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Trade Show Kiosk Rental

November 30th, 2022 COMMENTS
kiosk rental

If you own a trade show display, you own a trade show kiosk, counter, or pedestal. If you don’t, then you should purchase or rent one for your next show. I’m not kidding. Visualize the last time you attended a trade show or expo either as an exhibitor or as an attendee. Probably 80% of the conversations were at or near a kiosk in the booth. 

So, let’s chat about two topics. Why kiosks, counters, or pedestals are indispensable as a trade show accessory and why rental exhibits are a good idea, especially if you participate in more than 3-4 trade shows a year. 

Trade Show Kiosk Options

Topic #1

Let’s start by acknowledging there are hundreds if not thousands of kiosk designs. Some are basic, just a frame or case and a graphic, and some have a laundry list of options. Prices vary as well from ridiculously cheap to absurdly expensive. However, if you are considering a custom kiosk or kiosk rental, then start by listing each must-have feature. We’ve created a checklist below to make this a bit easier. 

  • Graphics
  • Portable Packing and Assembly
  • Modular Assembly
  • Specific Shape (rectangle, round, asymmetrical, custom)
  • Fully or Partially Assembled
  • Tablet Mount
  • Locking Storage
  • Monitor Mount
  • Internal or External Shelves
  • Weight Bearing Countertop
  • Specific Size for the Countertop
  • Backlit Graphics
  • LED Accent Lights
  • Literature Tray Option

As the list shows, kiosks can be more than simple rectangle boxes with a vinyl graphic. And they should be. Well-chosen kiosks should contribute to the overall design of the exhibit and have a purpose(s). 

Why Kiosk Rental? 

Topic #2

Let’s use a comparison – rental cars. There are three possibilities when you rent a car. You get the vehicle you requested (for example, a Honda Accord). Or you get to choose one from a row of similar vehicles. OR, someone blesses you (probably because you’ve been nice and patient while waiting in line) and you get upgraded. 

Driving a new and different car, SUV, or truck is simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating.  It takes a few minutes to learn where the lights are, how to turn on and adjust the radio, and discover features you don’t have in your vehicle. You may discover that automatic high-beam headlights are indispensable but lane warning buzzers are just annoying. Renting a kiosk isn’t really much different, but unlike a rental car,  you can explore the features before making a final decision. 

Of course, marketing objectives change for any company. What made sense for a show in January may not be appropriate for a show in June. Also, many exhibitors shift from inlines to island exhibits depending on the trade show. Renting gives you flexibility, both in price and features. For example, an island exhibit may need an impressive reception counter/kiosk with backlit graphics and locking storage for promotional products. However, your inline display may require something smaller, but one with a monitor or tablet for product videos or to explore your website. 

5 of Our Favorite Kiosk Exhibit Rentals

1. RE-1580 | Double-sided Kiosk. 8 ft. high kiosk includes (2) laminated shelves, (2) monitor mounts, and direct print graphics.

trade show kiosk

2. RE-1563 | Custom Counter. Popular custom reception counter with vinyl graphic, LED accent lighting, and locking door and internal shelf. 

Trade show counter

3. RE-1584 | Backlit Counter. Custom counter (no assembly) with locking storage and backlit fabric graphic. 

Backlit trade show counter

4. RE-1587 | Backlit Counter. Impressive reception counter with double storage and a 48” x 30” backlit fabric graphic.  

backlit trade show kiosk

5. RE-1565 | Reception Counter/Kiosk. Lightweight modular construction with direct print graphics and locking storage. Includes a rotating iPad stand in the rental price. 

reception kiosk exhibit

4 Benefits of a Rental Kiosk vs. Purchasing

There are 4 benefits to renting vs. purchasing a kiosk, counter, or pedestal. 

#1. Flexibility. Most exhibitors consider this to be the most important benefit. When you rent, you’re not “locked in” to a specific kiosk for multiple shows. You can make changes depending on your marketing goals, budget, and exhibit design. Go larger. Go smaller. Need specific features like backlighting or wireless changing? Not a problem.

#2. Cost. Simply put, the upfront cost of renting vs. purchasing is cheaper. If you plan to reuse a graphic multiple times, then you’re only renting the hardware each time. Long-term costs are a bit fuzzier and should include the cost of storage and prep time when owning a kiosk. If you don’t plan to make any changes to your booth design over the course of multiple shows, then a purchase makes more sense. However, many exhibitors value the flexibility and low maintenance of a rental and consider those to be more important than a lower long-term cost. 

