So your craft show application has been approved and you have your entire handmade product range finished and ready to be sold and. Thousands of people will be attending and you have to stand out among possibly hundreds of vendors.

Craft-Show-Booth-DesignsNow you have to think of a booth design. No worries! We have the coolest examples of booth design ideas plus tips on how to set it up.

Craft Booth Setup

There are basic things to keep in mind when setting up a craft show booth – things that should go without saying but are often ignored.

  1. Simplicity is important in a person’s view of your booth.
  2. Tables should have long skirts hanging to the ground so extra stock or other untidy items can be hidden away, not blatantly left in plain sight.
  3. Keep boxes, hand trucks, electric cords, half-eaten sandwiches, and other mess out of sight. No one likes to browse among slop.
  4. Avoid crowding your tables. When shelves or tabletops are crammed so full that customers can’t take it all in at once, this can intimidate them because often customers don’t like to “linger” in a booth unless they see an item they like. However, there is a balance to this— booths that have only a few sample products on display may seem stingy. Keep your displays full but not crammed.
  5. Look around at other booths and see what appeals to you and what doesn’t. Use it when setting up. Something that turns you off will likely turn off others as well.

Product Displays

It’s not easy to talk about displays because every product is different. Some items, such as jewelry, need to be behind glass with bright lights shining on them. Some items need to be dangled from above. Some items need to be displayed on flat tabletops. However, what matters most is visibility. It may seem obvious, but if the customer doesn’t see the product, and see it quickly, then it doesn’t exist.

Consider the power of a vertical display. Items displayed where the eye can sweep over them at a glance—and see the entire selection—are far more likely to result in higher sales. If you can hang a sampling of your product so they spin and twirl and catch the eye, then do so. Moving parts always get attention.

Check Out These Different Examples Of Craft Stand Setups

There are so many different ways you can be creative in your stand setup. Take a look at some of these great examples we found around the web.

fairy tent

By Camp Cactus

home

By Under The Sun With Me

j2

By PoPkO

funky booth

By April Kennedy Style

red booth

By Maay Redo

whites

By Ella Elaine

h4

By April Kennedy Style

frames booth

By Katie Daisy

h6

By Renegade Craft

h5

By Heartfelt Handmade

hats

By Cutiepie Company

allora

By Allora Handmade

food

By lilluna

white

By Pulp Sushi

h1

By Viridian Handcrafts

j1

By Hampton Jewels

pink

By A Cottage Industry

zygo

By Zygomatics

Do what you can to draw the eye and appeal to the senses (Most of the time, this does not include playing music. You will only annoy your neighboring vendors.) Suitable signage, attractive tablecloths, appropriate lighting, homey touches, shiny tabletop accents, and dangling displays, etc. are all examples of how you might improve your visibility.

If you’re looking for more booth design inspiration, check out our list of cool craft show display ideas. Or you can browse photos of business card holder ideas to connect with your customers after the event – see what catches your eye, and think about how you can incorporate those elements into your own booth design!

Gary Capps

I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my wife and our 2 dogs, Poppy and Mia. Since 2009 I have helped over 15,000 handmade business owners to grow their business with our software and free tools designed for todays entrepreneurial artisan.

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2 Responses to “Craft Show Booth Designs – Loads Of Examples And Tips”

  1. Christal Orange 23. Jan, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Hello your info is helpful, but I am a stained glass artist and I have a problem with designing my table set up. The wind is always a problem for me and that is keeping me from doing more events. HELP PLEASE we live on a strict budget and are below poverty level. I am hoping for sales to start rolling in but they have not yet. My business is Beautifully Broken Glass any help would be great thanks for posting….

    Thanking you in advance help in the country
    Christal Orange and yes this is my REAL name….

    • Gary Capps 28. Jan, 2016 at 5:07 am #

      Hi Christal

      Not sure why the wind is a problem, you didn’t really say, but bricks or large rocks are very cheap and can be used to hold all sorts of things down if its a problem with your booth or table.

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