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Get your message noticed with a tall Tension Fabric Banner

Our Tension fabric stands are a cost effective and dynamic banner option printed with an 8.8 oz polyester graphic and a robust aluminum frame. We use a high-resolution dye sublimation printing technology which helps your brand or message stand out in venues such as convention halls, companies, and schools. Tension fabric stands are a great alternative to retractable banners.

A tension fabric stand is a simple to put together exhibit that consists of an aluminum snap tube frame with a tension fabric graphic that slips over the frame and zips at the bottom. These tension stands are perfect for displaying graphics at trade exhibits, conferences, vendor sites, mall kiosks, point-of-purchase displays, and more.

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Why should you print with Gorilla Printing?

We’re the trusted printer of over 1500 companies & individuals. With over 20 years experience in large format printing, OOH campaign printing and service, we’ve got the know-how & capabilities to deliver any sized print job.

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What resolution should my artworks be?

When printing, the optimum print resolution for digital printers is 300 PPI. Blurring and pixelization will occur if a file is designed with a resolution less than 300 PPI. You should not, however, design with a resolution more than 300 PPI. There will be no change in print quality as far as the eye can perceive. It will also significantly increase the size of your file (increasing file upload/transfer time).

We usually suggest printing 300 PPI drawings, however we understand that you may not have the capacity to modify your designs. If you are unable to print your files at 300 PPI, you will need to take certain steps to guarantee that a lesser resolution will work for you.

Before you begin creating your file, we suggest that you set the resolution in your graphics editor (for example, Photoshop) to 300 PPI. Blurring/pixelation will still occur if the resolution is increased after the start.

Where can I pickup my printing jobs?

Pick-up is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During business hours, you may always fill out our contact form and we will contact you within one hour. We have two sites in New York City’s downtown area. Check which is more convenient: Manhattan’s SOHO district or Brooklyn’s Bensonhurst neighborhood. Our offices are both readily accessible by vehicle and train.

Every printing project in New York City requires a high level of quality and consistency. Our machines are exclusively operated by experts, and our skilled design staff is ready to assist you with your next printing job. We only take orders online at Printing New York, however if you have any questions or concerns about making your order, please contact us and a member of our staff will walk you through the process. Our knowledgeable and courteous guidance, coupled with our creative designers and skilled printing team, provide our customers with a service that will exceed their expectations. See for yourself by visiting one of our New York offices.

Do you check the artworks before printing?

Before printing, our staff double-checks all of the work. If we run into any issues with the files, we’ll let you know and show you how to alter the format. Please keep in mind that color and size mode conversions will be done automatically without any input from you.

We examine the drawings throughout the analysis.

– if the files are in one of the acceptable file types (PDF, JPG, TIFF, EPS or PS).
– if the file provided is greyscale (only if you have purchased a color print)
– if the file is the proper size (otherwise, we will scale your work to the required size, however this may result in a loss in quality). There will be no extra bleeding added to the procedure).
– if drill lines have been defined
– if the correct fonts have been included in the file

Why do my artworks require bleed?

All files should have a 2mm bleed on either side to guarantee that there are no white spots on the printed output. This implies that your design should always be 2mm bigger than the actual print format (including pictures and graphics). Failure to do so may result in minor differences, such as white margins. Place typefaces and important components of your design at least 3mm away from the final format (not counting bleeding) and avoid using edges as edges in layouts to guarantee that they are visible.

Optional: If providing data in an open format for printing, the bleed should be 4mm on each side (e.g., A4 size including bleed should be 301214mm). – Please prepare a file with 3mm bleed on either side if submitting files for presentation folders, banners, monthly calendars, packaging, or any other promotional technology items. – Envelopes should have a 1mm bleed on both sides. The elastic frames made of cloth must be bled 15mm.

Please refer to our artwork instructions if you need more information.

What filetypes do you accept for artwork?

JPG, PDF, EPS, TIFF, AI, PSD and PS (PostScript) are among the file types that may be uploaded

Ensure that your PDF file is saved in normal PDF/X format (PDF/X3 or PDF/X1a) straight from your graphics software. When saving artworks, select the “1.3 compatibility” option to prevent issues with layers and transparencies during the printing process.

If you’re transmitting TIFF files, keep the number of layers to a minimum.

Please do not utilize pre-separated data from DCS EPS to prevent color variations or issues with the printed picture.

Are you an environmentally friendly printer?

