When I started my photography business six years ago, I began shopping for backdrop stands, but, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I wanted more width and height than I could easily find at the time and I really wanted my stand to have two cross beams — one tall for brides/adults and one shorter for babies and toddlers. Price was also a factor; I needed the stand to be affordable.
After talking about it with my husband, we decided we could make what I wanted out of PVC, easily and at an affordable price. We built this backdrop stand back in 2009 and I have been using it ever since. I have successfully used it for indoor bridals and families, but it is best used for children and babies.
1-inch PVC pipe in various lengths. We cut ours with a saw, but a lot of home improvement stores will cut them for you.
- 2 Crossbars - 60 inches long, each
- 4 Side supports- 36 inches long, each
- 4 Bottom supports- 30 inches long, each
Assorted 1-inch PVC joints
- 2 Elbow joints
- 4 Tee joints
Clamps (Found by the tools)
Backdrops, VeryJane.com has the absolute best deals on backdrops
Once you have all of your pieces cut, you have the ability to build two different backdrop stands. You can either use all of the pieces for the full height of 66 inches, or you can make the smaller stand omitting two of the side pieces for a height of 39 inches. These heights include the joints.
For both stands, two base supports will sit on the floor on either side of the crossbars. Connect the base supports with a tee joint.
Place a side support in the top part of the tee joint. If you are making the smaller backdrop stand, cap the side support with the corner joint and then repeat with the other side, joining the two sides with the cross bar. If you are going for the taller stand, cap it with another tee joint and add another side support on top, capping that one with the corner joint.
Your back drop stand is ready to use. Roll your backdrop around the cross beam and clamp. These darling backdrops are from VeryJane.com. VeryJane is a deal site that offers cute clothes, jewelry, fabulous backdrops and more at very discounted prices. I love getting backdrops through them because they are the same awesome backdrops that I use to order from a backdrop company at a fraction of the price. Check their site everyday for new deals on fun items like backdrops.
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