I just did my first show and of course, we were given nothing but
the tap ed outline of our booth space. I limped along quite well with
a table and a mirror and a floor lamp! So for my next show, my
husband and I dusted off our old architect hats and designed a
system of removable padded wall board set in a painted 2"x2" wood
frame. The frames are 2 ft x 7ft with a center cross piece and are
in 3 sets of 4 hinged panels. Each frame is grooved inside with the
top groove just a little deeper so that the pane ls can be slipped in
and out. That way you can break everything down and it is easier to
carry if you don’t have access to a dolly on-site. The we ight of the
wallboard seems to steady the panels and they can be adjusted to fit
your booth space as necessary. The cost is not too bad, I think the
most expensive part was the fabric and we just shopped for black
pann e velvet on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
If you are not handy with woodworking, you could shop for sturdy
hinged p anel room dividers. I’ve seen some nice ones at Ikea and
Crate and Barre l.
I wonder if the stipulation that the walls be “sturdy” is a concern
about collapsing and/or providing a visual barrier? If I can find my
design s ketch I can try to scan it and send it along if you like.
Good luck and I would be interested to hear how you solve this one.