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Printed Tablecloths

Our custom printed tablecloths provide the perfect way of advertising your brand at a wide variety of locations including exhibition stands, trade fairs, conferences, craft shows, schools and universities. Printed tablecloths are cost effective and reusable so you can create a professional appearance for your business without breaking the bank.

Printdesigns are a specialist producer of large format digitally printed textiles and we offer the highest quality printing without any costly artwork set up fees or prohibitive minimum order quantities. We are happy to cater to the needs of all customers regardless of their size and we offer a friendly, personal level of service.

Branded tablecloths are printed onto a soft touch polyester fabric that drapes neatly around the sides of your table. The fabric we print onto is extremely durable being colourfast and machine washable at temperatures of up to 40 degrees C. It is also fire rated DIN4102 Class B1, conforming to the stringent safety requirements enforced in many public spaces.

We have curated a range of different printed tablecloths available for convenient purchase at our website. Our most popular products include rectangular shaped printed tablecloths to fit common trestle tables between 6' and 8' in width as well as round round printed tablecloths that can be used for coffee and bar style tables.

Due to the fact we print from continuous reels of fabric, we have the capability to produce almost any type and style of table covering imaginable and we are happy to produce custom made tablecloths manufactured to customers individual requirements. These can include fitted printed table covers, stretch table covers or conventional printed tablecloths made to specific sizes.

One of the biggest differentiators between our printed tablecloths and the type sold by many suppliers relates to the printing process used. We exclusively print all of our textiles with a full colour, dye sublimation process which means that we can print any colour in the CMYK spectrum whilst offering an 'all over' print rather than printing to only a small section of the fabric. Our tablecloths are not produced with heat applied vinyl and the ink is instead dyed into the material offering a completely uniform finish.

For those customers on a tight budget, we can supply plain tablecloths in a choice of some standard covers and these plain tablecloths can be provided with an additional printed table runner often at a lower price when compared to purchasing a larger printed tablecloth. We also offer some bundle deals allowing our customers to purchase printed tablecloths in combination with other popular products at a discounted price.

Should you have any questions about our products or for helpful, obligation-free advice, please just reach out to our team on 01785 818111 and we will be happy to assist you.

Printed Tablecloths Frequent Asked Questions

What content can be printed onto a tablecloth?

We can print any content made from CMYK color at any position over the entire surface of the fabric of the tablecloth. Many customers tend to design artwork in a conventional way whereby critical viewable artwork content such as a logo or important wording is featured on the front 'drop' of the tablecloth but there is nothing preventing you from spreading your design all over the fabric if you wish.

Why not consider printing your tablecloth with a 'step and repeat' logo pattern all over the fabric or even a patterned or photographic background? The amount of colour you use in your artwork makes no difference to the cost so feel free to be as creative as you like!


What type of fabric is used for personalised tablecloths?

We use a 100% polyester fabric material that has a soft touch feel and the finish has a very slight lustre. Being a soft touch fabric, there is no stiffness or crispiness to our material which means that it drapes and hangs nicely. Although our fabric is relatively soft to begin with, we find that the more it is used, handled and washed; the more pliable and soft it becomes.


What process of printing do you use to produce your tablecloths?

The process of printing we use is called dye sublimation printing.

We start off by printing the artwork onto paper (in mirror image). After the image is printed onto the paper, it is passed through heated rollers with the fabric material sandwiced next to it.

As the paper and fabric pass around the heated rollers at around 200 degrees C, the ink that is printed onto the paper turns into gas and this dyes the image into the yarn of the fabric.

The printed image that is transferred to the fabric is waterfast, UV stable and highly durable. With our printing process, the fabic has the same 'feel' and texture all-over unlike tablecloths produced by ironing on a transfer!


Are printed tablecloths fire rated?

Yes, the fabric we use carries a DIN 4102 Class B1 rating. This complies with the requirements that are commonly required for use in public spaces within the UK and Europe. You can donwload a material specification sheet from the various product pages for printed tablecloths on our website.


Can you match Pantone colours?

Pantone colours (sometimes knows as spot colours) are pre-mixed coloured inks that are commonly used by lithographic or screen printing companies. Buying a pantone ink is rather like buying a ready mixed tin of paint off the shelf.

