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Displays for Small Stands

Self set us displays are a good choice for small stands. They usually come in their own wheeled shipping case, making them very portable. Graphics and accessories fit inside the casing, so you can often fir the entire exhibit into a car, check it in for a flight, or ship it at a reasonable rate. A well-made portable display should last you for a quite a number of exhibitions. You can simply make changes to the graphics but keep the rest intact.

As your company and messaging changes, do does your stand. The core component (such as frame itself) stay the same, so you only have an increment cost for any look-and-feel items you choose to change. An important aspect to consider, though, is that there can be significant differences in quality and craftsmanship. While all displays roughly look alike in brochures, they might look very different after a couple of show.  As a rule of thumb, you get what you pay for.

Pop-Up Displays


Pop-up displays are made of an expandable, sort of telescopic or otherwise collapsible base frame that extends  to create a back wall for your stand. This back wall just pops up, hence the name. They are very quick and easy to assemble and to dismantle and usually come in their own container, which sometimes has wheels for easier transportation. The back frame is covered with either printed panels or fabric. Pop-up displays are popular because of their fairly low price. The downside of the pop-up display is that it is hard to stand out with one. Sometimes a basic pop-up display combined with a simple kiosk can create a more sophisticated look.

Panel Displays


As the name suggests, panel displays consist of thin, flat panels that use limited space when stacked on top of each other for shipping or storage. Panel systems are available in wide range of models and styles and consist of either individual panels that are connected at the show or ones that are permanently connected and simply unfold. While not as easy and quick to set up as pop-up displays, panel displays are usually stronger and can hold some weight such as presentation monitors, plants, or collateral holders.

Fabric/Tension  Displays


Fabric / Tension Displays are a little like pop-up displays on steroids. They also provide a seamless graphic back wall, which gives you a couple of great options since they support shapes that a pop-up display will not. This gives a fabric/tension displays a much more modern look. With various shapes available, it is easier to look different, and customization is fairly easy and affordable.

Modular Displays


Modular displays are designed to be assembled in different configurations, making them ideal for exhibitions with frequently varying stands sizes. If well done, they look similar to a full custom display. Modular systems are composed of various modules (such as frames or panels) that can be connected to create the display in different combinations. They make great starter kits that can be enhanced over time as your company and exhibiting needs grow. Also, you can fairly easily replace individual parts that get lost or damaged. The downside is that these systems are heavier than portable displays, so shipping costs are higher, but they are still lighter than most custom displays.

Table Top Show Displays


Table top display options have come a long way over the years and now offer some interesting options that go well beyond a boring science-fair look. Display manufacturers finally noticed the need to provide better options for large market of table top exhibitors who were painfully lacking modern-looking option. Panel displays often come in a briefcases that fold open into a ready-to-go display. Pop-up display come in assorted sizes and shapes suitable for table top exhibiting. Fabric/tension displays are flat or curved in different directions. You can also choose from back-lit displays that cleverly convert from a table top display to a podium, making it multi-functional. Finally, there is the topper, which is ultramodern with many creative styles to choose from

Truss Displays

Truss displays are often used as specific components of a larger stand, but they are flexible and can also be used to build a complete display. They provide the building blocks for a limitless number of variations. Truss components are usually round, box-shape, triangular, or flat pieces designed for an easy assembly progress. Truss systems are constructed of durable steel or composite material and are capable of supporting heavier items such as monitors, lights, or even collateral. Truss components are available in multiple colours and can be used to create artistic displays.



Kiosks are great places to engage visitors or demo products. They usually have a place to mount a flat-panel monitor, which makes them ideal for showing presentations or showcasing computer software. They also have counter surfaces, providing space for notes, collecting leads, or a mouse and keyboard. Kiosks are not only functional, they give a stand a more sophisticated look. A low-cost panel or fabric background combined with a modern-looking kiosks makes a well-rounded impression. In general, kiosks are a great way to add dimension to your display.

Banner Stands


Banner stands come in different sizes and can be the poor man’s version of a pop-up background because they can hold a large, seamless graphic. Banner displays can be set up even faster than pop-up displays, and smaller versions are great way to complement a display.

About The Author

Exhibition Stand Dubai
Gianna Gabriel is the founder of Exhibition Stand Dubai. We are a full service exhibition stand design and build company based in Dubai and we operate across all the UAE and KSA: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah. We also build stands in neighboring GCC countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
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