retractable banner stands

A pop up banner stand can be one of the simplest ways to present your brand in a trade show.  They’re convenient and affordable, and great for store fronts or hotel lobbies.  Portable, easy to set up and take down, these stands are built to last. is a leading supplier of trade show and pop up banner stands in Toronto, Ontario.  If you’re in need of a banner stand, look no further than our pop up banner stands.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-350-7152 with any questions.


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Pop Up Banner Stands Explained

There are a few different names for a pop up banner.  Retractable banners, pull up banners, roll up banners.  They are all names for similar products.  Our stands all include the printing of a full colour graphic.  This graphic is printed on a vinyl material, either 12 oz economy or 10 oz stay flat decolit.  This graphic comes installed in the base and ready to go.

If you’re looking around for a stand, you’ll be sure to find a lot of different options and a very broad price range.  A quality banner stands can range from $200 to $800.  As with all things, you can always find something even cheaper.  But you’ll most likely regret it in the end.  And yes, if you put a cheap, low quality stand next to a better stand, you’ll notice the difference.


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A solid, well-made banner stand base


A retractable stand will have a solid base that houses the banner.  Inside is a spring loaded cartridge attached to the bottom of the graphic.  With the stand on the floor, extend the pole and set it in place in the stand.  Simply pull up on the top rail of the banner, and set the rail in place in the top of the pole.  The tension holds the graphic tight.

To retract the stand, hold the pole from the back , pull the top rail off the pole and gently allow the spring loaded cartridge to pull the graphic back inside the base.


Why are there so many options?  I just want a stand.

There are dozens of different makes and models.  More than that if you start looking at cheap, low quality options.

Why?  Well, size is one reason.

Some companies already have their graphics designed and need a stand to fit.  Sometimes you want a stand wider or taller than the standard model.  All of our specific dimensions for the individual stands are noted in the product info on our site, with a downloadable template you can use to make sure your graphics will fit.

Another reason is, yes, the price.  Do you want something designed to last, or something for a one time use?  Will the base bend if you squeeze it with your hand (yes, unfortunately, you can find very cheap stands like this…we don’t recommend it.)

The last reason for such differences in, well, the extras.

Some stands are double-sided.  Others have a removable cartridge, so you can change or use multiple graphics with ease.


Pop Up BannerAlright, this all sounds good.  So, why do I need one?

Whether promoting a product, in a trade show, or promoting your company, a pop up banner is a great way to show to your clients what you’re offering.  It can draw in potential customers, enticing them to stop and speak with your or your reps.

Like a good billboard or ad, a well designed banner stand can quickly explain to passing customers what you offer and why it’s great.

Some people just don’t want to stop and talk, no matter what you’re offering.  They want quick, up front information about you and your product.  A well designed, quality banner stand is a great start.  Add in a pamphlet or brochure, and you’re well on your way to secure these passing customers before they find their way to your competitors.

As always, feel free to give us a call or email to talk about any of your concerns or questions regarding any trade show and exhibition products.

If you’re looking for the very best in a retractable banner stand, look no further than our Banner Bug Pull Up Banners.  This model of retractable stand is one of the top stands in the market, and it’s worth every penny.

Much like the brand “Kleenex”, this is just one type of stand, and its name has become synonymous with banner stands of all makes and sizes. has everything you need for banner stands in the GTA, Toronto, and across Ontario.  If you’re interested in a pull up banner that is top of the line, please take a look at our Banner Bug stands .  For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-800-350-7152.

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Banner Bug Pull Up Banners

We get quite a few calls about people looking for banner bug pull up banners.  Quickly, we realize that what the customer really wants is a simple retractable banner stand.  The banner bug is the top of the line, but maybe what you’re looking for is more along the lines of an Econo Tough?  They’ve heard the term banner bug, and think it applies to pull up stands across the board.  This isn’t the case.  If you’re looking to buy a car, you don’t necessarily jump right into a Porsche.  (Although, that would be pretty cool…)

A banner bug pull up banner is just one of the premium models we offer.

We also offer a broad array of stands in the value priced and standard pull up banner categories.

Or, if you are in fact looking for a premium stand, you may want to consider are the Imagine and the Barracuda.  We also offer two double-sided models, the Advance and the Excalibur, that have a banner graphic on both sides.  Like the Banner Bug Pull Up Banners, all of our  premium banner stands are worth the cost, well-made, durable, and meant to last.


So, What Makes it Premium?

Banner Bug Pull Up BannersWe’ve written before on the low quality stands and the difference between the models.  There can be such a difference between a low quality stand that costs $99 and a premium stand that costs $300.  If you only need a stand for a single use event, a standard or even a value priced stand might might your needs.

But if you’re looking for a retractable stand to showcase your company, brand, or products for months (or even years) to come it’s worth checking out your options.  A higher quality stand travels better, lasts longer, and is far more durable.  This is what premium banner stands like the Banner Bug, Imagine, or Advance can offer.

