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  • The humble apron is one of the most used items of clothing in the catering and hospitality industry. Making the right choice for your business is crucial to protect your team, represent your brand and make a brilliant impression on your customers.

    That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you decide what kind of apron is ideal for your business.

    From front of house and serving staff to back of house and behind the scenes, we’ve got the perfect aprons to protect clothing, look stylish and help your staff members carry out their work. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, contact our team – we’d be happy to talk you through the options and get your apron order sorted quick, smart.

  • Why choose commercial aprons?

    Commercial Aprons

    First off, we know you want the best quality products and the highest standards of health and safety for your team – that’s what you’ll get with commercial aprons. They’re hard-wearing, safety tested and, well, they’re up to whatever job you need them to do.

    Here are just a few reasons why commercial quality aprons are recommended for your business:

    • Safety and protection – in a kitchen environment, aprons help prevent cross-contamination between raw and cooked food. While in a care setting, aprons provide protection against dirt and germs.
    • Ideal for everyone – aprons won’t only protect work uniforms from wear and tear but they’re also ideal for all team members as a form a uniform in themselves.
    • Practical– our commercial aprons feature details such as pockets for work equipment and adjustable straps so they fit all team members, no matter their size.
    • Adding a touch of style – a well-chosen apron could be the finishing touch you need to make your team stand out. Match your aprons to your business style and you’re on to a winner.
    • Personalised branding – all our aprons can be made personal to your business brand. Choose your brand colour or add an embroidered logo or slogan.

Waist aprons

Ideal as a stylish addition to a waiting or bar service uniform, waist aprons are sometimes referred to as half aprons. Some feature a pocket at the front for easy storage of notepads and pens while offering protection from bar and table-level spills.
Need your waist aprons personalised? Not a problem, contact us today and let’s get it done.


Often associated with catering, cleaning or school staff, a tabard is worn over the head and covers the front and back of the wearer. It’s then tied or secured at the sides to keep it secured.

Fancy some personalised tabards? Contact the Banksford team and we’ll take care of that for you.

Denim aprons

Our denim aprons come in the bib and waist style and are available in a range of colours. Perfect for those businesses with an eye for fashionable uniforms, the denim range is hard wearing and on-trend at the same time.

Step up to the next level with personalised denim aprons. Contact us and we’ll take care of it for you.

Sustainable aprons

At Banksford we care about the environment and our impact on the planet. That’s why we work hard to source high-quality sustainable, Fairtrade, recycled and organic materials to use in our aprons wherever possible.

While we never compromise on quality, we love introducing eco-friendly and community-friendly materials to our product range whenever we can.

What sort of apron should I buy?

The type of apron you need for your business depends on the job it’s destined for. We’ve broken down the most requested aprons into categories so you can see which type is best for which job.

Front of house aprons

Style Look Length Description
Bistro apron Bistro Aprons Bistro aprons are long to protect work uniforms but allow ease of movement for busy staff members. Stylish but practical, Bistro aprons tie at the waist, feature useful pockets and allow café and bistro staff to maintain a smart and chic appearance.
Short bistro and waist Waist Aprons Shorter than the standard bistro apron, waist aprons generally reach the mid-thigh or skim the knees. With the same benefits as the standard bistro apron, waist aprons allow team members more ease of movement and keep them cooler in busy environments.
Maid apron Generally around mid-thigh length, these traditional aprons are similar to waist aprons. Ideal of cleaning and housekeeping staff in hotels and catering, these classically style aprons add a touch of tradition to any uniform.
Hip apron Hip Apron Short or mid-thigh length. Modern and extremely functional, these short aprons can also be used as money belts. Providing extra pocket space, your team will love the smart but casual appearance of these aprons.
Sommelier apron Sommelier Aprons Longer aprons reaching just below the knee. Sommelier aprons distinguish wine waiters from mainstream waiting staff and provide a stylish and sleek apron for a specialist job.
Artisan aprons Artisan Aprons Generally around knee length, our artisan bib aprons are adjustable to suit the wearer. Classic bib aprons, our artisan ranges are made from a high-quality cotton canvas for comfort, durability and style.
Classic coloured aprons Coloured Aprons Knee-length bib aprons, many with adjustable straps. Ideal for personalisation and matching to your branding our coloured aprons come in a range of styles, colours and finishes.

