Monthly Archives: September 2014

What are Plinths, Pedestals and Podiums?

Many customers don’t understand the terms plinth, pedestal or podium, and we’re often ask to explain what we mean. It’s understandable as they’re quite similar really but used in slightly different ways.

Brandstand, FMFS, Free Milk for Schools Campaign

The Plinth 

Technically speaking, a plinth is a heavy base supporting a statue or vase. Consider for a moment those statues you’ve seen in museums and grand homes featuring perhaps a king or queen set in marble.

In the world of Display, a plinth is a simple stand onto which a product might be placed as a means to display it, draw attention to it or place it at waist height. Display plinths tend not to be heavy, unless they need to carry a heavy object or because they’re made from timber for aesthetic reasons.

As these plinths get bigger and higher, then they also serve as a desk or small demonstration table. As part of an exhibition kit, these plinths are often placed at the front of the stand as a meet-and-greet station.

Brandstand - plinth

At Brandstand we have a whole range of these plinths, made from various materials and in various sizes and configurations.

Lets start by looking at materials first. You have the option of covering your plinth with a branded wrap, usually made from graphic vinyl and attached to the plinth using hook and eye velcro. This is a cost effective solution but the vinyl panel needs to be stored carefully and can suffer from wear and tear quite quickly. These basic plinths are made from 5mm extruded polypropylene, whilst the tops are made from 12mm melamine mounted to MDF.

Brandstand Plinths at Puna

The next option to consider is a fabric based plinth. These feature a 360 degree fabric wrap placed over a lightweight frame with a solid top. They’re washable, super lightweight and last for years. They fit into a small case so they’re easy to transport too. Often we sell these as part of a total fabric based exhibition solution, including a branded SuperWall at the back and then these plinths with a consistent complimentary design.

If the plinth is not going to feature high impact graphics, then we also stock a range of timber, glass, mirror finish and acrylic plinths, plus options to light an acrylic plinth to really stand out from the crowd!

Brandstand NZ - Plinths with lighting Brandstand NZ - Mirror plinths

The Pedastel

The pedestal tends to be a number of plinths working together, either joined or placed next to one another. For instance, Brandstand offers four plinths at differing heights which together make up our Staircase Display Pedastel, or a number of hexagonal plinths which fit together to form the Hexagon Pedastel. The pedestal is perfect as a walk around display, in a window or against a wall.

Brandstand pedestals Brandstand Compact pedestals

The Podium

Sometimes the pedestal is not very high and is designed to be a branded box to stand on. We call these podiums, and we can create these for events and media moments too. Any size and with any branding/finishing you require.

Brandstand Podium Brandstand Podium

At Brandstand we can custom build any design you require, so give us a call and let our expert team guide you into what would best suit your campaign or product.



Gazebo-2-Go Event Marquees

How do you decide on which Gazebo to buy, when there are so many options and such huge price differences? Let’s take a look at the market place and consider your options.

Brandstand - Marquee

Frame Material

Most marquee systems utilise either cheap steel framing or more expensive aluminium. The poles also tend to come in various diameters, which affects price too. Aluminium lasts longer and is more lightweight.

All our Gazebo-2-Go marquees come with aluminium poles, with a 12mm diameter. Although some manufacturers provide thicker poles as standard, we think this diameter is optimal vs weight. And in 7 years we’ve never had an issue with broken poles! Our frame is also one piece, because we know how annoying it is when a pole goes missing!

Brandstand Marquee with Back

Fabric Material

Generally, marquees use a whole range of materials, and this is where manufacturers can make real cost savings. The cheaper gazebo’s tend to use inferior fabric which is fine for only a few hours out in the sun now and again, but they’re not designed for our harsh sunlight or for more rugged trade use.

Our Gazebo-2-Go features high-quality, close-mesh 500 denier polyester material. This is fire retardant and water resistant, and has excellent printing characteristics. And given we’re in the display business, that’s important to us and the brands we work with! As Kiwi’s the other key factor is UV protection, and all our gazebos offer 100% UV Protection* (rated UPF 50+)

* Actual test results 99.84-99.97% U/V blockout


Brandstand Marquee setupEver laughed at how many Dad’s it takes to set up the Gazebo at a backyard BBQ? So have we, and that’s why we guarantee our Gazebo won’t make you look stupid when you try to erect it!

