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Banner Stands and Graphic Sizes

July 9th, 2008 by Trade Show Help --> · 3 Comments

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  • 1 Trade Show Help // Jul 10, 2008 at 12:27 pm


    The decision of size for banner stands often times stems on your actual exhibit booth size. If you are adding them as compliment an existing exhibit, or you are going to use them as a stand alone exhibit for the smaller venue’s and smaller trade fairs or conventions.

    Typically the sizes range from 2′ x 6′ – 4′ x 12′, there is a great new versatile banner stand that we have seen excellent results with flexibility and versatility Unique Banner Stands, these units can be used as a single piece or grouped together for a more unique look.

  • 2 travis // Dec 5, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Hi… Just thought I would point out that a 10ft wide booth is pretty common. So a banner backdrop at 9-10ft works most often. I think the other thing that matters most is portability. I am on a budget so I carry everything in to a show myself, and I like to make one trip.
    Recently bought a Walkon banner and stand combo at 9.5ft wide from a company in Fla.
    Banner stand and everything fits in a bag and weighs almost nothing. So that gives me a nice backdrop and takes about 5 minutes to setup.

  • 3 Banner Stands // Dec 16, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Hi Lee,

    There are four main types of banner stands available, which differ in function as follows:

    Adjustable (Rigid Pole) Banner Stands
    These stands are commonly used at retail locations and other commercial venues. They often have a solid, weighted base – which makes them ideal for semi-permanent use but can be a drawback for easy portability. Many rigid pole stands can accommodate varying banner sign sizes with a certain range, and feature an adjustable height. They are available as single or double sided.

    – Relatively inexpensive
    – Easily changed/replaced graphics

    – Can be a bit heavy (10 – 15lbs)

    Typical Cost Range: $60 – $300
    Typical Set Up Time: 1 – 3 minutes

    Motorized Trade Show Banners
    A moving display always catches the eye over a static one. However, motorized banners are not very common for several reasons. They require careful artwork design to effectively communicate a message, need a power source, and take relatively longer to set up than other banner stands. Motorized stands are available in single or double sided designs.

    – movement is eye-catching

    – power consumption makes it not a very green choice

    Typical Cost Range: $400 – $800
    Typical Set Up Time: 5 – 10 minutes

    Retractable Banner Stands
    are popular for their easy portability and use. The graphics are attached to a rolling mechanism within the base and retract when not in use – which protects the graphics during freight and storage. Some higher end models feature an adjustable height (width is never adjustable), and changeable graphic cartridges. They are available as single or double sided.

    – Very easy set up
    – Simple to transport

    – Graphics are hard to change unless you get one with a changeable cartridge feature

    Typical Cost Range: $230 – $1200
    Typical Set Up Time: under a minute

    Tension Pole Banner Stands
    These stands use tension poles, which bend like a fishing pole, to hold the banner display taut. They weigh practically nothing, and break down into a minimal size to carry. Many designs necessitate four grommet holes to be punched into the sign material itself in order to attach the banner to the pole. Most models are made to accommodate just one particular graphic size. Tension poles are available in single or double sided designs.

    – very lightweight, easy to carry
    – easily changed/replaced graphics

    – not recommended for outdoor use

    Typical Cost Range: $120 – $350
    Typical Set Up Time: 1 – 2 minutes

    There a few other categories of banner stands such us Tabletop and Outdoor, which are typically different versions of the above.

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