Craft Booth Design With Portable Tables

12 fabulous craft booths using portable tables

by Lisa McGrimmon

Planning out your craft booth design for the coming show season? 

If you're thinking about using some portable tables in your booth, look no further. I have 12 photos of great booths that effectively use tables.

Read on for lots of craft show display ideas!

Framed prints displayed on tables covered with black fabric

Striking Color and Great Lighting

This first booth is a fantastic example of how to use tables well. The black fabric covering makes them fade into the background, so the focus is on the product, not the display furniture. They aren't too wide, so they don't take up too much space.

The display is tidy but not so fussy that customers would be afraid to pick up an item. Plus, the great lighting finishes off the space beautifully.

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Jewelry booth display

Tall and Narrow DIY Table

Here's a DIY table that is extremely portable. It looks like the green bases attach to the white table top and probably detach easily when it's time to tear down the booth.

The table is quite narrow, allowing plenty of room for customers in the booth. You don't need a particularly wide table when displaying small items like jewelry. With a wider table, the items at the back can get lost in the mix.

Although it's hard to tell in the photos, this table is higher than standard table height. Standard table height is approximately 30 inches, but a table that's 33 to 36 inches provides a more comfortable base for customers to view your products.

craft booth display

Subtle Nautical Theme

I love the table covering on this booth. The netting creates a fun nautical effect that is echoed in the blues and greens of the tableware. It's a fun, but also effective booth design because it's subtle enough that it doesn't detract from the tableware.

Elegant jewelry display

Simple and Elegant

Here's a pretty jewelry booth with an elegant colored table covering. The table is at a great height for browsing, and the display makes good use of risers to vary the height and make full use of the width of the tables.

If you don't have an adjustable height table, you can simply place furniture risers under your table legs to add a little height, then hide them under a nice table cover.

Handmade hat display

Keep it Simple

I like the fact that this hat display keeps things simple. Don't over-think your booth. Your products should take center stage, not your display pieces!

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Lighting is Essential to Good Booth Design

silk flower display

Don't Ignore Lighting!

Dramatic lighting, rich table coverings, good use of risers, and varied heights make this booth design a real success.

Handmade jewelry displayed on a table at the market

All White

Here's a fantastic all white jewelry booth. The white backdrop really works with the bright, fun jewelry designs. I love the hinged frames with wire for hanging jewelry!

Handmade bath bombs at a craft fair

Inexpensive Baskets Plus Risers

Simple matching baskets make this bath bomb display work. With a bit of good luck, you could find baskets like these for a very reasonable price. The baskets would double nicely as storage, and they would make tear-down of this booth quite simple.

Notice the back row of baskets are raised on risers covered in the same black fabric as the table. The use of risers makes all the difference in this booth. They add height, and make the back row of baskets more accessible.

The tables, covered in black fabric, do their job and fade into the background. It's well organized, and easy to browse. The chalkboard style signs add a trendy element that would be easy to change out.

Handmade lavender products

Booth Color Matches the Product

The handmade lavender products are well represented in this lovely booth. The purple and white colors match perfectly with the packaging and communicate the soothing quality of lavender.

The table covering is great. It looks custom made for the tables. The white top keeps the display area clean and simple, and the pleated sides look pretty but also tidy.

Handmade salt and pepper mills at a craft show

Simplicity Works

This booth design works because it is so simple. Here's more proof that you shouldn't over-think or over-do your booth. Simple display tables, display crates for height and interest, and good lighting allow the products to speak for themselves.

Handmade jewelry display

Spectacular Jewelry Booth

What a great jewelry booth! The table covering is dramatic and eye-catching. It definitely grabs your attention and draws you in, but the white covering on top of the tables ensures the graphic pattern isn't distracting once you're in the booth and looking at jewelry. 

This booth design makes a great use of space with jewelry displayed at eye level as well as on the table tops. Look closely at the three display boards along the side wall. They are secured to two rods, which are secured to the frame of the portable tent. Very clever!

colorful craft booth design

Contrasting Color

Color blocking of contrasting colors makes this booth at an outdoor market really pop! Notice the use of risers in this booth as well. Here we have three levels. Risers really make all the difference when you use tables in your display.

Key Takeaways

Portable tables are a simple, affordable way to design your craft booth. 

Do be very aware of height and width. A more narrow table is better for most products because wider tables take up too much space in your 10 x 10 booth, and products tend to get lost at the back of wider tables, creating a lot of wasted space.

If you can't find exactly the right sized table, consider DIYing your own folding craft table. It's a project that's easier than you might think and requires very minimal carpentry skills. If you can measure accurately and screw in a screw, you can make your own folding craft table.

Look for adjustable height tables. 33 to 36 inch high tables are better than the standard 30 inch height. If you already have standard height tables, simply place them on furniture risers. That way, you can get the extra height without the need to invest in brand new tables.

Display risers placed at the back of your table also make a huge impact on a tabletop craft display. Risers help you make better use of the back of your tables. When items toward the back of your display are on riser, they don't get hidden so easily.

Moving Forward

If you're looking for adjustable height, portable tables, Amazon has a good selection at reasonable prices. You can start your search below.

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