Careful consideration must always be given to the type of binding method used on a project, and knowing the most appropriate, cost effective and aesthetic option can often be confusing.

Ask yourself the following questions at the forefront of your project. In many cases your binding will impact on design set up, document layout and pagination.

  • Budget
  • Life span
  • Readability
  • Display requirements
  • Finished look

Here are some of the more common binding methods below. Remember, our team of experts are always here to help, so feel free to give us a call with any questions on your next project.


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SADDLE STITCHING : The means of securing folded and nested pages with staples (stitches) down the middle of the fold (spine). Stitching is a common and cost effective means for smaller books, calendars, magazines and catalogues. The number of pages that can be bound is limited by the bulk of the paper. Pages must be in multiples of 4.

PERFECT BINDING :  An adhesive binding method, usually engaged when folded sections cannot be achieved. Single pages are collated and ground down by 2mm, allowing glue to better secure the cover to the text block.

BURST BINDING : A form of binding similar, but more durable than perfect binding. Pages are printed and folded into sections with the spine of each section perforated. This allows glue to push through into the sections and secure them to the inner cover of the book. Burst binding gives a classy, square back finish to your document and is suitable for a spine width over 4 mm.

PUR BINDING : Again, similar in concept to Perfect Binding, however employing the use of a more durable poly urethane glue. Folded sections are also ground down by 2mm to glue the cover to the text block. PUR binding takes approx. 24  hours to cure and is excellent for publications requiring a longer shelf life.

SECTION SEWING : As with burst binding pages are printed and folded as sections. Sections are not only glued, but sewn together with either a drawn on soft cover or case bound cover.

WIRE BINDING : A continuous wire loop that runs through punched holes in the pages to secure together. Text and images must be offset from the binding margin to ensure they are not compromised.