Coil Binding

Coil binding is a popular book binding style used to create documents, reports, presentations and proposals. It is popular for business or personal use and most professional printing houses will provide you with a quality service. Coil binding uses strips of plastic or wire that pass through a series of holes to bind together stacked paper. Coil binding goes by many names, including spiral binding, spiral coil binding, spiral book binding, color coil, or coil bind.

Coil binding can add that extra something special to your document, report or manual. Benefits of utilizing coil binding in your next project include:

  • Professional Look – Coil binding is the perfect complement to high quality, full color catalog or booklet printing and can provide that upscale look to help take your company’s image to the next level.
  • Flexibility – Coil spiral binding offers flexibility in terms of look, size, and color, which makes it an ideal choice for businesses marketing because you can match the spine of their document to a specific color palette for brand consistency.
  • Durability – Coil binding will keep your documents looking crisp. Long-lasting and practical, it helps protect your materials, sustains less damage, and keeps pages tightly bound.
  • Ease of Use – Coil bound documents have the ability to open flat on a desk or a table and offer 360 degree rotation for easy access to all pages within the document.

When it comes to coil binding, there are a few options you can go with. Plastic coil binding is available in a wide variety of sizes. The length of the coil used on your printed piece can range anywhere from 1 to 14 inches, while the finished size of your finished document should be from 4.25 x 4.25 inches to 12 x 14 inches. Although black is the most common coil color, there are a variety of different coil colors to choose from. By coordinating your coil color with your brand colors, you can tie all your marketing materials together and present a unified look to customer, prospects and employees. You can also use a high quality cover to give your piece that finished look. The most common covers used is a Poly cover with a clear front and black back, or choose full color printed covers.

One of the strengths of spiral coil binding is that the supplies are available in a variety of lengths. Most users purchase spiral coils in twelve inch lengths. This spine is inserted onto an eleven inch document and the excess length of coil is cut and crimped at each end of the book. However, the extrusion process for creating spiral coil binding elements allows them to be created in virtually any length. Many binderies and print shops choose to purchase coils in 36″ lengths in order to have the flexibility to bind custom document sizes and to reduce waste. For binding documents shorter than eleven inches it is also possible to purchase shorter lengths of spiral coil in order to save time and money.