by Lisa McGrimmon
Slat walls are a fairly popular option for displaying your crafts. They can create a great look, and they offer a good amount of flexibility in terms of how you set up your display.
Here are 7 photos of booths using a slatwall display system, plus a few things to consider if you plan on using this type of system in your booth.
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Here's a great leather goods booth made entirely from slat walls. This display is sturdy, professional and highlights the products for sale.
This display was at a major, two week long indoor show, so it wasn't being put together, taken apart or moved frequently.
Here's a booth that uses a combination of slatwalls and gridwalls to display clothing. Notice the U-shaped configuration of the slatwalls which helps give the system more stability.
When looking at this type of display stand, it's important to remember that they are frequently used in retail stores, garages, etc. where they are secured directly to a wall and not portable. Be sure that any slatwall panel you purchase for doing craft shows is portable and free standing.
This next booth has panels with the same stable U configuration as the one in the previous photo.
Notice the bar with lights secured across the top of the panels. In addition to adding important lighting to the booth, the bar at the top also adds to the stability of the panels.
The red color of these panels really makes a statement! It's dramatic, and it wouldn't work for every booth or every type of product, but it definitely works here.
This is an example of how a strong use of color (that works with the product you sell) can make your booth booth really stand out from the crowd. By the time I reached this booth, I was a bit bleary-eyed from looking at many, many booths. The red immediately caught my eye and drew me in.
Here's a more subtle use of color in a booth. The natural (almost neutral) green works well with these leather goods. Slat walls really can contribute a lot to the look of a booth without competing with the product.
First, I love these hats. I bought one for myself after years of looking for a sun hat that was both cute and actually fit my big head.
This display is simple and works well. The mirrors secured to the panels allow customers to try on and check the look of any hat they like. The hooks on the panel display each hat in a way that it can be seen and is given its own place of importance.
As a customer, what I really loved about this display was that fact that I could, at a glance, see every color and style of hat available. I could quickly find the color I wanted and then try on several styles in that color to find the one that suited me best.
An excellent, customer-friendly display!
There's plenty of storage on the bottom of these panels. The bottom cupboards would be a good, stable base for supporting the slatwalls, plus they provide a good, hidden location for storing extra stock and all of the craft show survival necessities you need to bring along.
Slat walls have a lot in common with grid walls, so you'll probably want to consider both to determine which system is best for your needs.
A few negatives to keep in mind with slatwalls:
There are many positives that offset the negatives, though:
If you're comparing a slat wall system with a grid wall system, and trying to decide which is best for your needs consider:
Slat walls are available from a range of stores , including home building supply stores, office supply stores, and Amazon. If you look at those retailers, just be careful to ensure anything you buy will be portable, free-standing and generally suitable for a craft show setting.
Here are few slat walls available on Amazon