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Printed Tablecloths

Printed tablecloths are one of the most affordable yet versatile event and exhibition stand solutions available. They can be used just about anywhere – either by themselves or as part of a larger display – and are accessible to almost every brand or business looking for a new marketing tool.

Although printed tablecloths might seem like a relatively simple item, there can often be some confusion about the difference between all-over print tablecloths and logo printed tablecloths; as well as how to properly present a tablecloth.

What Is A Printed Tablecloth?

A printed tablecloth is low-cost marketing tool that is manufactured with a specific logo or design on.

Depending on the type of tablecloth you choose, the material will differ.

Logo printed tablecloths are made from 222gsm polyester cloth fabric with a brushed cotton finish, whereas full print tablecloths are made from 215gsm 100% display polyester with a satin-sheen finish.

Gsm refers to how thick the material is.

Printed tablecloths are referred to as many different things, including:

  • Exhibition tablecloths
  • Promotional tablecloths
  • Branded tablecloths
  • Logo tablecloths
  • Dye-sublimation tablecloths
  • Bespoke tablecloths
  • Printed tablecloths
  • Stretch tablecloths
  • Fitted tablecloths
  • Spandex table covers
  • Full print tablecloths
  • All over print tablecloths

What Can Printed Tablecloths Be Used For?

Printed tablecloths are designed to advertise your business and enhance your brand exposure in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Business related events
  • Product demonstrations
  • Craft fairs
  • Pop up shops
  • Market stalls
  • Office receptions
  • Charity fundraising days
  • Networking displays
  • Community centres
  • Local events
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Leisure centres

The simple nature of printed tablecloths makes them ideal for subtly extending your brand awareness whilst acting as an effective platform to display marketing literature and product demonstrations.

They provide a professional platform for you to display product samples, marketing literature such as brochures and business cards.

What Can Printed Tablecloths Be Used For

Why Choose A Printed Tablecloth?

Exhibition tablecloths are an excellent investment for all sorts of businesses and events because they are:

  • Affordable
  • Multi-functional
  • Lightweight
  • Easy transportation
  • Bespoke sizes available
  • Vast range of colours
  • Can be machine washed
  • Seamless graphics
  • Sustainable display solution
  • Fast delivery
Why Choose A Printed Tablecloth

How To Present A Printed Tablecloth

In order to maximise the impact of a printed tablecloth it’s important to ensure it is presented correctly.

For want of a better word, ‘assembling’ a printed tablecloth is called ‘boxing’. Boxing a tablecloth requires the fabric to be folded in such a way that the edges are smooth, and the fabric is completely flat.

What Types Of Printed Tablecloth Are There?

There are two types of exhibition table cloths available:

1. Logo Printed Tablecloths

Logo printed tablecloths – also known as custom printed table cloths – are made using 222gsm polyester cloth fabric with a brushed cotton finish. They feature a vinyl logo on the front that is heat-pressed onto the fabric. Logo exhibition cloths are the most affordable tablecloths on the market.

  • Available in 5ft or 6ft
  • 18 in stock colours to choose from
  • 8 special colours to choose
  • Machine washable at 30ᵒ
  • Most cost-effective solution

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Logo Printed Tablecloths

2. Full Print Tablecloths

Full print tablecloths – also known as branded tablecloths – are fully customised exhibition cloths. The entire cloth can be printed with your branding; there are no restrictions on the design because the cloths are printed using a dye-sublimation printing technique. Full print tablecloths are made from 215gsm 100% display polyester with a satin-sheen finish and are available in bespoke sizes.

  • Bespoke sizes available
  • Dye-sublimation printing for high definition artwork
  • Can be used at almost any event or exhibition
  • Machine washable at 30°
  • Longer lasting and more durable

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Full Print Tablecloths

3. Printed Stretch Table Cover

The printed stretch table covers are designed to transform any table into a professional, tight-fitted, smooth and crease-free display.

Manufactured from a super stretch durable polyester fabric with a high percentage of Spandex / Lycra. Each stretch tablecloth features reinforced pockets that stretch down and hook over the feet of the table providing a fitted table cover.

Designed for use with our 6ft folding trestle table. The branded tablecloth stretches down to the floor at the front and sides and leaves a section at the back that allows you to sit at the table, or for easy access to under table storage.

The fitted Lycra tablecloths are manufactured in-house using a two-phase dye-sublimation printing technique. Extreme heat and pressure are used to fuse ink directly into the spandex fabric resulting in high-definition artwork that won’t crack, peel or fade over time. In addition, it means it can also be machine washed at 30° to maintain a like new look and feel.

  • For use with 6ft folding exhibition table
  • Dye-sublimation printing with edge to edge branding
  • Fitted, crease-free, smooth finish
  • Fire retardant fabric
  • Machine washable at 30°

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Printed Stretch Table Cover

How Are Printed Tablecloths Made?

How a printed tablecloth is made depends on the type you choose, but which ever cloth you opt for, all of our tablecloths are manufactured in-house.

Logo tablecloths are made with a slightly heavier fabric that has a brushed cotton finish.

A logo is printed onto a vinyl sticker which is then lined up with the centre of the cloth and transferred onto the fabric using a heat press.

Full print tablecloths are made from a lighter display polyester fabric with a satin-sheen finish.

We print branded tablecloths using a dye-sublimation printing technique where we combine extreme heat and pressure to fuse ink directly into the weave of the fabric.

The first stage of dye-sublimation involves using large format printers to print artwork onto 85gsm transfer paper using a water-based sublimation ink. The printers are profiled to Fogra 39 global standard to ensure the highest level of detail and vividness.

The artwork is first printed in reverse and the colours appear dull and flat.

The second stage involves lining up the printed transfer paper with the stretch display polyester. They are both then fed into the Monti Antonio sublimation calendar where 200ᵒ heat and the pressure from the printer rollers fuses the ink into the fabric.

The printed fabric then appears on the other side of the machine compete with full-vibrancy artwork.

The fabric is then cut to size by hand before being overlocked and hemmed for an improved drape and premium finish.

How Printed Tablecloths Are Made

Printed Tablecloth Design


As the name suggests, logo tablecloths feature a simple rendition of your brand’s logo which is scaled to suit the size of the cloth. Even If you choose a full print tablecloth, ensuring your logo is somewhere in the design is always recommended.


As always, a good way to enhance brand exposure and build on your brand identity is to tie in the key colours of your business.


Tablecloths aren’t the largest of exhibition display solutions and so we don’t recommend you use them to display any text other than your logo, company name and website address.


If you opt for a branded tablecloth, the only thing to be cautious of when it comes to images is quality. Make sure you source high definition photos that will still look crystal clear on your exhibition tablecloth.

Why Choose XL Displays For A Printed Tablecloth?

We have over 20 years of experience in the events industry and have been manufacturing exhibition stands in-house for over a decade.

We manufacture all of our printed tablecloths in-house and utilise a strict quality control process.

By manufacturing each printed tablecloth in-house, we have ultimate control over the finished product and can ensure each customer receives a 5* exhibition tablecloth every time.

Our quality control process is more rigorous than most as every tablecloth is carefully inspected before being signed off and shipped out.

Manufacturing printed tablecloths in-house allows us to reduce our production costs which, in turn, allows us to pass on the savings to our customers.

Our outstanding customer rating demonstrates the quality of our products and the 5* customer service that comes with it.

XL Displays Team