I'm sure you already know that your display booth can have a huge impact on your sales at craft shows. But do you really know what works and what doesn't work?
How do you design a booth that attracts customers, shows your work at its best and fits within your budget?
Creating your craft booth can be costly if you're not careful - tables, grid walls, lighting, risers, table coverings - it all adds up pretty quickly. You want to avoid as much trial and error as possible and get your booth right the first time to avoid wasting money on a design that doesn't work.
That just means you need to do some good research and planning before you start buying pieces for your display booth. The tips and photos below can help you do that!
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The best way to really understand what works and what doesn't in a display booth, is to look at as many booths as possible. When you check out examples, you'll see what effect different display choices have on your booth.
That's why I've spent years collecting as many craft booth photos as I can to share with you. At last count, there were over 600 display booth photos on this site, and I add new ones regularly.
The point of studying the photos is not to copy someone else's fantastic booth, but to study it, find inspiration, understand what works, make good decisions about your own booth, and avoid costly mistakes.
I've organized and presented the photos in three categories:
If you want to learn about a specific type of display furniture - gridwalls, flooring, lighting, pedestals, tables, etc. - start here.
Here's where you'll find pages of displays grouped by type of craft. If you specifically want jewelry booth photos, soap displays, clothing displays, accessory booths, etc., start here.
This section features collections of booth photos that demonstrate important concepts in booth design. You'll find booths that make spectacular use of color, booths that effectively put products in the spotlight, and booths that break the rules.
All of these display booth photos are sorted based on the type of display furniture featured. If you want to see plenty of booths using grid walls, pedestals, tables, or shelves, you'll find them here. If you're looking for lighting ideas, portable flooring, and craft tents, you're in the right place.
10 ways to use signs in your craft booth to grab attention, communicate, and draw customers in.
Portable flooring that's attractive, affordable, easy to transport, and fits with the look of your product can form a solid foundation in your booth design. Here are several flooring options to consider for your display booth.
Here are 8 photos of jewelry booths using effective portable lighting. Whether you're lighting up a jewelry booth, or any other type of craft booth, you can get plenty of inspiration from these fantastic displays.
Show lights are, unfortunately, often overlooked by beginning crafters. They can make a big impact. Here's how to use lighting effectively in your booth.
Do you need to buy a craft tent? Here's detailed information about the most popular craft tent brands, where to buy them, what features to look for, and how to choose a portable canopy that meets your needs.
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It's not wise to do an outdoor show without weighting down your tent. Here are tips on choosing the right tent weights for your needs and instructions for making your own inexpensive tent weights.
Here are 13 photos of craft artists' booths that use gridwall panels to display a wide range of handmade products.
Thinking about incorporating some slat walls into your booth? Here are 7 booths that use slat wall panels.
Want to use shelves in your booth? Check out these photos of craft booths that use shelves in a variety of ways for plenty of inspiration.
6 craft booths that use pedestals to display everything from huge sculptures to small necklaces, plus information about where to buy pedestals for your booth.
12 photos of craft booths using portable tables to display jewelry, pillows, tableware, and other handmade items. If you're going to use tables in your booth, you need to check out these photos first.
Before you purchase a folding table for your craft room or your display booth, consider these 6 factors to ensure it meets your needs.
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When I went looking for a portable table, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted anywhere, so I ended up making my own. Here is how I made my own custom display table.
Another alternative for making an adjustable height, portable table. This one uses inexpensive legs from Ikea.
Here's how I designed my custom display risers. Yes, they just look like simple boxes, but the dimensions were carefully planned so they work perfectly as risers when I'm at a show, and as storage when I'm not at a show.
This tutorial shows you how to make a simple and inexpensive jewelry display stand from a few common, easy to find items (you might even have everything you need laying around the house already).
All of the photos in the posts in this section are organized by craft type. Are you looking specifically for jewelry booth photos, or pictures of handmade soap displays? Start here.
Simple and affordable jewelry displays you can make yourself.
7 photos of tabletop jewelry booths to inspire your own craft booth design.
6 photos of clever necklace display stands you can make yourself for your jewelry booth.
11 photos of necklace displays including commercially available busts and clever DIY display solutions.