All of our retractable stands have a base, a pole, a top rail, printed full colour graphics, and a convenient carrying bag or case.  Each pull up banner stand comes fully assembled and ready for you to take on the road.


Okay, But How Are The Graphics?

We use two different types of vinyl for our retractable stands and pull up banners.

  • Our Value Priced Banner Stands come with your full colour graphics printed on a 12 oz. Economy vinyl.
  • For both our standard and premium stands, we use a 10 oz. Decolite Stay Flat vinyl.  (This, of course, includes the Banner Bug Pull Up Banners.)

The Decolite is a better, but slightly thinner, product.


What Does it all Mean?

Well, in the end, if you go looking for a standard banner stand and only look at the Banner Bug line of premium stands, you might be daunted by the price range.  Just keep that in mind as you shop.  If you want the best in quality banner stands, by all means, get the Banner Bug.  You won’t be disappointed.  But if you’re looking for something more economical, maybe take a look at our standard or value priced stands.

As always, if you want to speak with someone about this topic, give us a call.

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Having banner stand problems?  Perhaps the top rail has failed, allowing the vinyl to detach and retract into the base.  Or, worse, has the vinyl caught along one side of the base as it fell?  We’ve written a bit about the cheap banner stands that we won’t sell you .  As with any product, if you search for the cheapest options, chances are you will get an inferior product. is a leading supplier of banner stand products in Toronto, Ontario.  If you’re in need of a banner stand after having problems with your current product, please take a look at our quality products and banner stand banner pricing.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-350-7152 with any questions.

Banner Stand Problems

Thin, low quality aluminium. No this stand shouldn’t look that like that.

Banner Stand Problems Big or Small

Truth be told, sometimes a low quality banner stand can fail.  The leader strip (the part that connects the banner to the base) can lose adhesion.  The top rail can release the banner.  Those are big problems (though they can usually be fixed).  Other, minor issues can occur as well.  A low quality or cheap stand could tilt to one side.  Likewise, a cheaper material can curl badly.

In some very cheap stands, remember the old saying, “you get what you pay for”.  Most likely, a stand that costs less to purchase because it’s made of thinner material.  A thin aluminum base is soft, and could pinch and bend.  A pole cheaply made could bend, causing your banner to lean or wobble.

From the Top Rail Down

One of the easiest places to have a problem with your stand is the top rail.  This might seem like a small piece of your banner stand but it this parts fails, your banner comes spiralling down into the base.  (Again, this is fixable, but very frustrating.)  There a few different styles and types of top rails.

Banner Stand Problems

J-trim sticks right to your graphic, and is often the only thing holding it in place

Some banners are only held in place by a thin strip of tape.  The vinyl is attached to a piece of plastic called “j-trim”.  The trim, taped to the banner, is then slid into the top rail.  With this method, there is no pressure or force holding the vinyl to the rail.  Just tape.  Banner stand problems can arise if this tape fails, releasing the banner into the base.  This results in the banner stand losing tension.

As strong as tape can be, after a few dozen trade shows, under hot spotlights, this single bond can start to lose its grip.

Locking Pinch and Downward Clamp

Banner Stand Problems

Instead of tape or j-trim, this top rail uses a locking pinch and a downward clamp

Another type of top rail uses no tape or adhesive whatsoever.  Instead, the vinyl is held in place by pressure.  The vinyl is clamped in place, and as a result any downward pull only tightens the top rail’s grip on the graphic.  We find this a better solution, but still not the best.  To avoid banner stand problems a good top rail should have a piece of aluminum taped to the top of your vinyl banner, and that strip is then firmly held in place (usually by a series of five or six screws) to the top rail.  Again, if you only require your stand for a few uses, a simple j-trim top rail might be fine.  But if you’re looking for quality and a long-lasting product, find a premium banner stand with a strong top rail.

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The best solution for a banner stand’s top rail, adhesive tape AND pressure

A Strong Base for Your Stand

There are many options to choose from.  Too many, perhaps.  Banner stands come in many different sizes, including many different styles of bases.  When buying your stand, find one made of a sturdy base.  To aid against banner stand problems resulting fro uneven floors, ask if the base has adjustable levelling feet.  These little beauties can be used to balance out the stand (and work much better than a sugar packet under your table leg).

Avoiding Banner Stand Problems

In all honesty, I’m not saying you should only buy the most expensive.  Far from it.  But taking an interest in the stand you purchase can ensure you get a quality product that will last.  To recap, look for a banner stand that has a top rail with either a tension clam or an aluminum rail with tightening screws, and preferably a base made of sturdy aluminum with levelling feet.  For best results, avoid thin, easily bent or damaged stands.  Similarly, keep that top rail in good condition.

Lastly, if you are having problems with your current stand, contact us.  We might be able to repair your stand.