Custom Basketball Shorts

From ballers and streetwear lovers to runway icons – everyone will be noticing these custom basketball shorts. Decorate them with your original designs and slam dunk those sales, one after another.  

Custom Basketball Shorts
Athleisure Wear

Who said basketball shorts are made only for game time? People style them with regular tops and fresh kicks to look as good as they feel.

All Over Print

Let your creativity fly like Mike with the All Over Print (AOP) method and cover the shorts with your high-definition designs.

Made in the USA

These custom basketball shorts were born and raised in America. Offer your customers beautiful-quality products made by local manufacturers.

Custom Basketball Shorts Are a Trending Product

Like the game itself, basketball shorts are huge in the USA. Unlike the game, their interest doesn’t peak in specific seasons – people buy them all year round.

The basketball apparel market is on the rise, with no signs of slowing down. Streetwear fans have pushed the boundaries of this category past basketball uniforms, making them a comfy and stylish choice for everyday wear. Plus, many fans want to show support for their favorite team, especially now that we can finally go and see the games live.

For market watchers, this is good news. With people adding more of these items to their cart, we expect to see a $4.6 billion growth in market size in only four years.

Make Your Own Custom Basketball Shorts

Start Selling Custom Basketball Shorts in 7 Easy Steps

Every year people make hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling merchandise on-demand. Now, it’s your turn.

We know that getting started can feel scary, but remember – the key is to go for it. You don’t need to have it all figured out. Even established sellers switch things up because they learn more about their customers as time goes by.

We’ve chopped the whole process down into seven simple steps to help you start selling faster.

Step 1: Pick a Niche

There's a sweet spot in every market where the consumer demand for a product is very high, and the competition between businesses is low. It's called a niche. Finding it gives you an advantage over other sellers.

Think about it like this: you want to sell basketball shorts. Maybe you sell them to small workplace teams. Perhaps you even move entirely away from uniforms and customize them with rainbow prints or someone's favorite photo of their dog.

Don't limit yourself to the standard idea of plain basketball shorts. See how you can spice it up and find a community that loves your niche.

Step 2: Create an Original Design

It's time to unleash your inner Picasso and create an eye-catching original design. Keep it simple or go nuts – you can't shoot past the hoop.

There's no need for a degree in graphic design to do this right. You can be super minimalistic and even use a standard text editor for lettering, like team names and custom text.

If you want to create more complex designs, but design software is not your BFF, consider outsourcing to a professional to do it for you.

Step 3: Pick Your Product

It's time to take a closer look at the star of the show – the custom basketball shorts.

Not only do they look great, they feel great too. Made from 100% polyester, an extra-light, moisture-wicking fabric, these shorts will stay comfy and fresh come hot weather or sweaty training sessions.

Your design will be printed with the all-over-print method that lets you lay out amazing graphics and patterns in vibrant colors onto the whole fabric.

Step 4: Choose Where To Sell

Now you need a place to sell it. You could make a cute physical pop-up shop, but how about sticking to the inevitable rise of eCommerce? In 20 years, more than 95% of all purchases are expected to be made online.

There are two main routes you can take – eCommerce platforms or marketplaces.

Platforms give you complete control over store customization and additional features like advertisements, widgets, and promotions. The downside? It takes more effort to set up and drive traffic to the website.

Marketplaces already have a pool of customers, so you can relax about driving traffic to your store. However, you compromise on personalizing your store and running promotions that are most suitable for your audience.

Step 5: Set Up an Online Store

Platform or marketplace, there are some details you should always include in your store to create a better experience for the customer.

First, keep the design aesthetically pleasing, high-quality, and consistent throughout the page – consider the logo, banners, and product visuals.

Second, give the buyer a chance to get in touch by providing contact details. They might want to leave a review or ask a question.

Third, always include the price. Shopping in your store should be straightforward, easy, and without mystery.

Step 6: Pricing

Speaking of price – finding the right one can be a tricky process. You don't want to go too high, or people may lose interest. Too low, and how are you going to make money?

When selling with Printify, you know that you're getting the best pricing on all our products. Our model lets you boost your profit margin without getting too expensive for the end customer.

All-over-print clothing, like basketball shorts, allows for a higher markup because of how much you can customize them.

Step 7: Start Selling

It's time to sell and make it rain. Sit back and relax once you've published the listing, or start working on your next masterpiece. Maybe the custom basketball jerseys?

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Make Your Own Custom Basketball Shorts

Get Inspired by These Basketball Shorts Designs

With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to get stuck when picking a winning design. Take a look at these examples and think about ways you could adapt them for your niche.

Simple Lettering

Come up with a catchy phrase, a funny, new team name, or offer your customers to choose their own text to create a custom order. The advantage here is that you only need a basic text editor to create the design.

Get Inspired by These Basketball Shorts Designs - Simple Lettering
Get Inspired by These Basketball Shorts Designs - Repeating Patterns

Repeating Patterns

Remember, these shorts don’t necessarily have to have anything to do with basketball. Decorate them with cool and colorful patterns of your choice – stripes, waves, zig-zags, or even cute flower prints – perfect for those hot summer days.

Funny Faces

Funny prints make for great, memorable gifts for friends and loved ones. Come up with your own original characters or allow customers to upload their own visuals. Multiply them to fit all over the printing area, and you’re done.

Get Inspired by These Basketball Shorts Designs - Funny Faces
Get Inspired by These Basketball Shorts Designs - Abstract Graphics

Abstract Graphics

Bold graphics look fantastic when made by our all-over-print providers, and they make for eye-catching short designs. Get inspired by the world’s greatest abstract artists like Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe, let your imagination loose, and create a wearable art masterpiece.

Maybe you’ll take it to the next level and design stylish two-pieces, with matching custom basketball jerseys.


Who said you can only put pictures in frames or photo albums? Not with all-over print. Create a walking gallery with stunning-quality photographs taken yourself, or from an online stock photo library like Shutterstock.

Get Inspired by These Basketball Shorts Designs - Photographs
Get Inspired by These Basketball Shorts Designs - Team Logos

Team Logos

You can always stick to what’s tried and true and help millions of basketball fans show their support when the NBA season kicks in.

Remember: If you use a design with team names or logos that already exist, please double-check that you have the appropriate commercial license for distribution. Otherwise, you might run into some legal problems, and you don’t want that.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you already have an original design ready to go, you can create a visual with our Mockup Generator and publish the listing in seconds.

Alternatively, if you want to create a design but don’t know how to DIY, hire an Expert to get started faster.

It all depends on the product you’re selling. We recommend doing basic market research on a product to understand more about short-term and long-term trends.

Basketball shorts are in steady demand all year round, with more noticeable peaks during the usual holidays and sales events, like Christmas, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

If you take good care of them, then no – the print will stay crisp and beautiful for years to come. We provide detailed care instructions for each of our products that you can pass on to your customers.

The care guide for these custom basketball shorts recommends steering clear from dry cleaning, ironing, and bleach. They can only be tumble dried on low heat and washed on a cold setting (max 30°C or 90°F).

Printify has no order minimums or maximums. We want you to build your business exactly how you want it, with no upfront costs and inventory.

It certainly can be very gratifying. The key is to find your niche, a sweet spot in the market where there’s high demand for your product, yet little to no competition.

Ready To Start Selling?

You now know everything you need to start selling custom basketball shorts with ease. Next step? Sign up to Printify and begin reaping the sweet, sweet benefits of our vast product catalog, seamless sales channel integrations, and competitive pricing.

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