Weekly Quiz: Which is Heavier – 24 lb. Writing or 60 lb. Text Paper?

Weekly Quiz: Which is Heavier – 24 lb. Writing or 60 lb. Text Paper? - PaperSpecs

Answer: They’re the same weight!

Here’s why: Each U.S. paper category – Writing (Bond), Text, Cover – has a specific basic sheet size associated with it. For example, the basic sheet size for Writing papers is 17″ x 22”; for Text sheets it is 25″ x 38”. 

The actual basis weight is determined by weighing 500 sheets of a category’s basic sheet size. So 50 lb. Text means that 500 sheets of 25″ x 38” weighs 50 lbs. Since the stack used to measure Text weight paper is larger, of course its number is higher!

Ultimately both sheets weigh 89 gsm – one more reason for our metric-minded creatives to rejoice. The metric system is based on a level playing field: All papers are measured by grams per square meter of the sheet.

Need to “convert” gm/gsm. to lb., or lb. to gm/gsm? Be sure to bookmark our Conversion Tool below! 

 


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