How to choose the right binding for your printed document

Affecting the look and the feel of a document, binding is an incredibly important part of the production process and can transform the aesthetics of your report, brochure or book.

If you’re new to the world of printing, knowing which type of binding is right for your project can be difficult. To make your life a little easier, here’s a quick run down of some of the most common binding options around.


Saddle stitched bookletsPerfect bound bookletHard case bound book

Saddle stitched

One of the most affordable binding options, saddle stitching is suitable for documents that are made up of between 8 and 80 pages. The technique is achieved by punching wire through the spines of the pages to be bound. The wire is then bent flat on the inside of the document, giving an aesthetic that is similar to stapling. It is the most polular choice for booklets and magazines.

Perfect bound

Ideal for documents of between 32 and 240 pages, perfect binding uses glue to keep the different sections of the document in place. An affordable option for larger documents, the technique gives a stylish, professional looking result. Ideal for brochures, catalogues and annual reports.

Case bound

The standard binding method for hardback books, case binding is the perfect choice for high end projects and documents that require an especially polished finish. There are a few different types of case binding, but in general, the inner pages of the document are sewn together in sections before being glued to end papers which are themselves then glued to the book’s cover.

For more details on binding hard back books see Book Binding Options Explained.


Spiral bound bookletWire-o bound bookletPlastic comb bound booklet

Spiral bound

To create a spiral bound document, holes are drilled or punched into the pages – the technique can be used on books of between 2 and 275 leaves – before wire is threaded through the holes to keep the pages in place. The wire is then crimped at each end to prevent it slipping.

Wire-o (wiro) bound

Wire-o binding is an affordable option for documents with 2 and 275 leaves and is a popular choice for both large and small documents as well as hanging and desk calendars. Unlike spiral binding, wire binding resembles a C shape and one side is threaded through each hole this is then closed together by squeezing the two sides together to form an O shape ring. The advantage is that it allows the book’s pages to lie exactly next to each other when flat.

Plastic comb bound

Suitable for documents with 2 and 230 leaves, this style of binding uses a plastic comb threaded through rectangular holes to keep the pages firmly in place.

With a wide choice of binding options available, finding the binding that suits your budget, your aesthetic and your project should be easy. Talk to us to find out which is suitable for your needs.


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