How Do I Order a Vinyl Banner?
Option 1: Design Online Now (Online Banners)
Option 2: Upload Design Now (Custom Banners)
Option 3: We'll Design Your Banners (Text Banners with Optional Image/Logo)
It can sometimes feel like a lot to take on when you see the list of things you need to consider when designing a banner. But in all honesty, once you grasp the different factors and apply them to your needs, you reap the benefits of the time you spent in more ways than you could imagine.
Having been in the banners’ market for more than 30 years, the 1 Day Banner team thought it was about time to share some tips on designing your banner! We’ve long been catering to the needs of diverse customers and have basically seen it all, so here’s your vinyl banner buyer’s guide and FAQ to get you started on the right foot.
With 1 Day Banner, designing your vinyl banner comes in three types: 1) Online designs through our website, enabling you to custom make your design on the spot, 2) Upload your own ready-to-print design. We accept software-made designs using Adobe Illustrator and similar software, but check the 'Artwork Specifications' section on the Custom Banner product page for the current file types we accept and 3) We'll design for you. You specific the text/image and we'll create a simple design for you.
Our online designs are available for banner sizes up to 10 feet high x 30 feet long, and they’re made of premium 13-ounce vinyl banner material. Since they’re waterproof and UV protected, you can use the banners both indoors and outdoors for up to 3 years. And the cherry on top is that they get shipped in one day in high-quality!
We made sure to focus on keeping the designer easy-to-use and incredibly user-friendly so that you don’t have to worry about using sophisticated software – you simply add your text and can also choose from thousands of clip art to add as well as upload an image or logo of your own. You also get to choose between single-sided and double-sided banners.
While you’ll find a lot of platforms offering you the option to upload your designs, we go the extra mile of offering you a design evaluation. If you’d like to know whether your design is printable, its cost, and the available shipping methods or costs, that’s an option! Send us your single-sided and double-sided banners, posters, and magnetic signs for an evaluation.
Referred to as custom banners, uploaded designs are 100% designed by you, and we print them up to 10 feet high and 30 feet long. Just make sure to meet the artwork specifications before uploading them.
Ultimately, the difference between uploading your own design and creating it online is that custom banners have a sense of "individuality" to them – they're not monotonous but rather unique and creative, which is why customers are more likely to stop to read them.
Single or Double-Sided
As their names imply, single-sided banners are those with printing on one side, while double-sided banners are those with the image on both sides. Naturally, the choice between both depends on your needs.
If you’re hanging a banner on a wall or corner, you don’t need anyone to see the back, so single-sided banners would work in this case.
Double-sided banners are the best option when you're advertising in outdoor areas, open spaces, art expositions, and similar locations. It's also worth mentioning that the printing doesn't necessarily have to be the same on both sides; you could also have different prints on each side if you need to post a lot of information.
It goes without saying that double-sided banners provide much better visibility and reach, especially since they’re readable whether you’re coming from the back, front, or any angle.
Choosing your banner size is one of the most important aspects of the process. With 1 Day Banner, you can choose from over 200 vinyl banner sizes, ranging from 2' x 4' up to 10' x 30'. While there are no constraints or standards on which sizes to choose, we can give you the most common sizes as a benchmark. Below are some common sizes:
- 2’ x 4’ (or 24” by 48”)
- 3’ x 6’ (or 36” by 72”)
- 4’ x 8’ (or 48” by 96”)
In this instance a 3' x 6' banner is a good usable size. It’s one of those banners that you visibly see whether you’re far away or close, but at the same time, it’s not too large to affect its portability.
The sizes mentioned above should do the job for most purposes, but if you have a more specific purpose, it's best to use a 1:2 ratio for designs with more than two text lines and a 1:3 ratio for designs with bigger logos and minimal words. Also, for hanging banners between two poles of a tent, the 4' x 10' banner size would be ideal.
Tip: A 10” text height grants you approximately 100’ of distance for easy readability, so you want to consider how far you want your audience to be able to read the banner. If you add simply one inch of letter height, you add 10 feet of readability in return.
