Binding Methods

There are a variety of binding methods can can be used for combining separate pages into a finished document. The type of binding may be limited by the paper size and number of pages to be bound. The images below illustrate some of the more popular binding methods used in the printing industry. If you have questions about these or other binding methods, use the Contact link in the menu above.
Binding Illustrations
Corner Staple Binding
Corner Staple Binding
The most economical binding method, a staple is used in the corner to attached pages together.
Saddle Stich Binding
Saddle Stich Binding
This inexpensive method binds pages using two or more staples placed along a folded edge. Suitable for 60 pages or less, there is no printable spine with this option.
Saddle Loop Binding
Saddle Loop Binding
Similar to saddle stitching, except the loops extend out from the spine staples. The loops allow the bound pages to be placed into ring binders.
Coil / Continuous Loop Binding
Coil / Continuous Loop Binding
A round plastic or metal coil is wound through the pages to hold them together. Pages bound this way can be opened 360 degrees and can remain flat when open. Available in black (standard ) and other colors including PMS.
Wire-O Binding
Wire-O Binding
Also known as twin-loop binding or double-loop binding. A wire is threaded through small holes in the edge of the paper. The result is very simialr in look and function to coil binding. A variety of colors are available.
GBC Binding
GBC Binding
This inexpensive method well uses a plastic "comb" that wraps through rectangular holes in the edge of the pages. The plastic comb also form a spine that covers the edge of the pages.
Post Binding
Post Binding
Metal screw-together posts are inserted into holes drill through the stack of paper. holding them together.
Velo Binding
Velo Binding
Thin strips of plastic are permanently locked together through holes in the front and back of the pages. Velo bound pages do not lie flat and have an exposed, unprintable spine. A variety of colors are available.
Tape Binding
Tape Binding
A strip of tape is applied to the spine of a stack of pages, overlapping the bound edge. The pages are often stitched together before the tape is applied. Limited color range.
Fastbind Binding
Fastbind Binding
Pages are pressed into an adhesive-coated cloth strip that wraps around the spine and covers. Similar to tape binding, the binding is flexible and durable. A variety of cloth colors are available.
Perfect Binding
Perfect Binding
A paper cover wraps around the pages and glued to the spine. The cover forms the front, spine and back. Popular for paperback and softcover books, this method results in a professional appearance. Suitable for most book types and sizes.
Case Binding
Case Binding
Also known as hard cover binding, case binding cover materials can be paper, vinyl, cloth, or leather. A loose, paper dust jacket often wrapped around the cover to protect it.