Melamine UK and its history

Melamine is ever increasing in popularity within the UK when it comes to homeware and crockery. Every now and then, we like to take one step back and be grateful for the products we have on offer. However, we can appreciate that everyone may not have an understanding of Melamine as we do, so we’re going to delve a little deeper in its history and why Melmaster are the experts when it comes to Melamine UK.

What is Melamine UK?

Melamine is a resilient and wear-resistant alternative to porcelain that can be used in a number of environments. Melamine has qualities that makes it almost safe to be dropped and almost impossible to shatter, chip or crack. Sounds pretty cool right? But where has this material come from and why has it become so popular?

What is it made from?

It is a thermosetting plastic resin made from the organic compounds of melamine and formaldehyde. When these materials are combined with carbon hydrogen and nitrogen, it becomes a substance that is malleable and can be moulded to create tableware and crockery.

How is it made?

The beauty of Melamine UK is that each manufacturer produces it completed differently. However, the process at its basic remains the same whereby the combination of materials is mixed in with setting agents to produce the melamine resin. Its properties, superior appearance and quality is what sets it ahead of other materials and can be found across a number of industries. Its ability to be combined with colouring compounds and polymers means that any desired shape can be permanently made making it the perfect addition to any household, shop or boutique, especially with a trade account.

Where did it come from?

According to most sources, Melamine is often associated with being invented in the 40s and 50s, however, it was actually most commonly used at this time. Melamine was in fact first invented in 1834 by a German scientist called Justus von Liebig. His invention is still going strong and impacts many lives still to this today and contribution to the development of sustainable products; why else would we stock such an amazing product.

When Justus von Liebig invented Melamine, even he himself didn’t realise the capacity of his own invention. First isolated and limited as a colourless, crystalline compound which was created in a lab. At this time, there was no practical use for the substance, however, following the cost of melamine dropping to an all-time low, the material became hugely popular with manufacturers and its success speaks for itself as Melamine UK still continues to be a great alternative to porcelain.

Following the ever increasing popularity of Melamine, brands were created with the sole purpose of manufacturing melamine into dinnerware.

Why is it so good?

Melamine became very successful because of its adaptable nature. When lifestyles changed post-WWII, melamine dinnerware was there to support this. Lifestyles became more casual with families and friends enjoying prosperity and social activities allowing them to indulge in leisure activities. What better use for melamine than to compliment the likes of picnics and poolside meals. But, it isn’t popular just down to its diversity. Melamine is hardwearing, scratch resistant and easy to clean. It’s resistance to heat allows it to be user-friendly; imagine a plate remaining cool even when hot food is dished into it. Its dishwasher safe and above anything, they look great.

Melamine is a desired item across the UK and if you’re considering stocking it in your shops, then here are some more reasons as to why you should.

Custom melamine plates

In a digital world, a typical day for a child consists of loads of Youtube, watching TV and playing video games. This is the norm these days, so what can you do at school to keep their minds active and for them to get creative? Our custom melamine plates could be the answer for you.

In short, if we can print it, we can plate it!

Kids love to express themselves and with our custom printed melamine plates, each child can be given their own paper template to design their own plate. It doesn’t just stop there, each template can be personalised with school logos, project titles and more; making it the perfect fundraising project.

But before we delve into that, let’s dig a little deeper into why custom printed melamine plates are good for children’s development. No matter their ages, there’s always a way to encourage their creativity.

Share their story on our custom melamine plates

Children always have stories to tell and if you’re a parent or a teacher, you will be custom to how thee stories can unfold. With our custom melamine plates, you can encourage children to make that story come to life by drawing it onto a plate. As mentioned previously, every child will be given a template and they are free to design them however they want. You may be surprised at how creative they can get.

Any theme, any print

If you have special occasions like Christmas coming up or an end of the term project, this is a great way to change up their day to day activities at school. The possibilities are quite limitless and our custom printed melamine plates will look exactly the same as the design we receive.

A memorable gift

We all appreciate how quickly children can grow up and it’s lovely to be able to keep gifts from when they were younger. If you’re a teacher, this is the perfect way to get the whole family on board for some fundraising ideas. This way, everybody wins! The best thing about it is how durable melamine products are, so this gift really will last a lifetime. These gifts can be perfect for loved ones too and a personalised gift can make the idea present.

