How to Make a Backdrop Stand

By Robert Gray

Photography backdrops are large rolls of paper that hang behind a photographer’s subject, whether it is a person, animal or still life. Some are just over 100-inches wide and 36-feet long. Photographers or their assistants must hold the backdrops in place so that they are smooth and clean looking; no warping or rippling of the paper surface can occur. Here is a simple-to-build wood frame backdrop stand.

Create the vertical uprights for the backdrop stand using two 2-by-2-inch strips of wood. Lay them parallel to each other on the ground or floor.

Measure and mark the width of the roll of photography backdrop paper on each 1-by-3-inch strip of wood. Subtract the width of two 2-by-2-inch strips. By doing so, the frame will end up being precisely as wide as the roll of backdrop paper. Saw the two 1-by-3 strips to identical lengths.

Lay the 1-by-3s between the two 2-by-2s, perpendicular to them. Set them 5 inches in from each end of the 2-by-2 vertical rails. Set flat T-brackets at every corner where the strips of wood meet. Check the corners with a square to make sure they form a square before permanently screwing the T-brackets in place.

Raise the finished frame up, and lean it at a slight angle against the wall in the photography studio. Unroll the backdrop, and clamp the top edge to the top cross piece using a series of binder clips.

About the Author

Robert Gray has been writing full time since 1995. His first photography book took seven years to research and publish. He specializes in writing on photography and the arts. He's written for Photography Magazine, Large Format Camera Magazine and many online art and photography websites and blogs.