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Fabric Blockout Banners which let no light through. 260gsm flexible fabric with a non-reflective finish. Water repellent. The black resin backing prevents light show-through from the rear.

We Print using dye-sublimation print technology. Dye sublimation creates deep colours, which are, vivid and vibrant, lasting for years.

Edges are all stitch hem, and we use unique plastic eyelets to avoid damaging the fabric. Finishing your specification is included in the price.

The material can be folded and packed away small, making it easy to store and transport.

Why Choose a Fabric Blockout Banner?

Blockout fabric banners are ideal if you require no light show-through from behind your banner. The back of this material is a black latex resin which prevents light from showing through. Suitable if your banner is in front of intense lighting or erected against a window.

Also used where existing graphics need covering up, or where framework needs hiding.

The fabric has a much better look and feels than cheaper PVC banner material.

Blockout Banner Fabric Specifications

  • 260gsm polyester/resin fabric material
  • Flame retardant with fire certificate available
  • Tight weave white face fabric for stunning colour reproduction
  • Professionally finished to your specification

Any Design in Full Colour

We print from your artwork – this can be your band logo or other design, including photographic or illustrated backgrounds. Thousands of high-resolution backdrop themes and ideas are available from image banks such as the Adobe Stock Library for minimal cost.

If you are unable to produce print-ready artwork, don’t worry – email us with a design brief and we will layout your backdrop for you. We print these using dye-sublimation technology to provide eye-popping, vibrant colours and photo-quality images. We print fabrics on rolls up to 3.2m wide to provide huge seamless panels. We manufacture Larger banners by stitching panels together. We can produce Larger, seamless banners on our UV machines at up to 5m wide on various materials.

Flame Retardancy Certificate

Our Fire Certificate for this product is unique in the industry in that we have our fabrics tested for flame retardancy after printing. Many venue safety officers will now not accept a generic fire safety certificate if it is just for the base fabric. Tested to the highest UK standards, our backdrops surpass BS5867-2: 2008: Type B.

Banner Options

We can also make even cheaper band banners and stage scrims from standard PVC or Mesh banner material.

Need a Backdrop Banner Stand? Check out our new product here.

Design Guide for Fabric Blockout Banners

Set your dimensions correctly

Please set your artwork to the correct proportions of your final printed band banner. We do not require any bleed on the artwork for a printed backdrop. If necessary, you can set your artwork to scale.

Set the correct CMYK colour settings

Please make sure that you set your colour settings to CMYK. Our blockout banner printers use a full-colour dye-sublimation printing process which works using cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks. Files that are sent to use using an RGB setup will be changed automatically. Sometimes this can make the colours on your printed backdrop seem weak & washed out. We will check for this before printing and contact you if required.

Position of eyelets on your Printed Fabric Blockout Banners

Please leave a clear area of approx 50mm inside the edge of the banner. Background colour/images are ok. Keep the outer edge clear, small text or logos. The eyelets can obscure items near the border. Around our band banners, we will add hem and eyelets unless otherwise stated. It is not advised to have just eye holes (without the hem) as this can cause the material to rip.


We space our eyelets approx every 500mm apart unless otherwise stated. Eyelets positions: We evenly space the eyelets as standard.

Pole Pockets on Banners

We can finish your fabric banners with pole pockets if required. Please make sure when ordering/setting of your artwork that your artwork / finished file size is set to the overall finished size of the banner, including the pole pockets. Standard scaffold tubes are a 150mm flat pocket size to fit comfortably with plenty of space as to not cause to much tension on the pocket seam.  Solid colour/ background images or patterns are ok, just not text or vital information. Check here for more information on pole pockets and how to design for them.

Banner Design Principles

For banner design, it is always important to consider viewing distances. Always create your artwork to give the highest possible impact. Contrasting colours will give your banner much more clout than washed out subtle colours.


