understanding paper weights

Started Apr 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
Craig Gillette Veteran Member • Posts: 9,761
Re: understanding paper weights

From what I recall from working in office supplies years ago, the "weight" that was based on was the weight of 500 sheets at 17 in. x 22 in. The problem is that paper weight doesn't exactly correlate to thickness. There are differences in texture, coatings, etc. Some papers are harder or softer than others and that will impact how they feed/bend. Typical typing papers were 16-20 lb. "Xerographic" type papers are usually 20 lb. Card stock might run up to 100 lb.

"Office" or stationery papers and office printers are kind of a different ball game from art papers and printing, including "photo" printing so while "weight" may be used in the paper industries, it might not be as useful as a true thickness measurement might be.

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