The best exhibition stand solution?

We examine the pros and cons of portable displays, large self-build exhibition stands, and bespoke exhibition stands that come with installation and breakdown services.

Portable Displays

At the budget end of the portable displays is the reliable roller banner, sometimes called a pull-up banner. The simple, cost-effective design is ideal if you are looking for a low-cost, freestanding graphic solution that can be produced as and when your promotion or key messages change. The roller banner comes with its bag and is usually available as a 2m high display from 800mm to 2000mm wide.

Portable Fabric Exhibition Stands

Hugely popular are the modular fabric exhibition stands. The freestanding stretch fabric banners and walls are made with push-fit tubular frames and one-piece fabric socks. The fabric socks can be printed single-sided (with a plain back) or double-sided and are pulled over the built frame and zipped closed along the bottom to provide the tension needed.

If your budget allows, you could opt for a backlit lightbox display, which is, in principle, the same system as the aluminum frame with fabric sock but with the added illumination of a LED curtain within the frame to make your brand and message stand out.

If you are looking for a portable display that is even easier to install, look no further than our inflatable stretch fabric displays, this time with built-in LEDs for an easy-to-build, transport, and illuminate exhibition solution. Couple with an inflatable backlit counter for the ultimate easy-to-build portable exhibition solution.

Larger Self Build Exhibition Stands

For the business looking for an exhibition stand with more to it than a one-piece portable display stand, various options range in design, adaptability, and ease of use. If you need a portable display stand that is still portable and simple enough to be self-built, you can’t go far wrong with a  modular fabric exhibition stand. These simple-to-build display walls can be connected with either joining feet or clamps. Essentially, any size or layout can be achieved by simply mixing and matching the different display walls. Whatever system you opt for, both are based on the same principles of strong aluminum push-fit frames and single or double-sided stretch fabric prints; each zipping closed to create the tension needed. They are all supplied in bags and come with many display options, such as branded counters, product displays shelves, TV, iPads, and literature holders.

Another versatile and popular self-build option is the classic pop-up exhibition stands but with the added twist of being connected to other pop-up displays to create a larger, more custom stand layout. The Linked Pop-Up Exhibition Stand can be designed to create a huge range of layouts and sizes using the 3×1, 3×2, 3×3, 3×4 and 3×5 straight and curved pop-up displays. Each pop-up stand is linked to the other with a ghost or linking graphic panel. The stands all come supplied inside a wheeled case for easier transportation and secure storage.


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