Stage Design Ideas for Your 2019 Events

January 19, 2019 Jessica Stewart

A solid stage design when planning a corporate event production augments your guest’s experience and wows the audience even before they get to see the main presenter or entertainment. Your stage design production will set the tone, intensify the audience’s response, and well…it’ doesn’t come cheap. The good news is, understanding the fundamentals of stage design and then adding your own unique touch will help your audience stay engaged and boost social spread.

We know that when planning a corporate event, event pros will agree that a remarkable stage design demands the audience’s attention.

In this post, we’ve showcased some key ideas that will take your staging design from ordinary to extraordinary when planning a corporate event. The best part is, we included concepts for budgets big and small. 

Happy planning!

What Is Stage Design?

Stage design improves demonstrations and entertainment. In simple form, it’s quite practical as a backdrop for the stage production. Stage design is comprised of many elements like:

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Animated or moving scenic elements
  • Still scenic elements

Simple Stage Design Ideas to Use When Planning a Corporate Event

When planning a corporate event, stage design is crucial in a session or performance. There are many event types that simply won’t have the budget for immense lighting installations and showpieces. If that’s what your budget sounds like, check out these modest stage design concepts for events!

Cardstock Cutouts

Cardstock cutouts have come in handy when planning a corporate event on a small budget. It can deliver movement and they come in a variety of colors.

Recycled Materials

Have any old CDs at your disposal? Maybe some old tapes? Using items you no longer find valuable as a backdrop is an excellent way to save money and add a little bit of nostalgia.

Corrugated Plastic

Corrugated plastic designs have developed into a popular choice when planning a corporate event. Not only are they less expensive than say a true light fixture, but they also work well to add texture to your staging.

Now let’s get into stage design ideas for medium budgets…


A large picture on canvas that is impactful and contains some basic lighting will set the tone easily.

Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns generate interest and can be used in a large or small space by merely changing the size or numbers of the overall shape. They are often used in historical designs.


Columns can drive the audience’s eyes to the center of the stage and provide the liberty to move them around as the entertainment or presentation requires. You can use them to hide objects that you don’t want the audience to see and can be clustered for a more dramatic effect.

Bring the Drama

Use a stage design of various heights to bring the drama. The ability to have people enter from different points of the stage design will increase the audience's surprise.

Conference Stage Designs

Conferences have a very diverse necessity than other staging categories. Same goes for their backdrop needs. Usually there are components like branding that needs to be considered in addition to lighting for speakers versus entertainers.

Branded Sets

This stage set-up used by MSU Entrepreneurship is a full-length branded backdrop to shape the stage and then added individual signature tables for the panel furniture. This is also one of the best ways to incorporate sponsorship visibility!

Shaped Backdrop

Designing a painted backdrop by means of geometric shapes will help make the staging more stimulating and stylish than a simple screen.


When planning a corporate event, it is important that your creative juices flow seamlessly. Especially when you have to work with a small budget! To develop a wide spectrum of staging ideas, we recommend  you attend The Event Planner Expo each year to see what the best in the business are using for medium that appeals to all audiences and budgets.

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