Back of house aprons

Style Look Length Description
Chefs’ apron Dennys Chef Apron Available in a range of lengths and styles from full length bibs to waist aprons. Durable and comfortable for even the hottest and messiest kitchens.
Butcher apron Butchers Apron Full length for maximum protection against blood and splattering. Durable and designed for easy cleaning, butcher’s aprons protect the wearer against stains and splattering.
Waterproof apron Waterproof Aprons Available in a range of styles, waterproof aprons and tunics generally reach the knee. Ideal for protection against liquids, our waterproof aprons protect against spills and splashes to keep uniforms looking clean and neat.
Tabards Tabard Aprons Tabards cover the shoulders, chest and torso to around mid-thigh. Ideally suited to cleaning jobs, tabards are safe and practical, covering both the front and back of the wearer.

Which apron material is right for you?

We stock a range of different materials which all have their advantages and disadvantages. We’ve listed them all below to help you make an informed decision about your apron materials:

Apron materials

Style Look Advantages Disadvantages
Oxford cotton Oxford Bib Apron
  • Machine washable and colourfast
  • Budget-friendly
  • Fully breathable
  • Comfortable and ideal for sensitive skin
  • Wrinkles easily
  • Can shrink when washed too hot
  • Not the most flexible material
Denim Denim Apron
  • Ages well and looks stylish
  • Incredibly durable
  • Strong material to avoid accidental damage
  • Colour fades in continuous sunlight
  • Heavy when wet
  • Takes a long time to dry
  • Inflexible
Fairtrade organic denim Fairtrade Apron
  • Eco-friendly, high-quality material
  • Stylish and durable
  • Heavy when wet
  • Takes a long time to dry
Polycotton Polycotton Apron
  • Long lasting and strong
  • Tear resistant
  • Washes well
  • Budget-friendly
  • Less likely to shrink than pure cotton
  • Not as breathable as pure cotton
  • Can only be ironed on low heat
Faux leather Faux Leather Apron
  • Modern and stylish
  • Water resistant
  • More vulnerable to cracking and tearing than real leather
  • Can age quickly
Waxed look denim Waxed Denim Apron
  • Durable and modern
  • Washes easily
  • Can’t be tumble dried
  • Takes a while to dry
Polyester Polyester Apron
  • Durable and stain resistant
  • Won’t shrink when washed at low temperatures
  • Can dry wrinkle-free
  • Dries quickly
  • Colourfast
  • Less breathable than other apron fabrics
  • Oils may stain

Apron brands

Here at Banksford we work with some of the best apron brands around to bring quality, value and style to your uniforms and protective clothing.

  • Premier: Premier provide the most amazing range of colour choices in their aprons, making sure every customer can colour match their branding. Premier Workwear is one of the most ethical suppliers of aprons around, supplying a range of stylish aprons in the most hard-wearing and practical materials to suit your catering and hospitality needs.

  • Denny’s: Denny’s has been around for years. Their expertise is obvious when you thumb through the product catalogue. With aprons of all shapes, sizes and colours, there are several options for every job, available from Denny’s.

  • Kustom Kit – Bargear: Established to provide aprons and uniforms for the catering and hospitality industry, Kustom Kit supply Banksford with outstanding quality aprons designed primarily with the wearer in mind. Perfect for personalisation, each apron has soft-finish seams, cuffs and collars to make sure your team can work brilliantly in every role.

  • Chef Works: A premium brand of uniform suppliers, Chef Works does exactly what it says on the tin – uniforms for chefs. Their chefswear product line, including chef jackets and coats, is second to none for quality, durability and style. They’re committed to consistently delivering excellent service, value, and great design and understand how important uniform is to customer brand perception.

  • BonChef: Proudly British, BonChef provides all kinds of clothing and equipment for the hospitality and catering industry. Their aprons come in a range of styles, materials and colours to help you match your branding perfectly.

FAQs about Aprons

We get asked lots of questions about our aprons. So, we’ve rounded up the most frequently asked ones here so you can find the answers without any hassle. But if you still have questions once you’ve read this section, contact us. We’re happy to help.

Can I personalise my aprons?

Absolutely. In fact, we’d love you to. There are just four easy steps to creating your amazing, personalised aprons:

  • Choose the perfect product and colour for your aprons.
  • Then make sure the ‘Personalise with your logo – £3.49’ box is ticked, adjust the quantity you want and add your order to the basket.
  • Finally, upload your logo, slogan or personalisation details and we’ll do the rest for you.
  • You’ll received a design mock up for approval before we make your order up.
  • We’ll do the rest so you can sit back, relax and await your exciting delivery.

Can I order plain aprons?

Of course. Simply order your garments online and leave the personalisation box unchecked.

Select your product type, colour, size and quantities then add them to your basket. Checkout is easy – simply enter your payment details, select your delivery option and await delivery. And if you’d like your order next day, make sure you order your unbranded aprons before 3pm.