Here are 12 photos of 4 gorgeous jewelry booths with some creative and clever display ideas.
Jewelry Display Ideas
Displaying jewelry can be tricky because you'll probably have a lot of it, and it is not easily seen from a distance. Luckily, there are lots of creative jewelry display options to choose from. Here are several photos of jewelry booths to give you ideas about how to display your own handmade jewelry.
Some truly lovely and unique jewelry displays. Check out an all black jewelry booth and an all white display booth. See how a single, dramatic color can be used to effectively show off your handmade items.
Photos of eight great, but very different jewelry booths.
11 photos of effective jewelry booths help you see what works and give you inspiration for creating your own fabulous display booth.
11 photos of clothing booths at craft shows, plus sources to recreate the look for your own display.
8 photos of portable children's clothing displays that are affordable, practical, and gorgeous. Plus: Where to find the items you need to display your own handmade clothing.
11 photos of clever clothing displays with plenty of take-away lessons you can apply to your own booth design.
10 great photos show you the common elements often used in clothing displays, and illustrate how to use those elements to create your own distinctive display booth that showcases your company's unique style.
Can't get enough clothing display photos? Here are eight more pictures of handmade clothing booths to help you create a vision for your own display!
Handmade Clothing Displays
There are so many ways to display handmade clothing, and so many different moods you might want to convey depending on whether you create high-end avant garde designer clothing, or warm, snuggly children's sweaters. Take a look at the vastly different effects you can create in your clothing booth.
How to display accessories other than jewelry. You'll find 12 photos, including hat booths, purse displays, and a few accessories that don't quite fit a category.
Looking for ideas to display your handmade hats? Here are ten photos of millinery booths showing how to display hats on everything from grid walls, to pegboard, to hat stands.
10 affordable, portable ways to display handbags at crafts shows.
9 photos of fantastic handmade handbags and totes displayed on shelves, poles, grid walls, and more. Some lovely and clever booth setups here.
6 soap display ideas to spark ideas for your own craft booth.
15 Soap Display Booth Pictures
Those who sell handmade soaps need to take into account a lot of the same factors as people who sell handmade candles when creating a booth. Many of the same considerations apply. Check out the pictures of these great soap booths, and also have a look at the candle booth photos in the link above this one; you might find a few ideas that translate well into your soap booth.
Can't get enough of a good handmade soap booth? I can never go to a craft show without stocking up on handmade soaps - always an affordable luxury. For you soap booth lovers, here are 10 more great booth photos.
10 photos of glassware and pottery on display at indoor and outdoor craft shows.
Pottery and Glassware Booths
Here are photos of six pottery and glassware booths that take great advantage of light to show their products and their best. The displays are sturdy but also allow customers to get up close to touch and examine each piece.
7 photos with ideas for using gridwalls, mesh panels, and other, creative stands to display your original art or prints at craft shows.
Displaying paintings and other large art pieces is usually fairly easy compared to displaying smaller items, because your work can probably be seen from a distance and should be able to speak for itself without a lot of flashy extras. Still, there are a few decisions to make about how you're going to display your art. The page above includes many art booth photos as well as links to supply sources for items you may need for your art booth.
6 ideas for displaying food at craft shows.
9 photos of displays of knitwear and crocheted items ranging form knit sweaters, lovely crocheted blankets, hats, scarves and shawls.
Candle Display Pictures
When you display candles, you'll need to find a way to make a small product enticing from a distance, and also allow plenty of room and ease of access for customers to pick up, and smell (if they are scented) each one. Check out this page for photos and tips on creating a great candle booth!
Here's a collection of pictures for all kinds of craft booths that don't fit within the previous categories. You'll find woodworking, cards and prints, crocheting, and sewing booths
These beautiful holiday craft show booths will inspire you to spruce up your own display for Christmas craft shows whether you want to make big changes, or just add a few festive touches to your existing booth.
10 photos of gorgeous Christmas craft booths show you how to spruce up your own display for holiday sales.
Holiday shows provide a special opportunity to really spruce up your booth (sorry for the pun, I couldn't help myself). Here are lots of Christmas craft show booth photos and some ideas for boosting sales at holiday bazaars.
