What is more popular, the left chest print area or right chest print area of a shirt?

Hands down, the left chest print location is much more common than the right chest location. It would be my best guess to say that the left chest has become the standard because that is where pockets are traditionally sewn onto t-shirts and polos. This makes even more sense when there is an actual pocket on the product and we embroider or screen print above the pocket.

It has been our experience that when most customers create a design and request the right chest area that they really mean the left chest area. The left chest area is defined by the same side that your left arm is on. So if you are looking at the t-shirt or polo and it is facing you, then the left chest would be what would like like the right side to you. This is probably the biggest reason for the confusion when communicating which chest area to print on. Of course it is nothing new in general since people have always gotten mixed up about whether ‘right’ or ‘left’ referred to their right or left or the other person or object’s right or left.

Getting back on track though, we will gladly print on the right chest area even though it is the less popular if you request it and are aware that it is the less popular print area. It certainly doesn’t matter to us whether you print the design on the right or the left and it does not affect your price in any way. We just want to make sure that you get exactly what you want.

Whether you choose the right or left chest area, the standard size is the same. For screen printing this ends up being 4 to 5 inches wide by 4 to 5 inches tall depending on the design. For embroidery these two areas are usually about 3.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall. You can request a specific size and we will gladly fulfill the request or communicate why that may not be good. Just let us know what you have in mind and we will work with you on it.

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