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Stack books are the most common sample book used in the residential and hospitality markets. Stack books consist of individual swatches stacked on top of each other and permanently bound into a casemade cover.

Swatches are most often pinked, but they can be straight edge cut depending on the materials. Some fabrics require serging to limit fraying. Swatches are usually identified by a printed identification strip which runs along the bottom edge of the swatch back, or by a printed die-cut paper frame which covers all four edges of the swatch.

Swatches can be stacked in one simple stack with all swatches having the same height and width, or they can be assembled in a vignette format. This allows large scale patterns to be viewed at the same time as their smaller scaled or solid color coordinates.

Stack books can be produced in many different sizes, dependent mostly on the material being shown. The most versatile size shows a feature swatch of approx. 10” wide x 8½” high in combination with various half width and partial height swatches.

Sample Cards

A Sample Card consists of a printed card stock with material swatches on one or both sides. These cards are the most economical way of presenting material samples and work very well in a materials catalog.

Panel Boards

A Panel Board or Presentation Board is essentially a large swatch card, usually constructed as a case made board with a swatched inside liner.

Swatches are usually straight edge surface mounted, but can also be pinked or waterfalled. Since presentation boards are usually made in rather small quantities, sandwiching is rarely used.

Presentation boards are often used by salespeople during the introduction of a new material to the market. As a result, these boards are generally sized to fit in a salesman’s portfolio with a closed size of around 12½” x 17” and an open size (two panels) of approximately 25” x 17”.

Fabric Binders/Custom Binders

Specialized Fabric Binders or Books are highly customized ways to present material samples. Sometimes the product is unique enough to warrant a little extra-special merchandising to get the attention it deserves.

Special case constructions, such as textile covering, tip-in labels, or sandwiched printed windows could be just the extra something you are looking for. Sometimes it may be a special handle, hot stamp foil decoration or decorative corners to give the book its own special look.

You can combine stack books with waterfall pages, swatch cards, or even digital swatches. You may require special engineering to show a specific repeat in your fabric swatch without incurring huge material waste.

Hanging Samples/Waterfall Samples

Individual hanging samples are the most common form of sampling in the retail environment.

Individual hanging samples are bound into a hanger style cap and are usually identified with tickets, or ID cards. The tickets can be applied to virtually any surface material, allowing for a consistent and contiguous graphic style.

Individual hanging samples can be printed with multiple colors and can also include schematics and halftone imagery. This allows for the entire pattern repeat to be shown without the material costs of showing the entire repeat.

Depending on the material, edges can be straight, pinked, framed, or serged.

Presentation hangers are ideal selling tools when you want to present a coordinated set of materials in a retail environment. They are bound into a hanger style cap and are usually identified with identification strips or individual labels.

Presentation hangers can have straight, pinked, framed, and serged edges depending on the material being sampled.


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