by Lisa McGrimmon
Have you ever considered using display pedestals for your craft booth? They seem to be a frequently overlooked option.
People generally think about using tables, shelves, gridwalls or slatwalls, but the idea of using pedestals doesn't come up as often.
I've seen some gorgeous booths using pedestals, and, for the right type of product, they can be a great option.
Here are photos of 6 booths that use this type of stand in a variety of ways:
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Pedestals are a great option for displaying sculptural pieces.
In the picture below, you can see that the artist has used pedestals to get the pieces up off the ground, which gives them more importance. Most of the time, I find there's something about displaying items on the ground that detracts from the work and makes it seem less special. Getting these items off the ground helps to raise their perceived value.
The display pedestals also raise the sculptures up to eye level, and the varied heights of the stands, combined with the varied heights of the sculptures helps to draw your eye around the booth.
I also like the way the artist has hung several small, colorful items on the wall behind the sculptures to add more interest and height to the display.
Take a close look at the front right of the next booth photo. This jewelry booth uses an X-shaped pedestal that probably would be quite easy to make if you (or a friend) had some basic woodworking skills. It also looks like it would come apart to fit nicely in a vehicle and for more compact storage.
Notice the artist has used fairly large jewelry busts, each with several substantial pendants on top of the pedestals. Smaller items might feel out of place and lost, but the larger display gives more importance and attention to these pieces.
First, let me say that this next picture does not do the booth justice. It is actually a gorgeous booth, but something about the lighting, or the angle of the photo doesn't show how lovely this booth really is.
These pedestals appear to have been made from sonotubes with a round top added. Commercially made pedestals are gorgeous and convenient, but if they are out of your price range, constructing your own with sonotubes can be a good, budget-friendly option.
Okay, this next example might be a bit too big to qualify as a display pedestal, strictly speaking. However, it is smaller than a table and functions much like a pedestal, so I decided to include it.
If you don't have something this large, you could put two square pedestals together to make a larger space and create a little vignette like the one in the photo below.
Also, notice the riser on the back. It adds more height, and ensures that you can see items at the back as well as items at the front.
I do apologize for the quality of the next photo. Normally, I'd never post something so blurry, but it shows an option that none of the other photos show, so I decided to include it.
This booth uses mini pedestals on top of large pedestals to create a great flow and variation in heights.
Notice how the small pedestals look exactly like the large ones they are sitting on. That choice creates a good continuity throughout the booth, so the display fixtures fade into the background, and you can focus on the sculptural pieces and not the display itself.
Here's another jewelry booth using what appears to be large wooden boxes turned on their sides as pedestals. I bet they double as excellent, sturdy crates for packing up and transporting the rest of the booth!
If you've decided you'd like to use commercially made pedestals for your booth, Amazon is a good source.
Here are a few options available on Amazon...
Display Pedestal Ideas for Your Craft Booth