Custom Built v Portable Architecture

on Wednesday, 15 December 2010. Posted in Latest News

The intense competition of a trade show requires an attention grabbing stands. However, when trying to get the most for your money, take into account the time involved in setting up your stand, the frequency of your shows and whether or not you'll be reusing the same stand.

A unique, custom built stand can look very impressive. However, keep in mind that costs will involve not just the stand itself, but also its transportation, storage and time it will take to install and take down. What's more some components of your custom built stand will need to be replaced at each trade show.

If your stand is travelling to many shows, a cost effective alternative is a portable stand. In addition to its time and cost savings benefits, portable stands can be used repeatedly. Both alternatives have their place. However, rather than regard portable stands as merely a less expensive alternative, consider the many benefits that go beyond price.

The Look

The most common portable stand, often referred to as a "pop-up", is a simple, two by two metre curved backdrop. A major misconception is that all portable stands have this same look. However, our brand of portable architecture can be configured into a variety of shapes and sizes, including curve rooms, towers, s-shapes and arches.

Time Saving

With a flick of the wrist the QUAD Portable Architecture frame can be expanded and cotracted in a matter of seconds. Using mag-bars, the roll-out graphics fit neatly together for a seamless look and when its time for your stand to be packed away, all parts fit into a wheeled carry case.


A major cost saving advantage of our Portable Architecture system is that once you've invested in the frame, graphics can be interchanged to create a totally new look for different shows. Individual panels can be updated when new products are launched or prices are changed.

Our Portable Architecture system also comes with a free configuration service, enabling you to change the shape of your stand as many times as you like. At one show you can have a tall tower and at another an archway. You can even create a smaller version of your stand for a smaller show or at your office foyer. Compared to the cost of having to build a new stand for every show, this versatility is equivalent to saving thousands of pounds.

Optional extras

Our Portable Architecture system comes with a multitude of optional extras, such as spotlights and shleving, showcase and banner bridges, TFT screen holders, to name a few. Such items will help enhance your stand to create a more permanent look.

Custom built stands have their place. In order to achieve certain looks, custom building your stand may be a more appropriate option. This is why at Quad we can offer advise on all types of exhibition stands and styles.


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