle stitching, but with a different effect. Loops are created with wire along the external spine in order to insert and secure the document into a 3-ring binder. Great option for information instalments that can be added to larger collection.

Stab Stitched Binding

Stab Stitched or Side Stitched ($)

Stab or side stitching uses wire that is ?stabbed? into the front cover, through the inside pages and back cover of the document, instead of along the spine. Often covered to hide the wire.


Sewn Bound Binding

Sewn Bound ($$$$$)

Similar to saddle stitching, but uses thread instead of wire. Thread is stitched along the entire spine. As more pages are added it begins to closely resemble case binding, but without the hardcover.

Perfect Bound ($$)

Perfect Bound Binding

Sections of folded pages (signatures) have their spines trimmed off and roughed up to improve bonding with glue. All sections are collated and glued to its wrap-around cover.Cover is always scored on back and front, for ease of opening and less stress on spine.

Tape Bound ($$)

Tape Bound Binding

This method involves an adhesive tape being wrapped around the spine to hold the covers and inside pages in place. Usually pages need to be stitched together prior to affixing the tape to reinforce and provide added strength

Screw Bound ($$$$)

Screw Bound Binding

In screw, stud or post binding, first holes are drilled through the complete document. Then a barrel post is inserted through the holes and a cap screw is added to the post to hold everything together. Frequently used for swatch books.

Hardcover or Case Bound ($$$$$)

Hardcover or Case Bound Binding

Standard binding used for hardcover books. Several different types to choose from, but typically involves inside pages being sewn together in sections. These are then glued to end papers which are glued to cover?s spine.

Plastic Grip ($)

Plastic Grip Binding

This simple and easy method uses a moulded 3-sided plastic spine. By prying apart the 2 vertical strips the entire document is guided through one end of the plastic grip until it covers the full length of the spine.

Comb Bound or Plastic Bound ($)

Comb Bound or Plastic Bound Binding

Economical method suitable for manuals and books that need to lay flat when open. Using rectangular holes punched through the document, the plastic comb?s rings are threaded through holes. Page edges at spine are covered by plastic comb.

Spiral Bound or Coil Bound ($$)

Spiral Bound Binding

Utilizes a smooth round coil to hold pages together. Allows book to lie flat when open or pages can be turned all the way around to the back if desired.Wire is threaded through punched holes and then Ends are crimped to prevent wire slipping off. Spirals or coils are available in variety of colours.

Wire-O? Bound or Wire Bound ($$)

Wire-O? Bound or Wire Bound Binding

Highly popular Wire-O? option uses formed wire that threads through punched holes. This allows books to lay flat when open. Wire loops are available in variety of colours to coordinate with cover colour. A durable option for a wide variety of project types

Also see Understanding and Working with Print Signatures

Anatomy of a Hardcover Book

Anatomy of a Hardcover Book

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