Trade Show Displays

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At an outdoor event, custom event tents are a perfect way to announce yourself, and your brand, to all viewers.  We’ve all seen events where someone is using a poor quality, or even a shoddy or broken tent, so we know how that instantly reflects on the company and their product.

Don’t fall into the trap of using an older tent to promote your brand.  Getting high-quality, custom event tents is a worthwhile investment, and can be your first point of contact with your customer base. is a leading supplier of outdoor flags, banners, and tents in Toronto, Ontario.  Please take a look at our tents and pricing. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-350-7152 with any questions.

Custom event tents

Explaining Your Custom Event Tents

Alright, what are my options?

There are basic tents, without any printing.  (No, these aren’t custom, but I feel I should start here.)  You can get a pop up tent in 5 basic colours (black, blue, white, grey, red).

When you want a whole lot extra, you can have these custom event tents printed in full colour to promote you and your brand.  These set up the same as basic pop up tents (same frame, same set-up), but the full colour printed canopy really set it apart.

These tents are designed for a standard 10′ by 10′ space, and fold down easily to fit in one carry bag.  The canopy is a UV resistant polyester.


Custom Event TentsPrinted Backwalls and Sides

With both the custom event tents and the basic pop ups, you can add a backwall and/or sides to help create a unique event space for your show.  If your space backs onto another vendor, a backwall is a great way to ensure your customers are focused.

As with any good trade show display, making your outdoor summer event is all about environment.  Make your space professional and impactful.  Take some time on this, it represents your brand and your product.  Even if you decide to simply put up a tarp behind your tent, either to block wind or a competitor, take some care and make it look the best you can.


Custom Event Tents


How Your Custom Event Tent Works

Custom Events Tents

Corners will snap into place

Two people is best for putting one these up, but one person can do it with a bit of practice.  With the tent frame folded (the canopy should already be on the frame), stand it up and gently pull the corners so that it fills the 10′ by 10′ space.  Then, one by one, extend the legs out so the tent stands at it’s full height.  The corners should snap into place once everything is in place.  Depending on the make of your tent, you should have a 3 different height options.  (Make sure each leg is set at the same height.  Nothing is worse than a lopsided tent.)

That’s it.  If you’ve purchase a backwall or sides, these can be attached now, once the tent is up.  Okay, now that’s it.

Don’t miss out on that first impression.  If you have questions, or want to begin an order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts.

Many places offer services for outdoor banner printing, but there are a few things to keep in mind when searching for shop that is best for you.  Not all banners are created equal, and this is especially true for banners made to last outdoors.  You need a material that can stand up to the wind and rain, maybe even something that will last more than one season. is a leading supplier of trade show products in Toronto, Ontario.  Please take a look at our heavy duty banner pricing and don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions at 1-800-350-7152.


Outdoor Banner Printing

Double Sided Outdoor Banners


Outdoor Banner Printing – Stitch and Grommet

The key to a good outdoor banner is strength.  How thick, or how sturdy is the material?  How well will it resist tearing in the wind?

For any long term outdoor banner printing solution, you want a material that is at least 13 oz.  (This refers to the thickness of the vinyl.)  A 12 oz material is good for indoor use, and 13 oz is good for mild outdoor use.  For long lasting outdoor banner printing, you want a material around 18 oz thick.


Outdoor Banner Printing

By default, we finish all our outdoor banner printing with a stitched edge.  This edge includes grommets to attached your banner as you need.

To aid against wind, most shops will sew a strip of nylon webbing around the perimeter of the banner.  This provides a fair bit of extra strength against tearing grommets do to misuse or wind.  These strips of nylon are sewn right inside the back edge of the banner, which is then fixed with grommets, to two working together for a strong, long lasting edge.


Outdoor Banner Printing-nylon webbing

Nylon Webbing is sewn into the edge for added strength


Outdoor Banner Printing – Windflaps

When banners are made to hang over a street, highway, or between two buildings, the wind becomes a concern.  A strong wind can cause a banner to act as a sail, pulling against itself.  This can, in turn, cause the grommets to start to tear through the vinyl.  Now, this might not be a concern.  Maybe the banner is going up against a wall, or is in a sheltered area without much wind.  But if not, then we recommend adding windflaps to your outdoor banner.


