5 Types of Commercial Production for Trade Show Exhibits

Commercial production offers an exciting way to help your trade show exhibit stand out from the competition. These decorative touches to your display can create an elegant, polished, and distinctive look that makes your brand more appealing to visitors. Choosing the right kind of production for your display requires you to consult with a commercial production company and to be familiar with the types of production that are often used in trade show exhibits. Here is an overview of some of the most popular types of commercial production that might help to bring your next display to life.


Casework refers to the process of building cabinets, drawers, and other types of furniture. Production is a part of casework in so much as it is used to join the various pieces of furniture or cabinets together. For instance, when fastening the sides of a cabinet together, the types of joints used are examples of production.

Each of these types of joints lends a slightly different look and feel to the piece, and serves a vital purpose in creating items that are both strong and beautiful. For instance, biscuit joints are known for their exceptional strength, while dovetails are particularly beautiful as well as being strong. While visitors may not immediately notice the particular joints you use, they will notice the overall feel that that they lend your display. As a result, casework can accentuate the beauty of your display by creating pieces that are both high quality and visually appealing.


Another integral aspect of commercial production on custom exhibits is the trim. The term “trim” refers to any decorative element added around the edges of an interior space. It adds a level of finish to a space that would be impossible otherwise. In addition, trim can be used to hide small gaps and other imperfections that, if left exposed, would give the trade show exhibit a less professional feel.

There are many types of decorative trim that can be created through commercial production. For instance, baseboards are pieces of trim that are placed where the wall joins the flooring. Casings are pieces of decorative trim, typically a few inches wide, that are placed around doorways, while chair rails are pieces of decorative trim that are placed at chair level around the wall to prevent damage from chairs and other furniture.

A skilled commercial production company should be able to incorporate beautiful, professional, and brand-appropriate types of trim into your trade show exhibit. By doing so, they can add polish and appeal that would be lacking in a more plainly constructed display.

Wall Paneling

Sometimes, your custom exhibit will require a more upscale look that makes visitors feel as if they have entered an office instead of a trade show display. For instance, holding meetings and closing sales might work best in a polished and professional environment. For these cases, wall paneling may be the type of commercial production you need to create an effective trade show display. You can also use certain types of wall paneling to create other looks, such as rustic, elegant, old fashioned, or modern. For this reason, wall paneling can serve as an important element in establishing the overall feel of your trade show display.

Commercial production offers many types of wall paneling. Whether you select craftsman paneling in order to communicate a handcrafted feel, or Edwardian paneling for a more modern feel, the use of paneling will create a more comfortable environment for your visitors. Your commercial production company can help you to navigate the colors and amount of paneling you need to create the right look for your display.

Solid Surface Fabrication

Many custom exhibits include surfaces such as tables, shelves, and counters, that require a non-porous and easy to maintain surface. In addition, these surfaces must mesh with the overall design of your trade show exhibit and the branding of the business using them. In these cases, commercial production companies can be helpful in creating surfaces that work with the display as a whole.

There are a number of ways that the right company can create custom solid surface fabrication. For instance, the exact type of surface used, its color, and its qualities can all vary from surface to surface. Some of them look like marble and granite, while others look more like natural stone. The choice you make will depend upon your unique display needs, and upon the guidance of your commercial production company.

Decorative Touches

Finally, commercial production can be used to add decorative touches to just about any aspect of your custom trade show exhibit. Besides the trim, surfaces, casework, and wall paneling, there are many other corners and details of your display that could benefit from beautifully crafted production. These details, while they may not be necessary to the function of the display, add beauty that will capture visitors’ attention and add to the overall appeal of your display.

Examples of decorative touches in your production include beautifully crafted corners on furniture, artistic edges along cabinets and shelving, and so forth. The details you can add are limited only by the skill of your commercial production company and the needs of your own display.

Commercial production has much to offer custom exhibits. By adding details to your display that it would otherwise lack, production adds personality and polish to make your display as appealing as possible to visitors. Whether you are adding casework, trim, wall paneling, solid surfaces, or decorative touches, you and your exhibit company’s design services should be able to use commercial production to bring your trade show exhibit to life.

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