GSM & Paper. What Does it all Mean?

You see and hear it all the time when purchasing paper products or getting print work done such as flyers and business cards, but what does “gsm” mean and how does it make a difference?

GSM stands for grams per square metre and simply identifies the weight of the paper at the size of 1m x 1m. In short, the higher the gsm number the thicker the paper is going to be and, in most cases, the better the quality will be also.

Paper weight starts off around the 80 gsm range for everyday photocopier and printing paper, going through the 170 gsm range which is classified as card through to the higher 300 gsm ranges which are usually classified as board.

The table below identifies the various ranges of gsm and the more common uses for paper of that type of weight.


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