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Trade Show Crate Felt Padded Surfaces Protect Displays

Trade shows can be a lot of work, the planning, packing and event execution can quickly become overwhelming. Thankfully, Valley Box is in the business of making the packing and shipping process of the trade show painless for customers. Valley Box trade show shipping crates have you covered!


We’re leaders in the art of building custom trade show shipping crates that cater to your every need. We take the time to understand your payload, so all items are properly and safely protected during transit. Each crate is custom made to accommodate the many components of your company’s trade show booth.

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Recently, our packaging experts were looking for a solution that would outperform the carpet lining used to cover rough wood surfaces. We wanted something that would offer a durable non-abrasive surface for customer’s trade show panels susceptible to scratches.


In the past to achieve a soft, yet firm, non-abrasive surface trade show crate interiors would have layered ¼” foam, over plywood, then be covered with a low-weave polyester carpet. Although this option yielded a padded surface, we wanted to explore options that would better protect trade show display items prone to scratches.

Our packaging experts stumbled upon “wool felt” as a viable solution! It’s thick, dense, soft attributes made it the perfect solution for lining cubby slots to allow customers to easily slide trade show panels in - without worry of nasty scratches.


felt-lined-slots-adhesive-backed-felt-with-end-stapleThe wool felt sourced from Spectex comes in a few application types. We can use an adhesive backed felt strip to line the edges of wood with the use of occasional staples for securing strips for the long term (pictured right).

We’ve also used thicker felt strips without adhesive backing which we capped with a thin piece of Masonite, then screwed into place (pictured below). This method secures the felt in place without risk of damaging the felt while drilling the screw in place.


We pride ourselves on using superior building materials and hand-selecting each piece of wood to ensure the quality will match our performance expectations. We’ve also carefully crafted a set of mandatory design requirements and can confidently stand behind our product, knowing our crates are one of a kind, tough during transit and durable enough to last for years.

Trade show crate customers are encouraged to take advantage of our variety of design enhancements that make loading and unloading more convenient:

  • Ramps to assist rolling heavy items
  • Hinged doors to open the crate easily without the use of tools
  • Carpet, foam, or felt lining to avoid abrasion to expensive displays
  • Steel plates to protect from forklift & transit damage
  • Tie-downs points for the quick securing of loads
  • Removable panels for easy access to display components
  • Saddles to support heavy or delicate booth components
  • 4-way forklift entry allows access to your crate from any direction
  • Recessed hardware is safely tucked into the surface of the panels preventing it from being torn-off

Since 1964 Valley Box has specialized in manufacturing custom wooden crates for unique, over-sized and delicate items. Since the beginning, with simple wooden containers, our product line has expanded to serve the needs of our diverse manufacturing customers.

Topics: Reusable

Alicia Guillette

Written by Alicia Guillette

Alicia Guillette, is now the third generation of family involved at Valley Box Company. Starting in 2006, she has taken Valley Box into the digital age by developing a new web presence, implementing enterprise resource management tools and expanding the product line to include material handling equipment.