Trade Show Display Storage FAQs

January 28th, 2016

Custom exhibits can be eye-catching presences on the trade show floor. Visitors may be impressed with their ability to sit down at tables, or talk with you in a separate meeting room. Double decker displays can ensure that your business is seen by everyone at the trade show. Once the show is over, though, and you are faced with the task of breaking down, packing up, and storing your display, you may start to wonder where to put it. To help you navigate trade show display storage, following are a few common questions (and answers) about the process.

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What should I look for in custom exhibit display storage?

When you store your custom exhibit display, you want to make sure it will reemerge in the same excellent condition. As a result, you need to find a storage facility that is free of anything that could harm your display. Following are a few of the most important qualities to seek in your storage location.

Temperature Control

Large swings in temperature can harm your display by continuously shrinking and expanding the materials. These changes can lead to the breaking down of the material in the display. Shifts in temperature may also degrade laminates and glues. As a result, seek a trade show storage unit that is temperature-controlled.

Pest Control

Mice, termites, and other pests can easily destroy a custom exhibit display. As a result, be sure that you store your display in a location that is guaranteed to be free of pests.


Wet conditions can quickly destroy a custom exhibit display by eating away at the wood and other materials. As a result, it is essential that you store your display in a location that is protected against dampness or flooding.


Your custom exhibit display represents a significant investment of time and money. As a result, it is important to select a storage location that provides enough security to protect this investment. You may also want to choose a storage facility that gives you the ability to track your inventory.


What are the benefits of storing my custom exhibit display with my exhibit company?

You have a number of options when it comes to storing your custom exhibit display. You can store it yourself, provided you have the right kind of space available. You can use a self-storage facility. Or, you can store your display with the exhibit company that built it. This latter option is usually the smartest choice for most businesses. The reason is that exhibit companies work with displays every day and know what is required to keep a display safe. As a result, the storage they provide will be specifically designed to keep your display secure and undamaged in between trade shows.

In addition, when you store your display with your exhibit company, you enjoy easy access to their other trade show services. For instance, you can ask the company to update or inspect your display before a show without needing to pay for transportation from a separate storage facility to the exhibit company. In addition, you can more easily use the exhibit company’s transportation, drayage, installation, and dismantling services. The result is that you may be able to get your display to and from your trade shows with very little effort on your part.


What are some mistakes to avoid when storing a custom exhibit display?

Regardless of where you decide to store your custom exhibit display, there are some mistakes you need to avoid in order to keep your display safe between trade shows. These mistakes can put your display at risk, or add cost and inconvenience to your display experience.

Failure to Inspect the Storage Facility

Because it is important to store your display in a safe environment, you need to know what the facility provides before you allow your display to be stored there. Confirm with the storage company that the area is secure, temperature controlled, dry, and free of pests. Once you know what the space is like, you can more confidently entrust your display to that space.

Failure to Buy Insurance

In the case of accidental damage to your custom exhibit display, you will want insurance to help cover the cost of your investment in your display, especially if the storage facility does not cover the cost of damage caused by catastrophes such as flood or fire. As a result, proper insurance can save you money in the case of an unforeseen problem.

Failure to Preview the Display

Finally, failing to inspect your display before you move it to your next trade show can mean surprises on the trade show floor. You want to know if there are any problems with the display while you can still fix them. Otherwise, you may only notice problems after the display has been assembled in the exhibit hall. Often, exhibit companies will offer you this inspection as part of their storage services.


Properly storing your custom exhibit display can be the difference between being able to use your display for years to come and encountering a damaged or unusable display the next time you have a trade show. As a result, choosing the right storage facility is important for guaranteeing your display’s safety. Next time you need to store a display, consider going beyond your exhibit company’s design services to also use their storage options. By doing so, you will be more likely to achieve safe storage, access to other trade show services, and a more convenient storage experience.