Craft Booth Design With Portable Tables

Author: Lisa McGrimmon | Published: April 10, 2016 | Modified June 11, 2019


12 fabulous craft booth designs using portable tables.

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

Read on for lots of craft show display ideas!

Tabletop craft show display with text overlay - How to use portable tables in your craft booth.

Striking Color and Great Lighting

Framed prints displayed on tables covered with black fabric

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 room in a standard 10x10 booth space.

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


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Tall and Narrow DIY Table

Blue and green jewelry booth display

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 is 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.

If the table was wider, the items at the back could get lost in the mix and a lot of space for customers to browse comfortably would be lost.

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 folding craft table that's 33 to 36 inches provides a more comfortable base for customers to view your products.

Subtle Nautical Theme

Handmade glass tableware on display in a nautical-themed craft booth.

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.

The theme creates a fun booth design, and it is effective because it is subtle enough to avoid detracting from the tableware.

Simple and Elegant

Elegant jewelry display

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.

Keep it Simple

Handmade hat display

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!


Don't Ignore Lighting!

Silk flower display

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

All White

Handmade jewelry displayed on a table at the market.

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!

Inexpensive Baskets Plus Risers

Handmade bath bombs at a craft fair.

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.

Booth Color Matches the Product

Handmade lavender products.

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.

Simplicity Works

Handmade salt and pepper mills at a craft show.

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.

Spectacular Jewelry Booth

Handmade jewelry display at an outdoor craft show.

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!

Contrasting Color

Colorful tabletop craft booth design

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.

More tips For Using Portable Tables in Your Craft Booth

  • DIY Folding Craft Tables Tutorial for Displays at Shows

    Detailed instructions show you how to DIY folding craft tables for your display at craft shows - no carpentry skills required! Build your own custom collapsible table that's the perfect size and height for your booth.

  • Folding Craft Table Buying Guide

    Whether you are buying a folding craft table for your studio or your booth, take these 6 considerations into account to ensure your table meets your needs.

  • Make a Portable Craft Table Using IKEA Legs

    These simple instructions will help you build an adjustable and portable craft table for your booth or your studio using inexpensive legs from IKEA.

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