We certainly are! We provide the most comprehensive selection of soy ink-based eco-friendly printing goods in New York, including recycled business cards, brochures, presentation folders, sales sheets, stationery, catalogs, flyers, calendars, and more. Our regular stock is now recycled paper.

The printing sector has a bad reputation for environmental stewardship, with excessive use of water and energy, paper waste, and the usage of volatile chemicals that result in hazardous waste in the past. One of New York Print’s main priorities is environmental protection, and we try to put our world first.

Here’s how Gorilla Printing works on its footprint

– Using soy-based inks as standard
– Using recycled paper stocks as standard
– Printing techniques that decrease paper use, such as duplex printing
– Modern equipment that consume less energy
– Elimination of hazardous and volatile compounds
– We recycle our printing plates, press blankets, bottles, cans, and containers.
– We recycle obsolete equipment and computer components.

Uploading Your Artwork

We accept artwork files in the following formats:

Your artwork should be created in CMYK mode and 150-300 dpi quality. If you are using vector files like PDF, AI, or EPS please outline all fonts. When you upload a PSD file please merge all visible layers. Create your artwork files in the exact size that you are ordering, with no bleed, and no crop marks.

File Formats

150-300 dpi in CMYK mode
Outline your fonts, merge all visible layers

Design Templates

Use one of our free print templates to help save time with your order. Our design templates are a blank file which includes the correct bleeds and margins required to make sure your artwork is printed precisely accurate. All of our products’ print templates are available for immediate download at our Template Repository.

Our design templates are available in the following formats:

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Discover More about Tension Fabric

Tension fabric stands with an 8.8 oz polyester print and a sturdy metal frame are tall and colourful. A high-resolution dye sublimation printing method was used. Make your brand or message stand out in venues such as convention halls, workplaces, and schools.

What is a Tension Stand, and how does it work?

A tension fabric stand is a simple to put together exhibit that consists of an aluminium snap tube frame with a tension fabric graphic that fits over the frame and zips at the bottom. These tension stands are perfect for displaying graphics at trade exhibitions, conferences, vendor sites, mall kiosks, point-of-purchase displays, and more.

Maintaining Your Tension Stand

The tension stand’s display material may be machine washed on a low spin cycle with cold water. Allow the fabric to air dry rather than using a tumble dryer. Though washing the frame is unlikely, we recommend wiping it down with a mild cleaning solution and a soft cloth to remove any dirt or grime. When pulling the fabric from the frame, be careful not to stretch it too much. This might degrade the elastic fabric’s quality. Making sure both sides come off at the same time is the easiest approach to avoid harm. To avoid damage when storing or travelling, we highly recommend putting your display cloth and frame in a protective box (a carrying bag is included with your order).

Are fabric tube stands, EZ Tube displays, and stretch stands the same thing? What about pop-ups that create tension? And what about stress displays?

Fabric tube stands, EZ Tube displays, and stretch stands are just a few of the names and variations for displays that use a stretch or elastic fabric. While we refer to it as a tension fabric stand, the phrases are sometimes used interchangeably. Finally, you’ll receive a stretch cloth display stand that’s highly portable and ideal for presentations, conferences, and other similar short-term activities.

A pop up display is the most common sign term that denotes a different sort of sign. Pop up displays, as described on our website, do not have a pole structure and instead consist of a sign that physically pops up and is attached to the display unit with a stretch fabric and Velcro. These backdrops are much larger and more costly than the fabric tension stands described on this page.

Finally, tension displays are comparable to our tension fabric stands in terms of frame construction and stretch fabric, but they are considerably larger and more often utilised as backgrounds at events and tradeshows, similar to pop up displays. These tension stands are more costly than the smaller tension stands described on this page due to their larger size.

While the alphabet soup of terminology may be perplexing, we provide a broad range of event and tradeshow signs and are pleased to answer your questions as well as assist you with the design of your sign or display for free!

Is it possible for your tension stands to stretch?

The cloth is a stretchy polyester with the flexibility to extend over the tension stand’s frame. Our standard fabric and vinyl banners, on the other hand, are made of non-elastic polyester and vinyl, respectively.

What kind of material is used for the display? Is there anything else you can use for tension fabric displays?

The display is composed of 8.8 oz. elastic polyester, which gives it a stretchy feel while yet retaining excellent durability and image clarity.

What are the differences between your tension fabric display and the tension stand?

