Deciding on the right binding method for your print can seem like the least of your worries when you’ve got design, images and copy to think about. Thankfully, we’re experts so we can help you find the right one.

Firstly, how many different types of binding are there and which one should you choose? Use our handy glossary below to see the different types of binding available and what each one is.

Casing in

Casing in is one of the most complex and detailed forms of binding and is often referred to as bookbinding. The steps involved in the casing in process are designed to create a robust and quality document that is built to last. It is mostly used for hard back books that require a spine and at Elanders we use this method for a variety of clients depending on their required outcomes. Whilst we’d normally use case binding for books with quite a few pages, you can make a hard back book with a spine on smaller pages, depending on what finishing you are looking for.

Saddle stitching

This is a really common method of binding that involves folded pages being gathered and inserted into a folded cover (the cover making up the front and back of your booklet) being stitched together with a staples which binds it together. It’s a very secure form of binding that is commonly used as long as the number of pages doesn’t exceed the maximum amount possible, as this can make the binding difficult. We would give you guidance on this however, so you wouldn’t need to know yourself.

PUR/perfect binding

This is a common form of binding which involves all pages being brought together and glued to form a spine. It is often used for paperback books and is as a cheaper alternative to case binding/casing in.

Wire binding

Wire binding is a great option if you need to be able to fold each page back on itself without the worry of damaging the spine. All the pages are punched down the spine edge and a coiled fastener is inserted to give the pages movement. Depending on your brochure, you can chose metal or plastic coils and there are a variety of colours available.

Plastic comb binding

Very similar to wire binding but is inserted by hand and can be opened and closed quite easily meaning that it’s very straightforward to add pages. As it is added by hand however, the process can be quite time consuming.

Wire-o binding

Individual wired loops are added through drilled holes, very similar to wire binding and comb binding.

Last updated 3/19/2015

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