How to Make a Stationary Backdrop

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I've been receiving a lot of requests on how to make the backdrops I use for shooting my products on Poshmark. I've built 3 of these for all my shooting stations:

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This is a quick tutorial on how to make one.

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • This backdrop will be leaned against a wall which adds more stability
  • About 5 feet wide of wall space is required
  • NOTHING will be drilled into your wall
  • Depending on how you make it, this backdrop can get heavy
  • This as a straight forward tutorial meaning I will give you the straight forward instructions. If you're handy with tools you can add variance where you see fit.
  • The finished product will be a 4 feet wide by 6 feet high backdrop. From my experience, 6 feet high is a good height for almost every I photograph. If you want it to be higher or shorter, you must increase or decrease your plywood by increments of 6 inches. You must also add or subtract by a unit of 1 piece of flooring for every 6 inch you want to add or subtract to the end product.
  • These instructions look like a lot of work but I wrote this as detailed as I can. Trust me, it's easier to make than it is for me to explain. 

DON'T LET THIS INTIMIDATE YOU, THIS IS REALLY EASY TO MAKE.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, JUST ASK IN THE COMMENTS.


TOOLS REQUIRED:

  1. Electric drill
  2. Phillips drill bit
  3. Hammer

SUPPLIES REQUIRED:

All of these items can be found at Home Depot or Lowe's. I added links so you can see how these items look like.

  1.  1 - 4 feet x 8 feet plywood - Home Depot
    • I prefer the OSB (Oriented Strand Board) because it's cheaper
    • Anything less than 1 inch thick will work

  2.  96 - #18 x 3/4 inch stainless wire brads) - https://amzn.to/2MyzwqU
    • Finishing nails will work also

  3.  12 - 6 inch x 48 inch vinyl flooring of your choice  - Home Depot
    • Needless to say, choosing the right flooring is REALLY important. Make sure you're happy with how the flooring looks. 
    • You essentially need 24 square feet of flooring
    • I would suggest a white or grayish flooring that's on the lighter/creamier side
    • Ultimately, this choice depends on how you want your backdrop to look
    • I would stick to vinyl because it's lighter and thinner making it easier to nail through
  4.  1 - 3/4  floor flange - Home Depot
    • I prefer galvanized over black because black stands out too much

  5.  1 - 3/4 inch x 3 inch OR 3/4 inch x 5 inch pipe - Home Depot
    • I prefer galvanized over black because black stands out too much
    • When you're shopping for the flange and pipe, make sure the pipe can screw into the flange.

  6.  1 - 8 oz. bottle of Gorilla wood glue - https://amzn.to/2KBPSwd

  7.  4 - Coarse thread drywall screws (1 1/2 or 2 inches) - https://amzn.to/2WlVKfu

Optional Supplies:
These supplies are used to add more support, they're not required.

  1.  8 - Coarse thread drywall screws (1 1/2 or 2 inches) -  https://amzn.to/2WlVKfu
  2.  2 - 2 inch x 4 inch x 96 inch stud - Home Depot

STEPS


Step 1:
When buying the plywood at a hardware store, ask them to cut it down from 8 feet to 6 feet. I know Home Depot gives you 2 free cuts. You should now have a 4 feet by 6 feet plywood.

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Step 2 (Optional):
Do this optional step if you want more support.

  • Buy 2 pieces of 2 inch x 4 inch x 96 inch stud and have the hardware store cut them down to 6 feet each. If you can find a piece that's already 6 feet that's even better but I think they only sell them in the standard 96 inches. You can also cut this at home yourself but I would take advantage of the free cuts at the hardware store.
  • Lay the 2 studs on the ground about 4 feet apart like so:
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Step 3:
Lay the plywood over the 2 studs and make sure 1 stud is on the left edge and 1 stud is on the right edge of the plywood. 

Step 4:
Screw 4 coarse screws at equal distance apart into the plywood through the studs on the bottom. To be clear, you're screwing through the plywood first then through the studs.

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Step 5:
Use wood glue to glue the vinyl flooring onto the plywood by stacking one horizontally on top of another. Apply the glue in a "snake" pattern like below:

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You should end up with something like this:

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Step 6:
Nail 8 wire brads into each flooring piece in a pattern like this:

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Step 7:
Place the flange using the guide below. The 69" is where I like my height of my hanging pipe to be. Feel free to place it as high or low as you want. Then use 4 coarse thread drywall screws to screw the flange in place.

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Step 8:
Have someone help you to pick the backdrop up and lean it against the wall at a slight angle. Mine is approximately 5 inches away from the wall at the bottom.

Step 9:
Screw the 3/4 inch pipe into the flange and ENJOY!

If you have any questions please just comment below. Again, this is really simple to make, don't be intimidated.

Lastly, if you tried this, please post it and tag me on Instagram!

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