Printing Lingo: What is a Table Tent?

When placed in highly-visible areas, Table Tents are a simple and effective method for displaying a company's marketing message

A Table Tent is a convenient, self-standing promotional unit created from printed and folded cardstock. As the name implies, table tents are designed to be placed on tables-as well as counters, desks, or any other horizontal surface.

Sometimes referred to as tent cards, table tents act as miniature billboards. As such, they are almost always printed in full color for maximum impact. The same artwork can be printed on both upright panels (so it can be seen from either side) or each panel can be printed with a different graphic.

In most cases, table tents are constructed of heavy cardstock. This provides the rigidity necessary to stand upright. Die-cut slits in the base help these units interlock to form a free-standing triangular "tent" shape, or they can be joined together by some other means, such as adhesive tape or staples.

Table tents have widespread use in restaurants, bars, and hotels, where they are used to display new items or services, special offers, upcoming events, and similar promotional messages.

In addition to the hospitality industry, table tents are also popular in company showrooms, lobbies, checkout areas, trade show booths-or virtually anywhere marketing communication might need to be displayed in a simple, yet effective format.

Table tents can be created in custom sizes, though standard sizes are generally the more economical choice. Popular standard-sized units include 4" x 6" or 5" x 5.5", which designates the dimensions of the display panels.

If your business has an upcoming Table Tent project of 250 pieces or more, give Formax a call at 866-367-6221. Or, if you already know your specifications, simply click here to access our quote request form. We look forward to assisting you!

Take care! Rick

About the Author

Rick Stallings is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include book printing, full-color printing, laminated printing, map printing and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Rick is always happy to help. He can be reached at 866-367-6221 or by submitting our easy quote request form. Rick and the Formax team have been providing worry-free printing and related services since 1985.

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