Understanding paperweights
can be difficult. Trust us, we know. So we here at
Paperworks.com have designed this sheet to try and simplify the different
terms you may hear in association with paperweight. The term paperweight, and number
corresponding with each weight, refers to the thickness and sturdiness of the paper, not the actual
weight of the sheet. This is why, sometimes, the same "weight" paper may be referred to as two
different things. For instance, regular everyday copy paper is most commonly referred to as a "20 lb.
bond" but is other times referred to as a "50 lb. text weight." To eliminate as much confusion as
possible, we have chosen GSM as our conversion reference point because it is a definite
and universal measure of the paper. GSM stands for grams per square meter,
which is the actual weight of the sheet.

In order from lightest weight to heaviest!

7420lb bond/50lb textMost often found in your everyday copy machine.
9024lb bond/60lb textGenerally multipurpose paper used in the office printer. Also the most popular business letterhead or stationary weight.
10528lb bond/70lb textPerfect weight for brochures and presentations. Excellent for 2-sided printing with minimal show through.
12032lb bond/80lb textPerfect weight for brochures and presentations. Excellent for 2-sided printing with minimal show through, while being slightly heavier than the 28lb.
14567lb BristolOften considered the lightest of the cardstocks, great for self mailers with a flexible "soft feel" quick drying surface.
16590lb indexA durable cardstock with a smooth, hard surface for medium applications.
17565lb coverA sturdy stock with a superb "soft feel" fast drying surface. Great for postcards, menus and posters.
200110lb indexBoth 90 and 110lb index are the common weights for tabs, dividers and manila folders. The average weight of an index card for heavier applications.
21580lb coverA heavy cardstock, your most conventional business card weight. Available in a wide variety of textures and finishes. This sheet is printed on 80lb cover.
255140lb indexFor super heavy weight applications.
260100lb coverA noticeably heavier cardstock often used for flat cards or invitations.