The process of printing we use is digital (CMYK printing). With our process of printing, cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks are combined in different ratios to create the final colour.

Many Pantone spot colours can be matched very closely by mixing together CMYK inks together but some Pantone colour contain special pigments that make them hard to reproduce. An example could be a metallic Pantone colour or perhaps a Pantone colour that is almost fluorescent in appearance.

So, some Pantone colours can be reproduced/matched quite closely but others cannot. If you have a particular Pantone colour that you want to print then the best thing is to get in touch. We can check our Pantone swatch book and advise if we can replicate the colour using our process of full colour printing.


What type of tablecloths can we produce?

There are lots of different types of covers that we can manufacture and these include:

Conventional printed tablecloths - to fit onto rectangular or square tables whereby the sides drape to the floor.

Fitted tablecloths - this type of tablecloth consists of a top section of material and four side panels that are sewn together to make a box type cover that drops over the table. As the fabric is made to measure, there is no pleating on the sides which hang flat to the floor.

Circular printed tablecloths - these are cut to a round shape and can be made at almost any diameter up to 3100mm. As you would expect, this shape of tablecloth is designed to be used with a table with a round top. 

Stretch printed tablecloth - rather like a fitted tablecloth, this type of table covering is made from a top section and 4 side sections. The difference is that the fabric used is highly elastic. Rather than draping at the sides, the fabric is cut to a small size and is designed to pull and fit underneath the legs at the corners of the table. This is achieved by sewing small pockets at the bottom, inside corners of the tablecloth. Since stretch tablecloths have to be made to quite close tolerances to get the fit just right for the type of table they are to be used with, we tend to supply this type of printed tablecloth in conjuntion with the table itself (although we can also supply the tablecloths separately too).

Printed Table Runners - These are normally smaller, rectangular pieces of printed fabric. They can be hung on top of a conventional plain tablecloth to great visual effect. If you don't want to invest the money in a complete printed tablecloth, you can utilise a printed table runner with a plain cloth and still achieve a nice, personalised look to your display.


Can I use my printed tablecloth outdoors?

Yes, but if you use your tablecloth outdoors and it gets wet, we recommend washing it when you get home in order to remove any contaminants that might have fallen onto the fabric with the rain.

Printed tablecloths are not designed to be used outdoors for extended periods of time whereby exposure to strong UV light and the elements would cause them to deteriorate but short term use for an event for example should not cause any problems.


Can I wash my printed tablecloth?

Yes, you can wash our printed tablecloths in any conventional washing machine using standard detergent. We recommend washing at temperatures of up to 40 degrees only and you should not wash your tablecloth at the same time as other items.

Printed tablecloths should not be tumble dried. Instead, hang it to dry over a radiator, washing line of clothes airer and you will find that the fabric should dry quite quickly.


Can I iron or steam my printed tablecloth?

If you have stored your printed tablcloth folded for some time, the material can become creased. From experience, such creases tend to 'drop out' over time naturally but you may wish to remove them quickly for an event.

You can iron our tablecloths using any conventional iron at the appropriate heat setting for polyester fabric or a lot of our customers use a portable hand steamer to run over the fabric and remove creases.


How do I set up my artwork for a printed tablecloth?

You can find downloadable artwork templates for most standard tablecloths under the 'downloads' tab on the relevent product pages of our website. Our templates are normally available in PDF format so you can open them in most common graphic design packages.

Artwork templates will show things like the recommended viewable area (the front of the table) which will help you to position your artwork content appropriately. When you have completed your artwork, just remove any guidelines from the file before saving it.

Not everyone has the ability or software to put together 'print ready' artwork themselves or perhaps you just need some support and help. That's no problem because our team can give you free help and support over the phone, by email or online chat if you need it. We can also quote to handle the design fully for you if you wish.


Do we check artwork and send a proof of the artwork prior to printing?

Yes we do. After we receive your artwork, one of our team will check that the file you have provided is the correct size and scale for the type of tablecloth you have ordered. We will run the file through software that will convert the colour to CMYK so it is correct for our process of prining, then we will send a proof via email so you can check it.