Design proofs are representations of how your banners will look once they’re printed. The design proof stage is a vital one, especially if you’re printing custom banners. Why? Because simply, they enable you to confirm the final product before it goes to print. It’s always easier to make any alterations before the printing process is executed!
At 1 Day Banner, you can easily request design proofs. We first send you a digital representation of the banner via email for approval, and once you approve, the banner is printed and shipped. We send you the design proofs on the same or next business day, depending on when you place your order. Also, banners exceeding 6 feet in height will be folded to ship.
Note: If you choose the "print as is" option and don't request a design proof, we print banners fast, so you should only select this option if you're confident that the banner is error-free before printing (spelling, grammar, fonts, colors, design, layout, etc.) While maybe risky, "print as is" banners are shipped faster.
Vinyl Banners with Hemming
Banner hemming is when around 1 inch of extra material is folded and bonded, using tape or a sewing machine, around the banner’s edges (the four sides).
At 1 Day Banner, we don’t generally sew our banners, mostly because we print and then ship rapidly, which could cause scratching to freshly printed banners. We usually fold the banners’ edges around 1 inch and hem them with solid banner tape. However, we do use sewing sometimes, mainly for large banners over 5 feet in height.
Hemming vs. No Hemming
Hemming a banner reinforces the edges of the banner to make it more durable and resistant to tearing. If a banner will be displayed outdoor, then it is almost always a good choice to have the banner hemmed. If the banner is smaller in size and will be placed indoor, then hemming is not always essential.
Usually, hemming bonds two vinyl layers to result in double thickness and strength for the banner, contributing to its durability and resistance to wind, UV, and tearing. These are overall more substantial signs that are suited for extended and outdoor use.
Without hemming, a banner becomes suitable for print only, limiting your hanging possibilities to purely indoors (on a wall, for example) and restricting your size possibilities since the edges aren't reinforced.
Vinyl Banners with Grommets
Grommets are small metal rings, very similar to eyelets, used in vinyl banners and serve as reinforcement “holes” for other hanging accessories to pass through them, like ropes or poles. The difference between grommets and eyelets is that eyelets are for lightweight material, like ribbons, chords, and small ropes, and serve as a decorative element.
Moreover, grommets give a neat, polished look to your banner instead of using a hole punch, for example. With a hole punch, windy conditions could probably rip the banner, while grommets serve as reinforcements preventing the banner from getting torn and holding it securely in place.
While there are multiple grommet types, the most widely used ones are metal, plastic, and rubber. Metal grommets are the most reliable and have become the industry standard. Therefore, they’re used when you’re seeking long-lasting, permanent signage.
Vinyl Banners with Pole Pockets
Pole pockets refer to material wrapped around the banner, usually around its backside, and welded using heat or white pockets attached to banners with super strong banner tape and grommets to create a 2 inch seam. Essentially, a pole pocket leaves room for a pole or rope to pass through the loop of material. Pole pockets can be on the top, bottom, or sides only, both top and bottom, left and right sides only, or on all sides of a banner.
At 1 Day Banner, we offer pole pockets for the top, bottom, left, and right sides of your banner. Your choice ultimately depends on how you want to hang the banner. You'll mostly find pole pockets used on either lamp posts or scaffoldings to fasten the banners to them since they're quite flexible.
Tip: Always keep the essential text and images at least 3 inches far from the banner’s edge to avoid a suture running through it. Also, remember that the pole pocket shouldn’t be too tight around the pole to prevent extra pressure that could lead it to break altogether.
Vinyl Banners with Wind Slits
If you've ever seen "half-moon-like" cuts in vinyl banners, those are wind slits. They're cut to allow wind to pass through the banner freely to reduce the wind load and strain on the banner. The idea of reducing the wind load is to prevent the banner from wearing and tearing due to the wind strength by allowing wind to pass through it instead.