The elastic fabric material is used in both the tension stand and the tension fabric display; the material is placed over a lightweight aluminium frame to finish the display. The size difference between these two items is one of the most noticeable distinctions. The tension stand is 36″x90″ or 48″x90,” and the tension cloth display is available in 8’x8′ and 10’x10′ sizes. Another distinction is the stands used to keep the show stable. The tension stand is supported by a single metal base, whereas the tension fabric display is supported by two metal feet. The final distinction is in price. The larger tension display, which is usually used as a background, is far more expensive than the smaller cloth tension stand utilised in a tradeshow booth or event setup.

How can I make sure my lettering or design aren’t chopped off when printed on tension fabric?

We recommend keeping all text and pictures inside a 31″x84″ (for the 36″x90″ tension stand) or 43.5″x84″ (for the 48″x90″ tension stand) space when constructing your display.

If you’re sending your own design file for printing, make sure it’s 38″x91″ (36″x90″) and 50.5″x91″ (48″x90″) in size. This takes into consideration the bleed needed to print your tension stand. Following the safe zone suggestions above and using files of this size will result in a correctly produced tension stand!

What are the distinctions in the materials you have available for your different displays? What is the difference between a tension fabric display and a polyester fabric display and a muslin fabric display? What about displays made of canvas, vinyl, or mesh?

Tension fabric is a high-quality, elastic polyester intended to stretch across a display frame and be pulled taut. Standard polyester fabric does not have this stretchy characteristic. Standard and stretchy polyester are both highly durable and lightweight, making them ideal for use in displays. Both are dye sublimated printed, which means the ink is infused directly into the cloth. As a consequence, the pattern is permanent and resistant to scratches and fading. Our tension stands, tension fabric displays, and pop-up displays all employ tension fabric. Our fabric banners and flag banners are made of standard polyester.

Muslin textiles are usually produced from a natural cotton-based thread that looks like lightweight cotton cloth. Screen printing or stitching are used to create the designs. Muslin displays are often used for interior decoration exclusively. We do not sell any muslin-based goods.

A thick linen or cotton blend is used to create canvas prints and displays. Canvas is thicker and more robust than muslin, but it does not outperform polyester in terms of durability. Paintings, photos, and ornamental displays are all done on canvas. Canvas picture prints are available as part of our Signs For Home product range, which is designed for home decor.

Vinyl is the thickest material, providing exceptional durability without sacrificing adaptability or lightness. Our vinyl banners are made of 13-ounce vinyl and printed with high-quality, vivid UV ink. Vinyl is resistant to sunshine, weather, and water, so it may be shown outside without fear of being destroyed.

Is it possible to use the tension stand as a picture backdrop?

Although the tension stand can technically be utilised as a backdrop, the display’s size will not provide a complete background for a photograph. This is not a good choice for a photo backdrop. If you’re searching for an alternative to a conventional and genuine picture background, our tension fabric displays, step and repeat banners, and pop up displays make suitable photo backdrops.

What is the thickness of your tension stand displays? Do you have any other thicknesses available?

The tension fabric is 8.8 oz. polyester (about the thickness of 5 sheets of copy paper), which is the perfect thickness for a long-lasting, elastic display. We’ve discovered that this fabric thickness is the best for this product, thus we don’t provide any other thickness alternatives.

How hefty is the display’s stand or base? Is it simple to transport?

The 14-pound metal base has a handle carved out on one end to make it easier to carry. The photos in the photo gallery above show this handle.

Is it true that if you use the fabric display too much, the cloth will lose its stretchability?

With good care and storage, frequent usage of the fabric display should not cause the fabric to lose its elasticity during the product’s lifespan (3+ years).

What are your tension stands’ minimum and maximum dimensions?

With our tension stand, there are no minimum or maximum dimensions; instead, we presently offer two set sizes. Tension stands are presently available in 36″x90″ and 48″x90″ sizes. The site lists these as 38″x91″ (36″x90″) and 50.5″x91″ (48″x90″), respectively, with bleed.

Is the frame’s size adjustable?

The structure of the tension stand is not adjustable. A larger graphic will not fit in a smaller frame, and vice versa.

Is it possible to bend the frame to make a curved display? Do you have any curved tension stands available?

To produce a curved display, the frame cannot be adjusted. Curved tension stands are not presently available.

Do you provide double-sided tension supports for printing? How do I go about doing this?

Yes, we provide double-sided printing on our tension stands as an option. To purchase a double-sided tension stand, go to our design tool and pick the double-sided option (under “Printed Sides”), then decide whether you want the same design on the front and back or a different design on the back. Select the ‘back side’ button beneath the design section of our design tool to create the rear side of your tension stand.

