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Create Your Own Display Stand

How to make your own cheap and lightweight display stand

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Please take care with cutting equipment; wear eye protection and protective clothing and make sure you are in a well ventilated area when using glues and adhesives.

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Making a simple display stand

Cut out the panels to the size you require bearing in mind how you are going to transport them and the material you are using. For example cardboard will bow once you have added material so keep the panel size small (900mm x 600mm max). Most of our display panels are fire rated to cover the venues insurance requirements. If this is a requirement of your venue then please seek professional advice on fire rated materials. Fire rated plywood is readily available.

One of the cheapest and lightest materials (not fire rated) is cardboard. This might be recycled or pre used. The cardboard needs to be 4-6mm thick and for maximum strength shouldn't be more than 900mm x 600mm. Once you have cut the number of panels you require you can then cut the material you are going to use as the covering. In most cases this will be looped nylon as it is Velcro friendly (allows you to attach graphics or artwork using Velcro).  

You can purchase looped nylon in a range of different colours by the metre from Access Displays. The width of the looped nylon is approximately 1300mm but will vary dependent on the colour you require. Click here to order Loop Nylon online or click here to view available colours.

Unroll the looped nylon onto a pasting table or work bench with the fabric colour side facing down. Place your cardboard on top of the fabric and cut the fabric leaving at least 50mm bleed on ALL sides. Once you have cut all of the fabric templates you are then ready to start gluing the fabric to the boards.

The adhesive we recommend is PVA (water based) and is available from Access Displays or most DIY stores.

Place your cardboard substrate onto your work surface and make sure it is clean and dry. Using a brush or roller spread a thin layer of PVA glue so that it covers the entire board, making sure there are no lumps or imperfections as these will show through the finished panel.

Then lay the looped nylon on top and gently run your hand over the fabric to smooth it out. Do not press too hard as you might crush the fabric into the glue. When you are happy with the finish put to one side and allow it to dry. Normally you should allow 24hours per side.

Depending on the substrate used you will probably find that your panel has now bowed. This is normal. To correct the bowing you will need to add fabric to the other side of the panel to act as a balance.

If your panels are still bowed on completion you might need to add a frame to strengthen the board.

When all of your panels are dry you can trim the excess fabric using a sharp knife or pair of scissors so that it is flush with the edge of the panels.

You are now ready to join your finished display panels together. To do this we recommend using Superflex available in packs of 10 (2.4m lengths). Click here to order Superflex online.

There are two types, fixed 60 degree, for making fixed displays in triangles and flexible which allows you to fold your display flat for transportation. Cut the Superflex to the same length as your panels and push in place on the longest side (900mm).

You now have a perfectly usable portable display system. If you use pins or tacks to fix artwork but don't forget you will gradually destroy the board. Use Velcro if you want your display boards to last longer. Click here to order Hook Velcro online.

We hope you were able to follow these instructions but if you have any further questions then please contact us.

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