Please think about text sizes. The larger the text, the more it will be viewed from a distance. Use upper and lower fonts. Look at road signs as they are all in upper and lower type rather than all capitals. Subconsciously your eyes will read upper and lower (sentence case) — font type. Usually, clearer fonts work better than stripy unreadable fonts. Look at the backdrops for the prominent performers – they often display the band name.


Less is more, cramming every little bit of information onto your banner probably isn’t a good idea. Remember to use areas of space and give your design space to breathe. The best backdrops are always simple and straight to the point. Remember your average viewer needs to read your message in 3 seconds or less.

Technical Specifications »


260gsm Knitted Polyester with black resin backing

Material Weight


Fire Rating

Tested after print process to BS5867-2: 2008: Type B

Single or Double Sided

Single sided, black blockout back

Print Process

Dye Sublimation, UV

Print Resolution


Print Spec

Full Colour

Artwork Files

EPS, AI, PDF, High Res Jpeg, Tiff

Artwork Spec

Set 10mm bleed - Make sure that there is a free area all around of at least 50mm for hem and eyelets.

Fabric Artwork Guidelines »

Accepted File Formats

We only accept files in PDF, AI, EPS, JPEG, PSD or TIF Formats

Bleed & Safe Area

No bleed
Hem and Eyelets - 50mm safe area
Pole pockets - Pocket size + 40mm

Black Composition

C10 M10 Y10 K100

Artwork DPI


Full artwork guidelines available here:

Artwork Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions »

Why do your blockout banners cost so much less than others online?

We have developed our own custom manufacturing process. This process eliminates most of the manual production processes through automation. This means that we have reduced labour costs which in turn has vastly reduced the cost of each banner. This is how we can produce higher quality blockout fabric banners at much lower costs than the competition.

I want to order multiple banner of different sizes, How do I do this without incurring minimum order charge for each size banner?

There are 2 ways in which this can be done.

1. Add up the total sq metres of all you banners.  For example if this comes to 50sqm then simply order x1 banner at 50m x 1m as this is 50 sqm and you will be charged the correct price.  Then write a total breakdown in the additional instructions box of how many of each banner is required.

2. Email us with a breakdown of what you want to order along with the artwork and your billing & shipping address. One of our sales team will then email a quote back to you. on approval of this quote a pro forma invoice will be issued.

Can I send more than one design?

Yes, you can send a different design for each banner at no extra cost.

Will light show through my banner?

No light will show through a blockout banner

Can I fold my banner?

Yes, folding your banner for storage is fine.

How are your blockout banners printed?

Our banners are printed using a CMYK dye sublimation print process. Click here to find out more about dye-sublimation printing.

Can blockout banners be printed double sided.

The material itself can only be printed on one side as the reverse side has the black blockout liner on. However we do manufacture double sided fabric banners by stitching two back to back. Have a look at our double sided fabric banners page.

How do I store my banner?

We recommend storing in a dark place which is clean and free of dust.  Fold and store as you would a bed sheet.

How long will my banner last?

Your banner will last for years if looked after.

Will my banner crease?

As any fabric your banner can crease. You can iron out on a very low heat if required. If you need to iron, do so on the print side only not the black backing.

Will my banner require a join?

Blockout banners which are greater than 2.9m in one dimension will require a join. On larger banners the viewing distance is greater so a join is never very noticeable.

Is this material waterproof?

Yes the material is waterproof and can be used outdoors if required. Please though make sure the backdrop is clean and dry before storing again.

Will my order arrive on a roll or folded?

As standard the blockout fabric is shipped on a roll if the smallest dimension is 2.5m or less.  Larger banners and backdrops will arrive folded.

How much will shipping cost?

Shipping to the UK mainland costs £15 if your order is under £250. If your order is over £250 shipping will be free to UK mainland excluding Highlands and Islands.

Do you ship outside of the UK?

Yes, we deliver throughout Europe and Worldwide. Please contact us for a delivery quotation before ordering from outside Europe.

How do you hem or finish your banners?

All our banners are professionally stitched for strength and durability. Edges without hem and eyelets will be stitched as standard to stop fraying.