If we spot anything on your artwork that we think is a cause for concern, we will let you know but please note that we don't make checks to spelling or grammar and we don't make specific checks for artwork quality. 

In short, if we spot something that we think is an issue, we will let you know but if you are providing your own artwork for us to print from you should make appopriate checks to the artwork for spelling, grammar, quality and positioning before you send it to us. 

We are happy to advise though so if you want to run something by us or get a second opinion on something, just get in touch!


Are our printed tablecloths eco friendly?

The material we use for the production os our printed tablecloths is made from 100% polyester which means it can be commonly recycled with other textiles. 

The ink that we use for printing is water based and it does not contain any solvents (VOC's) that are considered to be environmentally harmfull.

The thread that we use for sewing is polyester based rather than cotton so the tablecloth is made only from one material. Polyester thread is also stronger.

Our tablecloths can be used for many years again and again because they are durable. They are a far more environmentally friendly proposition than throw-away/disposable products that need to be replaced.

When you want to dispose of your tablecloth you should be able to recycle it at most household recyling centres or should you wish to, you can send it to us and we will recycle it responsibly for you along with our other textile waste products.


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How to supply and transfer your artwork

Once you have placed an order for a printed product, we will need you to provide us with your artwork so we can start the production. It's important that any artwork you provide is compatible for the product(s) that you have ordered. You can find instructions in the form of downloadable artwork templates on the relevant product pages of our website.

If you can't provide artwork at the correct size or format then please get in touch. We offer a full in-house design service for all products and we can provide an individual quote based on your needs and requirements. Just email us with your requirements by contacting our team directly at [email protected] or feel free to use our online chat facility for a quick consultation.

You can provide your artwork to us in one of several ways

  • Go to your account, select your order and then upload the file(s) for us to print from
  • Send your artwork as an email attachment to [email protected] (please reference your order ID). There is a max file attachment size of 20MB.
  • Send a link via email for us to download your artwork from (we recommend Please reference your order ID and send download links to [email protected]


What happens after I have sent my artwork?

Once we receive your artwork file(s), one of our team will manually check to ensure that the size and proportions are correct for the product(s) that you have ordered. Once this is done, we will send you a proof via email.

If we discover an issue with your artwork, we will let you know so you can fix the issue and re-supply the file(s).

We make basic checks to artwork to confirm the sizing and proportions are ok but we can't make detailed checks for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and resolutions/quality of images that are used within a piece of supplied artwork. That being said, if you have any partcular concerns about your artwork and need an opinion on something in particular, please just get on touch and we will be happy to help.

Is a signature required on delivery of my order?

We use a range of courier companies to deliver our exhibition stands and other products. Most couriers will require a signature on the delivery of your order to confirm the date and time of the delivery (and that the goods are received in good condition).

Normally we will email the tracking information for your order on the evening of the day of dispatch so that you can know to expect the delivery. If you want to check the progress of the delivery then you can enter the tracking information online for an update or call the telephone number provided.

If no-one is available to sign for your delivery then the courier will normally leave a card to say that a delivery was attempted and would then take the parcel away. The delivery is normally re-attempted the next working day.

Depending on the courier, the delivery could be re-attempted two or three times before the parcel would eventually be returned to us. If the courier attempts delivery on multiple occasions with no success resulting in the parcel being returned then we can re-dispatch the parcel again for you but would bill the carriage cost again.

Sometimes we are asked if the courier can telephone in advance of the delivery being made. Unfortunately this is not possible because the couriers are not generally provided with mobile telephones. All instructions tend to be relayed to the courier by the depot via a hand held computer terminal that the driver carries.

If you need to receive a delivery on a particular day but are not going to be around to sign for the parcel then the best advice we can give is to write a note explaining that you are expecting a delivery but are not around to receive it. You can request the courier leaves the parcel with no signature or with a neighbor. We would advise that you write the consignment note of the parcel on the letter and sign it.

Ultimately it is down to the drivers discretion whether to leave the parcel and so we cannot accept responsibility for late deliveries if there is no one available to accept the order when the delivery is made.

How long will my order take to produce?

