Thoughtful and careful design goes into being a vendor at any show. Be it the staging & inventory, marketing materials needed, creating natural flow for booth visitors, aesthetically pleasing elements and the structural design, all are important for a successful show. If booth spaces are paid for, the “real estate” space needs to pack a lot of punch. I quickly learned the importance of creating good walls; “wheely, wheely” good walls.
My Junk Bonanza space is lovely, overlooking the racetrack at Canterbury Park. The open air windows offer fresh air and sunshine. My double booth is 10 ‘ deep by 20′ wide. As I planned for this booth space, I knew I wanted a wall spanning the back 20’.
I had a wish list comprised of 3 items.
- I knew I didn’t want a full 20′ piece, as transportation would be difficult.
- I also knew I didn’t want a non-sellable piece taking up so much trailer space.
- Finally, I want my back wall to be a multi-functional piece.
Junk Hunk and I brainstormed, with the help of Pinterest. Together, we came up with a “wheely” great wall that met my wishlist items. What’ all of the wheel talk you ask? We made six foot platforms on, you guessed it…wheels. The 3 sections would allow for a variety of booth sizes and layouts. We anchored metal pipes for the “walls” on the platforms. The metal pipes were threaded, allowing us to break them down for easy transportation. Not only do the platforms/pipes serve as the back wall of my Junk Bonanza, but also double for product display. The wheeled platforms also make unloading inventory from the trailer that much easier.
Black Steel Pipe, Cut & Thread Ends
Black Piping Ts and Elbows
Bolts, Washers & Lock Nuts
Stain | Jacobean
We measured and cut wall studs to 6′ pieces. For each platform, 3 of the cut 6′ boards were placed together. We used the excess 2′ from the wall studs as cross bars on the underneath.
Once the pieces were cut, I stained and poly coated them prior to assembly the platforms.
The cross bar pieces were measured 2″ in on each underneath side and screwed into place.
Additionally, casters were set to allow movability of the platforms.
Once the platforms were built, we moved onto constructing the metal piping vertical “walls.” Luckily, we were able to score a deal at Home Depot for the black piping and Ts/elbows. A Home Depot employee cut and thread the pipe pieces for us. Instead of using screws to affix the floor flanges to the platforms, we opted to bolt them down. We chose this option to lessen the wear and tear during assembly. The 8′ pipe were then threaded in. My apologies about not having photos of this process.
Fast forward to Junk Bonanza. You’ll notice Junk Hunk busy at work assembling.
There you have it. My moveable, multi-functional wall was ready for business. You’ll notice the back wall takes a back seat as the inventory is added to the booth. However, with a careful eye, you’ll notice my business sign and windows hanging from the piping.
With some brainstorming, Pinterest inspiration, wall studs, and metal piping, Junk By Jenny had a “wheely” great addition to her Junk Bonanza booth.