Is it possible for light to flow through the fabric display? Does it provide some kind of transparency?

The screen isn’t meant to be translucent. Despite the fact that the cloth stretches, the display material allows little to no light to get through. In other words, whether single-sided or double-sided, it is not regarded a bleed through print. When strong lights are placed directly behind the display, it is possible that dim light will be visible on lighter coloured patterns.

What is the method for securing the display to the frame?

Pull the display over the top of the frame to quickly and simply connect it to the frame. The pillowcase-style construction makes it simple to pull over the frame. When the display is fully dragged over the frame, the elastic material will fit snugly against it. Use the bottom zipper to keep the display from sagging or sliding off the frame.

What is the composition of the frame?

The display’s frame is made of lightweight and sturdy aluminium, giving it a strong structure while allowing for unrivalled mobility. The bottom horizontal pole’s connecting points are made of plastic. The stand’s base is composed of heavy-gauge aluminium.

Are there bungee cords within the metal poles?

No, the aluminium poles are not equipped with bungee cords.

Is the fabric display section useless if the zipper breaks?

Although it is not essential to zip the cloth to the frame, it is advised that you show the tension stand while the zipper is in operation to prevent the display from progressively slipping from the frame. The zipper keeps the display tight while also adding to its aesthetic appeal. Even if the zipper is undone or broken, the stretchy fabric will typically keep your display taut.

When shown on the frame, will the display droop or bunch up?

When correctly exhibited on the frame with the zipper closed, the display should not droop or bunch up. When fully constructed, the tension supplied by the frame as well as the elastic material of the display will ensure that the display is smooth and wrinkle-free.

Will there be seams in my display? Are the display fabric’s edges hemmed?

On the display section of the tension stand, there are no apparent seams or hems. Stitching runs along the edges of the display, although it is not visible when it is presented. When displaying the tension stand, the zipper at the bottom of the display is also hidden. In the photo gallery on this page, you can view both of these elements of your tension stand.

Is there a travelling case included with my tension stand?

Yes, a canvas travel case is included with every tension stand order. Two inside Velcro straps in the cloth container protect the poles from slipping about. It also includes two handles for convenient transport.

What printing method do you employ for your tension stands?

The dye sublimation method will be used to print your design, which is meant to permanently attach the ink to the material. The end effect is a vivid, long-lasting design or picture that resists scratching and fading.

Is the fabric’s appearance matte or glossy?

When the material is stretched over the frame, your design and display will have a stunning and vivid matte finish that will remain clear.

Should I be concerned about ripping or tearing of the display?

You should not have to worry about your display tearing if it is properly constructed, exhibited, and kept. Sharp items near the display might cause permanent damage due to the nature of the fabric material. If kept near or on sharp objects, tension textiles are also prone to ripping or piercing.

How can I make a display out of a photo or a picture?

It’s simple to make an image or photo show. Begin by going to the tension stand product page and clicking the “Get Started” option. Select the “Blank Template” option from the three options that appear when asked how you want to start customising your display. Under our “Popular Templates” section, we also have a “Blank Template” option.

When you’re in our design tool, go to the “Design Tools” tab on the left side of the screen and select the “Upload Image” button. Image files can be up to 25MB in size, so double-check to be sure yours does. For your first purchase, we recommend utilising a lower file size; after that, you may upload a high-resolution file to Make a note on our checkout page indicating you’ve submitted a high-resolution file to replace the low-resolution one. Before printing, we’ll make sure to replace the low-resolution file with a high-resolution one. You’ll be able to move the photos around, add text, and other design components once they’ve been uploaded to the design tool.

If this procedure is unclear to you or you require support, please contact us for free design assistance or assistance uploading bigger files.

Is it possible to use the tension stand outside?

Tension stands are intended for indoor usage only, and we do not suggest leaving them outside for long lengths of time. Using tension stands outside might shorten the display’s life. Sharp objects and piercing are more likely to cause damage to the display in outside conditions. Despite being composed of robust aluminium, the frame cannot be fixed or weighted to the ground. As a result, severe weather and windy circumstances can easily destroy your fabric tension stand, resulting in permanent and irrevocable damage. In moderately windy situations, the display can behave like a sail and be carried away, even if it is weighted. If you’re searching for an outside display, we have a number of banners and signage options, including vinyl banners and feather flag banners, that are particularly intended for outdoor usage.

Are your tension stands able to withstand the elements?