Make your displays more festive for Christmas craft shows with these free printable Christmas decorations for your booth!
7 photos of a spectacular indie handmade accessories shop using clever display pedestals and furniture. If you're planning a craft display, you need to check out this shop! It's simply lovely.
Here are photos of 14 lovely independent retail shops that sell handmade goods. Their displays are fantastic, and you can translate a lot of them to your own display booth.
See how the pewter artisans at Amos Pewter use color to make their stores memorable.
6 photos of handmade items displayed in retail stores, plus tips on finding booth ideas in the displays at your local retail stores.
All of the links to booth photos below illustrate specific concepts related to craft booth design. Do you want to see how you can use color effectively in your displays? Are you wondering how to create a booth that doesn't "compete" with your products? These photos are the best place to start.
Want to defy common craft booth design rules? Go for it! But keep these tips in mind.
4 craft booths that entice customers by telling a story about how their lives will be enriched if they buy the product.
Embrace simplicity in your display and let your products take center stage. These 5 booths show you how.
6 booths that make clever use of color. Find out how a splash of color can liven up your own display.
A good display booth works in harmony with the products you sell. It enhances them, and doesn't fight against the image you are trying to create. Here are photos of 16 booth designs that work with the product to create a cohesive look and communicate a clear message to customers.
When you set up little vignettes in your booth that show your items displayed as they would be used, you can communicate a lot to customers about how your products function and how owning your products will enhance their lives. Here are photos of 7 booths that show you examples of how to display your crafts the way they would be used.
Not convinced the way you display your items can really make or break your sales at a show? Read this article to understand the real benefits of investing the time and money to create a great display booth that shows your work in the best possible light.
Download and print this check list of items to bring to a show so you don't forget anything at home!
Follow these 14 common show rules to create a display that will comply with the rules of most shows, and use the Art Show Regulations Checklist (downloadable from the page linked above) to keep yourself organized.
While there are a lot of variations, there really are just 4 basic booth layout options. These 4 illustrated booth configurations will help you decide which setup is best for you.
Create a charming ambiance in your craft booth with handmade display booth furniture. Here are 10 wonderful Etsy finds to get you started.
Display Booth Ideas
Want to find more great booth photos online? Here are three more places to look for lots of craft booth ideas.
I have analysed two photos of some great booths. These booth photos illustrate 13 key concepts in good booth design, which you can apply to designing your own booth.
This link takes you to several articles about how I created my own booth including instructions for making your own folding table and tips for designing your own multi-purpose risers.
Discover how to create displays that really work. Creating a booth that's attractive is just one part of the equation. Your booth also needs to be highly functional.
Indoor and Outdoor Booths
There are different factors to take into consideration depending on whether your booth will be indoors or outdoors. Discover how to create displays for both indoor and outdoor shows.
It can be a lot of fun using your creative energy to design a stunning booth. However, don't forget, a great display is also practical and safe. These ten tips will help you to ensure that your booth is functional, practical and safe.
Whatever your style may be, your decor should fit well with your products and not compete with them or confuse customers.
3 tips to help you make your booth compelling to customers by conveying a clear, purposeful message.
Discover how to create displays that make your customers want to open their wallets.
Nine merchandising tips to help you make the sale.
You can't sell anything until potential customers walk into your booth! Yes, I know I'm stating the obvious. But people often don't consider how their booth looks from a distance and how they will draw customers in. Here are some tips to design your booth to draw customers in.
Dragging your booth from your home, to the car, and then from the car to your allotted space (and then the same in reverse when it's time to go home) doesn't have to be a difficult chore if you plan well. Here are a few things to consider to ensure your booth is as portable as possible.
At the beginning of a show, you may be a bit on edge and anxious to get set up. You really don't need a time consuming or difficult booth setup to start your day on the wrong foot. Here's how to think about and plan your booth to make setup quick and easy so you can put your focus on the most important place - your customers.
Good booths allow for plenty of storage for personal items and additional stock. Learn how to create a booth with plenty of storage.
It's the end of a show. You're tired, and the last thing you need is a complicated booth teardown. Here's how to design your booth with teardown in mind to make your life easier at the end of each show.