There are numerous methods for binding booklets. Cost, efficiency, page count of the booklet, and aesthetics are the factors used to decide the best binding type for
your document. Listed below are a few common binding methods.
- Saddle-stitching – By far the most economical and easiest binding method, but not suitable for larger documents. Pages are folded and then stapled together with a special long-jawed stapler. This type of binding is mainly used for documents with a page count of up to 40 pages, such as small catalogs, magazines or lookbooks.
- Perfect binding – While not the strongest form of binding, it is an economic alternative for documents that are on the larger side and need permanent binding. The pages are folded into sections, also known as signatures, and have their spines trimmed off in order to bind with the glue better. The pages are then glued to the spine of the wrap-around cover. Paperback or softcover books are commonly bound using this method. With PUR perfect binding, a stronger adhesive is used for more security.
- Comb/GBC binding: A method that involves punching holes in the pages and then binding them with a plastic ring. It is the second most economical method (after saddle stitching), allows the pages to be moved around within the document easily and can open to have the pages fully flat, but also looks clunkier than other methods and is not very sturdy in comparison, since the binder teeth can break if used repeatedly.
- Coil binding: Similar to comb binding, a single plastic coil is wound through holes punched in the booklet. The plastic coil is more durable than the binder used in comb binding, so the price range is slightly higher than for the comb type. Also like comb binding, it allows the pages to lay open flat. It is best suited for small to medium-sized documents, as binding anything larger than 1 inch can be difficult.
- Section sewn: The most secure method of binding, this involves folding pages together into sections, or signatures, then sewing that into the following section along the spine. The spine is glued together before attaching the cover. This method allows the pages to lay open flat, even with larger documents.
When you need a quality printed folder for your marketing solutions, presentation folders and paperboard binders are a dynamic way to improve your company’s brand image. Ideal for promotions, product information or corporate correspondence, a custom printed presentation folder will give your company a professional appearance that attracts future customers and employees to your business. Below is a list of various types of folders:
- Standard Presentation Folders
- Reinforced Folders
- Tab Folders
- Capacity Folders
- Legal Folders
- Mini Folders
- Hotel Key Cards
- Tri-Panel Folders
The standard features of a paperboard binder are metal rings in 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ sizes and the option of gloss or matte film lamination on one side of the cover, as well as aqueous coating or varnish with slits for business cards or CDs. You can also add visual elements of foil stamping or embossing.
Custom embossed leather three-ring binders are a high quality corporate promotional item that can house company collateral, notepads, memorandum, documents, sales sheets, or price catalogs. Customized leather binders are available in 1″, 2″ and D3 ring sizes. Standard colors for covers and document holders include black, red and tan leathers.
In short, there are a wide variety of methods available to bind your booklet according to your needs and budget, and various types of presentation folders to hold your information. Lawton Reprographics can assist with many of the methods listed above – just give us a call!