The Ultimate Custom Table Cover Buying Guide | Lush Banners The Ultimate Custom Table Cover Buying Guide | Lush Banners | Lush Banners

Written By: Andrea Gibbs | Creative Growth Manager + Senior Display Consultant
Fact Checked By: Collin Jones | Senior Display Consultant + Graphic Designer


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Introduction

Custom table covers are important for businesses looking to make a big impact at trade shows, exhibitions, and events. They improve how your display looks and help people notice your brand more.

A custom table cover can help you stand out, attract customers, and share your brand's message effectively. This guide will help you understand how to buy custom table covers, including the types, materials, printing techniques, and care instructions.



Types of Custom Table Covers

When it comes to custom table covers, there are several types to choose from, each offering unique advantages.

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Standard Table Covers

Loose table covers drape over the table, offering a more traditional and versatile look. They are easy to set up and can be used in various settings, making them a popular choice for many businesses.

Fitted Table Covers

Fitted table covers fit snugly over your table, giving it a tailored and professional look. These covers are perfect for formal events and presentations where a polished appearance is essential.

Stretch Table Covers

Stretch table covers, made from elastic materials, offer a modern and sleek look. They tightly wrap around the table, eliminating wrinkles and providing a smooth finish. These covers are ideal for dynamic and contemporary displays.

Convertible Table Covers

Convertible table covers are designed to fit multiple table sizes. They are adjustable and can be used for different events, making them a cost-effective and flexible option.

Backlit Fitted Table Covers

Fitted table covers fit snugly over your table, giving it a tailored and professional look. These covers are perfect for formal events and presentations where a polished appearance is essential.

Custom Size, Full Color Table Covers

Custom size full color table covers offer flexibility in dimensions while allowing for vibrant, full-color printing. These covers are perfect for tables with unique measurements, ensuring a precise fit and a professional look. The full-color print enhances your branding with vivid and detailed designs.

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Retractable Banner Stands

Custom Stretch Round Table Covers

Custom stretch round table covers are designed to fit round tables snugly, providing a sleek and modern appearance. The stretch fabric ensures a smooth, wrinkle-free finish, ideal for contemporary event settings. These covers can be customized with logos and graphics for enhanced brand visibility.

Custom Printed Round Table Covers (Fitted)

Fitted table covers fit snugly over your table, giving it a tailored and professional look. These covers are perfect for formal events and presentations where a polished appearance is essential.

Custom Printed Round Table Covers (Standard)

Stretch table covers, made from elastic materials, offer a modern and sleek look. They tightly wrap around the table, eliminating wrinkles and providing a smooth finish. These covers are ideal for dynamic and contemporary displays.

Custom Stretch Table Top Cover

Custom stretch table top covers are designed to fit over the top of tables, offering a sleek and modern finish. The stretch fabric provides a tight fit, minimizing wrinkles and enhancing the overall appearance. These covers are ideal for creating a polished look at any event.

Custom Table Runner

Custom table runners add a touch of elegance and branding to your table setup. They can be used alone or over existing table covers to highlight your logo or design. Custom table runners are versatile and can be used in various settings, from trade shows to corporate events. Add on a 6 (+$49) or 8ft (+$59) solid color, standard full-back table throw to tie the look together. Table covers available in white, black, yellow, red, green or blue.

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Retractable Banner Stands

Full-Back Table Covers

Full-back table covers provide complete coverage on all sides of the table. This style offers a clean and professional look from every angle, making it ideal for events where the table will be visible from all sides. Full-back covers are great for storage as they hide items stored under the table. Available for standard, fitted and stretch table covers.

Open-Back Table Covers

Open-back table covers provide coverage on the front and sides of the table, but leave the back open. This style is perfect for events where quick access to items stored under the table is necessary. It also allows for seating behind the table, making it ideal for booths where representatives will be sitting. Available for standard, fitted and stretch table covers.



Material Options


Polyester

Polyester is a durable and easy-to-clean material, making it a popular choice for custom table covers. It offers good wrinkle resistance and maintains its appearance even after multiple uses.


Spandex

Spandex table covers provide a tight, wrinkle-free fit. The stretchy material is perfect for creating a sleek and modern look.

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Printing Techniques

The print quality of your custom table cover can significantly impact its overall appearance and effectiveness.

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Dye-Sublimation Printing

Dye-sublimation printing involves turning ink into gas and infusing it into the fabric. This technique results in vibrant, long-lasting colors that won't fade or wash out easily.

Screen Printing

Screen printing uses a stencil to apply ink onto the fabric. It’s a cost-effective method, especially for large orders, but may not be suitable for highly detailed designs.

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Heat Transfer Printing

Heat transfer printing involves transferring designs onto the fabric using heat. It’s great for complex designs and small quantities but may not be as durable as dye-sublimation printing.



Size and Fit

Ensuring your custom table cover fits perfectly is crucial for achieving a professional look.

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Standard Sizes

Custom table covers typically come in standard sizes to fit 4ft, 6ft, and 8ft tables, common at trade shows and events. Knowing the standard dimensions can help streamline your ordering process.

