Exhibition furniture hire and a brief history of trade shows

October 13, 2019

exhibition furniture hire: Twickenham trade show
One of our specialities at Rio Lounge is exhibition furniture hire for trade shows. During our 10 years in business, we have installed our hire furniture at some of the UK’s most renowned exhibition venues.  These include London’s Olympia, Excel and Battersea Evolution, as well as Birmingham NEC.

The History of Trade Shows and Exhibitions

exhibition furniture hire: Great exhibition of 1851

The Great Exhibition of 1851 – the first trade show

So, all of this got us thinking about the history of trade shows. You have no doubt heard of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was the first known trade show.  Built as a temporary structure especially for the event in Hyde Park, London, The Crystal Palace was the venue for this groundbreaking event. 
Here are some interesting facts about the first ‘trade show’:

Opened by Queen Victoria,  the exhibition ran for 5 months and attracted 6 million visitors;

–  The world’s most coveted products of the time were displayed such as precious perfumes, musical instruments, weapons, machinery, ceramics, and luxury fabrics, just to name a few;

–  The Crystal Palace was 1,850 feet long, 108 feet high and took 5,000 people to build.

This first trade show paved the way for many of the conventions we see in modern trade shows.  Of course, many elements  have changed significantly since those days but it’s still true to say that trade shows are an excellent way to advertise and showcase products and services face-to-face with customers and suppliers alike. 

exhibition furniture hire at Twickenham

The logistics of delivering exhibition hire furniture 

Of course, when delivering event furniture hire to an exhibition venue, careful planning is essential. Exhibition venues tend to be vast spaces, so it’s vital that we obtain a stand number and location directions from the client! Allowing sufficient time for set-up and de-rig are also critical.  Our crew can often experience long queues due to the fact of many exhibitors setting up and taking down their stands at the same time. At Rio Lounge our crew are meticulously briefed prior to delivery and collection; exceeding our clients expectations is always our aim! So you can rest assured that, as well as delivering your furniture hire products, our crew will install them aesthetically according to your instructions.

What furniture should I hire for a trade show stand?

event furniture hire londonFirstly, go and check out our recent blog for some top tips on exhibition furniture hire.

Furthermore, our modular faux leather Ana Mandara corner and sofa modules (pictured here) can be used to create any set up you like, creating a stylish yet practical seating area on the exhibition stands. For even more inspiration, check out more images here.

What our exhibition furniture hire customers say about us….

A recent testimonial from our client easyExhibitions who hired event furniture for a number of London trade shows, states:

‘…the service, from your sales team, right up to the guys delivering on site was an extremely high standard.  We are excited and confident to continue to work with you for our exhibition furniture hire needs for our upcoming events.’

Contact us

Give our furniture hire team a call on 0845 46 77483 to discuss your event furniture hire needs.  We can advise on the best products to suit your space, theme and layout. Alternatively, why not browse around our website and pick out your favourite products? Add them to a wishlist, and then when you’re done, don’t forget to ‘check out’ and request a quote.  We aim to get back to you no later than the next working day.