How Much Do Custom Cotton Shorts Cost?
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How Much Do Custom Cotton Shorts Cost?

Get a quick and easy rundown of the cost of custom shorts and the factors that change things up.

You may have found this article because sweat shorts are a great custom apparel option on their own or in addition to your t-shirt and sweatshirt orders. Whether you’re ordering a bunch for your business, or maybe you just want to provide a cool and comfortable loungewear option for your people.

So you want to know a ballpark of how much these custom shorts might cost you, yeah? You might hit “submit order” or call the shots when deciding how money is spent within your brand, group, or organization. Let us help break it down for you. 

While picking out the best shorts and customization options for your apparel needs, it's understandable that you'd be interested in general up-front costs. We're here to help you learn the factors determining the "ballpark" price when ordering high-quality custom shorts. Since we have over a decade of experience with printing and embroidering all sorts of custom apparel, serving thousands of customers, we’ve got you.  

Custom cotton shorts can vary in price depending on quantity, customization, and brand. It's also vital to factor in different costs, such as custom embroidery or add-on services. Custom-printed shorts come in various shapes, styles, colors, and materials. 

By the end of this article, you'll be knowledgeable on some common cost factors to consider when placing an order for custom shorts.

Cost factors to consider with custom-printed shorts


The brand of the shorts you choose is a key determining factor in how much it will cost to customize. On average, most shorts are priced between $20-$50/pair, depending on total quantity, brand quality, and customization.

Some popular brands to consider include:


Think about it like this: the more, the merrier. The more custom shorts you order, the more money you'll save.

Referencing quantity, the larger the number of shorts purchased, the lower the cost per pair. 

Below is an example look of how price breaks work; we used the Independent Trading Co. Midweight Fleece Shorts with one color printed on each pair for reference:


But—it's essential to know that the more complexly decorated the custom cotton shorts are, the higher the total cost will be. Pricing depends on the number of locations printed or embroidered, the number of colors, the cost of the blank garments from the get-go, and the total quantity ordered. 

Setting up and breaking down the screen printing process is half the battle and can be time-consuming. It saves the screen printers time to set up a screen and run 100+ shirts rather than just 20 shirts, so the more efficient the process, the more money you can save! Our team can help explain more about this if you’re curious


Regarding pricing for customization and add-ons, it depends on the total number of pairs, the number of colors in the artwork, and the number of customized locations. 

For example, a two-color print will be less expensive than a four-color print.

Regarding printing and embroidery on shorts:

One last thing to consider when it comes to custom shorts is the cost of potential add-on services. These additions make things pricier but help boost your brand's swag game if that's something in your budget. Some standard add-on services include custom tag printing, hem tags, foil printing, folding, and poly bagging. Prices vary in terms of the quantity and complexity of these services.  

Some price examples of popular add-ons for custom shorts:

*Poly bagging is a simple process where a printed item or small loose items can be hand inserted into polybags and sealed.

Alright, we will keep it SHORT and wrap things up. Get it?

Sorry, couldn’t help it.

But now that you know about some common cost factors, including quantity, brand, and customization– what's next

We've sold hundreds of thousands of custom garments since we started in 2009, so we can give you the inside scoop and provide you with additional knowledge to guide you on your custom-printed cotton shorts purchasing journey. We've been doing business with the community by printing custom apparel for a long time and have seen many pairs of custom cotton shorts on the production line. 

Choosing the perfect pair of cotton shorts to customize doesn't have to be complicated. 

Connect with one of our excellent product specialists for more detailed info on which cotton shorts work best for you and your budget.

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