Release the Tension! Here’s What a Tension Fabric System Can Do For You

If you’re looking for displays that are easy to set up, take down and store – Oh, and are flexible in usage and cost-effective – yet still produce eye-catching graphics, then tension fabric displays can be what you need. Here’s why tension fabric systems are the smart choice for your next event.

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A tension fabric system is popular for a range of reasons, including:

  1. Easy to Set Up, Take Down, Store and Replace
  2. Produce Seamless Graphics
  3. Versatility
  4. Simple Yet Eye-Catching
  5. Modular But Can Still be Made to Order
  6. Cost-Effective
  7. Very Durable and Long-Lasting

Easy to Set Up, Take Down, Store and Transport

One of the main reasons why tension fabric systems are so popular is because they’re easy to use. They can be installed and removed without needing any specialist tools or knowledge. Most are jointed so you can easily ‘pop’ them open and lock them into place, usually without needing a helper.

This is great for trade show hosts who don’t often have a lot of time to set up their displays.

As well as this, tension fabric systems are lightweight. Modern pop up displays weigh a fraction of what they used to, with some being as low as 10lbs. This makes them easy to transport and store.

Produce Seamless Graphics

Tension fabric systems have the ability to produce seamless, crease-free graphics. They’re only limited by the size of the material you’ve chosen to print on but once printed, the tension smooths out any visible creases. This leaves you with a beautifully smooth masterpiece for you to display.


You can use tension fabric systems in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Freestanding displays
  • Wall-mounted frames
  • Exhibition walls
  • Curved hanging devices
  • Panels suspended from the ceiling

As well as being versatile for use in multiple ways, the system is also available as single-sided or double-sided display or even as a 3D structure.

Simple Yet Eye-Catching

They might seem unassuming but the displays can be designed in a variety of interesting ways. For example, some of the aluminium systems can be bent to create eye-catching curved shapes. They’re also available as high impact light boxes if you want to create maximum graphic exposure with a backlit display.

When these options are combined with the high quality, seamless graphics and sharp colours, tension fabric systems can really help your designs stand out from the crowd.

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Modular But Can Still Be Made to Order

Tension graphic systems are built using a modular system, adapting your display based on your precise requirements. Modular frames link together so you can easily reuse your display for more than one event, adding and removing parts to suit your vision. Not only is this very cost-effective, but it also means your displays can grow with your business.

However despite being modular, tension graphic systems can still be made to order. So, if you’ve got a precise design aesthetic in mind, you still have the option to customise your displays.


Tension fabric displays are highly cost-effective and a good investment because they’re versatile, easy to set up and dismantle, feature modular frames and there’s a wide range of materials to choose from. Because there are multiple options, you’re able to choose a design and materials that best suit your business needs and reuse your display multiple times.

Plus, they’re lightweight so you can save on postage and storage costs too, as opposed to some of the heavier displays.

Very Durable and Long-Lasting

Although tension fabric systems are cost-effective and lightweight, they’re still long-lasting and made from sturdy, durable materials that are easily cleaned. This ensures that your displays don’t just look great during the show but afterwards and for future shows as well.

Find Out More About Large Format Printing

Your goal at any trade show or exhibition is to ensure your display stands out and attracts the eyes of attendees, persuading them to come over. Giveaways and booming music might work for some people but having striking, memorable graphics can be a much more reliable approach and have a greater impact.

A tension fabric system isn’t the only thing that can help you make the best visual impression. There are many more large format printed displays that can help. From banners to crowd barriers and floor graphics, visit our all-in-one resource page for more information about large format printing, the various types, their benefits and more or contact us.