Custom Binders, Ring Binders, and Bindings

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Three ring binders are normally offered in two sizes; 5 ½ x 8 ½ and the 8 ½ x 11.  8 ½ x 11 binders are the most popular and serve many needs for the standard 8 ½ x 11, three hole punched paper.  Most binders are available with ¾” steel that will hold 95 sheets of 8 ½ x 11 paper or 190 pages. 1″ steel will hold 115 sheets of 60# paper or 230 pages. The largest binder offered by most manufacturers is 4 ½ inches. This binder will hold 200 sheets of 60# paper or 400 pages.  Binders can be custom made to fit your needs. They can be personalized with full color printing, or laminated. Check with your supplier for availability.

Binders are available in a variety of sizes and styles. If you cannot find a binder that meets your needs, many suppliers can also create custom binders to your specifications. The most common types of binder closures are shown below.

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“O” Ring “D” Ring Slanted “D” Ring Square Ring

Binder Sizes

The two most common binder sizes are 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. The 8-1/2″ x 11″ binder is the most popular and is the perfect size for punches printer paper or loose-leaf paper. Binders rings range in size from about 1/2″ to 4″. One of the most common sizes, a 1″ ring holds about 115 sheets of paper.

Our Binding Equipment page provides more information about other binding types and the equipment used.

Vinyl Binders – These binders consist of a piece of vinyl wrapped around stiff cardboard. They are durable and long-lasting. Vinyl binders can be custom printed with silk screen or 4-color printing. They can also be foil stamped, embossed, and debossed. Binders are available in a variety of sizes and styles. If you cannot find a binder that meets your needs, many suppliers can also create custom binders to your specifications. The most common types of binder closures are shown below.

Polyethylene Binders – Polyethylene binders are lightweight and extremely durable. It resists dirt and grease and can withstand extreme temperatures. Binders are available in a variety of sizes and styles. If you cannot find a binder that meets your needs, many suppliers can also create custom binders to your specifications. The most common types of binder closures are shown below.

Other Binding Types

You have many choices when choosing a binding.  The most common types are rings, plastic combs, spiral, double loop, thermal tape, perfect, and stapled.  Your choice of bindings should depend on what is most important for your document.  Some important factors to consider are price, looks, durability, and the ability to lay flat.  Below is a brief description of each binding type.

As you can see you have many options when choosing a binding type.  Your budget and your needs should help you make a decision.  Depending on the volume of your publication, some choices may be more economical than others.  Your supplier should be able to give you more information about what binding type is right for you.

1 Comment

  1. Reply Peter Hall

    Some three ring binders have inflexible sheets inside the covers that help to keep the pages from curving at the punch-hole side. I have 36 binders that don’t have such sheets. How can I get that kind of sheets for my binders?

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