The writing’s on the wall displays

Many of our best-selling products are freestanding displays – after all, when you attend a trade show or exhibition, or if you’re trying to capture a customer’s attention at the point of sale, you don’t always have the luxury of wall space to display your messaging.

Freestanding displays are ideal for open plan spaces – they can be used to signpost, to provide backdrops or to zone a large space in a visually impactful way.

But what if you don’t have a large space?

Some of the most important spaces in terms of communicating a message also happen to be the smallest.  We’re talking hallways, entrances, stairwells, elevator bays, restrooms, waiting areas, changing rooms – anywhere that people must pause on their customer journey, or any juncture where they may need guidance.  As well as being small, these space are also busy – and both factors means that wall displays rather than freestanding ones are both safer and more practical.

What types of wall display are there?

Wall displays range from simple poster frames that click open and shut for easy graphics changes, to slick standoff displays that are ideal for permanent artwork and signage, to digital displays that show live information and marketing content on a rolling schedule.  So if you’ve got a space that’s small on size but needs to be big on impact – or if your existing bare walls are desperate for some attention – here are some of our top pick wall display systems…

Snap Frames

You’ll find snap frames everywhere from public transport to retail stores and hotel rooms – they’re an unsung hero of the display world!  A snap frame looks like a conventional picture frame but instead of opening via a panel in the back, the frame itself is hinged and can be snapped open to allow graphics to be loaded from the front.  A transparent plastic cover is then placed on top of the graphic to protect it, and the frame is snapped shut again.  Snap frames are cheap and lightweight which means they can be installed almost anywhere – you’re sure to see them in an elevator, on your hotel room door, or in a changing cubicle when you go clothes shopping.  They’re perfect for displaying short term, promotional messages that need to be changed regularly.

Tab Grabbers

A tab grabber is a cleverly designed rail system that allows you to easily slide a poster or message in, and then grips it in place until you want to remove it.  They’re commonly used in restaurants for waiting staff to insert order tabs but they’re versatile for many other uses too – use to display memos or posters for short term use, or to hold checklists and other documents that need to be removed for use, or replaced regularly.

Poster Cases

Poster cases are very similar to snap frames in that they are designed for quick and easy graphics changes via a front-loading mechanism, creating displays that are visually appealing and robust enough to cope with busy environments.  Poster cases can be flat or curved in profile (such as our Athens model) and may vary in terms of their opening and closing mechanism – some have a hinged door, while others may require the front panel to be removed entirely.  Some close with magnets or suction cups, while other models are lockable for security.

Digital Displays

Digital displays can range from simple dot matrix displays to full LCD monitors and TV screens that can show video content.  The latter are commonly found in lobbies and showrooms, and must be wall mounted using sturdy brackets to support their weight.  Our Houston wall mount offers a super low profile to maximise space and has a built in safety lock.


Small but powerful, standoffs are small metal brackets that are used with a rigid media panel to create an eye-catching, three-dimensional wall display.  The standoff comes in two parts and holds the rigid media slightly away from the wall for a contemporary alternative to framed signage and artwork.  Some require the panels to be drilled, while others act as a clamp.  Standoffs are commonly used with acrylic or toughened glass panels but almost any rigid media can be used to create a totally customized look.

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