How to Use Gusseted Poly Bags

Gusseted Poly Bags

A gusset is typically an insert into a seam of a sleeve, purse, or even the upper part of a shoe to provide expansion or reinforcement. The term gusseted poly bags refers to plastic bags that have a side or a bottom that enable individuals or a company to package thicker, bulkier, or overall larger items. The bags themselves have extra material on the sides, bottom, or both that expand to create enough room needed for the specific product.


If your product is bulky or has an irregular shape, the side gusseted plastic bags will expand when the product is inserted. Traditional, non-gusseted bags do not provide enough slack for the items that are being packaged. If you’re packaging boxes, large items, or odd shaped products a gusseted poly bag will provide you with the best solution for packaging. These style bags also come in handy when packaging multiple loose items, such as candies or hardware equipment such as nails, screws, washers, etc.

Most Common Uses

You’ve probably seen several types of gusseted poly bags without realizing they are in their own category. In fact, if you’ve ever been to the grocery store you’ve probably brought one home with you. Grocery stores use these at their registers as they are easily packaged and just as easily used when packing groceries. As before mentioned, candy stores use these to package hard candies easily and have them on display. Bakeries will use these to package different styles of bread, heavy duty ice bags, box liners, and even trash bags fall under the classification of gusseted poly bags.

Styles Available

As these bags have several different uses they come in several different styles. They can come in small, medium, and large sizes, as well as be customized to a certain size to fit your specific product. If you need an easily distributed style, you can purchase them on a roll similar to the style of bag you use for produce at the grocery store. Some bags are also available that have the capability to be heat sealed to seal in freshness for your product, or they can utilize a twist tie to close as you would a loaf of bread.


If you’re looking to make a statement with your bag, or you just need a bag that is not offered in a standard size, shape, or color – customization is available upon request. You can have your custom logo printed on your bag, change the color of your bag, or even have a combination of both. If you’re looking for side gussets or bottom gussets, we’ll be able to help you find what you’re looking for. Let us help you find the perfect solution for all your packaging needs with our gusseted poly bags.