Our custom melamine plates are safe

We understand how excited your children or pupils will be when they see their template designs printed and come to life. The last thing we would want to do is give you a gift that isn’t durable and unsafe. Melamaster pride themselves on being able to offer you custom melamine plates that are durable and break-resistant as well as being easy to handle and clean. Get in touch today if you’re interested. We can also promise you:

– Quick turnaround

– Low minimum orders

– High-quality British made products

– Over 40 year’s experience

– A wide range of products to choose from

– Studio design support is available (If you’re not going to get the kids involved and are looking for branded products)

Melamine Printing

If you are a business or individual that wants to promote your product or service offering, then would you turn to branded giveaways and merchandise? The answer is, you should be. With Melamine printing, you can expose your brand with that added touch of personalisation and elegance.

You’re probably asking yourself, do these promotional products still have an impact? Even though we live in a digital world and most businesses or individuals marketing efforts are focused online, those who have abandoned the traditional practise of using such gifts are missing out.

With melamine printing, this means that your branded giveaways and promotional products can be simple yet effective methods of personalisation and increasing brand awareness. By promoting your business, services and product offerings with melamine printing, they get a little souvenir that reminds them of you. There is no better way of doing this with a gift that is different from the usual traditional gifts.

Why choose melamine printing for your promotional products?

The difference between choosing a promotional product with Melamaster in comparison to other products is down to the effectiveness of what we can offer. Studies show that most customers keep promotional products for an average of up to 8 months, and depending on what you give them, up to 14 months. With our bespoke melamine printing, you have a vast selection of what you can customise and this means your promotional items will be kept longer.

The majority of people who get to walk away with one of your promotional products are also more likely to have a favourable association with your company; especially effective in brand recognition and simply putting a smile on their faces.

Tangible promotional products

As digital trends occur, customers have learned to ignored most forms of advertising. However, by giving them melamine printed promotional products, they are receiving a unique experience of walking away with a physical item and more importantly, actually use.

Like many of us, we love a free gift or freebie, but that’s only if they’re good. You can have a bespoke printed promotional product and it is something that your receiver can actually use. What more could you ask for? However, it is much more than just a free gift. With Melamine printing, you are telling your customers that you care and by this little act of saying that you care, you’re customers are more likely to remember who you are. This is something that Melamaster can appreciate and pride themselves on.


We are absolutely committed to delivering excellent print quality for every single project that you trust us to produce. We offer so much more than this. If you are an artist or designer looking to expand or simply want to build awareness for your new product range, check out how we can help you. The possibilities are endless.

Calling all traders – Don’t miss out on your Melamaster trade account

As a retailer or trader, you have to keep a steady supply of excellent products that meet and delight the needs of your customers. You can do this with a Melamaster trade account. Sometimes it is hard keeping on top of this, especially knowing what your customers want when they want to buy and finding the right places to source these products so you can stock them in your stores, boutiques and museums.

What is a Melamaster trade account?

If you have a Melamaster trade account, this means that as a trader, can buy these products and sell them in your own store, boutiques and museums and so on.

So why would you benefit from having a Melamaster trade account? By registering for a Melamaster trade account, you are entitled to a lot including the full range plus much more. With over forty years, our team of professionals create beautiful designs handpicking the best looks and concepts so you don’t have to. You simply have to choose the products you want to stock in your store, boutiques or museums, place your orders and the rest is up to us.

How do you set up a Melamaster trade account?

There are two ways that you can set up your Melamaster trade account and we promise you; we’ve made it really easy. If you’ve fallen in love with some of our products (which is hard not too) but you want a little extra information about our products and services, we have a dedicated and passionate team on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have.

If your heart is 100% set on stocking our products, you can quicken up the process by setting up a Melamaster trade account here. You can become a Melamaster trade customer with these three simples steps below:

1. Complete the ‘Sign up as a trade customer’ here

 2. We will process your Melamaster trade account and contact you once it’s activated

3. SHOP SHOP SHOP. Once your account is activated, places your orders and start trading.

Don’t forget our bespoke Melamine products

You don’t have to be a Melamaster trade account customer to benefit from our wonderful products. Take a look at how our bespoke melamine products could get you started if you are an artist, designer or looking for some promotional products for your business or if you are fundraising. See what we offer and get started today.

