50 examples and tips for the diy trade show booth

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1.Banner Trade Show Booth

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This trade show booth was built by Hunite. It uses fittings and pipe to create the frame and then uses bungee cords to attach a pair of large banners. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. This type of display allows Hunite to easily assemble and deconstruct their display in a short amount of time.

2.Free Standing Trade Show Display

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Here’s another display put together by Hunite. This display uses the same design principles as the previous structure. Hunite appreciates the flexibility and ease of use of Kee Klamp. Using Kee Klamp allows them to create displays that are easy to assemble and take apart, can be put together in a short amount of time, and easy to transport. Hunite chose Aluminum for their structures to keep them lightweight and easy to travel with.

3.Hammock Display

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This display takes advantage of Kee Klamp’s superb strength. The Sheltowee Hammock Company hung their signature hammocks from the above display to allow visitors to try out their products.

4.T-Shirt Booth Display

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This display was built by imagination Athletics. The company used Kee Klamp pipe fittings to create the frame. They then used table cloths to cover it and create a clean display. To complete the look, imagination Athletics could have also a few of our clothing rack kits.

5.Banner Trade Show Display

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Simplified Building has even used Kee Klamp for its own trade show and event displays. Here’s one that was put together for a local Maker Faire. A separate stand was also built to hold brochures, pamphlets, and other physical marketing material.

6.Fitness Display Booth

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This trade show booth display was built by RPM Fitness in order to represent their company at different Crossfit events. RPM Fitness went with Kee Klamp due to the fact that the structure could easily be disassembled and reassembled.

7.Country Fair Awning

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While not specifically for trade show use, this awning could easily be used at any related event. It extends off the end of this county fair food booth. The owners lost three frames in previous storms. Therefore, they wanted to go with something that was stronger and more sturdy than their previous frames. Kee Klamp fit the bill perfectly.

8.Lawncare Trade Show Booth

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This display was built by Champlain Valley Equipment. The most used fittings in this structure are the Flange fitting, the Single Socket Tee, and the 90 Degree Elbow.

9.Wall Mounted Banner Display

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This wall mounted display make use of just two types of fittings: the 90 Degree Elbow and the Rail Support. The 90 Degree Elbow is used to connect the corners, while the Rail Support is used to mount the banner frame to the wall. Bungees are then used to pull the banner tight. Zip ties could also be used.

10.Mobile Demo Cart

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This display is a great design for a small company that just wants a simple setup. The display uses traditional casters to enable the stand to easily be moved. However, Kee Klamp casters could have also been used. These casters slide into the open end of exposed pipe. Options for locking wheels are also available.

11.Trade Show Banner Display

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This display was built by the American Fleet Inc. Kee Klamp is used to create the frame and a banner at the top is attached using bungees.

12.Art Exhibit Display

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One unique fitting used in this display is the M50 fitting. This fitting has an open socket on one end and a tab with a hole in it on the other. This allows it to be used when you want to mount a platform to a pipe structure. In this case, it’s used to attach the wood sections to the pipe frame.

13.Trade Show Booth with Clothing Rack Display

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This trade show booth used Kee Klamp to create a set of wall mounted clothing racks. The fittings used here include the Flange fitting, Side Outlet Elbow, and Side Outlet Tee.

14.Picture Frame Trade Show Booth

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This display was built by Joel Whitney to display different art pieces and frames. In order to do this, wood panels are attached to the pipe frame using the M50 fitting. This enabled the company to mount each of the different art frames.

15.Angled Trade Show Displays

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These decorative frames where built by a design company to draw extra attention to this trade show booth. The irregular shapes show that you really can create almost anything using Kee Klamp.

16.Pipe Trade Show Booth

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This trade show booth uses Kee Klamp for the booth frame as well as a desk/table inside the booth.

17.Multi-Section Trade Show Display

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This trade show booth uses Kee Klamp to create 5 different sections with “chalkboard-like” platforms attached to the frame. A integrated desk also extends from the booth frame.

18.Multi-Section Banner Display

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This event booth uses Kee Klamp to create a “wrap-around” display with banners attached to each section. Kee Klamp is used to create the banner frame and the banners themselves are attached using bungees.

19.Trade Show Display with TV Shelf

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This display integrated a shelf so that a TV can be placed on top. This shelf is attached to the frame using the Rail Support fitting.

20 .Bright Agrotech’s display brings their product

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Bright Agrotech is a startup that offers vertical farming technology, software, and services. By displaying their product as a “farm wall” at trade shows, they are able to catch people’s eye and attract large crowds to their booth.

21. Duke’s display creates a cozy atmosphere.

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Using string lights is a budget friendly way to help the booth to stand out from the rest. This small addition works wonders with creating a more inviting atmosphere.

22. SplashTacular’s display has great execution.

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This installation gives the same feel as the water slides SplashTacular is famous for. LED projectors simulate watery reflections on the roof of the cylinders. The execution does a great job of giving people an idea of what the company is about as well as promoting brand recall.

