I did my very first booth with My Little Advocate apparel and it really gave me the itch for more! I started browsing the internet for easy/simple booth ideas so I could get started making something a little better for my items. I came across a simple PVC idea and decided to build a similar one for myself. It works perfectly so I decided to make a second! Here’s the finished product:
I’m sharing how I made it for those who want to build something similar but don’t want to take the time to go through the trial and error!
What You’ll Need:
(I recommend looking at a local hardware place for items, Amazon links are for visual reference.)
One 10 foot long 3/4″ PVC Pipe (best to get the thicker kind!)
Wood for the base (I bought a 16″ board and cut it square, which gave me 2 pieces + scrap)
Hardware: 4 bolts for the flange (with nuts/washers to secure it) + 16 screws for the wheels (sized so they won’t go all the way through the wood!)
1 threaded 3/4″ pipe (or another piece of PVC if you don’t want to use pipe). Make sure the pipe fits INSIDE the cross fittings and also into the flange and is the desired height for your base (mine was 30″ and perfect!)
Spray paint in the color of your choice
→ Cut EIGHT 12″ pieces of PVC from the pipe
→ Put end caps on one end of each 12″ piece
→ Cut 2 smaller 2.5-3″ piece (I didn’t actually measure) to be used in between each cross fitting
→ Put an item of clothing on a hanger and decided how much room you will need between the 2 sections of rack. Because I have onesies, I only needed a 19″ piece in between to give the clothes enough room without touching the rack below. Cut your desired length.
→Cut whatever length of remainder piece you’d like as the ‘top’, which is purely just to cap off the hole on the top (but maybe you want it taller so you can tape a sign to it, or who knows what other clever idea someone will come up with)
→ Get your cross fittings out and use the PVC cement to glue in your 12″ pieces on 2 opposite sides of each fitting. I chose to glue mine in because I wanted it to be a little more stable (and I have no reason to take it all apart). I also glued ONE SIDE to each of the supporting poles to the cross fitting. This made it a little more secure but also allows at least one piece of each section to move so I can flatten it for transportation (see the left one in the photo above). So, you can glue every other connection point. I did the where the bottom cross fitting hole met the top of each supporting pipe because it made it the most secure when testing wobbly joints. Let the glue dry in all the joints while you work on the base
→ Cut your board to be square, in whatever size base you chose
→ Paint the board
→ Screw the wheels to one side of the board
→ Use the flange as a template and draw marks to drill holes to bolt it down. Paint the flange before you bolt it down. If you look at my photos of the base, you’ll see I used a larger flange (1″) and a coupler (1″ to 3/4″). I did it that way because I had initially used PVC as my base pipe and pushed it into a 1″x5″ neck. I didn’t like how the PVC was still a little wobbly, so I opted to buy a piece of piping for the base instead (less than $10 and gave it the stability I wanted!). I had already put my flange on so I bought a coupler instead of re-doing my base. The coupler allows me to screw the pipe in a little deeper too (that’s what she said..)
→ Secure your pipe into the base, attach your top piece to the top of the pipe, cover your base with plastic, and paint the whole thing.
The whole thing is pretty portable. I can take the pipe out of the base, the top section off of the pipe, and flatten the cross sections so they all lay flat. It all fits in my wagon so it meets my criteria for a quick and easy booth set up! I love having it on wheels so I can roll it around or people browsing can see everything even if there’s not a ton of ‘walk around’ booth space.