US Exhibit Rules & Regulations

A Manual To Achieve An Accurate Trade Show Booth

Standard Trade Show US Exhibit Rules & Regulations

You have to keep four major elements (namely: Linear, Perimeter, Peninsula and Island) in your mind while planning your trade show booth design. Therefore, it becomes significant to refer a trade show booth manual before you start designing or building it. To help you with the same, here are Exhibit Rules & Regulations varying from situation to situation. To conclude, we recommended you to contact your exhibition stand contractor for for such relevant queries. 


  • Multi-storey exhibits are admissible depending on the venue.
  • Any canopies such as umbrellas, ceilings,and canopy frames you choose to use in your exhibit rental can be decorative or purposeful.
  • Majority of exhibition rules does allow the hanging signs including graphics for the peninsula booths and island booths while keeping all ordinary use-of-space requirements in mind (it is usually a subject to prior approval from show organizers).
  • Speaking of lighting, it is to remember that no fixtures, lighting, overhead lighting or lighting trusses are permitted outside the boundary of your exhibiting space.


Linear booth is commonly noted as “in-line” booth that is usually designed and builed in a straight line while putting your extreme neighboring exhibitors at your left and right allowing the single side of trade show booth to be open. This formation can be altered to fit a corner booth allowing your trade show exhibit to be exposed from two sides (isles).

Note: The hanging signs are usually not allowed in this booth formation.

Linear Booths are most commonly 10′ wide and 10′ deep, i.e. 10′ by 10′ (3.05m by 3.05m). The maximum height is 8′. This 8′ height may be maintained on the sidewalls of your booth up to a distance of 5′ from the front aisle.


A perimeter booth is basically a linear booth that is built against the outside wall of the exhibition facility, instead of alternative trade show booth situated right behind yours.

The maximized height for perimeter booth is generally 12′, which could be sustained up to a distance of 5′ from the front isle. Any of the remaining sidewall length cannot be higher than 4′.

Note: The hanging signs are usually not allowed in this trade show booth formation.


A peninsula booth name is referred to the fact that it is the booth uncoveredfrom the aisles on three full sides. This booth type is usually comprised of minimum of four booth space. You can choose the peninsula booth depending on your needs from two different types of it. Type one peninsula booth backs to linear booth which is further referred as a “split island booth” in official term.

It is significant to keep in mind that in all the peninsula booths, the outward part of the back wall cannot have any logo, advertisements or any of the identifying information.

Note: If supported by a common linear booth row, the back wall of peninsula booth cannot be any higher than 4′ for a distance of 5′ from both the side aisles and 16′ to 20′ high from the centre of back wall. Mentioned height restrictions are at thedistant place of 10′ from the back wall. Speaking of split island booth, maximum height could be in between 16′ and 20′ in all areas of the booth. 


Booth exposed to aisles from all the four sides is usually referred as an island booth. These trade show exhibits are typically 20′ by 20′ or larger. The entire space is used up to the maximum height varying from 16′ to 20′ subjectifying the situation while including each and every signage.

Note: The hanging signs are allowed above all island booths.