DIY Cheap Trade Show Displays


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When you want to save money on your trade show display, you might want to make a very small investment, but you don’t want your trade show display to look like it’s a cheap trade show booth. If you have average or better do-it-yourself skills, here’s a DIY alternative for you to consider.

cheap trade show displays DIY do it yourself with torsion box panels from lowes

You can obtain the patented material we use inside our modular trade show display components from your local Lowe’s Home Improvement’s pro desk. These torsion box panels measure 4 ft. x 8 ft. and are one-and-a-half inches thick. Hey have no solid wood edging, and you will have to figure out a way to fasten the panels together that works for you and your design.

Simply stop by your local Lowe’s Home Improvement, or Google: lowe’s torsion box panels

Nonetheless, this is the least expensive way to get the torsion box panels from Lowe’s. The manufacturer makes these panels available to Lowe’s all over the USA at a huge discount and if they are not in stock when you go in, they can be at your store within a week.

They manufacture these standard 4×8 panels just for Lowe’s and offer them at a huge discount to Lowe’s customers only.

How to handle the 4×8 patented trade show panels

It’s easy. You don’t need any extra wood working tools besides what you already have and you treat this material just like you would any standard plywood. Only, when you are building the walls for your trade show booth, you don’t have to build the walls as they are already completely built at one-and-a-half inches thick, they are fully insulated wall to wall and will resist warping or buckling unlike anything we’ve ever seen… that’s why we use this material in our modular trade show displays.

diy trade show display do it yourself with raw unfinished torsion box trade show panels from lowes

What about trade show panel connectors?

Again, this is something you need to figure out how to do yourself (that’s why they call it DIY). We use cam lock connectors from Norse in our panels. A little research online or at your local hardware store should be able to get you access to the same connection method we use.

If you decide to use the Lowe’s panels and cam locks, you will need to router out the core material and insert solid wood where you want the connectors to be. This is pretty elementary and you can use wood clamps and Gorilla glue or Carpenter’s glue for inserting the wood blocking. Router out your holes to insert your locking mechanism and you’re ready to go.

What about finishing my DIY trade show panels?

When we build our modular trade show panels, we do it to architectural specifications, so they could be made from everything from solid wood planks to any type of metal, fiberglass or stone and everything in between. Your panels will come stock from Lowe’s with plywood exterior facings.

You can prime and paint these panels to make clean, smooth and durable surfaces for your DIY trade show booth. You can also apply any vinyl graphic coverings to your trade show booth for that bit of extra visual impact and design flair.

cheap trade show display diy do it yourself save money

Why DIY?

You might be asking why we’re releasing this how to build your own trade show display information to you. It’s easy. Our clientele are not as concerned about the price as the quality. So, we charge a reasonable rate for our find craftsmanship and expertise in delivering to our clients, the exact thing(s) that they are looking for in their high-end modular trade show display.

We realize that not everyone is our potential customer, but we believe that even the DIY startup should have access to an affordable solution for building their own high quality trade show display, just like the big boys do, without having all that expense.


Congratulations on your new upscale DIY trade show display project.

And remember:

When you’re ready to upgrade, Modular Trade Show Displays will be here waiting to deliver to you the best modular trade show system you ever dreamed of.

Contact us for more information.