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Paper Weight Guide

Guide to Understanding Paper Weights

Paper weights are calculated using two basic systems. The U.S. system which measures the weight in pounds and the Metric system which measures the weight in grams per square meter (gsm).

The U.S. system is sometimes difficult to understand because the same number in pounds can be used for different thicknesses of paper. In the U.S. system a paper’s weight is its weight per ream (500 sheets) in its basis (uncut) size. But every type of paper has its own basis size of ream. For example one type of paper may have a basis size of 17” x 22” and another a basis size of 24” x 36”.

The Metric system is standard across all types of paper because it simply measures one square meter. For that reason it is a better indicator of the thickness of a paper.

Paper Weight Chart

Paper Weights

20 lb. Bond/Copy
20 #
75 gsm
60 lb. Text
60 #
89 gsm
24 lb. Bond/Copy
24 #
90 gsm
70 lb. Text
70 #
104 gsm
28 lb. Bond
28 #
105 gsm
29 lb. Vellum
29 #
110 gsm
32 lb. Bond
32 #
120 gsm
80 lb. Text
80 #
120 gsm
65 lb. Cover
65 #
175 gsm
48 lb. Vellum
48 #
180 gsm
80 lb. Cover
80 #
215 gsm
86 lb. Cover
86 #
232 gsm
89 lb. Cover
89 #
240 gsm
92 lb. Cover
92 #
250 gsm
98 lb. Cover
98 #
265 gsm
105 lb. Cover
105 #
285 gsm
111 lb. Cover
111 #
300 gsm

 

Text Weight papers are associated with documents such as letterhead and brochures, and are generally used to make envelopes.

Cover Weight papers are associated with business cards, postcards and invitations.