Four Different Binding Methods: An Introduction

7704240-sm-maDo you need to bind some documents? If so, here are four different bookbinding methods you should know about in order to get the results you need. Here they are in alphabetical order.

  • Coil binding. This bookbinding method entails spinning plastic coils through the holes punched near the edge of a document. Sometimes this method is called “color coil binding” because the coils are available in dozens of colors ranging from black to fluorescent green. One of the major advantages to using coils is that they allow your documents to lie flat which makes them easier to read. They’re available in many sizes as well so you can bind documents that are up to 440 pages long. (Note: putting together longer documents can be a bit tricky. So you should keep that in mind if you’re planning on producing thick books.) Coils are perfect for reports, portfolios, workbooks, and more.
  • Comb binding. This is probably the most popular bookbinding method even though it’s been around for almost half a century. Its popularity is based on a few factors including low cost, which is always a plus. It’s very easy to bind with plastic combs so it’s a good choice for a beginner. Combs can be up to 2” thick and bind books containing as many as 425 pages. This is another method that will allow your document to lie flat so you can use it to bind workbooks, cookbooks, and so on.
  • Thermal binding. This method has grown in popularity in recent years because it can make any document look like a professionally bound book. This bookbinding method entails putting the pages of your book into thermal cover and then placing the entire thing in a thermal binding machine. The heat the machine emits will melt the adhesive in the cover’s spine. The process only takes a couple of minutes but it will give your a book that looks like a hardcover of paperback book you’d see in a bookstore. The supplies for this bookbinding technique can be a bit pricy but the results are worth it, especially if you have a client or colleague you’re trying to impress.
  • Wire binding. Finally, there’s wire binding which is great if you want to make your documents look sophisticated and professional. Wire spines come in several different colors (gold and silver are very popular) and they can be used to bind documents that are up to 300 pages long. This bookbinding method is used a lot for marketing materials and it can also be used for presentations, catalogs, and more. Wire spines will let your book lie flat and you can even wrap the pages around which is convenient. The only drawback to use wire spines is that they can be crushed pretty easily, so they’re not the best choice if you’re going to be mailing your work.

All four of these binding methods can help you produce great-looking documents. Choose the one that’s right for you and get ready to start binding!

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