Why should you stock bespoke Melamine homeware?

When it comes to choosing between the different types of homeware that are available, it is often hard to be sure you have chosen the right ones when kitting out your home. And on top of that, you also need to decide on the colours, patterns, sizes and shapes. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that at Melamaster, we have all of this thought out with our bespoke Melamine homeware; so you don’t have to.

If you’re a shop, museum or boutique that sells bespoke products and you find it difficult to decide what to stock on your shelves, setting yourself up as a trade customer could be the perfect solution for you.

If you’re wondering what melamine is, don’t worry; we’ve got that covered too. If you want to stock the most durable type of homeware then melamine homeware is the perfect choice for your shop, museum or boutique. Melamine homeware is stylish yet practical and is the perfect alternative for fine porcelain, ceramic and China.

More and more households are introducing melamine homeware into their homes and for good reason too. Why? Because not only are melamine homeware products fire and heat-resistant, easy to clean and durable, they still serve as an elegant and decorative addition to your home.

So why would it be good to stock our bespoke Melamine homeware products?

Melamine homeware is durable and break-resistant

Let us start with what melamine homeware is and why it is durable and break-resistant. Melamine is an organic-based compound which is used to manufacture the likes of cooking utensils, plates, bowls and general homeware. Melamine homeware is made of a white crystalline chemical and the melamine resin makes it very durable and shatterproof. Melamine homeware products also come in all shapes, sizes and colours making them the perfect addition to your shop for people to purchase.

Melamine homeware looks and feels like fine porcelain and ceramic

Having melamine homeware products means you do not have to compromise on style, design and price. Melamine homeware products are all polished and elegantly refined to give a high-gloss finish; mirroring that of a porcelain look.

Melamine homeware is perfect for indoor & outdoor entertaining

Due to the durability and diversity of melamine homeware, you will not be limited to using your products solely indoor. Your customers can host any parties, BBQ’s, alfresco dining and much more without having to worry about any chips or breakages.

Melamine homeware is easy to clean and dishwasher safe

The last thing any homeowner wants to worry about when buying melamine homeware is how to keep it looking new and pristine; especially when you’re using your melamine homeware products indoor and outdoor. Melamine is a non-porous material; that means it won’t soak up any liquids or unwanted stains. The best thing about melamine homeware is that you can stick it in the dishwasher; making dining and entertaining easy.

Melamine homeware is stylish yet affordable

With the variations of styles, designs and patterns on offer with melamine homeware, you can get pretty much anything you want without having to compromise on the price. No other type of homeware will offer the sophistication and practicality than melamine homeware so be sure to get your hands on some now to kit out your home.

If you’re interested in stocking your own bespoke melamine homeware, we can provide you with all of the information you need. If you want to meet with a member of the team first to discuss our products and services, contact us today.

Melamaster have the perfect gift for when you’re too busy to buy gifts

Let’s start with an important question: why is gift buying so hard?

Melamaster have the answer, and it’s pretty simple; time.

Finding gifts for people can be tricky when you’re busy all the time. Our lives revolve around a daily hustle of juggling work, home life and socialising. Sometimes you can get wrapped up in leading a busy life and as each day goes by, a special birthday or anniversary that slipped your mind is getting closer and closer.

Nobody wants to give a bad present, so when the time comes to buy a gift, what do you look for? Melamaster can help to make sure your loved ones are at the forefront of your mind with a perfect gift for every occasion; guaranteed to put a smile on their faces.

We have a huge range of gifts on offer at Melamaster and we have spent a lot of time in finding the perfect selection to choose from so you don’t have to; ranging from custom printed melamine trays to bespoke melamine mats and bespoke melamine coasters.

At Melamaster, we take the stress of buying gifts away so you don’t have to worry. No matter who you are buying for, or what you are looking for, you are guaranteed to find a perfect gift for every occasion at your fingertips; especially with our bespoke melamine ranges.