With it’s ingeniously simple folding system, the Gazebo-2-Go Marquee can be set up in less than 60 seconds, without tools, providing superb adaptability for both indoor and outdoor events of all types.

The trick with any gazebo design is to ensure that it’s a good size when up and a really small size when down, and that’s not easy to achieve. The Gazebo-2-Go is extremely compact so transport and storage is easy, plus they come in a range of sizes to suit your needs.

Size Matters

Once you’ve decided on materials then the next choice should be size. Now don’t go shy at this point. Be sure to upsize and cover off your bases – that way you’ll only buy once and it will last you for years! Also, consider this – the larger the gazebo the larger your potential brand logo on the roof or sides.

Displays 2 Go large marquee

Our Gazebo-2-Go comes in these sizes: 2.5 x 2.5 metre, 3.0 x 3.0 metre, 3.0 x 4.5 metre and the eye-watering 3.0 x 6.0 metre

Side Impact?

No, we’re not talking cars here! You might not want the sides now, but isn’t it great know you can add them later, because this system comes with heaps of options, including sides with and without windows, plus half and full sized sides.

Brandstand Gazebo with sides

The Details

Sometimes the devil’s in the details and that’s never more so than with the Gazebo-2-Go. Here’s 14 of those details that make the Gazebo-2-Go, one of the best options in the market:

Moulded brackets from top quality ABS plastic formed with rounded edges to provide extra protection to the roof from general wear and tear.

All seam points are double stitched for added strength and durability.

Patented pull-pin locking system ensures easy, finger safe set-up and collapsing.

Double layer of material at peak for extra wear resistance.

Central Pivot design ensures a lifetime of durability.

50mm wide horizontal velcro strip on lower inside edge of roof to allow sidewalls and/or raingutters to be attached/removed in seconds.

Advanced periscoping height controller allows for a perfect roof fit.

Sturdy D-Rings offer additional tie-down security.

Patented pull-pin locking system offers easy leg height adjustment and levelling capability on uneven ground. Five different settings with 360mm of height adjustment.

Double layer of material at corners to minimize wear and tear.

Rust proof ABS foot pad delivers greater grounding ability for superior stability and safety. Holes provided for ground pegs.

Additional velcro strips are positioned on the roof midway between each leg to help secure the roof to the frame and keep it suitably tensioned.

Truss bars capped each end to help prevent moisture and dust entering.

Advanced seam sealer strip applied to underside of all seams to ensure waterproofness.

Colour Options

That cheap marquee down the road probably comes in a couple of colour options. Not ours though – the Gazebo-2-Go come with 8 (yes that’s right 8) standard ex-stock colour options! And if you want another colour, we can do that too – it just might take a little longer and cost a little more.

Interchangeable Branded Canopy Option

Why not save money by buying one Gazebo and various different branded Canopy options? It makes perfect sense when you think about, and that’s just what we did, thought about it and came up with a great solution!


Does the marquee you’re looking at come with many accessories? Probably not. The Gazebo-2-Go comes with more accessories than a ladies handbag!

  • flooring options
  • spouting solutions to keep your guests dry
  • case options
  • sand bags
  • weighted pole bases

So when people contact us about buying a Gazebo, and then tell us about the deal down the road, we always tell them to look at the details. Our Gazebo-2-Go marquee is one of the best in the world. It’s designed for commercial use and comes with a 5 year guarantee. We’ll also be around to answer your questions and sell you another in 7 years, because after sales support and service should also be an important part of your buying decision.

If you’re looking for a Gazebo for any of the following, then call us today we’re sure we have the best solution for you.

Brandstand Marquee

•Sporting Events

•Animal & Pet Shows

•Camping & Beach Shade

•Market Stalls, Fairs & Gala Days

•Building Sites & Contractors

•BBQ, Parties and Outdoor Dining


•Emergency Services