Tip: Just like with pole pockets, take care of the place of text and images on your banner relative to the placement of the wind slit or slits. Plus, if you’re cutting the slit to hang the banner outdoors on a road or freeway, remember to consult your city administration on restrictions.
It’s also worth mentioning that sometimes, wind slits can cause premature rips if the wind is excessively strong, but it ultimately depends on your location. In the majority of cases, wind slits actually extend the banner’s lifespan.
At 1 Day Banner, you can request U-shaped slits into your banners to allow the wind to pass through freely!
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Banners Made Out of?
We use high-quality vinyl material for the production of our banners at 1 Day Banner. To be exact, our banners are made of 13-ounce, premium, durable vinyl cloth, which is known to be a robust fabric with superb outdoor dependability.
To give you an idea of their reliability, 13-ounce vinyl lasts from three to five years on average and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor usages in typical everyday environments. What's more, this type of material empowers us to provide you with the ideal combination of print quality and affordability without having to forgo one for the other.
Make your banner pop!
Where to Get a Banner Made?
When it comes to making your banner, you can either design it online on our website using user-friendly tools or hire a designer to have it made. If you decide to go for the first option, our available clip arts allow for a seamless experience where you have endless possibilities to suit your specific needs.
Alternatively, at 1 Day Banner, you can order Text Banners where you can specify all the elements, including text, font, and colors, and we’ll design the banner on your behalf and email you a design proof for approval (upon request) before we proceed with printing.
Where to Buy Banner?
Have you been searching for "Banners Near Me"? Look no further, buy banners at 1 Day Banner because we ship nationwide!
You need to make sure you're choosing a professional supplier, especially if you're seeking a large number of top-notch vinyl banners.
At 1 Day Banner, we pride ourselves in offering you the sweet spot between affordability and quality. We provide you with the added option of customizing your designs, too – be it through uploading or designing them through the website. Plus, we specialize in next day banner printing, so if you need overnight banners, we're ready!
What Is a Standard Vinyl Banner Size?
Some standard vinyl banner sizes include 2' x 4', 3' x 6' and 4' x 8'.
However, as we’ve discussed previously, there isn’t exactly a “standard” in the world of vinyl banners, but there are some sizes that are more in demand than others. At 1 Day Banner, we have over 200 vinyl banner sizes, ranging from 2’ x 4’ up to 10’ x 30’. Check out our banner sizes page for various standard horizontal and vertical banner sizes as well as other popular sizes.
Always remember that your choice of banner size ultimately depends on how you intend to use the banner in the first place. For instance, for a birthday, you’d use a smaller-sized vinyl banner, while for event promotions, you’d likely use much larger ones to get maximum exposure and reach.
And as a golden rule: the farther the audience, the larger the banner needs to be. Also, in general, indoor banners are relatively smaller as opposed to outdoor ones.
How Much Does a Vinyl Banner Cost?
On 1 Day Banner, a single vinyl banner could cost anywhere between $20-$100+, depending on several factors. Such factors include the banner size, whether it’s single or double-sided, whether you request a design proof, the quantity, whether you request pole pockets or wind slits, whether you’re placing a special order, and more.
However, the given is that you're certainly getting low prices and the best value, nonetheless. They're among the lowest in the industry (nearly half-priced compared to many local vendors), and we assure you that the low prices are merely an indication of the banners' prices but not their quality by any means.
How Do You Display a Vinyl Banner?
After you've made your order and it's time to decide how to display it, you'll be presented with a multitude of options! However, don't worry; it's a simple process, thanks to the general availability of hanging accessories! You can display a vinyl banner using bungee cords, zip ties (carabiners), suction cups, Velcro adhesive strips, and nylon ropes.
With the support of these accessories, you could hang your banner virtually anywhere, including walls, fences, from a flagpole, between posts, on front of a table, from the ceiling, on the exterior of a building, and much more! The sky’s the limit!
Need some installation tips? View our How to Hang a Vinyl Banner guide!
How to Clean a Vinyl Banner?