23. GE Renewable’s display encourages learning.

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GE Renewable’s highly interactive and informational booth highlights the brand in every corner. There are multiple spaces for meeting and lounging. Every aspect of the display has brand information and offers fun ways to learn more about what the company is about.

24. QI ICT’s display is bold and stylish.

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QI ICT’s booth is massive, but the layout has a flow to it that leads an attendee around the booth. The color itself along with the sheer size of the display can attract potential customers. But it’s how it’s constructed to be walked around that makes it effective.

25. Nature’s Path’s display is unique and memorable.

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When a booth at a trade show looks like a tree house, it’s going to be worth checking out. This display from Nature’s Path is uniquely designed and branded. Not only will it attract attention, it will be something that people will remember.

26.Trade Show Booth Side Walls

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For the trade show booth walls, I knew that I had a limited amount of design solutions to decide from.

27.Signage

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For the back wall of the booth I wanted to have a series of photographs that would easily communicate “what we do.” To learn about designing the signage

28.Trade Show Tables

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He suggested trestle style legs for the base with a wood surface for the top. I wasn’t sure what a “trestle style leg” even was! To learn about the Trade Show Tables that Brett made and how to create them

29.Lighting

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To get clear on my lighting needs, I started by making my list of questions. (Are you seeing a pattern in my process for designing? I tend to ask myself a lot of questions and get clear on what it is that I’m trying to solve.) To learn about the list of questions and the design solutions for lighting.

 

30.Displays

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I have an abundance of displays from past trade shows. Mannequins, a spinner display, vintage tins, vintage type trays, wire baskets, stacking wood displays and more. To learn about the variety of displays and where to buy some of them.

31.Your products and display.

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This is an obvious one, but there are tons of stories out there of crafters forgetting part of their display or a few of their products. My stomach drops at just the thought of it. Make a list of every display item and product that you plan to bring with you and check off each
item as you put it in your car, one-by-one.

32.Samples of Your Product to Wear.

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If you make jewelry, scarves, or anything wearable don’t forget to wear one of your products. It shows how much you care about the product.

33.Water and food.

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Craft shows are typically all day and when things get busy it can be difficult to take a break to grab some water or food. Bring water and snacks with you – it’s important to keep your energy up throughout the day.

34.Change for cash.

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You can kiss that sale goodbye if you don’t have change with you. Make sure you have enough to start and keep track of it so if you start running low you can run out and grab more.

35.Your credit card machine.

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If you plan on bringing a credit card machine, don’t forget to bring it with. If you don’t have one, you should look into getting one because most people aren’t carrying cash with them.

36.A mirror.

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Customers will want to see what a piece of jewelry or a hat looks like on, so make sure you have a big enough mirror for them to use.

37.Your camera.

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Take pictures of your booth as well as others at the show. Use the photos as inspiration for your booth in the future.

38.Appropriate dress for indoor and outdoor shows.

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If you’re outside, you might want a little fan and some sunglasses. If you’re inside and it might be chilly, make sure to bring a shawl or sweater.

39.A friend.

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While you shouldn’t sit there and chat with them the entire time, you will most likely at some point need to go to the bathroom. Plus, they’ll be able to lend a hand if things get busy.

40.Business cards.

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Bring more than you think you’ll use. Pass them out to people who visit the booth and fellow crafters.

41.Extra signs.

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You’ve spent all this time on a booth to accidentally rip a sign and have to put one up written in marker. Bring extra pretty ones.

42.Extra price tags.

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In case one falls off when you’re putting the booth together.

43.Bags for your customers.

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Give something for your customers to carry their purchases. Add a sticker or something that shows it’s from your store, that way everyone else will see it as they carry it around.

44.A chair.

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Unless you plan on standing the whole time.

45.emergency kit

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Create a kit with bungee cords, zip ties, scissors, twine, tape, clothespins, or anything that you use to make your display. If something breaks, you’ll easily be able to fix it.

46.An activity for yourself if it begins to slow down.

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While you want to interact with patrons, if things get slow it’s good to have something to do. Plus, people will love being able to see your handmade products being created right before their eyes.

47.Mailing list sheet.

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A mailing list is a great marketing tool, make sure you have some way to take down names and numbers to let them know about new products and other shows you’ll be selling at.

48.Receipt or sales book.

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Some people will want receipts, so make sure you have a way to give them one. Plus, it’ll be a nice way to keep track of your sales.

49.Network with other vendors.

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If you are at a craft show and traffic is slow for everyone, take time to walk around and introduce yourself to other vendors. One of my dearest friends and I met over 15 years ago at a failed craft show. We were both selling jewelry – along with everyone else. While I no longer sell jewelry, we still talk weekly and visit each other when we are in the same state. There’s no reason why you couldn’t find a few new friends or a potential business relationship.

50.Take notes and photos immediately after the show.

 

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Give yourself the opportunity to learn from this ‘bad’ show. How does your set up look? Why do you think things didn’t go well? Did you have enough inventory in several price points and for several demographics? Were your products not a good fit for this type of show? Was the entire show just void of buyers? Did other sellers have a bad show as well? Use your notes to improve on your next show.