How much does an Exhibition Stand cost?

How much does an Exhibition Stand cost? This probably ranks highest on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ which is understandable when you consider this is a substantial part of the exhibitor spend. In this series, we look at the various options from budget friendly ‘Pop-up’ Self-build Exhibition Stands to Bespoke Modular Exhibition Stands.

Budget Friendly

If you are attending smaller shows, for example, the likes of the Midlands Business Expo, you’ll probably want to keep costs to a minimum. For this we suggest a self-build exhibition stand and/or portable exhibition stand. There is quite a depth of choice, with a number of ‘Pop-Up’ systems across the market. However, given our extensive experience, we would recommend



Dubbed the new ‘pop-up’ and where ‘Form Meets Function,’ Formulate is an innovative and inspiring lightweight alternative to a pop-up display. In-fact it is our most popular and affordable free-standing backwall and/or self-build exhibition stand. 

Prices start from £375+VAT for 2.4-metre-wide Frame and Graphics. You can then add a Portable Counter, Roller Banner and/or Literature Stands to complete your look.

Like a Child's Construction Set

Formulate is simple and intuitive to construct for and in any environment. Like a child’s construction set, Formulate is tool-free in assembly and made simple with matching numbered frame parts. The frame can be assembled in less than 5 minutes vs. up to 20minutes+ with the manually aligned traditional Pop-Up Display Stands.

Check out the 2.4-metre-wide Formulate Fabric Display on our YouTube Channel.


Formulate is much lighter in weight than a traditional pop-up display. For example, a 3-meter-wide Formulate Fabric Display (Hardware, Graphics and Transit Bag) weighs just 7kg, whereas the equivalent in a traditional Pop-Up (Hardware, Graphics and Transit Case) weighs 26kg (approx.)


Formulate is much more portable than a traditional pop-up display. The tubular aluminium structures are connected via bungee cord and packs flat for easy transportation. For example, a 3-meter-wide Formulate Fabric Display packs flat into an over the shoulder carry bag measuring 900mm (h) x 250mm (w) x 200mm (d) whereas the equivalent traditional pop-up display fits into a wheeled transit case measuring 960mm (h) x 600mm (w) x 400mm (d)

Fabric Graphics

The graphic for Formulate Fabric Displays are printed as one-piece, alleviating the need to and time spent manually hanging and aligning the heavier Rollable PVC or Polyester Graphics one by one. With Formulate Fabric Displays you have a truly seamless display, with no visible panel joins. Better still the graphics for Formulate Structures can be folded and packed away with the frame and even machine washed at 30°.

360° Visual Communications

Each Formulate structure is dressed with a one piece, totally seamless, fabric graphic sock (graphic slides over the frame and zips closed out of sight). As standard, Formulate fabric graphic socks are double-sided, optimising the impact of the message and giving your brand 360° Visual Communications.

Formulate Fabric Exhibition Stand


If your budget stretches a little further, we’d recommend Wavelight®; Designed specifically to make backlit graphics portable and modular, Wavelight® is the future of visual display marketing, using innovative LED Lighting to elevate both the brand and its message.  If you're looking for engaging and impactful Exhibition Lightboxes, look no further than Wavelight®. Click here to explore the full Wavelight® range.


Introducing the award-winning, Exhibitor Live 2019 Buyers Choice, The WaveLight® Casonara. A range of stand alone, portable LED Lightboxes with pioneering 360° illumination technology giving you better visibility for your brand and more places to present your ideas.

The WaveLight®  Casonara is tool-free in assembly and benefits from pioneering 360° illumination technology, providing better visibility for your brand and more places to present your ideas. The colour coded frame also enables you to quickly assemble and disassemble the display without tools – or breaking a sweat;

Prices start from £1250+VAT for 2.4-metre-wide (Includes Frame, Graphics, LED Curtain Lights and Wheeled Transit Case).



The jewel in the crown, a Modular Exhibition Stand is the ultimate solution for the less budget conscious Exhibitor. Completely customisable, a Modular Exhibition Stands can range from 3k to 30k+. Although they come with a premium price tag, a modular exhibition stand can be downsized or upscaled, tailored to your floorspace and/or design brief. They are a great option for exhibitors who attend multiple trade shows over the year and want a more cost-effective and sustainable longer term solution.


The world's most versatile modular exhibition stand and display solution. T3 is unique, compact, reusable and reconfigurable. With components that twist and lock together, T3 is also brilliantly simple to construct and requires no tools to build. Nothing competes with T3 for speed and ease of build.

T3 has been expertly designed with exhibitors in mind, making it ideal for large and small modular exhibition stands. T3 gives you the flexibility to change your design, graphics & integrations in an instant.

No Tools Required

T3's simple patented, twist and lock connection means there are no levers to push or tools required when installing or dismantling your display. T3 is thus quicker to install and dismantle over more traditional methods.

Bespoke Exhibition Stand Designs

T3 can be constructed to reach impressive heights, with the possibilities of a variety of shapes, curves and angles. T3 offers complete customisation, so you can achieve the look and feel of a traditional custom built display but with modular components.

If you’ve got an idea for an exhibition stand, all you need to do is give us your display design brief, whether it be a simple scribble or something more elaborate. We will then transform your display idea into a 3D CAD visual and get it back to you within 48 hours along with a full quotation. Challenge us with your design ideas and your display headaches. Trust us when we say, we can make it happen.

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Re-Usable & Re-Configurable

The re-usability of the system means that once your display has been used to fulfil one purpose, it can then be used time and time again; either with the same design or reconfigured for a complete different display or use.

One Flight Case. Endless Possibilities.

Lightweight & Compact

The T3 system is produced from aluminium. Each beam is strong yet lightweight. Beams are supplied in manageable lengths, making them compact enough to be packed down and stored within a flightcase. This reduces shipping costs and makes transport a lot easier than most other modular systems and/or a custom built exhibition stand.

Integrate Bespoke Elements

T3 allows you to easily customise your display with the option to integrate additional features including AV, LED Lighting, Lightboxes, Shelving, Gantries and Counters.

Can Grow As You Grow

T3 allows you start with a simple shell scheme exhibition stand and grow into a large, space only stand as your requirements grow. This is all made possible by simply adding a few extra beams and additional elements to your original display

Modular Exhibition Stands

If you have a Space Only Exhibition Stand, then look no further than T3. Why? From a design perspective, you will see how T3 can be constructed to reach impressive heights, with the possibilities of a variety of shapes, curves and angles. In-fact a whole host of elements, including AV and LED Lighting, can also be integrated into the display to give it a custom-built look and feel.

However, T3 really comes into its own when you consider that one of the major challenges facing exhibitors is that floor space at exhibitions can vary in size and/or availability. Because T3 is both re-usable and re-configurable, the framework and components can be re-imagined to fit either a new space or the same space with a different design by simply re-configuring, adding or reducing components.

You can read why more and more people are Opting For Modular in our blog.


In summary, it's evident that the cost of an exhibition stand can vary. However, as we've outlined, there are solutions to suit all budgets and applications. If you're ready to explore options for your next tradeshow, event and/or exhibition, get in touch today and take advantage of our our comprehensive exhibitor service, designed to take away all the stress and headache, allowing you to simply just turn up on the day. We can even take responsibility for liaising with the organisers to book and/or source any items you may require for hire, including flooring, furniture, AV, lighting and power. Services include:

  • Exhibition Stand Design
  • 3D CAD & Rendering
  • Printed Graphics
  • Pre-Build
  • Logistics
  • Install & Dismantle
  • Training
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