Portable Trade Show Displays

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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 savings that lower shipping costs and drayage costs and labor costs provide!)
  • 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 10×10 trade show booth or 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?

Trade shows offer a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services.

Portable trade show displays have become a popular choice for exhibitors because of their ease of setup and transport.

These displays are designed to be lightweight and convenient while still making a big impact on the trade show floor.

Companies like Classic Exhibits provide a variety of options to suit different needs and budgets. Nimlok and Orbus also offer a range of portable displays that can help brands make a strong impression at any event or exhibition. These manufacturers only sell to their licensed distributors, and American Image Displays is proud to be an official distributor for all three of these companies!

Banner Stands are very portable displays.

Key Takeaways

  • Portable trade show displays are lightweight and convenient.
  • Various companies offer customizable options for different needs.
  • These displays help exhibitors make a strong impression.

Perfect portable trade show displays

1) Pop Up Booths

Pop up booths use an expanding accordion frame that makes them easy to set up and dismantle.

The graphic for these displays used to primarily be “carpet” panels to which you attach graphics with Velcro tabs, or printed mural graphics, or printed fabric graphics.

The lightweight design of these pop up frames minimizes shipping and labor costs, while still offering reliable performance for frequent use.

One significant advantage of pop up displays is their ease of assembly, allowing one person to set them up quickly.

This can be especially useful for roving salespeople.

Many pop up booths also come with a lifetime warranty, ensuring durability over multiple trade shows.

2) Tension Fabric Displays

Tension fabric displays represent the latest in trade show innovation, utilizing pop up frames, as well as lightweight aluminum tube structures or extrusions paired with dye-sublimation printed fabric graphics.

This setup allows for rapid assembly and dismantling, essential for busy trade show schedules.

Graphics in tension fabric displays may attach using Velcro strips, silicone-edged beads (SEG), or in a “pillowcase” style that slips over the frame.

These versatile displays come in various forms including large island displays, fabric towers, arches, and meeting rooms.

Their modular design enables customization to meet specific branding and display needs.

Key Features:

  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Fast setup and takedown
  • High-quality fabric graphics with vivid colors
  • Modular and customizable for various setup possibilities

3. Banner Stands

Banner stands offer the ultimate in portability for trade show displays.

They are highly versatile, allowing them to be used in different configurations, such as creating a display wall at one show and being used individually in an office lobby the next week.

These stands are designed for quick setup and dismantling.

They often come in retractable styles, allowing for easy transport and storage.

Banner stands can enhance your trade show booth with eye-catching graphics that maximize impact within a small footprint.


  • Highly portable and lightweight
  • Quick assembly and dismantling
  • Versatile for multiple uses
  • Cost-effective option for budget-conscious exhibitors

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best options for portable displays for exhibition spaces?

Portable modular trade show displays are becoming increasingly popular due to their ease of setup and flexibility.

Some of the best options include:

  • Pop-up displays: These are lightweight and easy to assemble. They often use fabric graphics that are sleek and professional.
  • Banner stands: These are compact and effective for small spaces. They usually feature retractable graphics for easy transport.
  • Tabletop displays: Perfect for smaller exhibits, these fit on top of tables and are easy to set up.
  • Modular displays: These allow for a customizable setup, giving flexibility to reconfigure the booth as needed.

For further details on the types of portable displays, visit them here, or have one of our project managers help you sort out the choices.

What are the cost considerations for setting up a trade show booth?

Setting up a trade show booth involves various costs:

  • Booth space rental: This is usually the largest expense and varies by event.
  • Display materials: This includes the cost of the display stands, graphics, banners, and accessories.
  • Shipping and logistics: Transporting the booth materials to and from the venue can add to the cost.
  • Setup and teardown: Hiring labor to set up and tear down the booth can be an additional expense.

For detailed information on avoiding common mistakes while budgeting, check out Classic Exhibits’ blog.

What techniques are effective for showcasing products within a booth?

Effective techniques for showcasing products include:

  • Interactive displays: Allow attendees to touch and try products.
  • Demonstrations: Live demos can attract attention and show the product’s benefits.
  • Clear signage: Use professional graphics and banners to highlight key features and benefits.
  • Lighting: Proper lighting can highlight products and make the booth more inviting.

For more tips on making a big impact with your display, read this guide from Display Solutions.

How can I create an interactive experience with my trade show display?

Creating an interactive experience can drive engagement at your booth:

  • Touchscreens and tablets: Allow visitors to interact with product information, videos, and catalogs.
  • Virtual Reality (VR): Use VR to give immersive product demonstrations or tours.
  • Games and contests: Engage the audience with fun activities that encourage participation.
  • Live social media feeds: Encourage attendees to share their experience on social media, displaying their posts live.

What are the step-by-step instructions for setting up a 10×10 trade show booth?

Setting up a 10×10 trade show booth involves several steps:

  1. Assemble the framework: Start by setting up the base framework of your booth.
  2. Install the graphics: Attach the graphics to the frame. Make sure they are smooth and wrinkle-free.
  3. Add accessories: Set up any additional elements like tables, display racks, or lighting.
  4. Arrange products: Place your products in an attractive and accessible manner.
  5. Check lighting: Adjust the lighting to highlight key areas of your booth.
  6. Final adjustments: Make any last tweaks to ensure everything is clean and presentable.

For detailed instructions on setting up portable displays, see an example at Classic Exhibits.