When you’re looking for a Trade Show 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.

The Pros and Cons of Using Fabric Trade Show 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.

The Pros and Cons of Using Vinyl Trade Show 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.

The main downside of vinyl is that it doesn’t look nearly as nice as fabric. 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.

How to Choose the Right Material for Your Trade Show Backdrop

The two most common materials for Trade Show Backdrops are fabric and vinyl.

Fabric is a much more popular choice because it’s lightweight and can be easily draped or hung. It’s also wrinkle-resistant, which can be important if you’re planning to transport it from show to show. However, fabric can also be prone to stains and rips if you are not careful, so it’s important to take care of it.

Vinyl is a common choice for outdoor use because it can be more durable and less prone to tears. However, vinyl can also be quite cumbersome and difficult to transport, so it may not be the best option if you’re on the go. It is also much easier to damage. Vinyl will crack and crease after each use. Once you have a bad crack or crease you might have to replace it.

How to Set Up Your Trade Show Backdrop

When it comes to setting up your Trade Show Backdrop, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The first is deciding 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.

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.

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 it 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. 

Trade Show 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:

-What types of products or services do you offer?

-What is the tone of your brand?

-How much money are you willing to spend?

-What kind of look do you want to achieve?

-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 one of our team members at Giant Printing for advice.