Keep it Together! Binding Methods 101

Binding Methods

Choosing the right type of binding for your print job can both enhance and compliment your project. When making your selection, it’s important to keep in mind the end use of the document, the size and number of pages, and how much you’re willing to spend.

To make your life easier, we’ve highlighted the features and benefits of six different binding methods to help you make the best decision:

Binding MethodsSaddle Stitching ($)

If you’re looking to bind shorter documents such as booklets or calendars, this method is right for you – similar to stapling, the document is “stitched” with wire along its spine. Saddle stitching is cost effective and super quick! (via)


Binding MethodsCerlox (Plastic Comb) Binding ($)

Another cost effective and easy way to bind your documents, Cerlox binding uses a plastic “comb” inserted into punched holes. This method allows your books to lay flat and has the added bonus of being easy to open – this means pages can be added or removed from the document if necessary. (via)

Binding Methods
Spiral (Coil) Binding ($$)

Spiral binding is an attractive way to bring together your loose sheets, and is available in a number of different colours. A piece of plastic coil is wound through evenly spaced holes along the edge of your document, and crimped at the ends to prevent it from sliding off. This is a perfect solution if you’d like your book to lay flat when open, and also allows for covers to lie back to back. (via)

Binding MethodsWire-O Binding ($$)

Wire-O binding is a professional way to present annual reports and other important documents. This durable method uses double-wire loops made of metal threaded through punched holes. This is another “lay flat” binding option. (via)


Binding MethodsPerfect Binding ($$$)

Perfect binding uses a strong adhesive (glue) to bind your book, for a clean & professional look with a flat spine. This is the type of binding used for paperback/softcover books, and features a wrap-around cover. Keep in mind that this binding method is permanent – pages cannot be added or removed. (via)


Binding MethodsCase Binding ($$$$)

Case binding is the method used for hardcover books – pages are sewn together for a durable bind. This is the perfect solution if you’re looking for the highest quality binding for your project, and is well suited to longer documents that are meant to last or have a long lifespan. (via)


For any other questions you may have about binding your documents, don’t hesitate to contact us! TPH offers a great selection of binding methods – you can read more about them here.

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