Save Money with Stand Space Only Custom Exhibition Stands


Updated November 2019

Many of our clients/prospects come to us and say they have booked a 5x4m shell scheme exhibition stand design and want to build within this space. They have instantly cost themselves more money. Don’t worry, this is an easy mistake to make, and in this post, we’ll explain why!

Stand Space Only & Shell Scheme Exhibition Stands

Space-only plots are set in rows, much like a shell scheme. However,  they have no pre-existing structure to divide the stand spaces, meaning you need to create your own structure and dividing walls (if you want them). Unlike a three-sided shell scheme, the lack of structure in space-only plots allows you to incorporate various shapes and sizes without the restriction of walls. This way, you’ll have more freedom to be creative with exhibition stand ideas and concepts.

A shell scheme package tends to be the cheapest option and typically includes walls, lighting, carpet and if you’re lucky, a power socket. Shell scheme exhibition stands are essentially a blank canvas. Exhibitors often use pop-up exhibition stands or banners to fill this type of space.

Why Do Shell Scheme Exhibition Stands Cost More Than Space Only?

So, why do shell scheme exhibition stands, instead of space only, end up costing you money if you are building a stand? Well, if you are building a stand within the shell scheme and not building/putting graphics onto its actual walls, you really do not need the shell.

Shell scheme exhibition stands are designed for people who don’t want to build custom/modular stands within the space. They are for exhibitors who want to hang graphics etc. from the walls — therefore making their shell scheme their stand, rather than covering it up. If you can’t see it, what’s the point of having it? Exhibition organisers will try to push a shell scheme on you as they make money from this option. But if you are using the Plus Exhibition stand system, there’s no need for the shell scheme. Plus we save you time, effort and thousands of pounds and our stand system offers more in the way of creativity.

More Ways to Save Money at Exhibitions

Another great way to save money is by renting exhibition furniture, TVs and even buying carpet/flooring directly from us. However, this is only available if you are using our build and break down service. This service saves you money because Plus Exhibition will already be there installing your stand and will not charge you to install the carpet, deliver and TVs — or just deliver the furniture if you prefer. The average saving for an exhibitor by doing this is around £350.00. This costing is based on the rental of four stools and a table, one tv and a carpeted floor. If you were to opt for a wooden floor from a specific contractor, the money you’d save would be significantly more.

If you’re still unsure about which custom exhibition stand will suit your needs, or if you just want more information about the various options available — give us a call and let our self-build experts save you some money.

Why Choose Our Custom Exhibition Stands?

Plus exhibition design and manufacture bespoke exhibition stands with inbuilt modular features. Our custom exhibition stands are designed to be portable and reconfigurable. The multi-use hardware requires no specialist knowledge and no tools are needed to construct the display stand, allowing a client to self build if they so wish. We cater for any budget, stand size and graphic display with this unique and effective system.

The robust, seamless graphics are reusable in various configurations. Integrated LCD screens and TV mounts along with standard shelving are available literally off the shelf. As part of our build and dismantle service, we offer free framework hire, which is highly cost-effective for people requiring a complete project managed service.

Do you have an upcoming event and want to save money on your custom exhibition stand? Plus exhibition will design and manufacture a bespoke exhibition stand that suits both your creative and budgetary needs. Get in touch today to schedule a consultation and FREE stand design.


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Tom Bristow is the Managing Director of The Plus Group and has worked in the exhibition industry for over a decade. He is passionate about the service his company provides and he eats, breathes and sleeps everything exhibitions.

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Our exhibition stand design company specialises in one-off bespoke stands that can be reused time and again. We supply your custom stands with full design and build services, including a free consultation and 3D render that shows what your stand will look like. You can rest assured that it will meet all your requirements.

Invest in a self build solution and plan for cost savings. Commissioning a bespoke, self build exhibition stand will maximise your opportunities to increase sales, while minimising the cost of attending shows. Our stands are designed to be super durable, easy to set up and will pack down as small as possible, for convenient transportation and storage. We include training in setting up your stand if required.

You can benefit from our free hire plan. It is the most cost-effective exhibition stand rental scheme on the market. You only pay for your graphics and the installation and dismantle service, as we loan you the stand hardware completely free of charge. However big or small your stand is, hardware hire from us is still free. There are no strings attached or ongoing commitments, and our rental plan can save you up to 75% on the cost of exhibiting at further shows. As the installation and dismantle is done for you, all you need to do is show up and exhibit.

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We can provide you with a rough price over the phone when you fill in our simple quotation form, or you can take advantage of our free 10-minute consultative phone call. We can then provide a free 3D render of your proposed stand and supply an in-depth no obligation quotation video. The exact cost of your stand will depend on the setup, and whether you choose to hire a stand on an ongoing basis or commission a self-build stand for reuse and storage.

Standard Packages

Our standard packages include every element you need to for a complete display, from professional installation and breakdown to the hardware, custom graphics, lighting and flooring. You won’t have to worry about a thing; one of our experienced project managers will be on hand to take care of everything, including the necessary health and safety documentation and admin.

What Our Happy Clients Say

We’ve worked with a range of brands to create unique designs that do all the heavy lifting at your exhibition, so all that’s left for you to do is provide a welcoming smile to the visitors inevitably flocking to your stand. Our clients include small start ups as well as multinationals such as Sainsbury’s, Google, Specsavers and Apple.

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