Retractable banner stands vary in price based on many features, but the best part is (compared to many other types of trade show displays,) they're relatively affordable. Prices normally range from only $40 to $50 for a "no-frills" retractable, to only $200 to $300 for larger stands that come with additional options. Adding a graphic may set you back $50 to $60 for a smaller stand, and you can purchase even larger graphics in the $100 to $200 range for a super smooth vinyl material.
One of the best features of retractable stands is how easy they are to transport, set-up, and take-down. Most stands come with a carry/travel bag, and some stands offer padded or hard case features. But most stands, once placed in the travel bag or case, can be carried "over the shoulder" to your show. They can be transported via plane, but storing retractables with luggage is not recommended, unless you have a hard case. (Check your airline's policy regarding carry-on size limits.) Checking-in a retractable with luggage can lead to damage (if the stand is not stored in a hard case.)
Once you arrive at your conference or trade show, set-up is a breeze. Simply remove the stand from the travel bag, place the base on a flat surface (most stands are designed for floors, but also come in "table-top" models.) Place the pole in the base, pull the graphic out of the base, and affix the top clamp bar to the pole. Most set-up times are under a minute.
Taking down the stand is just as easy. Once you detach the clamp bar from the vertical pole, most retractables "pull" the graphic back into the base using a spring mechanism. If you have an optional LED or Halogen light for your display, you can simply attach the light once the display is set-up. Most travel bags have enough room for one to two optional lights.
With only one or two retractable stands, and maybe a custom table throw, you can literally have a professional trade show display set-up in only a few minutes.
Huge Range of Models / Sizes
Choosing which type of retractable banner stand can often be a daunting task. Hundreds of different types of models exist. However, there are normally three basic decisions to consider when attempting to choose your display:
1) Price. If you have a set budget, then price may play a major role in the type of stand you'll purchase. As mentioned earlier, prices often range from as low as $40-$50 to into the hundreds of dollars.
2) Graphic Width Size. If you have a particular width size you need for your graphic, this may also play a major consideration in your purchase. The most common widths for retractable stands are in the 32" to 36" wide range; however, model widths can range from 23.5" to as wide as 60" (even wider for combination stands, where you can "line-up" several stands to create a back wall display.)
3) Graphic Height Size. Most retractables extend vertically to 70" to 80" and if your model features a telescopic pole, you have the ability to adjust the overall height of the graphic by a couple feet. Some table top stands have shorter vertical spans. Our tallest model actually extends all the way to 122" tall!
Several types of features or options to consider when purchasing your retractable banner stand include:
What type of base do I need?
Do I need a telescopic pole, or will a static "bungee" pole suffice?
What type of clamp bar should I choose?
Which type of graphic is right for me?
Do I need a single or double sided stand?
What options are important?
Let's take a brief look at each of these options.
Different types of bases
Several types of bases exist that you may want to take into consideration. The least expensive retractable stands normally will have the lightest and smallest bases. And although the bases are designed to adequately support the display, you may wish to invest in a display that will come with a heavier base. Some bases come with one or two additional horizontal support stands, while the heavier bases often do not require horizontal support stands.