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Paper Weight Chart

Paper Weight Chart

Type of paper Available weights Common uses
Bond paper 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, and 36 pounds
  • Office copiers, printers, letterhead, and stationery
  • Lighter-weight bond paper for faxes, printing emails, tracing, and use in high-speed copiers
  • Mid-weight bond paper for reports, presentations, double-sided printing, legal documents, and proposals
  • Heavier-weight bond paper for double-sided printing, presentations, signs, fliers, contracts, and resumes
Book paper 30 to 115 poundsPrint books, booklets, catalogs, magazine publications, and posters
Cover paper 60 to 120 poundsBusiness cards, door hangers, menus, invitations, postcards, rack cards, report covers, self-mailers, and sketching
Index paper 90, 110, and 140 poundsIndex cards, postcards, tabs and dividers, manila folders, and sketchbooks
Tag paper 50, 60, 70, 80, and 100 poundsRetail signage, price tags, table tents, file folders, door hangers, direct mail postcards, menus, posters, and time cards
Text paper 50, 60, 70, 80, and 100 poundsCommercial printing operations for brochures, letterhead print jobs, stationery, internal memos, and thesis papers

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