Banners vs Banner Stands vs X-Banner Stands

Banners vs. Banner Stands vs. X-Banner Stands: What’s the Difference?

Brian Kroeker

November 1, 2023

Summary:

  • Banners offer versatility for both indoor and outdoor use, with enhancements like grommets and hemmed edges available for increased durability.
  • Banner stands provide a secure and highly visible display option, with everything needed for installation included in the price.
  • X-banner stands are portable, easy to set up, and ideal for temporary displays, with the banner, stand, and carrying case included.
  • Little Rock Printing™ can help you print banners, banner stands, and X-banner stands for your organization or special events. Our in-house printing, custom order sizes with no minimums, and guaranteed timelines make us the ideal print partner for your needs.

Using the right display materials is crucial for effectively promoting your brand. Little Rock Printing™ can print banners, banner stands, and X-banner stands for your business—but what’s the difference between these options and which ones will serve you best?

See also: How to Design Custom Banner Stands Using Canva

Don’t worry—below, we break down the differences between these options to help you make informed choices about what you need. Here’s an overview of the differences and ideal use cases for each of these banner types.

Banner Types At a Glance

Banner printed by Little Rock on fence

Banners

Standard banners are great when you need to display a message clearly at an event, and can be used for both indoor and outdoor signage. Enhancements like grommets and hemmed edges can increase their longevity.

Little Rock Printing™ can print banners in any size, and we offer the following options for materials:

  • 13oz Scrim Banner: A practical and economical option for outdoor applications.
  • 8oz Fence Mesh: Made with tiny holes to allow airflow and recommended for hanging on fences.
  • 12.5oz Super Smooth Banner: Our premium banner material, used for high-quality indoor banners.

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Banner stand printed by Little Rock in warehouse

Banner Stands

These products contain a banner attached to a roller that can be drawn out and set up in just a few minutes at conferences and other events. Ideal for retail and corporate applications, these are an awesome way to grab attention for your booth or draw attention to a particular area of your office during a presentation or product launch.

All of our banner stands are printed on our Super Smooth Banner material (see above), but we offer the following hardware options:

  • Standard Banner Stand: These lightweight roll-up banner stands come with a carrying case and a 33.5×80″ banner printed on Super Smooth Banner Material and installed into a roll-up banner stand.
  • Premium Banner Stand: These come with a larger and more robust stand, as well as a larger carrying case with additional padding for enhanced durability in transit.

We can also reskin an existing banner stand with a different print if you already have your own hardware. Make sure to place your order before arriving so we can pair the order number with your hardware and keep track of everything!

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X-Banner stand printed by Little Rock in home

X-Banner Stands

Instead of rolling up, these banner stands use an X-shaped frame for easier setup and adjustments. All X-banner stands are 23”x63” and printed on our Super Smooth Banner Material, and come with a carrying case plus a full set of hardware so that you can set them up effortlessly when you get them.

We also offer the following options:

  • Graphic Only: Choose this if you already have an X-banner stand and just need to print a new graphic for it.
  • Stand Only: Choose this option if you already have the banner you want and just need the stand to display it during an event.

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Comparison Chart: Banners vs. Banner Stands vs. X-Banner Stands

BannersBanner StandsX-Banner Stands
Use CasesOutdoor and indoor signage, eventsRetail displays, corporate spaces, eventsPromotions, events, temporary displays
Price$$$$$$
DurabilityHigh (with proper care)HighModerate
AdvantagesVersatile
Customizable
Secure display
Highly visible
Easy setup
Highly portable
Quick setup
Easy to change
Lightweight
DisadvantagesMust be hung or installed on an existing surfaceHighest upfront costLess stable than other stands

Making the Right Choice: Factors to Consider

When choosing the best option for your business, consider the following factors and ask yourself these questions:

  • Budget: How much are you willing to spend? Banners tend to be more cost-effective, while banner stands and X-banner stands involve a higher upfront investment.
  • Use Case: Where and how will the display be used? Banners are suitable for a wider range of settings, while banner stands offer more stability and visibility, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Durability: How long do you need the display to last? Banners and banner stands generally offer higher durability, especially with proper care.
  • Portability: Do you need to move or adjust the display frequently? X-banner stands are particularly lightweight and easy to set up or change.
  • Visibility: How important is it that your message stands out? Banner stands tend to provide higher visibility and a more secure display.
  • Installation: Do you have the means to install a banner, or do you need a standalone display option? Banners require installation, while banner stands and X-banner stands are self-supporting.

Printing Your Banners with Little Rock Printing™

Our team at Little Rock Printing™ is ready to produce banners, banner stands, or X-banners that show off your business at its best. Here’s what makes us your ideal print partners:

  • Printed In-House: everything we make comes right from our Calgary print shop, and gets overseen by our experienced professionals—no outsourcing!
  • No Order Minimums or Maximums: Need a single banner or enough banner stands to fill a convention centre? We’ve got you covered.
  • Guaranteed Timelines: Your banners or stands are ready when you need them—we promise. Just choose 1-5 business days when you place your order and we’ll stick to the timeline.

To learn more, contact our team. We’ll be happy to answer your questions or help you start a custom order.

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