What Are the Uses of Bond Paper?

by Ann Deiterich - Updated September 26, 2017
Bond paper is widely used.

We use paper nearly every day and many times refer to paper as “bond.” However, bond paper is a very specific type and has many uses.

Definition

Bond is a type of paper typically used for writing, photocopying and printing. It is the most common type of paper available. Standard U.S. sizes are 8.5 x 11 inches (letter), 8.5 x 14 inches (legal) and 11 x 17 inches (tabloid).

Quality

Some bond papers are made with cotton fibers in addition to wood pulp. The percentage of cotton, or “rag” as it is sometimes called, can range from 20 to 100 percent. Bond paper with rag content is the highest quality and is also the most expensive.

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Uses

Bond paper, especially that made with rag content, is used for letterhead, envelopes and stationery. Fliers, letters, note pads and brochures are usually made from less expensive bond paper with no rag content. Regular bond paper is the paper of choice for use in copiers and printers.

Colors

There is a wide range of colors available for regular bond paper. Bond paper with rag content is typically only available in white, ivory, cream and sometimes gray shades.

Weights

Bond weights range from 13 to 40 lbs. The most typical weights are 20 and 24 lb. with 13 and 40 lb. being hard to find. Many copiers and printers cannot image the lightest or heaviest weights of bond paper. The standard weight for most office machines is 20 lb.

About the Author

Ann Deiterich has been a writer since 1984 in business-to-business communications, specializing in TQM, business/financial topics, office management and production efficiency. As an environmental proponent, nature and science are her areas of interest. Deiterich holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Albright college and has three expert rating certifications including Grammar, Words/Phrases and Advertising Skills.

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