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A guide to paper weight (gsm)
A guide to paper weight (gsm)

Paper weight is in gsm. It refers to the weight of the paper. Typically, the higher the gsm, the thicker the paper.

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Paper weight is referred to in gsm (grams per square meter). 

It refers to the weight of the paper. Typically, the higher the gsm, the thicker the paper.

Our stock ranges from 75 gsm to 350 gsm. 

Please note that whilst we try and maintain stocks of paper from the same suppliers, due to global supply issues this isnt always possible and so paper brands may vary on orders placed over time. This may mean that although the stock is correct they may have a slightly different feel and finish. If you are concerned about this please get in touch on livechat before placing your order

Quick Overview

75 gsm

Available for architectural drawings and CAD plans only.

80 gsm

Available for coloured paper only.

We currently stock 80gsm in five colours: deep red, blue, cream, green and yellow.

80 gsm is ideal for forms, letters and handouts.

90 gsm

Standard home/office printing paper thickness.

90 gsm is widely used as office paper. 90gsm is our lowest white paper thickness, commonly used for black and white printing.

100 gsm

Standard home/office printing paper thickness.

100 gsm is our standard white paper stock for colour printing. It is often used for letters, compliment slips, forms and surveys etc.

120 gsm

Better quality thickness.

120 gsm paper is a better quality option offering less transparency. It is good for professional documents such as reports, presentations, CVs etc.

150 gsm

Better quality thickness.

150 gsm is slightly thicker than standard home or office printing paper. It is used for presentations, reports and brochures etc.

160 gsm

Thick paper, almost card.

160 gsm bridges the gap between paper and card. It is a thicker paper option offering extra durability. Ideal stock for brochures and quality flyers.

170 gsm

Thick paper, almost card.

170 gsm silk paper is used for our large format posters (A0 to A3 size). 170gsm gloss is a popular choice for leaflets, calendars, placemats and more.

200 gsm

Thin card, ideal for document covers.

200 gsm paper is heavier stock, making it ideal for document covers or thick sheets.

250 gsm

Card, ideal for document covers.

250 gsm paper is commonly used for greetings cards, invitations and booklet/brochure covers.

300 gsm/350 gsm

Thick board stock, ideal for book covers, business cards etc.

This is our thickest available paper stock. It is perfect for business cards, loyalty cards, book marks, postcards and other print jobs requiring a thick or luxury finish.

It is also commonly used for document and brochure covers, including paperback books.

2000 micron greyboard

Thick grey board, used for hardback book and hardback wire binding covers only.

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