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4 Popular Uses for A-Frame Signs

July 27, 2018

A-Frame signs are a cost-effective way of attracting attention from far and wide. There’s no better way of getting your message out to nearby people. A reputable Seattle sign shop can help you design and create the perfect sign for your business or organization.

They’re the ideal choice for outdoor signage as they can take almost anything that Mother Nature throws at them. They can be filled with sand or water and stand up to heavy winds and foot traffic.

If designed correctly, these sandwich signs have the power to drive an incredible amount of traffic, quickly convey relevant information, and connect with potential buyers.  

A-frame signs can be used for much more than advertising the soup of the day at the local café.  Before we take a look at the different ways an A-frame sign can be used, here are four benefits that make these signs the ideal choice for any business or organization:

Benefits of A-Frame Signs

A-frame signs are instantly recognizable by everyone passing by. They’re literally shaped like the letter “A.”  People will instinctively gaze down to quickly glance at the sign to read what’s on there.

They also have several other benefits such as:

High Visibility – It’s hard to miss a sandwich sign. If you’re walking down the street or sidewalk, they’re right in your path. They’re designed in such a way that your eyes are naturally attracted to them.

Cost-effective – Compared to traditional signage, A-frames are extremely affordable and can last for many years if properly taken care of. They also cost a fraction of what a conventional sign would cost.

Portable Even a child could easily pick up an A-frame sign and move it to a new location. When they’re not in use, they fold flat for easy storage anywhere they’ll fit.

Versatile – There are many different configurations of A-frames that will match your signage requirements. For example, they can be double or single-sided or have stationary or reversible slide-in panels.

What Can A-Frames Be Used For?

They can be used almost anywhere, as long as there is a flat surface.  Real estate agents tend to use A-Frames since the message can be swapped out and they will rest easily on the grass lawn.

Some other ways these signs can be used are:

Directional Signage

A-Frames are great for event management. They’re lightweight, portable, and can last for many years if properly maintained. 

Events are usually jam-packed with people, and safely controlling traffic flow is of the utmost importance.  A-frames can be used at events for:

  • Bathroom directions
  • Parking lot traffic flow
  • Ticket booth sales
  • Directions to the registration booth

Or you can place the sign to designate an area off-limits. No matter which way you use them, A-frame signs will play a critical role in the success of your next event.  

Vehicle Traffic Sign

If your parking lot or street has a lot of vehicle traffic, you can use A-frame signs to convey important directional or safety information. Due to the strong plastic that they’re made out of, A-Frame signs are very durable and can easily be used in construction zones over and over again. 

You can also add reflective decals which will make the sign more visible in shaded or low-light areas.  Construction sites and traffic-flow companies can also use these sandwich signs to indicate which direction traffic should flow.

Neighborhood Safety Sign

In some residential neighborhoods, cars tend to speed through very quickly. This can be a potential safety hazard, especially if children live and play in this neighborhood.  A sandwich sign can be used to remind drivers of the speed limit or inform them to:



You can add reflective decals as well which will increase the visibility of the sign. Schools, traffic guards, and other areas where parents drop off children can take advantage of the A-frame signs ability to inform drivers to slow down and drive with caution.

Sidewalk Advertising

A-frame signs are very popular with brick-and-mortar businesses who are looking to entice nearby foot traffic to step inside.  Unlike road safety and directional signage, an A-frame sign that’s intended to drive foot traffic needs to have a persuasive and compelling design.

There are many guides on the internet that will tell you how to design the perfect A-frame sign.  Due to the fact that it’s double-sided, you can repeat the same message twice, or try a different message/design. These sandwich signs also have can be filled with water or sand, and that will allow them to remain upright in areas of high wind, or heavy foot traffic.

Custom Seattle A-frame Sandwich Boards in Seattle

Whether you call them A-frames, sandwich boards, or sidewalk signs, they’re an affordable and easy way to advertise your business or event. If you would like to learn more about these easy-to-use signs, give us a call at (206) 284-0809 or contact us via our website.

At McNamara Signs, we have over 20 years of experience helping local Seattle businesses and organizations design and create the perfect sign.  Contact us today to learn more about our custom Seattle signs. 

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