The economy has brought about lots of budget tightening over the last few years and the trade show market has responded with new technologies using fabrics, direct print graphics, and lighter weight materials. Information overload has set in and companies are trying to absorb the latest information and advice to use their resources wisely.
So, here at Exhibit Edge, we want to offer some basic information today on banner stands. Prices for banner stands vary greatly as they come in a variety of styles. There are two basic types – retractable and non-retractable. The pros and cons of non-retractable banner stands are easy to understand because, basically, what you see is what you get.
This style of banner stand usually does not have a base housing or retractor mechanism. They are called by many names including portable, spring back, X banner, or tension back stands. The tension is applied to the graphic usually from a bending pole or frame the same way a fishing pole bends. So what are the reasons to buy or not buy this non retractable style?
To buy – Pros:
- They are very lightweight.
- They do not have any mechanical moving parts to go bad.
- They are usually less expensive.
Not to buy – Cons:
- They do take a little more time and effort to setup.
- The banner or graphic is generally more likely to get damaged since it’s not protected in the base like the retractable style.
- The graphic also gets handled much more during setup and takedown.
- They often require a larger footprint and the backside can be unsightly to look at.
The bottom line for me when making a decision is what the non-retractable banner stand will be used for. We do not recommend them for the show floor as they take up too much room and are just flimsy and prone to damage. To us, they are best suited in a lobby environment where they will be up for long periods of time.