Binding: Get It Together

Get it together! The right binding style for the right application can make all the difference when designing a printed piece.  We’ve got the “perfect” cheat sheet to help you determine the best option for your next print project.


Saddle stitching: A process that includes nesting and stapling sheets of paper (signatures) together through the centerfold with wire staples. Applications for use may include smaller page count books, catalogs, magazines, brochures.

Perfect Bound: With the help of a flexible adhesive, folded pages (signatures) are glued together at the spine and a paper cover is wrapped around the whole piece concealing the spine of the book.  Popular applications include high-end magazines, catalogs, coffee table books, picture books, and chapter books.

Spiral/Coil Bound: Individual sheets are fastened together by a continuous spiral of wire or plastic that coils through a series of holes punched along one side of the printed piece. Ideal applications include guidebooks, directories, journals, and other reference materials.

For a complete list click the image to download the cheat sheet courtesy of PaperSpecs.

Cheat Sheet for Binding Options

Source: PaperSpecs