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Trade Show Hanging Signs

Trade show hanging sign options

TensionLite and TensionLite Plus hanging signs are built to industry standards and made in the US. Both offer brilliant color and crisp high-resolution printing. Both brands combine state-of-the-art zipper pillowcase dye-sublimated stretch fabric coverings and ship in heavy-duty re-usable cardboard shippers. Durable, roto-molded shipping cases are optional.

TensionLite brand hanging signs

The TensionLite brand provides an economical option for regular use with advanced, lightweight aluminum frames built to industry standards.  Available in 3 popular shapes ranging from 8′ – 12′ widths and 2′ – 4′ heights. All available sizes ship in a single wheeled case.

TensionLite Plus brand hanging signs

The TensionLite Plus line is competitively priced but far exceeds industry standards. They are made for heavy-duty use by exhibitors with multiple shows each year and come with light block liners, standard.  Available in 14 shapes ranging from 8′ – 20′ widths and 2′ – 6′ heights. The largest 20′ signs require three cases.

TensionLite Plus Hanging Signs

TensionLite Plus Hanging Signs come with a lifetime warranty and far exceed industry standards.

Flat Round Disc Shape Trade Show Hanging Sign
Unique Four Sided Pyramid Hanging Sign for Trade Shows


Tapered Circle Sign
Square Hanging Sign for Trade Shows Printed On Sides and Bottom
Convex Triangle Shape Hanging Sign for Trade Shows, Printed Inside and Out


Square and Rectangle


The benefits of using a trade show hanging sign

Show rules and regulations for Hanging Signs

Arranging Rigging

General Information about hanging signs

The Benefits of Using a Trade Show Hanging Sign

Whether you’re new to the trade show circuit or you’re a veteran exhibitor, you’re well aware of the importance of getting people into your booth space. Of course, you know that having an eye-catching exhibit and friendly staff can help increase traffic, but in many cases, an effective hanging sign can make all the difference in the world.

Promote your Brand!

Promoting your brand is your number one goal at any convention, and you want to take any opportunity you can to do that. Hanging display signs are an ideal way to get your branding info out there and into the minds of visitors. Trade show hanging signs significantly increase your exposure at an event, largely because they are visibile throughout the show floor. We offer a wide range of shapes and styles to meet your unique needs.


Custom hanging signs also contribute to the overall aesthetics of your exhibit booth. Many exhibitors only consider the space immediately around them – the walls and the floor. Obviously, these are crucial areas to cover, but what about the space overhead? Add some color and balance to your trade show display by including a few hanging signs to fill up some of that vertical space.


Another reason to use trade show hanging signs is that they’re cost-effective. You’ll spend money upfront getting your signs – and the cost will vary depending on the size and quality you go for – but hanging signs can be used over and over again. Because they’re in the air and out of the way, they’re also less likely to incur damages during shows, meaning that the average lifespan of a hanging sign is pretty lengthy.

Easy to Store & Transport 

Signs are also one of the easiest items to transport to and from exhibit locations. They consist of just a few parts, so it’s a simple matter to pack them up and store them between shows. When you’re ready to move them to a new location, just grab the storage case and go.

Show Rules and Regulations for Hanging Signs

1) The top of a sign may not exceed the height limitation specific to the booth location and show regulations. The Exhibitor Manual provides detailed information about this.

2) All Hanging signs must be sent to Advance warehouse, using the hanging sign shipping label included in the exhibitor service manual by the specified deadline date.

3) Generally the total weight limit of the sign or materials is not to exceed 1500 lbs

4) All signs, regardless of size, should be constructed of lightweight metals and plastic to allow greater flexibility and ease of installation.

5) The Final placement of all hanging signs is determined prior to installation to insure minimum stress to the supporting framework.

6) No signs are to be hung from any electrical fixtures, raceways, gas, air, fire protection piping, supports or hangers.

7) All electrical and neon signs must conform to electrical codes of the venue.

8) Many show Decorators take responsibility for assembling hanging signs. In those cases, carpenter labor through a display house is not allowed to assemble your hanging sign. Each show has different rules for this.

