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Bases

Depending on how and where you are planning to use your letters, you may need some bases to help them stand up. We have a range of bases available; from our standard "Glued on" bases, to the more advanced slot and bolt on bases. We have options available for indoors, outside and even on grass. If you need some advice on the best option for you please give us a call and a member of out team can talk through your requirements.

Some letters will stand reasonably well without a base, as long as they are not bumped - so fine in a shop window. Letters like "P" will often need a base depending on the font. MDF or plywood bases will make all letters more stable, add weight to them, and also protect the bottom edge from kicks and skuffs etc. See below for an explanation of the different bases available.
polystyrene letters - fitted with MDF bases ( glued on ).
Large polystyrene logo, hanging at BEFit London, Business design centre.

Suspension

It’s not just freestanding or wall mounted letters we specialise in! If you are looking to suspend your polystyrene letters or logos, then we can also fit them with secure suspension points. We have these rigging points tested by a lifting company, and a certificate of conformity can be issued if required. We have great experience in fitting suspension points into polystyrene shapes, and frequently do this with our polystyrene balls and Christmas baubles. If you are needing to suspend particularly large letters or logos, then we can also provide fixings to enable you to fix the letters to a larger frame on site. .

Fixings

Some polystyrene letters and logos are very large and will need an additional frame constructed on site so that they are safe for the purpose you are needing them for. If an additional frame is required, then we can also work closely with your team to ensure we provide the most suitable fixings to fix the letters or logos to your frame.

If you have any special requirements, then please give us a call and a member of our technical team can talk through your needs.
polystyrene letters - secure fixings

Base and fixing examples

<b> Gluded on MDF ( or plywood ) - painted black</b><br>
These are the most economic base option, and suitable for letters up to around 1500mm. They come pre-fitted
to the letters, and are not removable. Mainly for in-door use, but ok temporarily outside as long as they dont get too wet. For longer term use outside
plywood can be a better option.

Gluded on MDF ( or plywood ) - painted black
These are the most economic and popular base option, and suitable for letters up to around 1500mm.
>They come pre-fitted to the letters, and are not removable.
> Mainly for in-door use, but ok temporarily outside as long as they dont get too wet.
> For longer term use outside plywood can be a better option.

Bolt on bases

Bolt on bases
These are recommended for larger letters, where transporting with the bases attached can be troublesome. We fit threaded bar securely into bottoms of the letters, leaving a small amount protruding. These then fit onto MDF bases, and are fixed underneath with washers and nuts.
> These are great for larger letters where the total weight of letter and base could be too much to handle together.
>Please note, that due to the base fixings - fitted with the steel fittings, the letters can not be used without the bases.

Slot IN bases

Slot IN bases
These bases are ideal when you need to use the letters both on or off the bases. There are no fittings in the letters, they just simply wedge into the base.
>These are not so suitable to glittered letters, as they can ware off the glitter.
>The base will obscure the very bottoms of the letters.
> Not suitable for letters larger than 1500mm.
>Less secure, and more expensive than glued on bases.
> Better for thinner letter.

Slot ON Bases

Slot ON Bases
These are similar to the slot IN bases, but there is a groove running through the bottom of the letter. This means that the letter is not obscured by the base. Suitable for letters up to 1500mm.
Basic Plinth

Basic Plinth
This is useful when you want more height out of smaller letters; where larger overall letters would be too wide. It is also an option when you have lower case letters in your word that go below the base line.
<b>Font:</b> Impact semi condensed.<br><b>Cap Height: </b> 2100mm<br><b>Thickness: </b> 300mm<br><b>Finish: </b> Coated, then finished matt Colours

Fitted plinth
Similar to the basic plinth, but the lower case letters are cut into the base.

Large Base

Large Base
For some logos, and words, we can provide 1 long base, with fixings so that the letters line up and fix to this.


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We can fit hanging points, frames, and fixing bars into polystyrene letters.


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