Cleaning a vinyl banner is essential if you're looking to display it for long periods. Since vinyl is made of plastic, known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), it's actually resistant to moisture and humidity. What's more, that makes it easier to clean if you use the right products.
To clean a vinyl banner, simply use mild soap and water. Prepare a mix beforehand and start cleaning your banner with a non-abrasive cloth, but be gentle and don’t “scrub” the banner to avoid ink stains. Alternatively, you could use Windex or window cleaning solutions (but not detergents or aggressive solutions).
But it’s important to remember to dry the banner using a towel before storing it again!
Tip: Avoid folding the banner right after cleaning it – that can damage your print! Instead, store it in a container in a cool place, unexposed to the sun.
How to Store a Vinyl Banner?
We highly recommend rolling your vinyl banner to store it instead of folding it if you’re planning on storing it for a long time. Folding could potentially leave unwelcomed creases and harm the banner’s overall look!
Plus, for the best storage, it's always a good idea to clean the vinyl banner before putting it away. But take care not to have parts containing ink touch each other so that they won't rub off or stick together. That's especially so in warmer weather conditions.
Tip: Don’t be tempted to throw your vinyl banner’s shipping box away as soon as you unbox it; you never know when you’ll need it! Save it and potentially use it to store the banner for future use – that way, you’re guaranteed that it’ll stay clean and in good condition.
Are Vinyl Banners Waterproof?
Yes! Vinyl, or PVC banners, are made of tremendously high-quality material and are waterproof. As we’ve discussed, the material is rip, tear, moisture, and humidity-resistant, making them ideal for outdoor usage, even during storms and strong winds.
But what many people don’t know is that vinyl is also a waterproof material, so the concerns of your print fading or running shouldn’t be on your mind. Plus, with the support of hanging accessories, you can adequately secure the banner to ensure it won’t droop in rainy weather.
Also, it’s for that very water-resistance reason that vinyl banners could actually be cleaned with mild water – simply because there can be no damage to them!
How Long Do Vinyl Banners Last?
At 1 Day Banner, our vinyl banners generally last at least up to three years if they’re used outdoors, and that duration can be extended if used indoors.
However, since there's no "one-size-fits-all" banner, the exact duration ultimately depends on where it's displayed, the display duration, the external factors, how the banner is cleaned, how it's stored, the hanging accessories used to hang it, and much more. It's challenging to narrow down exactly how long a banner can last.
Banner Types and Usage
- Backdrop Banners
Backdrop banners are often used for photo-booths or other situations where a background is needed such as red carpet or charity events, fashion shows or press conferences.
- Billboard Banners
Billboards are large banner signs promoting a business, product, movie, show or event. Since they are generally very large in size they can contain text, elaborate backgrounds and images. They are effective advertising tools since they can be seen by everyone that drives along the highway. An effective billboard banner will catch people's attention and get them interested in whatever the billboard is promoting. One of the main reasons why many large companies invest in these advertising tools rather than on TV commercials is because the sign provides constant exposure, every hour of every day. People that work in the city use highways to travel to and from the metro, which is why they often see the same billboard signs over and over again.
- Indoor Banners
Banners hung by businesses indoor often advertise sales events. They are also often seen indoor at anniversary and birthday parties. Since the banners hang inside and are not exposed to the elements such as rain and wind, they can usually last for a fairly long time.
- Large Banners
Due to the development of new media, the majority of the banners created nowadays are digitally printed on huge format ink-jet printers which have the capacity to produce vivid quality text and images. In spite of this modernization, the size of the banner still determines the readability of the message and its capacity to create awareness to a specific audience. When your marketing objectives include elevating the interests of potential clients it is important to use large banners. Printed banners are an ideal option as they increase the perceived vividness of the message and reinforce the color scheme and images of the banner. Although the use of large banners enhances the clarity of the message, it is still vital to avoid chaotic backgrounds, cluttered patterns, and other forms of distractions to ensure that the banners are clear and properly organized. Restricting the number of creative elements such as images is the best way to establish a good impression among potential customers.