Trying to fit a shopping trip into a busy schedule can be tricky. This is why we have everything you need online. You can search for exactly what you want, pop it in your basket and it is as simple as that. No crowds or queues and more importantly, you don’t have to visit different shops. Shop from the comfort of your home once you’ve made your choice, let us handle the rest. You can take comfort in the knowledge that no matter how big or small your, Melamaster ensure that every order is taken care of from start to finish.
If you want a stress free way of buying gifts, let us do the job for you. Visit our range of gifts now.

Custom printed melamine trays and their uses

Everybody has kitchen trays and some may even have their very own custom printed melamine trays. Now you’re probably thinking, how can something as simple as kitchen trays have so many uses. Well, Melamaster explore all the possibilities of how you could use their custom printed melamine trays or other melamine tableware.

Trays play a vital role when hosting dinner parties or when you’re serving drinks and custom printed melamine trays are the perfect addition. Sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration to get our creativity going and a tray can help pull together any aesthetic look for a kitchen, dining table or functional space.

Traditionally, trays are used for serving purposes naturally, yet they can be used to add depth to your counters, shelves and storage places. Custom printed melamine trays can be perfect for every occasion; even for the times you don’t use it. Now that may seem crazy to most people but let us explain why these trays can come in handy in more than one way. The good thing with our custom printed melamine trays is that your tray can be customised just for you.
Melamaster custom printed melamine traysHow can you use your custom printed melamine trays?

Many kitchen counters are equipped with displays of dishes, bottles, grinders, utensils, spices and other accessories. Some of these are beautifully designed; beautiful enough to keep on display and rightly so. However, one item can lead to another and before you know it, you have an overspill of accessories and nowhere to put them. This is where our handy custom printed melamine trays can come into play. But we don’t just stop here; we’ve got more uses for you.

One of our Melamaster trays can be used for preparation of a dinner party or when you are cooking. It can get a little heated in the kitchen and the last thing you want to do is ruin all of your hard work. By simply having one of our trays nearby, you can chuck everything you need on it and transport it around your kitchen. You can even do this prior too service to have a little decorative addition.

The beauty of our dynamic range of trays is that you don’t even have to remove it after the event. If you have enough space, why not get creative and place some beautiful pieces on your tray as a permanent decoration in your house. Our custom printed melamine trays can be a great little addition all over your house.

For more inspiration, see all of our artists products.

5 reasons why personalised gifts are the ideal presents

It’s often hard to find the perfect gift for someone you love and this can turn into a real nightmare. You’re torn between finding a really good present but finding something that is exciting and unique.

Often, you can spend hours searching loads of shops and end up walking away with a generic present thats ‘already been done’.

By personalising your gifts with a custom melamine print or a bespoke melamine product, you are guaranteed to have bought the perfect gift and we’ll tell you why below:


1) A personalised gift shows that you have put that extra thought into choosing a gift for a loved one. This type of present is the true definition of ‘it’s the thought that counts’.

2) Melamaster stock a range of melamine crockery UK and we can provide you with a bespoke melamine product that is set to be a memorable gift that they will treasure forever. Personalisation is a consistent reminder of the thought and effort you put into getting the perfect gift; the perfect trigger for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

3) Let us help you show what your loved one means to you. A personalised gift can truly express what someone means to you and we want to be apart of that. The possibilities of a personalised gift are endless and with a quick turn around, you could have your gift in no time.

4) As mentioned above, the possibilities are endless with a bespoke melamine product and that is extended to all ages and genders. You no longer have to worry about buying presents for someone who isn’t the same age or gender as you.

5) The last thing you want is to buy someone a gift and to find out that someone else has brought them the same. The best thing about a personalised gift is that noons else will have brought the same gift as you and this is why a bespoke melamine product is perfect.






Now you might be thinking, what present could I get? The possibilities are endless when it comes to melamine products; varying from melamine coaters, melamine dinnerware UK & melamine tableware UK.

To get the ball rolling with your bespoke product, get in touch today.

Tableware Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner and there is no time like the present when it comes to sorting gifts. Melamaster specialises in high-quality melamine tableware ready for use in your kitchen and around your home!

