The advent of dye sublimation allows us to take a roll of fabric which starts out white and gets printed digitally and with full-color using any design that the client submits to us. We use full-scale artwork templates that will show you or your graphic designer the position of what goes on the front the tops for the sides so that you can lineup logos properly. This is a big improvement over other technologies and while dye sublimation has been around for a while it used to be much more expensive. There were only certain suppliers that carried the type of fabric necessary to make table covers for dye sublimation. Now there are a plethora of options for different types of table covers.
Different Types of Table Covers
The drape style table cover is what we typically think of when we talk about a corporate table cover for events. These are by far the most common and least expensive. This style is just a large printed fabric blank that can be fully printed and that drapes over any standard size table. The style of it just hangs and gives it the name “drape” since it simply just drapes down to the floor.
The fitted style Printed Table Cover is different in that there is a little bit more finishing involved with the sides. Everything gets printed out at once, but then the fabric gets cut on the top, sides, front and back and then they could stitch back together so that they make perfect angles. So once this style table cover is positioned on a table, it looks more rectangular and thus “fitted”.
Stretch printed table covers are really gaining in popularity and for good reason. These are similar to the fitted Printed Table Cover’s but they are actually printed on a different style of fabric. Whereas the drape style and fitted style table covers use a poly knit blend, the stretch style printed table covers use what is called a multi-Stretch Fabric. This is a type of fabric that can stretch in 2 directions. This ability gives this style of Printed Table Cover a more spandex style look which has become very popular. Up until now this style table cover was actually pretty expensive and has certainly come down a lot and cost as the technology has improved and quantities have stepped up.
Open-back versus Closed-back
The other consideration that you will want to make is whether or not you want a table cover that is open or a back that is “closed”, meaning that the fabric actually goes down to the floor on the back. Open back is great if you are sitting behind the table like a book signing or want to place products like catalogs or promotional products underneath the table where you have easy access. Closed back is great if you don’t need access under the table for the table is in the booth where people are walking around all sides and you don’t want people to see into the back of the table.
As you can see there are many options available. This is great news for companies that are looking to add their logo to a table cover for really any type of event. No longer are we limited to just one or two colors. It makes me wonder what kind of technology we will come up with next!