How much does an exhibition stand cost?

Exhibition Stands can cost as little as £100.00, up-to and even beyond £30,000+. 

If you’re looking for a portable exhibition stand, there are many innovative and inspiring systems on the market to suit all budgets and requirements, starting from as little as £50/sqm and as high as £450/sqm. 

If you’re looking for a custom self build exhibition stand, such as a modular exhibition stand, you can expect to pay between £500/sqm and £1,500/sqm depending on the design features and bespoke integrations that you may require. However, it’s worth noting that because a modular exhibition stand is re-usable and re-configurable, the initial investment is diluted in the mid-long term.

When it comes to a custom fabricated build, manufactured on site, there is no one size fits all answer;  Much of the cost involves logistics and construction labour which can vary considerably based on design.   

In this series, we’ll explore the various types of self build exhibition stands by ‘popular’ budgets, with our top picks for maximising your stands appearance, branding and message in an exhibition or tradeshow hall. 

LESS THAN £1,000


Budget Friendly Self Build Exhibition Stand

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 ‘Pop-Up’ or ‘Display Backwall’ for your Self Build Exhibition Stand. 

When it comes to Pop-Ups, the market is flooded with choices. However, in recent years, with sustainability and portability at the forefront of exhibitors minds, the market is shifting away from traditional ‘Pop-up’ stands towards Stretch Fabric Exhibition Stands akin to the likes of Formulate.

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 freestanding backwall and/or self-build exhibition stand under £1,000.

The Formulate backwall range is available in various shapes and sizes, including Straight and Curved, available in widths from 2.4m up to 6m. Prices start from £400+VAT for a 2.4-metre-wide Formulate Straight (Includes frame, graphics and over-the-shoulder carry bag). 

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)

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°.

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.

£1,000 - £5,000

Considered the mid-range, here there are a plethora of impactful and engaging options. From Self Build Exhibition Lightboxes that can be used as backwalls, to modular solutions that will allow you to connect frames together to create multiple configurations. 

Introducing the award-winning, Exhibitor Live Buyers Choice – WaveLight® Casonara. A range of Freestanding, Self Build Exhibition Lightboxes, with pioneering 360° illumination technology, giving you better visibility for your brand and more places to present your ideas.

Tool-free in assembly the Wavelight Casonara® makes for the perfect self-build exhibition stand and/or Display Backwall, with its innovative LED Lighting elevating both your brand and its message.

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

The ultimate in high definition illuminated display graphics, Infinity is the first ever, continuously edge-lit, Modular Exhibition Lightboxes. A patented eSEG™ Frame and Fabric technology is combined with high-powered OSRAM LED lighting, delivering superb colour consistency that extends beyond the frame, from edge-to-edge, for an immersive viewing experience.

Connected together, the modularity of the Infinity DNA Pro outshines its competition, with its patented e-SEG graphic seemingly disappearing to the naked eye, creating one continuous ‘Infinity’ image.

Quick-connect lightweight frames are intuitive and easy to assemble in under a few minutes. Connect displays together in a straight line or at 90° to create a variety of display designs.

Frames are available in 950mm wide (from £550.00), 1400mm wide (from £725.00) and 3000mm wide (from £1375.00).

New for 2023, the Infinity DNA eSEG Fabric Display is both a backwall and modular exhibition stand solution. It is the non-illuminated equivalent to the Infinity DNA Pro Lightboxes above.


The jewel in the crown, these Self Build Exhibition Stands are the ultimate solution for the less budget conscious Exhibitor. Completely customisable, Modular Exhibition Stands can range from 5k 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 exhibitions and are looking for a self-build exhibition stand that is both cost-effective and sustainable in the mid-long term. 

Want to know why more and more exhibitors are Opting For Modular?

Bondeye T3 Self Build Exhibition Stand


At 5 Studio UK, we design, build and deliver Modular Exhibition Stands using the T3 System

Brilliantly simple to construct, T3 is the world’s most versatile modular display system, designed to eliminate the infamous ‘build & burn’ concept associated with a ‘one-off use’ custom built exhibition stand of traditional construction (from raw materials such as Timber, MDF, Foam PVC, Paints & Laminates).

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 suitable as a self-build exhibition stand, with it being much quicker and easier to install and dismantle over more traditional methods.

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.

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.

T3 allows you to easily customise your display with the option to integrate additional features including but not limited to AV, LED Lighting, Slatwalling, Shelving, Gantries, Storage Rooms & Counters.

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

Check out the slider below, to see how T3 can be constructed to reach impressive heights with the possibilities of a variety of shapes, curves & angles.

Modular Exhibition Stands Framework RenderModular Exhibition Stands Graphics Render


Take advantage of our Bespoke Exhibition Stand Design, which includes a FREE 3D CAD & QUOTE within 48-hours of receiving your enquiry or brief.

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.

Challenge us with your design ideas and your display headaches. Trust us when we say, we can make it happen.

Our comprehensive exhibitor services take away all the stress and headache, allowing you to simply just turn up on the day. Your personal project manager will take responsibility for liaison with the organisers to book and/or source any items you may require for hire, including flooring, furniture, AV, lighting and power.

  • 3D CAD & Rendering
  • Graphic Templates
  • Graphic Design
  • Printed Graphics
  • Step by Step Build Plans
  • Build Training
  • Logistics
  • Install & Dismantle
Self Build Exhibition Stands Intrepid CS


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.


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