How do I bind a document at home?

posted this on Jul 6, 2015

If you’re under the impression that it is too difficult to bind a document at home, you’re wrong. Don’t be embarrassed- it is a common misconception that binding a book can only be done at a professional establishment. Instead, it can be quite easy to self-publish a book or bind a document from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ways you can do so: GBC CombBINd C55 Comb Binding Machine - 7708900

  • Use a comb binding machine. Comb binding is popular for a reason– it is inexpensive and easy. Operating a comb binding machine is nothing crazy. In fact, all you need to do is punch 19 holes in your document with the machine’s built-in pouching mechanism. Once you select a comb, place it on the device’s comb opener and start binding. This method is great for beginners and can be used to bind photo albums, family cookbooks and anything else that may need to be bound.
  • Use screw posts. If you don’t want to get a binding machine, screw posts are a great second option. Screw posts are available in various lengths (the biggest being 5″ long) so they can be ideal for both short and long documents. To use the screw posts, punch holes in your document with a three-hole punch and then thread the screw posts through the holes. Tighten each screw with a flat-head screwdriver. This method is both time-effective and affordable.
  • Use a thermal binding machine. Of all the available binding methods, thermal binding is the easiest of them all. To use this method, simply place your document in a thermal binding cover, put the cover in the machine and wait for a minute to a minute and a half. Once you remove the document, let it cool off. As the easiest, there is no coincidence that is also the most expensive due to the cost of supplies. With that said, thermal binding may not be the best option if you aren’t planning on binding on a regular basis.
  • Use three-ring bindersIf none of the above methods appeal to you, you can always use three-ring binders. This method is not only cost-effective, it is also really easy. Look out for a binder with a clear overlay on the front so you can customize a title page. You can use a three-hole punch to prepare your paper or use pre-punched sheets to make things easier.
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