You’ve decided on the Exhibition, chosen your space so now you need to think about stand design. Having an impressive stand that attracts visitors’ attention and enables you to stand out from the crowd is paramount to achieving a good ROI (Return on Investment) from a trade show. So, what makes a good exhibition stand? Here we have a few tips:

What Makes a Good Exhibition Stand?

1. Set Goals

What are your motivations for attending the exhibition? Are you launching a new product? Or wanting to generate leads? Maybe it’s just brand awareness. Being conscious of what you hope to achieve at the show will help focus the design of your stand. For instance, if you are launching a new product reflect this in the graphics and allow space to demonstrate it if possible.

2. Consider Your Target Audience

It is important to think about who your typical customer is. What are they looking for? What are their motivations for attending a show? Focusing on this will help you create a stand that appeals to your target audience.

3. Maximise Space

It is important to fully use the space you have booked – confirm the dimensions with the show organiser and make sure your stand fills it. Allow enough room for visitors to move around on your stand and keep seating areas to the back. Avoid having any barriers to entry – physical or psychological. Don’t over-fill your stand with staff members, if it looks too busy this might put visitors off.

4. Maximise Height

Having a stand that is taller than others can be a good way to draw attention. Check with the organisers the maximum height allowed. Having hanging signs or rotating upper elements can add visual attractions to your stand.

5. Consider the Lighting

Don’t rely on the lighting provided by the organiser, a bright, individually lit stand adds an additional design element. Lights enhance aesthetic appeal and if used correctly, can create different moods and ambience. Consider using coloured LEDs to create a certain atmosphere or brighten up your stand. Add features like lightboxes to display products. Use spotlights and up-lights to highlight certain areas of your stand.

6. Think About the Design

Large graphics look good on an exhibition stand – you want them to be noticeable from across the hall. Images are a great way of getting a message across quickly. Ensure that the graphics won’t be blocked by furniture or staff so keep them to the top of your stand.

7. Don’t Include Too Much Text

Don’t use the panels of your stand to convey reams of text, no-one will bother to read it and it will look too busy. It’s better to have the information in a brochure that a visitor can take away with them. Use a slogan to reflect your brand that people will notice and remember and make sure the text is big enough to be read from a distance.

8. Don’t Forget the Flooring

Don’t rely on the standard carpet tiles provided by the show organiser, including the flooring in your stand design can really make an impact. Our stands come with a free photo floor helping you to enhance your design.

9. Make Your Stand Interactive

Consider having TV screens or IPads to promote your products or services. These really draw attention to your stand. Giving visitors something to interact with other than just sales staff can be an effective way to entice people to your stand. If appropriate, give demonstrations of your product, these will hopefully draw in a crowd. If your product is too bulky to demonstrate consider using virtual reality to showcase it. Research shows that the more people can interact with a product, the more likely they are to buy it.

10. Use Promotional Items to Enhance Your Stand

Everyone loves a freebie, having branded merchandise on display can add aesthetic appeal to your stand as well as reinforcing your brand. Think about supplying something useful that visitors will keep on their desk like a mouse mat or memory stick. Keep personal items hidden – having keys, phones and bags on the stand furniture will make it look cluttered.

Having invested in booking stand space at an exhibition, it is important to source the best stand possible to maximise your ROI (Return on Investment) for the show. Errors such as poor design, too much text and bad lighting will reflect badly on your brand and put visitors off. For help with your exhibition stand design speak to one of our experts on 01202 723 500 or email

Exhibition stand design and build contractors at UK venue

Exhibition stand design and build contractors at UK venue