20 lb Bond: Your Standard Copy Paper
|June 3, 2014||Filed under Paper Guide||
20 lb bond is the “standard copy paper” that you buy from your office supply store and use for your desktop printer. It is ubiquitous—you purchase it for your home printer, and your office administrators purchase it for their printer and everyday office needs. When you see a stack of blank white sheets at the workplace, it is generally 20 lb bond.
20 lb bond is simple and cheap
The virtue of 20 lb bond is that it is a simple and cheap sheet, useful in all sorts of applications. 20 lb bond is most popular in printing, but is very useful when you want to write a note to someone, sketch an idea, or use it for a simple art project.
The reason for its popularity is because 20 lb bond is the cheapest possible white paper that can be used in an office environment. A quick Google search says that you can buy a ream of 500 sheets for $9.07 from Walmart ($18.14 per 1000) or a case of 5000 sheets for $45.99 from Staples ($9.20 per 1000 sheets).
You’ll hear brands like “HammerMill” and “Mohawk” as providers of 20 lb bond paper.
20 lb bond = 50 lb uncoated text — 2 names for the same paper
When you purchase from an office supply store, they’re going to call the paper “20 lb bond”. Tell a sales representative at Staples, and they will know exactly what you mean—simple.
However, some printing companies have a different name for the paper: 50 lb. uncoated text. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it has a paper weight—it is the same paper. This is due to basis weights: a confusing and arcane system of measuring different types of papers in different manners. It is a nearly identical sheet of paper, but is produced in a slightly different manner.
Types of paper similar to 20 lb bond
If you like the uncoated feel of 20 lb bond, but you want something higher quality for presentation purposes, you should check out the thicker forms of bond paper:
- 24 lb bond
- 28 lb bond
- 32 lb bond
Whereas images/photographs printed on 20 lb bond will tend to bleed through the back of the paper (because of the thinness of 20 lb bond), the thicker sheets will hold their color perfectly fine.
MGX Copy has many kinds of paper types available for lots of different print jobs. Contact us today to speak with someone about your 20 lb bond print job.