9) Set-up instructions must be included with the Hanging Sign Order Form and with the sign crates.

10) Because of the structure of the ceiling and the location of exhibits in relation to support beams, the hanging sign may have to be moved from the original specifications.

11) Exhibitor personnel or display house may supervise on your behalf. Exhibitors who do not provide supervision (either company personnel or display house) agree to accept the charges for time, materials and equipment as determined by RES

12) You are required to make arrangements prior to move-out for the outbound dismantling, packing and shipping of your hanging sign. RES cannot be held liable for damages or misplacement of sign(s) should outbound dismantling arrangements not be made. All pertinent information and arrangements must be given to the Service Center 

Arranging Rigging

Generally, all your rigging needs to completed before your flooring goes down and the installation of your exhibit begins.  

 If you have ever been on the floor during set-up, it is a busy, crowded place! Fork lifts are running in every direction with crates, pallets, and boxes along (and sometimes in) every aisle. By hanging your sign as early as possible, you are giving the rigging team the room necessary to move their equipment around to hang your sign.  

Clear accurate instructions to the Riggers

Just make sure you note exactly where the sign is hung (number of feet from each side), the height at the top of the sign, and the direction it should be oriented in. For example, if there are three logos state that one logo should face a specific spot/direction. We will provide a detailed grid plan for rigging along with electrical and internet drops. If you or your exhibit supervisor can be on site to oversee, that will help the team should they have any questions.

Scheduling is everything

Realize that although you may specify a certain time for rigging, it doesn’t always mean that is when it will happen. Most people request an 8:00am installation (first of the day), and the rigging team obviously cannot accommodate all the requests. Also, hanging signs can take time depending on the various sizes, shapes, quantities, and complexities, so be patient. Your best bet is to swing by the show services desk as soon as you arrive on site to schedule and talk through when you can ideally expect the riggers to arrive. And remember, they also need to take the sign down after the show; although this is much faster than rigging them initially! 

Hanging signs need to be assembled first, usually by Union Labor. 

Riggers do not put together your sign(s), your labor team is in charge of this step. So make sure you schedule your team accordingly and have your sign(s) ready to go. The moment the riggers arrive in your space they will be ready and they may not wait around. 

Your sign must arrive early and separately from your exhibit

The most important thing you need to do is to ship your hanging signs to the Advanced Warehouse. Even if the rest of your exhibit is not ready, plan to ship your sign(s) in advance. Many shows will request this and even provide specific labels. This will ensure that your signage will deliver to your space early/on time.

Hanging signs for trade shows come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes and styles!

Image Design and Communications offers the largest variety of Standard Hanging Signs in the industry. We offer two levels; TensionLite products have lighter duty framework and ship in convenient canvas bags inside a heavy duty carboard box, 1 year hardware warranty. TensionLite Plus products come with a Lifetime Hardware Warranty and ship in sturdy, molded wheeled shipping cases.

Top notch looks are come from custom fitting photo quality fabric graphics that zipper around 1/” dia. snap fit aluminum tubes that fit into one another end to end. They provide and eye catching,crisp professional look and  fast assembly. (read more)

The Celtic Photo Fabric we use provides exceptionally brilliant color and crisp resolution. If you have high quality art work your hanging sign can give you increased visibility with that WOW! factor that comes from amazing print quality. Together, our hanging signs will work hard to identify and attract people to your exhibit. Of course, if the design of the rest of your exhibit is integrated with the hanging sign they’ll draw more people into your booth space. Sometimes  clients choose a central location or a location that identifies a workstation or seating area. Many of our custom exhibit designs include hanging signs that double as canopies that create a special atmosphere within a particular area of the booth space.Then it’s up to you!

If you have concerns about the exhibit environment you’re drawing people to, let us know. We are a full service design and marketing firm specializing in exhibit design! Sometimes an updated exhibit is more effective at bringing in a return on your investment, especially if your current exhibit is old, heavy and outdated. Even a tune up can make a world of difference. We’ll help you allocate your resources to provide the best return.

Either way, the level of quality evident in our trade show hanging signs will say a lot about the caliber of results you offer your clients and we can help you get there!