Tension stands aren’t meant to be used outside and aren’t built to withstand the elements.

What are some of the most common applications for tension stands?

Indoor applications include trade fair and convention displays, public spaces, welcome and registration tables, lobbies, presentations, showrooms, and as a backdrop for weddings, media events, and marketing exhibitions, to name a few. When the weather is calm, you can use it outside, but it’s best to use it indoors.

Is it possible to put a different image in the frame?

The frame was made particularly to hold a cloth image and is not suited to display any other type or size of graphic. Even with the bigger tension display we employ, this is true. The two sizes and two items (tension fabric stand vs. tension displays) do not have interchangeable frames and fabric displays.

Is it possible to tie my tension stand to a solid item with rope or string?

Tension stands are particularly designed for interior use, therefore no rope or string should be used to secure the goods. There are no anchor points or loops on the frame itself to attach it to an item.

Will my display’s design fade over time? Is it possible to scrape it off?

The dye sublimation method is utilised to print your design, which means the ink is absorbed into the cloth. Your design will be less likely to fade or be scratched as a result of this. When not in use, properly care for and store the tension stand to keep your artwork from fading.

How do I put up the optional LED lights if I buy them?

The optional LED lights will be included in your tension stand shipping if you order them. Two half-moon-shaped components will also be included with your order, allowing LED lights to be firmly connected to the top of the tension support. Place the half-moon sections on top of the completely constructed stand and secure them with the connected screw. The LED lights are made to fit into a grove on the top of these components. After you’ve attached the LED lights, run the cables behind your display and connect them to a power source.

What is the wattage of the LED lights?

Each LED light has a 40W (watt) brightness, which is just suitable for adding ambient light to your display without overpowering or disturbing individuals who are viewing it.

What’s the best way to put up my tension stand?

Your tension stand may be put up in less than 10 minutes without the use of any additional tools. A total of 8 poles, a sturdy metal stand, and the polyester display will be included with your tension stand. Each pole component has a number on one end and a number on the other (for example, a pole will have a “2” on one end and a “3” on the other). The “2” will match up with another “2,” while the “3” will match up with another “3.”

Begin constructing the frame’s sides by attaching the bottom vertical poles. These poles are distinct in that they feature side-mounted plastic connections. At the end, one pull will be labelled “1” and the other “6.” Connect the “1” end to the pole with the “1 – 2” ends, with the “1” ends matching. Connect the “2 – 3” pole next. The process will be repeated on the other side, with poles designated “6 – 5” and “5 – 4” on each side, respectively. Attach the sides to the top pole of the frame, which is labelled “3 – 4,” once they’re finished. Then, at the bottom of the frame, attach the cross pole to the plastic attachment points. This pole has no numbers on it and may be connected to the plastic connectors on either end. Tighten the plastic screw mechanism to secure the pole to the frame. Be careful not to overtighten the screw, since this may cause the connection parts to shatter.

After you’ve finished putting the frame together, it’s time to put the display on top of it. Before putting the display on the frame, double-check that it is completely set out. Slip the cloth over the frame with care, making sure it doesn’t snag or bunch up. Once you’ve gotten it over the frame, use the bottom zipper to firmly secure it by pulling it taut.

Using the snap buttons on the pole stubs of the base, secure the finished frame and display to the metal base plate. The same button mechanism is used on them as it is on the rest of the pole set. Your tension stand is now ready for exhibition with the base attached to the frame.

What is the best way to store my tension stand?

It’s best if you keep your tension stand in the carrying case that came with your purchase. Simply take care while folding and storing your tension stand’s cloth banner so that it does not rip when stored and transported with the poles.

How can I get rid of the creases on my display?

Wrinkles on your display can generally be erased by simply securing it to the frame and letting the elasticity to work its magic. When you initially unwrap the goods after it has been sent to you, wrinkles and creases may be present. A portable steamer may be used to rapidly eliminate any wrinkles or creases if necessary. Do not iron or tumble dry your display since it will be irreparably damaged if you do so.

Will my floor be scratched by the metal base?

The soft cushions on the bottom of each corner of the metal base assist prevent the stand from scratching or scuffing your floor.

What’s the best way to clean my display? Is it possible to clean my display in the washing machine? What about drying it with a tumble dryer?

The tension stand’s display section may be machine cleaned in cold water on a low spin cycle setting. When washing the display, avoid using harsh detergents or bleach. After cleaning, let the display air dry. Do not use a tumble dryer to dry the display since it may distort the fabric and perhaps damage the printed design.