Tension Fabric Displays

Tension Fabric Displays are a popular choice for tradeshow backdrops, and are an elegant solution compared to traditional “pipe and drape” backdrops. A tension fabric display consists of an aluminum tubing frame and a dye-sublimated fabric graphic. The graphic “pillowcase” is slipped over the frame and closed by either a zipper or hook/loop fastener. The result is a large format graphic that that is smooth and aesthetically attractive, while also being very easy to setup without tools.


  • Stretch fabrics for ease of assembly and reduced print costs
  • Blockout fabrics that are great at hiding items behind and eliminating light bleed-through
  • Backlit fabrics for dramatic lighting effects

Why choose Tension Fabric Displays?

  • Hi-Resolution Fabric Graphics: Dye-Sublimation printed graphics are extremely vibrant, while also being lighter than other forms of printed graphics, which makes installation easier and shipping less costly.
  • Customization: Tension frames can be designed to create virtually limitless configurations. Frames can range from straightforward freestanding walls to hanging overheads and complex tradeshow booths. Tension frames are a perfect solution when elegant curves and circular rings are desired.
  • No Visible Framing: Tubing and frames are hidden inside the printed graphic, providing a seamless appearance.
  • Cost: Production of fabric graphics is competitive to other forms of digital printing, but the lightweight and ease of installation can result in significant savings in shipping, drayage, and installation costs.

Important Considerations

Do you already have a frame?

Depending on your needs Olympus can work with either frames you already own or help you produce new frames. Some of the frame manufacturers we partner with include BeMatrix, Aluvision and others.


Do you have special lighting concerns or needs?

Depending on your project you might need to either block out light completely or let lighting shine through for vibrant backlit images.

Terms To Know

Swage and Button

A connection joint used when connecting two sections of hollow tubing. One end of the tubing is smaller and fits inside the next section just like a tent pole. A button “clicks”, locking the two poles together. Disassembly is as simple as pressing the button, and sliding the two sections apart.

Installation Instructions

Check out our installation videos to learn more about SEG graphics and how they are installed.

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