#3. Storage. When you buy an exhibit, you are taking possession of hardware, graphics, and cases/crates. You own them. As such, they have to be stored somewhere when not in transit or at the show. You can choose to store it with your exhibit house, which is convenient but comes with a monthly expense. Or you can handle the storage yourself, which takes up space and can be a hassle. Renting eliminates both. You don’t own it so you don’t have to store it. And, as a bonus, many exhibit houses will safeguard your graphics (which you do own) for a year at no or minimal expense.

#4. Preparation. If you’ve ever had an “Oh shit!” moment during an exhibit install, you know how stressful it can be to find a solution, along with the cost. Rentals are staged before shipping to the show, thereby significantly reducing unpleasant surprises. 

Kiosk Rental with Classic Exhibits

Classic Exhibits has been designing and building solutions since 1993. We’ve been honored as an Exhibitor Magazine Find-It Top 40 Exhibit Producers and an Event Marketer Fab 50 Exhibit Builders multiple times. Along with numerous Portable Modular Awards. 

With over 200 Distributor Partners throughout North America, there’s a Classic representative close by to assist with any rental project. Contact us today whether you need an inline rental display, a double-deck island exhibit, or a contemporary kiosk rental. At Classic, we’re not just different. We’re better.

Your Classic Exhibits Shared Success Newsletter | July 2022

July 11th, 2022 COMMENTS
July Classic Exhibits Shared Success Newsletter.

Take a breath
Enjoy the summer
Fall is coming
We’ve got your back
Send us your overflow

Deep Breaths by Jen LaBruzza

Jen LaBruzza and Classic Exhibits

A gentle poetic reminder that although it’s feeling Easy Like Sunday Morning right now, the Manic Mondays of Fall will be upon us before we can say, “20 x 40 island.”

And in case you missed our EXHIBITORLIVE memo, Classic Exhibits is North America’s Largest Private-Label Exhibit Builder. That means you don’t have to say, “No.” Just tap into our custom, modular, portable, and rental capabilities when your production schedule is maxed out.

So, as we pause and catch our breath, remember the Early Bird gets the BEST spot in the production schedule. It’s time to contact those Lazy Daisy clients and get those creative juices flowing. Reach out to our Sales Team, Designers, or Project Managers for assistance and let’s start filling up our dance cards.

Rental Winter Turns into Rental Fall by Jim Shelman

Classic Rental Solutions Update

Sales: Q1 and Q2 Rental orders broke all previous sales numbers for Classic Rental Solutions. Early numbers show more of the same for the second half of the year.

To support our growth, we’ve added office and production staff. Josh Christensen joined CRS as a detailer, and he also manages our rental inventory. Kristofer Viaes and Victoria Writer are Project Coordinators. All three have already proven to be invaluable.

As you know, CRS’s inventory is both large and expansive, but our most popular components continue to be SuperNova Lightboxes and Gravitee Modular Walls.

Gravitee Modular Walls have become our rental backbone. Backwalls, towers, conference rooms, storage rooms, kiosks, and counters using Gravitee and SuperNova are being utilized in every possible configuration. It’s hard to imagine how we ever managed without the versatility of these options, along with ClassicMODUL, to create any design imaginable.

Trends:  We’re seeing an increase in extended rentals for multiple shows, along with repeat orders with replacement graphics and minor design tweaks. Repeat rentals with no changes (except cleaning graphics) are more common. Yes, graphics can be cleaned and look like new again.

People's Choice Award at EXHIBITORLIVE
Exhibitor Magazine People’s Choice Award

Award: Classic won Exhibitor Magazine’s People’s Choice Award for the Technolutions Slate Rental 20’ x 60’ Design with our Distributor Partner Jill Kinduell, Owner of Total Graphic Source.

We look forward to working with many of you on your upcoming rental projects, and we sincerely thank you for your business!

Fast and Furious Webinar Recordings

Fast and Furious Webinar Series by Classic Exhibits

Over the past two months, we’ve hosted five Fast and Furious webinars. And more are coming! Expect a webinar on Interactive Games for trade shows (see the new gallery in EDS) and an Exhibit Design Search tutorial, titled “EDS and Coffee are for Closers!” 😉 If you missed any of the Fast and Furious webinars, we uploaded the recordings to YouTube.

  1. The Future of Marketing with Lisa Apolinski
  2. 20 Promotional Product Trends in 20 Minutes with Rama Beerfas
  3. 50 Essential Trade Show Tips for a Newbie or Wannabe with Tim Patterson
  4. Step-by-Step Flooring Trends with James Zackarias
  5. 20 Proven Trade Show Sales Tips in 20 Minutes with Harold Mintz


Women in Exhibitions Breakfast at Exhibitorlive.

