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 Contact Us in the menu above.

Corner Staple Binding
The most economical binding method, a staple isused in the corner to attached pages together.
Saddle Stitch 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
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
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. 


Wire-O Binding

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


GBC or Comb
This inexpensive method uses a plastic "comb" that wraps through rectangular holes in the edge of
the pages. The plastic comb also forms a spine that covers the edge of the pages.
Post Binding
Metal screw-together posts are inserted into holes drilled through the entire stack of paper including the cover holding them together.
Velo Binding
Thin strips of plastic are permanently locked together through holes in the front and back of the pages. Sealed through a heating process, Velo bound pages do not lie flat and have an exposed, unprintable spine.


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 adhesive is applied.


Fastbind Binding
Pages are pressed into an adhesive-coated cloth strip that wraps around the entire spine and covers. Similar to tape binding, the binding is flexible and durable.
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.


Case Binding
Also known as hard cover binding, the cover materials can be paper, vinyl, cloth, or leather. A loose, paper dust jacket is often wrapped around the cover to protect it.