Portable Trade Show Displays

Some exhibitors need large custom displays to fill large booths at big events. Some exhibitors need specialized truss displays to hold heavier products or create custom looks for their unique industries and niches. However, almost every exhibitor also attends smaller events, or has roving sales teams that exhibit at regional shows and chamber of commerce events – and portable trade show displays are perfect for these smaller events. (Table top displays are also very portable; this page focuses on floor-standing portable trade show displays.)


Perfect portable trade show displays

all share the same characteristics:

  • Lightweight – minimize shipping cost, minimize drayage, minimize labor costs (sometimes lightweight means the product cost is slightly more expensive – be sure to evaluate life time cost including shipping and drayage and labor!)
  • Easy to set up and take down – minimize labor costs
    • If they’re also easy for one person to set up and take down, that makes it easy for your roving salesperson to do themselves!
  • Fast setup and dismantle – no missed flights or client dinners
  • Reliable – portable trade show displays get used a lot, so you don’t want them to easily fall apart, and a lifetime warranty is very helpful!

Selecting the best trade show display can often be difficult; they’re all designed to fit into a specific size booth and do a similar job. So what’s the best way to tell them apart?

On this page, we’ve sorted the hundreds of trade show displays we offer by construction method – there are four main ways to build portable trade show displays, and three of them are light-weight and portable:

1) Pop Up Booths

Pop Up Displays ALL use an expanding accordion frame. The graphic for popup displays can be “carpet” panels, that you attach graphics to with Velcro tabs. Or the graphics can be printed mural graphics, or printed fabric graphics.

2) Tension Fabric Displays

Hybrid fabric trade show displays are the latest development in the trade show industry. They use aluminum tube structures or aluminum extrusions, with dye sub printed fabric graphics.

Named hybrid displays by some, the key difference with Pop Up Displays is that the these displays use frames that are rigid, most often they are aluminum extrusions or tubes.

Graphics are fabric – mostly dye sub printed. The fabric graphics may attach with Velcro strips or with silicone edged beads (SEG), or the graphic may be a “pillow case” style, that slips over the top of the frame.

The “fabric Displays” category also includes large island trade show displays, fabric towers,  fabric arches, & fabric meeting rooms. Naturally, custom trade show booth designs, towers, arches, and meeting rooms are available too!

3) Trade Show Booth Panel Displays

Wouldn’t you guess, trade show panel displays are all built around  – yep, rigid or semi-rigid panels! All panel systems are modular, and easy to reconfigure. They’re also simple to setup and dismantle – no tools required. Depending on the manufacturer, panels can be made with plastic, wood, or aluminum honey comb cores, typically covered with fabric or laminates to create 1000’s of different looks. Some panels connect with fabric hinges, some use mechanical connections, hand turned knobs and magnetic strips