If you place an order via our website, you can select from one of a number of delivery options (economy, standard and express). The estimated delivery date for arrival of your order will be shown next to each option and the associated cost. Please note that delivery dates are based on the estimated transit time for the goods and we cannot offer refunds for bespoke printed products if they arrive later than expected due to a courier delay outside of our control. If you have a 'no fail' delivery date, please get in touch to discuss your requirements prior to ordering. We can usually arrange for special delivery services like a dedicated van (at an additional cost) if you would rather not rely on a conventional courier delivery.

Can you colour match to Pantone references?

The Pantone colour scale is an industry standard series of reference colours for use in the printing industry.

Pantone or spot colours are normally used by lithographic or screen printers when printing items with a limited number of colours (for example a letterhead, or stationary). Pantone ink is purchased by the printer who then creates a screen or plate specifically for that colour ink.

We use a CMYK (full colour) process of printing rather than a spot colour method. With a CMYK print process, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are mixed by layering ink on top of each other to create a full-colour image. Sometimes other colours like light cyan and light magenta are also used to improve print quality.

We cannot guarantee to match all Pantone colours because some Pantone’s contain pigments that push the colour outside of the spectrum of colours available with CMYK inks.

An example would be Pantone 021 orange which is a very bright, almost neon colour. It is impossible to get a close match to this colour with CMYK printing because the colour is too bright.

There are many other colours in the Pantone spectrum that are relatively easy to match but also some that are impossible to closely match. Pantone sell a solid to process guide book which is useful because the Pantone colour is shows next to the nearest CMYK colour as two separate colour chips. If you can access a Pantone solid to process guide book then you can see at a glance how closely your pantone colour can be matched with a CMYK printing process.

All artwork supplied should be set as CMYK colour mode, not Pantone spot colour. If you do not have a Pantone solid to process guide book and need some advice as to the best CMYK colour value to use in the artwork, please call and we can help.

If you have very precise colour matching requirements for your artwork then we recommend purchasing a reduced-scale hard copy proof prior to printing the finished article. The cost is £20 and includes delivery of the proof to a mainland UK address.

What resolution does my artwork need to be?

As a rule of thumb, we recommend that artwork resolution should be 150dpi or greater at full scale for a large format print (anything A2 or larger).

If you are designing your artwork at a reduced scale (say half or quarter size) then the resolution of the artwork needs to be increased proportionally so that when the file is blown-up for printing, the quality is high enough to allow for it.

So, if setting your artwork at half size then double the resolution to 300dpi or if setting the artwork at quarter size then quadruple the resolution to 600dpi!

When printing images at very large sizes, it is not uncommon that the original file be unavailable at a large enough size to provide 150dpi output and this does not mean that you cannot use the image! In fact much smaller images can sometimes be OK for print.

Bear in mind factors that determine if the image is acceptable:-

  1. The viewing distance of the image (how closely it will be examined)
  2. The content of the image itself (does it contain lots of intricate detail or is it a more abstract image).

Most displays have a viewing distance of at least a couple of Metres and so a large background image need not contain pin-sharp detail. If the image is abstract or does not contain precise detail then you can ‘get away’ with using a smaller image.

If your image is small then you can up-sample it in an application like Photoshop which increases the image size by splitting the pixels (interpolating) into more pixels. A byproduct of this process is the image can become ‘softer’ and it is therefore a good idea to zoom-in on the picture at approximately finished size on screen and then stand back from the display to gain an impression of what the printed result would be like.

If you have concerns about image quality then let us know about it when you submit your artwork and one of our team can take a look for you.

What types of artwork files can you accept?

We support most ‘industry-standard’ artwork file types. Examples of supported formats include:-

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Quark XPress

We also accept generic artwork formats including:-

  • JPG
  • TIFF
  • EPS
  • PDF
  • BMP
  • PNG

When supplying artwork from the original design package (for example an Adobe Indesign file), it is important to send over all linked images and fonts as well as the Adobe Indesign document itself.

If you are exporting artwork from a design package into a generic format such as PDF then there is generally no need to supply artwork components such as images and fonts separately unless you need us to re-open and edit the file for you.

Most people would typically supply us with the exported generic file rather than the original artwork file and links.

Available Payment Methods

We accept most common credit cards including Mastercard, Visa and American Express via the payment gateway on our website. We also can accept payments via PayPal.

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