Quick PVC Banner Stand

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About: A Maker since childhood with all the classic symptoms, a robot builder, and an Internet software CTO by day.

I needed a quick stand for a banner for a show, and put this together after looking a few different designs on the web. I'm posting it here in case the dimensions help someone else.

My banner was 4 feet wide and 30 inches high. The cross piece can be longer to allow for wider banners.

The feet are a bit more complex than some of the simple ones in an effort to make it more stable. I am not sure where the original idea came from, but this YouTube Video has the idea - thanks, Julio!

Parts:
(3) 10' 3/4" PVC Pipes - I used Schedule 40 since it's a lot stronger than schedule 200. 1/2" pipes might work too.
(2) 3/4" 90-Degree Elbows
(6) 3/4" Tees
(8) 3/4" Couplings - end caps might work too.

All the connectors are Slip type.

The pipes are cut into the following sizes:
(2) 7' pieces for the sides
(1) 52" piece for the top - the width of the banner + 4"
(4) 1' foot pieces for the bases
(8) 8" pieces for the bases

The sides are 7' long. The top is 52" long - 4" longer than the banner width since 1" on each side will go in the fittings, and that leaves 1" clearance on each side for the string/ties that hold the banner to the frame. I used a spool of green twist tie material for gardening.

The bases have a 12" piece of pipe on each side of the central Tee connector, and 8" pieces as the ends with the couplings or caps.

See the pictures for the base construction. The sides go in the bases and 90-Degree Elbows hold the top piece to the sides. The bases can probably be oriented in any direction, but I had the 8" pieces parallel to the top.

So far, I have not had to glue any of the pieces - friction has been enough. I leave the bases together, and pull the sides and top apart. The bases could be glued, but be careful to get the middle T pointing straight up. Tape could be used on site if the sides or top start slipping. [Update - I have glued the base pieces to keep them together easier]

In windy conditions, weights like sandbags could be placed on the bases.

I have since added grommets and mini bungee cords to hold the banner to the frame.

Low cost and quick to build - Enjoy!

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AmyB282

6 months ago on Introduction

Why two different sizes for the base? 8 inch and 12 inch? Why all are not just 12 inch? Is there any reason for that?

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CarlSAmyB282

Reply 6 months ago

I think it just seemed OK that way. The end couplers on those extend them out a bit. The end size is about 28" x 20".

FWIW, I added grommets to the banner and use minature bungee cords to hold the banner on the frame now.

You could also use regular end caps and fill the tubes with sand or some other heavy material. It should look a little nicer and still have the benefit of weighing it down.

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JoshuaH2

4 years ago on Introduction

The dimensions are perfect for a banner that I need. Thanks for the detailed instructions! Will be making it today.

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CarlSJoshuaH2

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Cool - I just used mine this weekend and can confirm that it still works. My banner had corner tabs, so I used four twist ties on the top - two to the top and two to the sides. The bottom just had side connections.