Gifts For Your Home

We are the Home Of Melamaster UK and that means that we have the highest-quality melamine with the best printing of the most beautiful designs from our dedicated artists. Wondering what you can get your hands on? We have so many different products just for you from Melamine Dinner Trays to Melamine Coasters and so much more! Find your perfect collection of melamine on our vast melamine products page. Our designs go from bright and summery cottage scenes, to warm up your kitchens this winter, to vibrant and colourful floral displays perfect for the natural and cooling tones in modern kitchens. Find your perfect set today!

Are these brilliant design not quite you? Well, that’s okay not everything can be for everyone. This is why here at Melamaster we offer a great service where if you have your own design or have a brilliant photograph you can get that printed in high-resolution on a variety of different products. Our Bespoke Melamine service is there for those times you need something a little more personal for that close friend or family member. Enquire today to find out what we can do for you so you can get a head start on this years Christmas gifts.

Have any questions? Or would you like to know how to get your hands on brilliant melamine products? Call us on 02476 724 900 or email us at and we will get back to you and help you on your way to decking your home or someones else’s with high-quality melamine tableware gifts.


House-warming Homeware

Do you know anyone that has recently moved house? Or maybe someone who didn’t move house that recently but you forgot to get them a house-warming gift? well, we have you covered.

House-Warming Gifts

All our amazing melamine products here at Melamaster are high-quality and are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. From trays to spoon rest we have it all, and with amazing designs from great artists what is there not to like? our melamine homeware makes the perfect practical gift! Brighten up any and every house with brilliant products from the home of melamine UK, help stock out their kitchen or even get some coasters for their coffee table. Find everything you need online from our great selection of melamine tableware,

Personalised Homeware

Why not get something a little more you or a little more them? We are able to take a great range of templates and print your own designs or photos on to high-quality melamine. That’s right with our products you can give a really personal gift of a memory in photo form. Or evening better create your own beautiful designs and gift them to your self for your own home regardless of whether you have just moved in or not. If you are interested please get in touch and let’s start towards putting a smile on someone’s face!

If you would like to know more about what we do or how you can get involved as an artist or have a look at our full range please contact us today through 02476 724 900 or

Custom Melamine Coasters

Would you like your face on a coaster or do you have a family picture Gran would love but she doesn’t have room for any more frames? Get your photos and designs on our brilliant custom melamine coasters.

Bespoke Melamine Products

Our brilliant and reliable custom melamine printing allows you to get a range of your photos on a great selection of our melamine products. Let me break it down for you, birthdays sorted, home warming gifts sorted, kind gesture for no reason, sorted! We make gifting easy with your photos or design on a great selection of templates. All you need to do it get in touch with us the home of melamine UK and we can help you with all the details. The most difficult thing will be choosing the most embarrassing picture of your friend so they can have it for life.

What Is Melamine?

At the core of everything we are and do is Melamine. We wouldn’t be where we are without it and we think that speaks volumes about how great it is. That is why we have a massive range of products with artist’s designs or templates ready for your own bespoke melamine designs. Hardwearing, shatter resistant and heat resistant, these features make melamine products essential for a lot of homes, so why buy anything else when you can buy Melamaster?

Get in touch today and start creating beautiful gifts that will last for years to come. contact us on or 02476 724 900.


Design Your Own Table Mats

We have a huge range of designs all crafted and created by professional artists and our Melamaster artists too ( yes we have our own designs!!). From abstract floral patterns to cottage scenery and bright punchy colour patterns we have it all. But did you know we can print bespoke on a great selection of templates?

Bespoke Dinner Trays

You may have found a really nice high-quality design, printed on the best quality melamine, but does it really match up to that photo you can’t help but smile at every time you stumble across it? Well, now you can have that perfect photo printed on a variety of items, like our table mats or dinner trays. That’s right, you can design your own Table mat or choose from a selection of other templates. It doesn’t have to be a photograph it could be your own design or your company logo on a table mat and they can all be printed on the best quality bespoke melamine by the home of melamine UK.

Bespoke Melamine is the perfect gift for family and friends so why not gift melamine for birthdays and Christmas? Get your hands on high quality and top designs today and receive a small gift with every purchase.

Our full ranges are available to scroll through online right now and are updated regularly so be sure to check back to find new designs and new templates for your bespoke design and gifts. To find out more or to enquire contact us on 02476 724 900 or email us at