What is the Best Binding Report Cover for My Document?

March 15, 2019

Whether you're making a presentation for a client or creating an in-house instructional guide, the proper binding report cover can help make or break your presentation. Content is important, and presentation is is the bow on top. So check out these various presentation covers to find which one will be best for your document, whatever it may be.


Wrap-Around One-Piece Covers

1. DIY Wrap-Around Hard Covers

Called Pinchbooks, these unique hard covers are pre-made and have a pinching spine that holds in your pages. They will hold up to about 35 sheets (70 pages front and back) of standard copy paper. They are surprisingly strong, and are easily edited as many times as you need so you can re-use the same cover for different presentations. Lots of sizes are available, and they make a popular photobook as well as presentation cover. Some sizes have windows so you can show part of your first page through, or some are just solid covers. Pinchbook hard covers are very sturdy and only take a few seconds to put together; just open up the covers, place your pages in the spine, and close the covers again.

2. Folder Covers

Standard pocket folders are a great solution for presentations. They have pockets on the inside front and back, and sometimes you can even staple in folded pages into the middle as well. Presentation folder covers come in either a smooth glossy finish or a linen textured finish, and even an eco-friendly 100% recycled chipboard option. Both are pretty thick and sturdy, without being too much. There are also pocket folders that can be customized with a pouch laminator, called quick stick print your own folders. These are great for businesses who might not be able to afford professionally printed folders, but still want to customize them.

3. Side Staple Wrap-Around Covers

Also called agility covers, side staple covers pair a premium linen back and spine with a clear matted front. Put your pages into the cover and staple the two flaps. These allow you to easily open the cover and let the presentation lay flat (unlike stapling the spine without flaps). The clear front lets you easily customize each individual presentation, if you need to.

4. Custom Printed Folders

If your budget and volume needs allow, you can also consider custom printed folders. Because these are made to order, we can do nearly anything you need. Not just printing, but we can deboss, we can add extra pockets, we can add staple-in pages, and a huge variety of other custom solutions. There are also near endless material options, including paper, linen or textured paper, glossy laminate, eco, and even plastic/poly. Whatever kind of custom folder you're imagining, we can help it come to life. There is a 250 folder minimum requirement.


Single Sheet Binding Cover Pages

1. Clear Matte Gloss Cover Sheets

Matte smooth gloss report covers have a soft matte on one side and gloss on the other. This combination is elegant and not only look great, but is soft to the touch as well. They easily show your first page through, so you can make easy report unique. They are available with no punching so you can punch them for whatever binding you use. We can custom punch them for you too.

2. Thick Vinyl Cover Sheets

Vinyl leatherette cover sheets are one of the most popular choices for document binding report covers. They are made of sturdy 15pt vinyl that looks and feels expensive. A ton of colors make for easy use with a whole variety of document types, and they are unpunched so you can punch them for col or wire or whatever bindings you use. Some pre-punched options are also available, if you prefer. They are often paired with clear covers and used just as backings, but sometimes they are used for fronts and backs. Since they're so common, we have a lot of sizes to pick from as well. Even an extra thick 17pt vinyl cover is available.

3. Clear Gloss Acetate Cover Sheets

Clear gloss (or clear acetate) binding covers are another top-choice. They have crystal-clear transparency so visibility of your first page is never hindered. Gloss covers are also popular for budget-conscious businesses since they come in several thicknesses from extra lightweight 5mil up to thick 10mil. Their flexibility and variety of sizes make them very desirable for many uses.

4. Clear Poly Cover Sheets

For the most durable and spill-resistant presentation covers, you want to use poly. Poly report covers are extremely tough and nearly impossible to tear. Plastic cover stock sheets are translucent so you can see your first page through them, and feature a matte finish that reduces glare of softens images placed behind them. One side of these clear poly covers is smooth to the touch, while the other side features a very slight texture.

5. Single-Piece Hard Covers

These turned edge hard covers are unpunched and are easily punchable one at a time with most office-level binding punch machines. Right now they are available in black or red. You can use them as front and back paired covers, or just back covers to make a very sturdy presentation with a clear front. They are textured and can help you make a premium presentation or document.

6. Chipboard Eco Cover Sheets

Chip board covers are made from 100% PCW recycled content. They are perfect for eco-conscious users or those who simply want a rustic look. Chipboard sheets come in many thicknesses so you can choose from very flexible to slightly more stable like the thickness of a credit card. Custom options can even be made extra rigid. Because they are made with recycled materials, the color will vary from gray to brown, and will often have freckles or specs throughout, making each sheet unique.

7. Linen Weave Cover Sheets

Linen report covers have a textured fabric appearance on a durable 80# paper cover stock. Also called linen weave, these cover sheets have a cross-hatched surface and are manufactured with a quality, yet economical, paper stock. You can choose linen paper covers either with or without a window cut-out. There are several professional colors as well. Because they are usually used as sets (meaning not paired with other kinds of covers) they come in a pack of 200 covers with 100 fronts and 100 backs.

8. Embossed Sturdy Grain Cover Sheets

Embossed paper covers, sometimes also called sturdy grain, are made of an 80# paper stock with an upscale textured design on the front, and a smooth finish on the back. They feature a very light coating for added durability and to elevate the look. These paper presentation covers come in several colors, including black, white, ivory, navy, light (bold) blue, and red. You can also choose from several popular stocked sizes. Just like linen, they come either with or without windows and in packs of 100 sets (200 total covers).

9. Poly Leather Cover Sheets

Poly leather cover stock offers the flexibility and durability of a poly plastic cover, but with the premium look of a leatherette cover. Textured on one side and smooth on the other, these dual-purpose report covers give you the versatility you need for work presentations, reports and more. Available in black or navy blue cover sheets, poly presentation covers are modern and professional. Buy poly leather report covers online in either 16 or 20 mil thick. Poly is near impossible to tear or rip, and is easy to wipe clean and sanitize.

10. Poly Sand Cover Sheets

Just like the poly leather above, poly sand covers are incredibly durable. They have an orange peel texture, almost like sand (hence the name). They come in 12 or 16 mil thickness and a few popular/professional color choices. Poly sand cover stock offers a modern and professional look that is perfect for presentations and reports of all kinds.

11. GBC Designer Cover Sheets

These GBC covers are made of a thick 16 gauge poly plastic. They feature designs that are popular for several different organizations. You can choose from a frost globe design or a frost deco cube. They are clear, but with the patterns, offer a very unique look that many people find elevated above plain covers. The matte finish also helps eliminate glare.

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Mallory Morsa, Binding101 Product Expert About the Author • Mallory Morsa has been a part of Binding101 since 2008 and has experience in several departments within the company. She began in customer service and sales where she honed in her skills to provide the customer with professional, fast, and accurate information. Shortly after, she was promoted to sales supervisor and also took on the role of product expert, training the team on new products. Throughout this time, she also wrote content for the site, as well as contributed stock photography and videography. As the team grew, she moved to an official position as the content specialist and social media manager. Her skills in these variety of areas give her the unique expertise to not just create content for the web, but to create content for you, the customer. She has a Bachelor's degree in business management and marketing, was on the Dean's List each year, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. In her free time, Mallory's favorite things to do include volunteering at the animal shelter by bottle feeding neonatal kittens, reading at the park, cooking plant-based meals, playing board games, and binge streaming TV shows with her 3 furbabies and family beside her.

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