Shell Scheme Graphics – What are the options?


A Shell Scheme is a pre-constructed exhibition stand consisting of Aluminium Poles & Beams, with foamex infill panels that form the ‘walls’ of the stand (the ‘shell’). Shell Schemes are generally provided by the venue itself, meaning you only need to purchase Shell Scheme Graphics to fit your chosen size and shape.

Whilst Shell Scheme Exhibition Stands are very basic, they provide a budget-friendly blank canvas for you to showcase your brand, product and/or service. They remain the most cost-effective and commonly assigned space and/or booth for first time exhibitors.

We have tried and tested a number of solutions for their finish, portability, ease and speed of build. In this series we’ll cover the three best solutions for dressing a shell scheme, assessing the pros and cons of each option.

  1. T3 Shell Kit (Premium)
  2. Infill Panels (Budget)
  3. Quick Fix Shell Kit (Standard)

1. T3 - Shell Kit

Introducing the T3 Shell-Kit, your solution for seamless shell scheme graphics. Using a specially-designed clamp, T3’s Modular Framework  securely mounts onto existing shell scheme walls, providing complete coverage without adding extra space. No visible framework, no panelled graphics—just a perfectly seamless display.


  • Universal Compatibility: The T3 clamp and tool-free assembly can attach to any shell scheme worldwide, saving you time and money.

  • Flexible and Expandable: Start with a simple shell scheme stand and expand as needed. Add beams and elements to grow from a small setup to a large, custom display. T3 is reusable and adaptable to suit your evolving needs.


shell scheme graphics seamless lightbox

We can also integrate our Modular Exhibition Lightboxes into a Shell-Scheme thanks to the patented design of the T3 Wandlite.

Unbreakable, non-glass and portable, the patented T3 Wandlite emits a revolutionary 360° light that makes it one of the most versatile and innovative lighting products available.

No other LED comes close to offering the same benefits that the T3 Wandlite brings, whilst staying true to the core philosophy of T3 Systems; TWIST – LOCK – CONNECT


2. Infill Panels

Transforming your shell scheme couldn’t be easier – with printed shell scheme infill panels that simply attach via hook and loop velcro directly onto the pre-existing 4mm white foamex infill panels. 

Each shell scheme graphic is supplied as an individual panel and sits between the vertical uprights of the shell scheme structure; Installation can be done in minutes by one person. This option is best for those with a limited budget.

Generally speaking, you can choose from a range of substrates for your Printed Shell Scheme Infill Panel Graphics:

a. Rollable

The most economical infill panel graphic for Shell Schemes are Rollable (or Roll-Up) Graphics. Semi-rigid, these graphics are durable and scratch resistant. As the name suggests, your printed graphics are supplied rolled up in Graphic Drums for ease of storage and transport.

You can choose from Rollable PVC or ‘Go Green’ and choose a Rollable PVC Free equivalent. Other options include Rollable Polyester which is PVC-free and is usually Satin or Crystal Laminated for increased stiffness, durability and scratch resistance.


High resolution dye-sublimation printed fabric graphics are the lightest (0.5kg per panel) and the most portable infill graphic option. They have the highest scratch resistance and can also be machine washed (at 30°) making them an extremely durable option.

We recommend choosing Foldable if you are travelling overseas. Because the fabric graphics can be folded without damaging the print, they do not need to be sent out in graphic drums, which can be quite large for those travelling by air.


For those not worried about transportation to and from their Exhibition, we recommend this 5mm thick Rigid Board option, weighing approximately 6kg per panel. 

5mm Foamex, because it is rigid and stiff, is not likely to kink which is sometimes possible (when mishandled) with Rollable materials. Foamex panels are also the most tensioned and taught option available. However, because Foamex panels are rigid, they are usually only suitable for those travelling to and from events in a van, with space to fit a 950mm (w) x 2340mm (h) board.

Shell Scheme Graphics Infil Panels


Revolutionise the way you create your shell scheme displays with our Quick Fix Shell Kit. This easy to assemble, slimline (20mm) aluminium frame, whilst designed to be wall-mounted, can also be mounted to a Shell Scheme using our cleverly designed Shell Scheme Mounting Bracket.

As with all of our Tension Fabric System Frames & Displays, graphics are interchangeable.

Please note, unlike the T3 Shell Kit, this solution is not compatible with all shell schemes globally. However, as specialists in shell scheme graphics, our team can assist you in determining the compatibility of this solution for any shows you may have already booked. All we require is the shell scheme specifications, which you can usually find in the exhibitor manual sent to you by the organisers. 


As you can see, our Shell Scheme Graphics & Solutions require no workmen, no specialist tools, no van hire and very little time to install. Furthermore, they look superb.

Should you require any assistance on shell scheme graphics and panel sizes, get in touch via online chat, telephone and/or email and one of our studio team will be happy to assist.