What is an A-Frame sign?
A Frame signs are foldable signs typically used for sidewalk advertising by retail businesses and others that rely on foot traffic. One or both sides of the “A-Frame” can have a graphic or advertisement. The signs can be used indoors and outdoors. When used for the latter, the frame itself can be filled with sand or water to provide extra weight for stability.
Are ‘A-Frame signs’, ‘sandwich signs’ and ‘sandwich board signs’ the same thing?
A-Frame signs, sandwich signs or sandwich board signs are, for all intents and purposes, the same thing. All three terms can be used interchangeably. These terms refer to a foldable sign most commonly used on sidewalks outside retail stores. While the terms are interchangeable, the frames of these signs can be plastic (like ours), wood or even metal. Further, graphics/signs can be adhered via Velcro, adhesive or very rarely slid into the frame itself. Our signs, whether called A-Frame or sandwich board, are of the plastic variety and the graphic, depending on which you choose, is either an adhesive decal or changeable corrugated plastic graphic held in place by tabs.
Is it actually durable for outdoor use? Is it stable?
Yes! Our A-Frame signs can be used outside year round. The frame itself is made of heavy duty plastic that is 1.5” thick on each side, for a total of 3” thick. Additionally, the frame can be filled with sand or water to provide stability for the sign. Each side of the frame can hold an additional 5 lbs. of sand or water. We do not recommend using water during sub-freezing temperatures to avoid expansion and cracking of the sign. Lastly, the adhesive decal graphic option will be covered with laminate to provide durability while the corrugated plastic graphic is also covered with a laminate and can easily be removed and swapped out for another graphic if needed. We would recommend not using the sign during serious precipitation or severe weather.
Is the the actual frame/sandwich board too heavy to easily move around?
With no water or sand inside the frame it weighs only 18 pounds. This weight ensures a long lasting sign but is also light enough to be easily repositioned and/or stored as needed.
Are your sandwich signs one sided or double-sided?
All of our sandwich board signs are double-sided. If you want the same graphic on both sides, simply add one design and checkout and we’ll automatically put the graphic on both sides of the A-Frame. If you want a different graphic on one side, simply select the option for "Two Sides Different" and then click the “Back Side” button on the design tool and design it as you wish. We’ll then make sure each side displays your respective designs.
How are my graphics attached to the A-Frame sign?
We offer two different graphic options for your custom A-Frame signs.
If you choose to go with the Standard Frame, your graphics will be made of 4mm corrugated plastic that will be attached to the frame through the use of adhesive velcro strips. This allows you to remove and replace the graphics on your A-Frame as needed.
If you go with one of our Premium Frames, they will come with 4mm corrugated plastic “inserts” that slide into the indented area of the A-Frame. Tabs on either side of this area slide over the top of your graphics to hold them firmly in place. The obvious advantage of using this type of A-Frame sign is the ability to regularly swap out graphics as sales, seasons or marketing messages change.
Is there anything over top of the graphic to protect it?
Yes. The adhesive graphic(s) option will be covered by a matte laminate to help protect it against elements when used outside as well as unintentional scratching, rubbing, etc. The removable corrugated plastic graphic option can easily be removed and changed out if desired. It is also covered by a very thin laminate to protect it. Nonetheless, it is intended that these signs are to be used outdoors in all situations except severe weather of any type.
How big is the sign area? Can this be changed?
The actual sign area for your custom graphic is 24” wide by 36” high. This area and the sandwich board sign itself (25” wide x 45” high) is not customizable.
Do you offer different sizes for your sandwich signs?
We currently only offer the standard 25”x45” sandwich board sign.
Can my graphics be smaller than the actual sign area? Can they be cut to shape and then applied?
The graphic area for both types of A-Frame signs will always be 24” wide by 36” high. However, for the Standard white A-Frame sign, the parts of your design that you leave white will end up blending in fairly well with the frame. Therefore, you can make your design whatever shape you’d like within that 24”x36” area and it will give the appearance of being a smaller graphic or cut to shape. The best looking sign will still be one that uses a full 24”x36” graphic. Please note that this is not possible on the Premium A-Frame Signs. The corrugated plastic graphic needs to be exactly 24”x36” in order for the graphic to work properly with the frames.
Do you offer chalk or dry erase A-Frames/sandwich board signs?
No. We currently do not offer either chalk or dry erase based options for your custom A-Frame sign. If you are interested in these products please contact us so we can offer these in the future!
Do you offer metal A-Frame signs or other any other type of A-Frame signs?
Currently we only offer the heavy duty plastic A-Frame sign as seen on this page. We’ve found this to be the best all around A-Frame sign due to its durability, ease of use, and ability to be a double sided sign with large graphics. Many of the alternatives are disappointing in terms of performance (cheap/thin metal or wooden frames) or a hassle to use. We do hope to offer similarly durable A-Frame signs that feature chalkboard and dry erase functionality in the future.
Do you offer black or other colored options for your sandwich board signs?
Currently we offer only the white plastic sandwich board signs for the laminated adhesive graphic. These are referred to as our “Standard” A-Frame signs. The corrugated plastic graphic A-Frame sign can either be a white or black plastic frame. These are referred to as our “Premium” A-Frame signs. Though either of the signs allows you to fully customize the color of your image and the messaging for your sign on the graphics themselves.
What is the lifespan of your sandwich signs?
Our sandwich board signs should last at least 5+ years whether used outside or inside as long as they are cared for properly. In many cases, this lifespan is significantly longer, but will depend largely on what kind of constant conditions it is used in and the care of the frame/graphics.
Does the A-Frame sign have wheels on the bottom of it?
No. As pictured on this page there are no wheels on the bottom. It does have a molded handle at the top of the frame for easy carrying and positioning. We’ve found that an A-Frame with no wheels is more likely to remain stable while the handle still provides easy storing and moving.
What if my graphics for the A-Frame sign have more than 2 colors? Will it cost more?
No. We print all of our signs in full color. So, no matter how many colors your sign(s) may have, your cost will not go up. Your cost will be determined by the quantity you order, the shipping options you choose as well as any applicable taxes.
Do I have to use one of your templates for my custom signs?
No. We have a wide range of templates available for you to use or start your design with. Alternatively, you can contact us to take advantage of free design services from one of our professional designers or upload your file(s) to our design tool to create your custom A-Frame signs.
Do you offer alternate sandwich board signs with rotating or swinging sign areas?
No. At the current time we only offer the sandwich boards on this page as described. Each side has a regressed sign graphic area for your sign to feature either the adhesive decal or corrugated plastic insert. The double sided functionality offsets the need for a rotating or swinging aspect of the sign. Through years of experience, feedback from our customers, and our own use, the sign we offer has proven to be far more durable and just as effective.
What about sandwich board signs with replaceable letters?
We do not currently offer changeable letter signs in either the sandwich board variety or otherwise. We would recommend a chalkboard or dry erase alternative in the case the messaging needs to change frequently.
Is there any assembly required with the sign?
No. With either option, the sign comes ready to use with your graphics already installed in the sign. Simply unfold the sign, decide whether you need to ballast it with sand or water and then set it and forget it.
Are the graphics replaceable, or do I have to purchase a new sandwich board?
If you select the adhesive decal the only way to change the graphic is to put another adhesive decal over the top of the original. If done well there is no noticeable indication that an older graphic was used. With the corrugated plastic graphics you can switch your signs out as often as you’d like assuming you have alternative signs that are the proper size and material.