Custom Sizes

For non-standard sizes, opting for custom-sized covers ensures a perfect fit. Custom sizing can accommodate any table dimensions, providing a tailored look.

Measuring Your Table

Accurate measurements are essential when ordering custom table covers. Measure the length, width, and height of your table to ensure the cover fits properly. Double-check your measurements to avoid any mistakes. Please allow 1-2"



Design Considerations

A well-designed table cover can significantly enhance your brand's visibility and appeal.

Branding and Logos

Incorporating your brand's logo on your table cover is essential for brand visibility. Ensure the logo is clear, well-sized, and positioned prominently to attract attention.

Color Schemes

Choose color schemes that align with your brand identity and event theme. High-contrast colors can make your table cover more eye-catching and readable from a distance.

Graphics and Text

Keep graphics and text simple yet impactful. Use readable fonts and ensure that any text is large enough to be easily seen. Avoid cluttering the design to maintain a professional appearance.

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Features to Look for

When selecting custom table covers, consider these essential features to ensure durability and functionality.

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Durability

Invest in high-quality materials that will withstand multiple uses and maintain their appearance over time. Durable table covers are a long-term investment that can save money in the long run.

Wrinkle Resistance

Wrinkle-resistant materials help maintain a professional look without the need for constant ironing or steaming. This feature is particularly important for busy events where setup time is limited.

Flame Retardant Properties

For safety compliance, especially at trade shows and public events, choose table covers with flame-retardant properties. Check for certifications to ensure they meet safety standards.

Waterproof and Stain-resistant

Waterproof and stain-resistant table covers are easier to clean and maintain, making them ideal for events where spills are likely. These features help keep your table cover looking fresh and new.



How to Order Custom Table Covers

Ordering custom table covers involves several key steps to ensure you get the perfect product.

Choosing a Supplier

Most suppliers will have guidelines for uploading your design. Ensure your design files are high-resolution and meet the supplier’s specifications to avoid any issues with the final product.

Proofing and Approval

Before production begins, you will typically receive a proof of your design. Review this proof carefully and request any necessary changes. Approving the proof ensures that the final product meets your expectations.

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Pricing Factors

Understanding the factors that affect the price of custom table covers can help you make a cost-effective choice.

Material Costs

The type of material you choose significantly impacts the price. High-quality, durable fabrics will cost more but offer better longevity and appearance.

Printing Costs

Different printing techniques come with varying costs. Dye-sublimation may be more expensive than screen printing, but it offers superior quality and durability.

Quantity Discounts

Ordering in bulk often results in quantity discounts, reducing the per-unit cost. If you need multiple table covers, consider placing a larger order to save money.



Care and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance can extend the life of your custom table covers.

Cleaning Instructions

Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions to maintain the appearance and quality of your table cover. Common methods include machine washing on a gentle cycle and spot cleaning for minor stains.

Storage Tips

Store your table covers in a cool, dry place to prevent mold and mildew. Use protective covers or bags to keep them clean and wrinkle-free.

Repair and Replacement

Address minor repairs promptly to avoid further damage. If your table cover becomes excessively worn or damaged, consider replacing it to maintain a professional appearance.



Benefits of Custom Table Covers

Investing in custom table covers offers numerous benefits for your business.

Professional Appearance

A custom table cover creates a polished, professional look that can attract more visitors to your booth and enhance your brand’s credibility.

Brand Visibility

Custom table covers with your logo and branding increase your brand’s visibility, helping you stand out in crowded events and making a lasting impression on attendees.

Versatility and Reusability

High-quality custom table covers are versatile and reusable, making them a cost-effective solution for multiple events. They can be used in various settings, from trade shows to corporate meetings.



Common Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid these common mistakes to ensure you get the best results from your custom table covers.

Incorrect Measurements

Always double-check your table measurements before placing an order. Incorrect measurements can lead to ill-fitting covers that detract from your professional appearance.

Poor Quality Designs

Use high-resolution graphics and ensure your design is clear and readable. Poor-quality designs can make your table cover look unprofessional and fail to attract attention.

Ignoring Material Specifications

Choose materials that suit your needs and event conditions. Ignoring material specifications can result in a table cover that doesn’t meet your requirements or expectations.



Conclusion

Custom table covers are an invaluable tool for enhancing your brand’s visibility and creating a professional presentation at events. By understanding the different types, materials, and printing techniques, and by carefully considering your design and supplier, you can ensure that your custom table cover meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

Remember to follow proper care and maintenance to keep your table cover looking its best for years to come. Whether you’re preparing for a trade show, exhibition, or corporate event, investing in a high-quality custom table cover is a decision that will pay off in the long run.






Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to receive a custom table cover?

A: Production and shipping times can vary depending on the supplier and order size. Generally, it takes about 2-3 weeks from order placement to delivery.


Can I order just one table cover?

A: Yes, Lush Banners offers the option to order a single table cover, with no minimum order quantity (MOQ) for table covers.


What is the best way to clean my table cover?

A: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, machine washing on a gentle cycle or spot cleaning with mild detergent is recommended.