Fabric vs Vinyl Backdrops: How to Choose the Right Booth Display Backdrop

Is Vinyl or Fabric Better for Event Backdrops?

When you’re looking for a trade booth display backdrop, the options can be overwhelming. Do you go with a Fabric Backdrop or a Vinyl Backdrop?

Both have their pros and cons, so how do you decide which is right for you? In this post, we’ll break down the pros and cons of both Fabric and Vinyl, so you can make an informed decision.

Pros and Cons of Using Fabric Booth Display Backdrops

Fabric Backdrops offer you a high-end, professional look for your Trade Show Booth. They are made out of synthetic materials, which can be dyed to almost any color and printed with any design.

The main advantage of Fabric Backdrops is their luxurious appearance. They are also more lightweight and foldable than Vinyl Backdrops, making them easier to transport and set up. Our material comes with a fire retardant coating so you won’t be kicked out of a Trade Show without a certification. Our backdrops come with a sewn-on Fire Retardant label.

Fabric Backdrops

  • Pros:
    • Lightweight and easy to transport
    • Wrinkle-resistant
    • More elegant and luxurious look
    • More versatile, can be used for a variety of events
  • Cons:
    • Less durable than vinyl
    • More expensive than vinyl

Pros and Cons of Using Vinyl Booth Display Backdrops

Vinyl Trade Show Backdrops have two distinct advantages over Fabric Backdrops.

Vinyl can be a more durable material. If you’re doing a long-term outdoor event, vinyl might be a better choice, or if you are doing a one-time short-term show.

vinyl backdrop hung with s-hooks and grommets

The main downside of vinyl is that it doesn’t look nearly as nice as fabric. The fabric has a more natural, subtle texture that can make your branding or messaging stand out more. Vinyl is also more prone to damage than fabric.

Ultimately, the choice between Vinyl and Fabric Backdrops comes down to your needs, preferences, and budget. If you need something durable for long-term outdoor use, go with vinyl. If you’re looking for something that looks much more professional, go with fabric.

Vinyl Backdrops

  • Pros:
    • More durable than fabric
    • Less expensive than fabric
    • More professional and functional look
    • Best for trade shows and other outdoor events
  • Cons:
    • Heavier and more difficult to transport
    • More prone to wrinkles
    • Not as versatile as fabric

How to Choose the Right Material for Your Trade Show Booth

Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right material for your trade show booth backdrop:

  • The type of event you’re attending: If you’re attending an outdoor event, you’ll need a more durable backdrop, such as vinyl. If you’re attending an indoor event, fabric may be a better option.
  • The size of your booth: If you have a small booth, you’ll want to choose a smaller backdrop. If you have a large booth, you can choose a larger backdrop.
  • Your budget: Fabric backdrops are generally more expensive than vinyl backdrops.
  • Your desired look: Do you want a more elegant and luxurious look or a more professional and functional look?
Vibrant colors of fabric backdrops
Vibrant colors with Giant Printing’s 2-step printing process

How to Set Up Your Trade Show Booth Backdrop

When it comes to setting up your Trade Show Backdrop, there are a few things to keep in mind. Of course, first, you have to decide whether you want a Fabric or Vinyl Backdrop.

Fabric Backdrops are made of a lightweight fabric and are easy to hang up with clamps or clips or hung on a Backdrop Stand. They’re also wrinkle-resistant, making them a great option for most shows or events.

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Setting up a 30’x10x Backdrop

Vinyl Backdrops, on the other hand, are thicker but less durable than Fabric Backdrops. They’re great for events that require a lot of wear and tear, such as those that are being set up outdoors. However, vinyl can be a little trickier to set up, as it doesn’t always fold up nicely and can be prone to scratches and wrinkles.

The other thing to consider is how you want to set up your Backdrop. If you’re using a Backdrop Display, make sure the width of the Stand is wider than your Backdrop. This will give your Backdrop some drape and make it look more finished. If you’re using our Velcro clips to hang your Backdrop, make sure the clips are placed evenly at the top so that it hangs nice and flat.

Here are a few tips for setting up your trade show backdrop:

  • Make sure the backdrop is the right size for your booth.
  • Hang the backdrop so that it is level and free of wrinkles.
  • If you’re using a backdrop stand, make sure the stand is sturdy and secure.
  • If you’re using clips to hang the backdrop, make sure the clips are evenly spaced.

How to Care for Your Trade Show Backdrop

Once you’ve made your decision and picked up your new Backdrop, the next step is learning how to take care of it.

For Vinyl Backdrops, it is recommended to wipe them down with a clean cloth after each use. If it starts to look a little dirty or stained, you can use a mild soap or detergent to clean it. Be sure to rinse off any soap residue and let the Backdrop dry completely before using it again.

For Fabric Backdrops, we recommend taking it down and folding it carefully after each use. It can be machine-washed on a gentle cycle with cold water and air-dried. 

Here are a few tips for caring for your trade show backdrop:

  • After each use, wipe the vinyl backdrop down with a clean cloth.
  • If the vinyl backdrop gets dirty or stained, you can spot-clean it with a mild soap and water solution.
  • If the fabric backdrop needs to be washed, machine wash it on a gentle cycle with cold water.
  • Air dry the fabric backdrop or tumble dry it on low heat.

Booth Display Backdrop Ideas

Now that you know the difference between Fabric and Vinyl Backdrops, it’s time to decide which is right for you. Here are a few ideas to help you make your decision:

If you’re looking for the best look, go with a Fabric Backdrop. They come in a variety of sizes, so you can find the perfect one for your company’s brand. Plus, they drape beautifully and add a touch of elegance to any space.

If you’re looking for a cheap cost-effective way to get your message out, go with a Vinyl Backdrop. They also come in a variety of sizes, making it easy to find the perfect one for your brand. 


So how do you choose the right type of Trade Show Backdrop for your business? If you’re not sure whether fabric or vinyl would be a better fit for your company, consider the following:

  1. What types of products or services do you offer?
  2. What is the tone of your brand?
  3. How much money are you willing to spend?
  4. What kind of look do you want to achieve?
  5. How much space do you have?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you should have a good idea of which type of Trade Show Backdrop is right for you. If you’re still not sure, contact us one of our team members at Giant Printing for advice.