Finally, if you missed EXHIBITORLIVE or if you attended and want to see if made the final cut, see the two videos below. Kudos to our own Glenna Martin for documenting the show and creating both videos.

The 4th Annual Women In Exhibitions Breakfast was a huge success! Over 100 women gathered on June 22 in the Connection Zone at EXHIBITORLIVE. All who attended enjoyed a delicious breakfast and shared their personal experiences during a special presentation.

MaryCay Durrant

Guest speaker MaryCay Durrant provided insight into how women are uniquely positioned to take on leadership roles in ways that fulfill our desires for meaning, connection, health, and prosperity. Women In Exhibitions is proud to provide quality content and networking opportunities for the women in our industry, and this event was no exception.

This was all possible due to our generous sponsors:

  • Diamond – EXHIBITOR Media Group, Classic Exhibits Inc.
  • Platinum – Hill & Partners
  • Gold – Brumark, Centerpoint Marketing, CORT Events, Design Factory Las Vegas, Hamilton, Impact XM, NuVista, Pinnacle, Taylor
  • Silver – Access TCA, ASTOUND, beMatrix, ProGlobalEvents, Condit, Czarnowski, Deckel & Moneypenny, ExhibitForce, Genesis Exhibits, MSM, Steelhead, Xzibits, EDPA Las Vegas Chapter

PP (Post Pandemic) Trade Show Design Trends

May 12th, 2021 COMMENTS

Last summer, we “predicted” (5) post-pandemic display trends (based on hunches, educated guesses, and a six pack of PBR tall boys). So… how well did we do?

What We’re Seeing:

  1. Graphics – Not surprising. Mostly for smaller displays; however we anticipate larger graphic orders in Q3 & Q4 as exhibitors dust-off their storage properties.  
  2. Portables – We expected the new Symphony Portable System to do well. However not this well. What’s even more shocking… it’s being driven by end-users who specifically ask for Symphony.
  3. Rentals – We predicted far more inline than island requests. We’re seeing more islands than inlines. Very encouraging!
  4. Custom Modular (and Lightboxes) – The eager beaver exhibitors are driving this. Since shows are still evolving, exhibitors are forced to be flexible. As a result, we’re seeing a significant interest in Gravitee Modular Wall designs and SuperNova Lightboxes (both tool-less and modular).
  5. Pandemic – It would end by September 2020. 😉

Well, #5 was a swing and a miss. And #3 is very encouraging. All the others are spot on!

I asked Edie Arambula, Classic’s Customer Service Manager, and Jim Shelman, GM Classic Rental Solutions, to share what Classic Distributors have requested over the past two weeks. We thought you might find the trends interesting.

Symphony Portable Displays

Custom Modular (and Lightboxes)

Rental Islands

Rental Inlines

Are you seeing any other trends?  If so, let us know so we can share with our sales, project management, and design teams.

–Mel White


Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or

10 Answers to Your Most Common Rental Exhibit Questions

March 2nd, 2021 COMMENTS
Trade Show Rental Questions

Exhibition Experts predict that rentals to be HOT! HOT! HOT! once trade shows resume in Q3/Q4 2021. That shouldn’t be surprising as exhibitors restart their trade show marketing programs.

Many exhibitors will return with smaller exhibits. Others will need updated displays. Rental Inlines, Islands, and Accessories are the perfect answer to both. So if you are unfamiliar with exhibit rentals, here are 10 Answers to the most common Rental Questions. Word of Warning: Not all rental providers offer the same services, flexibility, or design capability. Do your homework and ask lots of questions (in addition to the ones below).

Rental Questions and Answers

10 Trade Show Exhibit Rental Answers
Trade Show Rental Q&A

Download the NEW Trade Show Rental Design Brochure

February 18th, 2021 COMMENTS
Classic Rental Solutions. Rental exhibits for trade shows and exhibitions

Rental exhibits will dominate once trade shows and exhibitions return. That’s a fact. What you may not know is that rental design has evolved. Gone are the days of ugly and boxy rentals constructed with dirty and dinged extrusion sitting on shelves (often for years).

Want proof? Checkout the designs below and download all six pages of rental exhibits arranged in “Under” categories. Prices start at Under $8K. Then explore even more inline, island, and accessory rentals in Exhibit Design Search. With over 300 rental designs.

For more information about rental exhibits for trade shows and exhibitions, contact us at We’ll put you in touch with a Classic Rental Exhibit Expert in your local market.

Rental exhibits for trade shows and exhibitions
Rental exhibits for trade shows and exhibitions