Craft show booth walls? Inexpensive and DIY?

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ellelchill says

I'm not the best describer in the world, but I've had to create faux walls too many times to not offer my solution:

First make a three sided frame in the shape of the perimeter of you are trying to enclose. You must make two. The frame should be made of wood, use a 2" by 6" as the platform. With the 6" flat to the floor nail 2" by 2"s in a track around the frame. You want to leave a 1" gap down the center between the 2" by 2"s. Again you need to make two of these frames.

You have left the 1" gap for the walls.

Then you take 1" by 4' by 8' sheet's of insulation, you can get from any building supply store:
www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=42864-236-26...

Cover the insulation with fabric (here's where you can make or break the bank) on the parts you're going to see. Then just hot glue paper to the back side to cover where the fabric ends (remember your neighbors and others will still be able to see it)

Lay the frame track down, stick in the insulation on it's end into the gaps in 4 foot panels, I like the foam insulation because it's easy to cut to customize to your space. Then take the other frame and put it around the top (you may need help for this, the frame will be cumbersome and prolly 8 feet high).

Pure science holds the walls in place.
The hardest part is just measuring out the foam insulation to fit the perimeter.
Also, if you can, try to make it so the frame track comes apart so you can actually transport it.

Depending on the space you can make this for $40 to $100, but if made right you really stand out.

Posted at 1:30 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

coocoos says

Not sure here..looking for ideas too..will be my first..I'm bringing a double cltohes hanger for some things to hang on.

Posted at 1:40 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

mybluetulipdesign your description sounds great! would you be able to share any pictures of the walls by any chance?

I need something like this for my shows too!

Posted at 2:10 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

CreativeScraps says:
mybluetulipdesign your description sounds great! would you be able to share any pictures of the walls by any chance?

I need something like this for my shows too!

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Thanks for asking this. mybluetulipdesign, I would love to see photos as well.

We use lattice panels which I like for outdoor shows for the airflow but I do not like for indoor shows. They are heavy and hard to manage by yourself. My next show I have to do alone and I would love to find an alternative set-up.

I need to hang lots of stuff for vertical display, can you hang product on the panels you use?

There is another thread with some ideas here:

www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6291431&page=1

Posted at 2:47 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

CreativeScraps says:
mybluetulipdesign your description sounds great! would you be able to share any pictures of the walls by any chance?

I need something like this for my shows too!
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i don't have any on my computer here, but i will make it a point to find them when i get home. worse comes to worse, i'll just set it up again and do it. i did notice that the lower walls work better than the 8' tall ones if you are out in the open. i've always had a wall or something behind me that i could anchor the U against so it was fine. :)

Posted at 2:57 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

Thanks mybluetulipdesigns that would be greatly appreciated :)

I've been wanting to make one with pipes etc but ran into structural support issues.

Posted at 3:01 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

i'm not home yet, but i found this one which was a little similar in structure. his was made with all pvc. i used pvc for my uprights, and galanized for the top rails. i probably would've used all pvc, but i already had most of the pipes for something else, so i went that way. but this will give you an idea in the meantime... www.diyphotography.net/homestudio/blz/home-made-cheap-diy-backdrop-...

Posted at 3:31 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

I'm wondering why you have to have walls? Do you need them, or do you just think you have to have them?

Posted at 3:31 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

If you don't need them to use as a display, why do you want them? Is it a rule of the show? I have never had to have walls at a show... I have used grids and things, but only because I needed them for my display. Yes, it is nice to have a pretty booth with curtains and all, but if your just trying this out, I would go without them for now, unless you have to have them to do the show.

Posted at 3:38 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

WildcatLeather...I'm so glad you asked. I just assumed I did. I've emailed the show coordinator to find out. If they're not a requirement I may save myself the extra work this first time out.

Posted at 3:56 pm Oct 14, 2009 EDT

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