Understanding the Different Paper Types

Navigating the world of paper can be quite a journey, with its wide range of types, textures, and sizes. We understand it might seem a bit overwhelming. That's why we're here to guide you through it all. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at different paper types, explaining what makes each one special and how they're best used, making your paper choices simpler and more informed.

Understanding Paper Weights

Within the paper industry you will hear paper's thickness referred to as the papers "weight", typically denoted in lbs. What does that mean exactly? In the US, paper is measured in pounds per 500 sheets or one Ream of paper, of a standard size of sheet. Paper with a higher paper weight (lbs.) will be thicker and denser. Paper density is measured by the amount of light a piece of paper will let through.


Common Weights: 20, 24, 28 lb.

This is your typical printer paper which generally has a weight of 20-28 lbs. This paper can be found in your everyday office computer and copier. This paper is perfect for company letterheads, presentations & stationery.


Common Weights: 60, 80, 90, 100, 130 lb.

Cardstock or Cover paper is thicker than normal writing paper but thinner than paperboard. Cardstock is typically distinguished by its weight. Cover stock is typically decorative in nature which makes it great for business cards, postcards, invitations or special cards. It can be found in a verity of textures, finishes, coatings & colors.

Vellum Bristol

Common Weights: 57, 67, 100, 120 lb.

Bristol Vellum is fine quality, uncoated paperboard typically used for promotional materials. Vellum refers to the type of finish on the paper which is an uncoated & translucent. It has an eggshell appearance and has high ink absorbency rate. Commonly used in brochures or technical drawings.


Common Weights: 20, 28, 30, 35, 40, 50, 57, 60, 70 lb.

Kraft paper is a strong and durable type of paper, commonly recognized by its natural brown color. It's made through the Kraft process, which preserves the wood's natural fibers, lending the paper its robustness. Widely used for packaging, crafting, grocery bags, and stationery. Kraft paper is valued for its strength, versatility, and eco-friendly qualities. 

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