Outdoor Banner Printing Windflaps

To reduce tension caused by wind


These are flaps, or wind smiles, cut directly through the vinyl.  Yes, they can impact or impede your graphics.  Banners that require these flaps, though. are generally large and intended for viewing from a distance.  When there is no wind, they hang flat, reducing impact to your text or artwork.  When setting up your file for print, we will show you where these wind flaps will be placed, staggering their placement to try to minimize impact on your design.

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Pick a banner that is going to last

So, keep these things in mind when purchasing your next outdoor banner.:

  • Thickness and durability of the material
  • Finishing options, like stitching and grommets
  • Heavy duty extras, like nylon webbing and windflaps

As always, we’re here if you have questions or special requests.

If you’re looking for tradeshow banners, you may require a retractable banner stand, a hanging banner sign, or a vinyl banner with stitching and grommets.  To help explain which is which, I’m going to give a quick explanation of each. offers options and pricing on three of these choices, providing professional and competitive solutions for all your banner, printing, and trade show needs.  For info and pricing on banner stands, please click here.  Or, if you’re interested in vinyl banners, either indoor and outdoor, click here.

Tradeshow Banners – Banner Stands

Roll Up Banners

One of the best and easiest way to add character and colour to your tradeshow is with a retractable, telescopic, or spring back banner stand.  These portable tradeshow banners set up within minutes and come in a variety of sizes.  We’ve spoken about the differences between these three stands before.  Check out that previous post if you’re looking for an in-depth look at these types of stands.

Retractable stands, or roll up banners, use spring loaded cassettes.  Insert a collapsible pole into the base, pull up on the top rail of the tradeshow banner, and attach the rail to the pole and your set and ready to go.  Telescopic tradeshow banners work slightly differently.

The poles snap together to create a freestanding frame, and your banner is then attached to this frame.  These telescopic stands are often used for wide media walls.  A spring back tradeshow banner is a lighter stand.  This type of stand holds your banner up using tension.

Each of these are appropriate solutions for trade shows, expanding your visual impact at any event.

Backs of two different tension stands

Backs of two different tension stands

Hanging Tradeshow Banners

Tradeshow Banners Hanging SignMany trade shows will use hanging signs to get across their message.  These signs can be a great way to showcase your booth, as they hang above your space and do not interfere with foot traffic.

These signs are generally printed on semi-rigid, rollable, and waterproof material called styrene.  You can choose to print these tradeshow banners on high quality vinyl or poster paper instead.  If you choose poster paper, they can be left as is or laminated for multiple uses.

There are a few options for setting up these overhead banners.  The most common is a plastic channel called a posted hanger.  This is clipped onto the top and bottom of the printed media.  Small loops slide in along the top of the hanger.  This allows you to attach it to cables or lines from above.

Different trade show venues will have different rules and regulations for overhead, hanging signs.  Be sure to check with the individual trade show reps to make sure you have everything you need for any overhead signs.


An overhead sign with poster hangers attached


Vinyl Tradeshow Banners

Lastly you can choose a indoor or economy vinyl banner.  These tradeshow banners are used everywhere, indoor or outdoor depending on the thickness of material.

Tradeshow Banners - Vinyl

They can be custom made to fit any size space.  You can choose to hang these above your booth, in front of a table, or on a wall beside or behind your booth space.

Showcase your logo, an offer, or an event with these banners.  Each banners comes with stitching along every side, and either grommets or pole pockets so you can hang them as needed.  Outdoor tradeshow banners are a little heartier, and are built with nylon webbing for extra strength.

tradeshow banners

Each of these three options are simple and cost effective solutions.  Standing beside your booth, or hanging above your display, a tradeshow banner is a great way to create impact at your next event.

As always, if you have questions about which of these products are right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more info.

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