by Lisa McGrimmon
Are you looking for some craft booth display ideas to help you put your shelves to good use?
You're in luck! I have 14 fantastic photos for you.
The right shelves need to be sturdy, portable, and flexible in design. If you find or DIY just the right system, shelves can be a fantastic, flexible option for displaying your crafts.
Let's check out some examples of portable shelves in craft show display, so you can find ideas that will work in your own booth.
I love this first booth. It is so simple, elegant, and also effective.
The color of the backdrop might not translate on your monitor. It looks almost black on my screen, but it is actually a gorgeous dark shade of midnight blue. The color works beautifully with the neutral shelves and the handmade white tableware. Using deep blue instead of black is a clever, unexpected twist.
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White backdrops are very popular, and do work most of the time, but this dark backdrop makes the white tableware look perfectly elegant and luxurious. Here's a great example of a display that increases the perceived value of a product.
Also, notice all of the lighting used in this booth. There is lighting mounted under the shelves and the handmade lamps cast a pretty glow. Good lighting mounted under shelves is crucial when you use several rows of shelves on tops of each other. Without it, the lower shelves easily get lost in the shadows.
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Here's a booth using tabletop shelves as risers.
The shelves provide height and make good use of the full depth of the table. They appear to be lightweight and wouldn't take up a lot of space for storage or transportation.
This option is an excellent solution for anyone who wants to use shelving on a tabletop display.
Here, we see a smart use of color. The shelves have been painted bright green to coordinate with other elements of the booth.
The splash of vivid color draws your eye to the booth, but it is larger in scale and not fussy, so once customers enter the booth, the color will become more of a backdrop and allow the products to stand out.
Smart application of color is an effective, inexpensive, and often overlooked way to draw attention and make your craft booth stand out from the crowd.
Take a close look at the vertical supports of the shelves in this next picture.
They are hinged to form a V shape, allowing them to fold in half. I bet the horizontal shelves are removable, allowing the entire system to fold flat.
It's a smart way to make a large display stand extremely portable.
The company Regency on Amazon has a line of Flip Flop shelves that are similar in concept. The horizontal shelves are removable, and you can fold the vertical supports in flat to make these clever shelves very portable.
Here's another example of great under-shelf lighting. This time, the display uses spotlights instead of strip lights.
If you're going to use several rows of shelves, the lower shelves can get lost in the shadows. Good lighting will solve that problem.
Here's a retail store display using a decorative ladder-style shelf. This booth display idea would work equally well in a portable booth as long as you had a sturdy vertical surface to support it if you buy the leaning style shown here. You can also find similar shelves that stand on their own, making them more flexible for use in a craft booth.
This type of decorative display ladder is quite popular. It should be quite easy to find one that meets your needs.
The small, decorative shelves in this next display don't hold a lot of product, but they do provide context.
They are exactly the type of shelves you'd have in a baby's room, so they help customers imagine how lovely the products would look hanging in their own baby's room.
These very simple white shelves completely blend into the booth allowing the brightly colored pillows to stand out.
You don't notice the shelves at all, unless you're examining booths for display ideas. And that's exactly what you want in a display - something functional that vanishes into the background to let the product shine.
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Next, we have a pair of bookcases used as display shelving. This booth display idea is less portable than other options, so you may find it more appropriate for longer shows that allow you to leave your display set up for a few days. It's not particularly practical for shorter shows.
I love the way the display creates a little piece of home in a booth. It allows you to imagine the beautiful mugs and bowls on display in your own kitchen.
My apologies that this next photo is a bit blurry. Normally, I wouldn't post such a blurry picture, but it has an interesting feature I wanted to show, and I don't have any other examples of it.
What I really like about this tall, narrow, free-standing shelf is the artist's website address painted (or maybe it's a custom vinyl sticker) along the side.
Here's another photo that doesn't quite do the display justice (last one, I promise). But the shelves are so different from anything else I've seen, I wanted to share at least one photo of this booth.
I believe this distinctive shelving system is custom-made. In person, it creates the effect of the jewelry almost floating on the clear shelves and clear necklace busts, which is quite pretty.
A decorative ladder functions as a kind of shelf for these colorful scarves. It's used in a retail display here, but it would be equally at home in a craft tent.
These glass shelves show handmade items in a museum gift shop.
Of course, breakable glass is not as practical for portable displays that need to move from show to show. However, it creates an airy effect that would be pretty if you were designing a more permanent display and didn't need as much portability.
Finally, here's an all-neutral booth with plenty of good lighting under the shelves.
In a lot of ways, it's similar to the first booth photo with several long shelves secured to a wall, and plenty of under cabinet lighting. This tableware has a more causal, relaxed feel, and the neutral colored backdrop reflects that feeling in the booth.