What type of eyelets do you use?

We use special plastic eyelets which won’t rust or effect the surface of your banner. Eyelets are generally spaced evenly approximately every 500mm.

Do I need a pole pocket in my banner?

Pole pockets are ideal if you need to run a cable through the top to hang the banner. A pole pocket can also be used at the bottom of the backdrop to weight it down by sliding through wooden dowels, scaffold pole, metal chain or similar.

Is this banner fire rated?

Tested after print process to BS5867-2: 2008: Type B.  You can download the fire certificate here.

Fire Certificate Information »

This product type has been generically tested for flame retardancy AFTER printing using our dye-sublimation process and AFTER our standard finishing procedures.
Tested in the UK to BS5867-2: 2008: Type B specification. We are unable to produce individual test certificates for each bespoke item ordered.

Download Fire Certificate

Our Guarantee »

Buying banners in confidence

You can buy from Banner World with confidence. Your job will go through several checks before manufacture. Firstly when your job comes in, we check all your uploaded files and cross-reference each file against your order. At this point, if we see that artwork is incorrect or if there is a file missing we will contact you to request new artwork. Most of our banners and fabrics are manufactured at our large print factory in Europe. Our standard turnaround on items is 5-6 working days for delivery. Even though most of our ordering system has been automated, we still carry out several manual checks before processing your order. If at any point we have a question or a problem with your order you will be contacted before manufacturing.

Our processes

Please read the information below on how your order is processed. Each order goes through several checks before printing. Our file checking service is standard procedure on all orders. Checking your files means that you can place your order in confidence, knowing that we will check to make sure your order and corresponding artwork match and are correct. Anything we are not sure that we will contact you before proceeding.

What is Our Initial checking service?

When you place an online order, we will cross-reference your artwork against your order. At this point, we will check that the artwork sizes and file type match the order. We will make sure we have the correct number of artwork files for the job. At this stage, if anything appears to be incorrect, we will place the order on hold and contact you immediately.

How do we process your order?

Once we are happy with your order, we will then process it. We collate all the information for each job, including finishing and material type. The job information is then sent with your artwork to the pre-press department. Pre-press is where we will create and prepare your job for printing.

Our Pre Press and second checking service.

Pre-press refers to the stage before printing. Here your artwork is converted into the correct format for our machines and finishing processes. At this point, if something is spotted which isn’t correct or if there is a problem we will again contact you.

How do we print and track your order through the factory?

Your job is now batched together with other items on the same material. Each item has assigned to it a unique code. The code is used to track the order through our factory. The information is used to check the material, quantity and finishing information on the item. The order then goes through our print presses.

How do we finish your printed items?

Every job we produce is different to the next, whether it be size, material, shape or finishing. Your printed items will be finished as requested on your order. We automate as much of the finishing as possible, cutting down on labour costs and passing on the savings to you. The Prepress data is inputted into parts of our finishing equipment. Your graphics are now finished to your custom requirements. Each printed product is set up differently for each type of finishing process. A banner that has hem and eyelets will be manufactured and produced in a different way to a flag with a pole pocket.

How are your items packed?

We have now manufactured your items. The finishing pieces now move onto the packing department. At the packing stage, we collate your order. Items get checked off against the order using the order code system. The printed goods get wrapped and packed, ready for despatch.

How do you ship my goods?

Now your item has been packed it is ready to be shipped. From placing your order, your goods have taken approx 24-48 hours to get to this stage. We have a logistics team which arrange the shipping through UPS. Our standard delivery (£15 or free over £250) will now take an additional three days to be delivered to an address on UK mainland and most of mainland Europe. Our standard shipping will travel via road and sea to reach the UK. We do offer a faster 1-day shipping method which is our 4-day turnaround service. The fast turnaround service is expensive on low-value bulky orders and is more cost-effective on higher volume jobs. Items to the US and other worldwide destinations will take longer to be delivered. For items going to Ireland, the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Scottish highlands etc. please add an extra day onto delivery times