It’s the smallest town in the smallest state in the country, and I’m lucky enough to live right in the middle of it. Despite the fact that the town’s less than nine square miles (two-and-a-half of which are technically water) we’ve got a vibrant and thriving downtown area. It’s not an incredibly large downtown area, however the smaller space and easy to access streets makes it an eminently walkable downtown. Our stores are plentiful and varied – there are jewelry boutiques, pizza joints, a record store, the coffee shop that was my second home as I was writing my master’s thesis, fish markets, gift shops, the inevitable Dunkin’ Donuts, a food market, a bridal store, even a cheese shop (though, sadly, it is not staffed by Michael Palin and a fleet of bouzouki players). Taking a quick walk around the downtown area also shows that all of these stores know just what to do to bring the customers off the street and into their establishments. Their front windows are well lit and full of exciting items that are eye-catching, and many of them have a customized A-frame sign stand right there on the sidewalk so that anyone walking by can easily see them.
It’s no secret that A-frame sidewalk signs are one of the best ways to get the attention of people passing by your store on foot. These sidewalk signs have the ability to put promotional messages and posters directly into the line of sight of passersby, making them pause and take notice of what you’re saying. Whether you choose to display posters, letter boards, or even handwritten signs they’re an easy way to make sure your store gets seen. Many different styles of sidewalk A-frame signs are on the market today, giving stores the ability to choose the one that works best for their business needs. Each of the different designs has unique features with certain advantages. Want to find out which design works best for your establishment? Here’s an overview of some of the major styles to help you decide. Floor standing signs
A-Frames and Poster Stands
As the name says, these models hold posters in two frames that have a hinge at the top for easy folding. Once folded down it makes the structure quite a bit easier to carry so you can move it around to the most effective location. Many of these sidewalk displays also come with clear, protective overlays to keep any installed prints safe from harm. That doesn’t mean that they all will work in rainy or windy weather, however, so keep that in mind as you’re searching for your ideal sidewalk sign. If you’re looking for a design that’s a little sturdier, then a frame with a spring holder base may be a better option. This style displays the two images back to back on a single panel, which is then attached to a wider base with springs that help the sign bend in the breeze. They’ve got a lesser chance of tipping over than the classic A-frames as well. If you’re looking for something with a bit more weather resistance, then take a look at our next style.