Display Risers

© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved.

I make display risers for my jewelry booth very cheaply and easily – using folding easels, empty jewelry display trays, and a bit of non-skid shelf liner.

Display risers make all the difference in getting your jewelry up where it can be seen, and making your booth look more professional.

When I first switched over to my modular jewelry display setup, I couldn’t figure out a way to elevate and angle my trays in my booth for visual interest.

Without some sort of display risers, they all just laid flat out on the table.

And I wanted to make sure that whatever I used for risers to elevate and angle the trays would be compact enough to fit inside my two aluminum jewelry tray cases – without requiring another bin or box to store and carry them.

In a brainstorming session with my mom – a craft projects guru who can always solve this kind of challenge – we came up with this neat, simple, and very compact way to achieve what I wanted:

We started with a folding acrylic easel (from Rio Grande Jewelry Supply), opening it up and turning it upside down into an A-shape.

Then we turned an empty jewelry tray upside down (after I removed one of my necklace easels from the tray), and created a “ramp” by propping up the back end of the tray on the top of the acrylic easel.

The bottom surface of the tray faces up, to create a nice, flat surface:

We cut a piece of rubbery non-skid shelf liner (available in big rolls at home improvement stores) to fit over the bottom of the tray.

Now I can stack two jewelry display trays on top of the upturned slanted tray:

The easel can be opened to any angle to make the display ramp as steep as you like; here it's at a very flat angle.

The non-skid shelf liner sticks the trays very firmly in place. I usually put a third display tray flat on the table top, at the bottom of the angled trays, for a nice cascade effect.

See how Ann Nolen uses a similar setup in her professional-looking Animal Coin Jewelry Booth.

An expanse of slanted tray displays, butted up beside each other, is very striking:

It's so easy for my customers to see and concentrate on my jewelry, because it just pops out of the displays - and the displays never distract the eye.

This system does exactly what displays should do – it showcases the jewelry perfectly, while fading into the background.

And I’m thrilled to have such a compact solution for display risers to elevate my trays up off the tabletop.

See the rest of my jewelry booth display.

Learn how my modular jewelry show display sets up in just 30 minutes.

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  1. Jeanne Lyons says:

    I addressed the issue by purchasing some cheap, $2.50, wastebaskets and some inexpensive 12″ deep x 4 ‘ x 3/4″ planking to create a shelf. I used left-over material from my table covers to cover the shelves. I am able to lean the tray liners with jewelry up against the shelf with another one horizontally flat on the table to help hold it in place. Then I also have a shelf on which to mount a few busts, easel displays, etc. Voila – 3 levels.
    I found removing the jewelry on the tray liners less bulky and cleaner looking than keeping them in the tray.

  2. Great Idea! Did you glue to the non skid backing on the back of the trays? What kind of glue or other adhesive did you use? Thanks for your help!

  3. Great ideas, Jeanne! Thank you for adding that. 🙂

    Elvie, no glue needed for the shelf liner. Its surface grips things very nicely – try it and you’ll see what I mean. Just cut the shelf liner into pieces that are a good size for your purpose, and put those pieces where you need them as you set up your displays. When you take your booth down, you can just put your shelf liner pieces in a stack inside one of your trays, so they’ll be ready for your next show!

    I have additional tips for using this type of shelf liner here:
    Get a Grip – an Easy Way to Grasp Things.

  4. Leslie Nikulka says:

    Hi Rena,
    I love your display…so easy! Do you remember what size your easels are. I found them on the Rio Grande site you mentioned and they’re so inexpensive. Thank you for sharing so much. 🙂

  5. Thank you, Leslie! The easels are about 6-3/4″ x 5″ x 7-1/2″ in size.

    There are also other things you could use in place of the easels. It just needs to be something with a stable bottom that won’t wobble, and a top that’s the height you want to elevate the trays. For example, a bookend (do an online search for “universal metal bookend” to see what I mean) – you could get several of those very cheaply. And for transporting to and from shows, those metal bookends would nest together very compactly.

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