- Outdoor Banners
Outdoor banners can be a great addition for any business establishment. They can attract people off the streets and into stores to buy products and services. Placing outdoor banners or signs in the right places will gradually help in effectively advertising a business or event. They are durable and made to last.
- Pole Banners
These type of banners are generally installed by sliding poles through banner pole pockets. Generally, the pole pockets are on the left and right sides but there instances where the pockets are actually on the top and bottom of the banner. Since Pole Banners are almost always vertical, it is important to have a message that is clear, short and direct to the point. They simply do not have space for long sentences. Limit the amount of images used and apply contrasting text and background colors to make sure the message stands out. Make your banner easily readable so that the audience can understand the message you want to convey. The best color combinations that work are lighter background colors against a darker text color, and vice versa.
- Photo/Picture Banners
Photo banners typically have 1-2 photos placed on them. It's important to use high-quality images so that the they do not appear pixelated and faded when printed. These types of banners are popular for birthdays, especially for children birthday parties! However, they are also used by Real Estate agents, at graduations and also with congratulatory messages.
- Small Banners
Smaller banners are usually used when distance from the sign is not an important factor. This is often the case with with indoor birthday parties or office events where the audience is in close proximity to the banner and smaller signs work just fine.
- Street Banners
A street banner is a durable and colorful banner placed on a street pole. It could be either attached to a pole with ropes or attached by the ends of a steel frame. They are generally made to withstand extreme outdoor conditions and sometimes also contain wind slits in order to let the wind pass through. Most of these banners are used for promoting community events such as festivals and Christmas. This type of banner is a great tool for advertising especially for businesses that are located alongside the street. Keep in mind that a street banner often has a vertical layout which is why it requires a bit more creativity with the design layout and verbiage.
- Wall Banners
A wall banner can contain a message and picture about the business, services or products to be advertised. It can have grommet holes on the top and bottom for hanging or simply placed on the wall using strong tape or other adhesives. It is very durable and can be used on both outer and inner walls. However, it is still important to clean it regularly, especially if it is placed outside.
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Stock Designs and Ideas
Ready-to-Print Stock Banners: 4th of July Banners, Anniversary Banners, Christmas Banners, Congratulation Banners, Easter Banners, Grand Opening Banners, Memorial Day Banners, Retail/Business Banners, Retirement Banners, St. Patrick's Day Banners, Thanksgiving Banners, Valentine's Banners. More stock designs coming soon!
Popular Design Ideas: Baby Shower Banner, Band & Music Banner, Baseball Banner, Basketball Banner, Birthday Banner, Black Friday Banner, Celebration Banner, Church Banner, Coronavirus (Covid-19) Banner, Event Banner, Family Reunion Banner, Fathers Day Banner, Fitness Banner, Football Banner, Graduation Banner, Halloween Banner, Hockey Banner, Labor Day Banner, Mothers Day Banner, New Year Banner, Parade Banner, Party Banner, Patriotic Banner, Real Estate Banner, Restaurant Banner, Sale Banner, School Banner, Soccer Banner, Sports Banner, Spring Banner, Stadium Banners, Team Banner, Thank You Banner, Trade Show & Conference Banner, Veterans Day Banner, Wedding Banner, Welcome Banner. The possibilities for vinyl banners is virtually endless!
Popular Background Colors: Black Banner, Blue Banner, Brown Banner, Gray Banner, Green Banner, Orange Banner, Pink Banner, Purple Banner, Red Banner, White Banner, Yellow Banner. Additional banner colors available!
That’s everything to know before buying your next banner! We hope our vinyl banner buyer’s guide has come in handy to help you make the right decision and that our FAQs answered all the lingering questions you must’ve had about printing banners.
Remember, qualified help from the 1 Day Banner team is closer than you think! Don't hesitate to contact us to support you with your upcoming order if you feel like one of your questions hasn't been answered. We make a point to provide you with equally as fast responses as our shipping, so reach out anytime!