How to Effectively Bind Large Documents 7 Ways

April 16, 2019
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If you need a way to effectively bind big books, or extra thick stacks of paper, then this article will be of some help. We're going to review some of the best ways to bind thick books so that they look professional and are functional. We will compare the differences, and show you the look so you can choose which method will be best for your thick document binding needs.

Method 1: Screw Posts

Screw posts come in several different styles, and each style has a different capacity. When we're referring to binding thick stacks, the type of screw post you can use is an aluminum Chicago screw binding post. These come in standard silver, an impressive black, vibrant gold, or antique brass color.

  • Silver aluminum binds up to 5" thick stacks
  • Black aluminum binds up to 5" thick stacks
  • Gold aluminum binds up to 3" thick stacks
  • Antique brass aluminum binds up to 2" thick stacks

Plus, there are screw-in extensions you can add for even thicker capacities. Extensions come in 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", or 1" lengths, which can also help you fine-tune the capacity for your stack thickness.

Screw posts are easy to use. They are a two-piece screw and post set that have matching threading that allows them to smoothly and easily screw together, creating a tight bind. The post is where the length extends, while the screw length stays about the same for these thicker posts.

Method 2: Binding Rings

Binding rings are available in many styles, each option a bit different and each option with different sizes. They are easy to open and edit as often as you need, which is an added benefit. There are round rings that snap together, as well as d-shaped rings called screw-lock; the straight edge screws together for a tighter bind.

Also called loose leaf rings, these book binder rings are super simple and affordable, making they great for individuals and businesses who need to bind extra thick books.

Method 3: Ring Binders

Ring binders are a staple in every office, home, and school; everyone knows what a ring binder is! But did you know there are a bunch of different kinds? Clearview ring binders are available in a wider range of ring sizes, so let's just talk about those.

  • Largest ring size is 4" slant-d


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You may have noticed that none of the above three methods for thick document binding require a machine. This can be a benefit for smaller groups that don't need to make a lot of books or who may not have the budget to allow for purchasing a machine. But for larger businesses or corporations, a machine may be more beneficial for the larger volume workloads they handle. So next, we will review some of the binding machines that can work with thicker books.

Method 4: Comb Binders

Comb binders, also called gbc comb or plastic comb, are an affordable way to machine-bind thicker books. They won't bind as thick as the options we already discussed, but still fairly thick. They are punch-and-bind, which means you punch holes, place the combs into the holes, and then close the combs to bind.

  • Largest plastic comb size is 2", which will bind 361 - 425 sheets of 20# copy paper

Method 5: Spiral Binders

Spiral coil binders are another punch-and-bind solution for thicker books. They have a continuous looped coil that spins in through several holes. Coils also won't go as thick as the loose leaf options, but still large enough to make the list.

  • Largest plastic coil size is 2", which will bind 390 - 440 sheets of 20# copy paper

Method 6: Perfect Binding (Soft cover / paperback binding)

Perfect binding is how soft cover books (like novels and paperbacks) are bound. They have no punching; instead, they use glue and a wrap-around cover with loner sheets to bind pages. The thickest book you can bind with softback is limited only by your machine. Some may be 2", some may be 5".

  • The thickest book you can bind with perfect binding will vary by machine

Method 7: Case Binding (Hard cover binding)

Case binding is how hard cover books (like novels) are bound together. They work just like the paperback options, but use a hard cover instead. So that means they are bound with glue, a wrap-around cover, and liners to help hold them together. Just as with soft cover, your maximum thickness will vary depending entirely on your machine.

  • The thickest book you can bind with case binding will vary by machine


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