DIY Backdrop Stand for Photography, Weddings, and Paper Flower Walls
Learn how to make a DIY backdrop stand that meets your needs from start to finish!
Whether you’re a photographer, a party planner, or home decorator, sometimes you just need an easy and sturdy backdrop stand! You can make these yourself from either PVC pipes or wood and in virtually any dimensions you need. I’ve made a PVC pipe stand that is 8 feet wide by 7 feet tall, as well as a wood backdrop stand that is 8 feet wide by 8 feet tall. Both can breakdown for easy transport, too! I used my wood backdrop stand to support my large paper flower backdrop and it does a marvelous job, but you can also use these backdrop stands for product shoots, portrait photos, and even studio lighting! I can show you how to make a backdrop stand for photography, weddings, graduations, and more with my tutorial.
Here is the 8’x7′ PVC pipe backdrop stand that is perfect for lightweight things, such as fabric curtains and photography backdrops. The PVC version is a lightweight stand that is arguably the most easy DIY backdrop stand to make! And the best part is that you get an adjustable width and height simply by using a different length of PVC pipe.
And here is the 8’x8′ wood backdrop stand that is more stable and better suited toward heavier things like the panels of a paper flower wall. The wood version is very heavy duty and is perfect for our studio work. We came up with an ingenious design with a built-in locking mechanism.
Here is how I used my wood DIY backdrop stand to hold my paper flower wall — it’s strong, stable, and looks amazing! This is my new backdrop to use in my photos and videos!
These DIY backdrop stands are great with fabric backdrops for photo shoots in both a home studio or photo studio. Either stand can be made at different sizes and will accommodate a cloth backdrop or something more substantial. I made both of mine eight feet wide, as I feel a wide backdrop is a lot easier to take photos and videos in front of.
The PVC Backdrop stand can accommodate a curtain or curtain hooks on its top pipe. To put up a curtain or hang things like 9-foot rolls of seamless paper on the wood backdrop stand, you’ll want to use strong clamps at the top for the best results.
Ready to make a DIY backdrop stand using my plans? It’s easier than you think! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
How to Make a DIY Backdrop Stand from Wood
- Four (4) 2" x 4" x 8' long studs
- Three (3) 2" x 3" x 8' long studs
- 4-6 carriage bolts (3/8" x 5" long)
- 4-6 3/8" washers
- 4-6 3/8" wingnuts
- Six (6) - 3 1/2" wide hinges (we used security door hinges)
- (Optional) Stakes or sandbags to keep your backdrop stand in place in windy conditions or unstable ground)
- A way to cut the wood (such as a handsaw or jigsaw)
- Metal square
- Tape measure
- Drill with drill bit (3/8" speedbor bit)
- Safety equipment (gloves, eye protection)
- Pliers -or- nail & hammer (to remove hinge pin)
- Rubber mallet
STEP ONE: CUT AND MARK YOUR BACKDROP STAND
Gather your materials and tools.
Don't forget your six 3.5" hinges and their included screws -- these are the "secret sauce" for this breakdown wood stand.
Measure and mark two (2) 2x4 studs at their halfpoint, which should be 48".
Cut the two (2) 2x4 studs you marked in half with a saw (you can use a handsaw or a bandsaw). These two cuts are the ONLY cuts you need to make.
This leaves you with two (2) 8' long 2x4 boards and four (4) 4' long 2x4 boards, along with your three (3) 8' long 2x3 boards which did not need any cuts.
Mark 12" from the end of the two of the 4' long 2x4 boards. These are your base boards.
STEP TWO: ATTACH BASE BOARDS
Dismantle the hinges by removing the pin with pliers or a hammer and nail.
Attach one half of the dismantled hinge parallel to the marked line on your 4' long board with the included screws. Position the hinge so that the rounded slot end is against the marked line, oriented so that the screw holes are toward the longer end of the board.
Put one 8' board on top of one of your base boards, butted up against the hinge. It should be a perfect angle of 90° -- we used a square to make sure it was correct. You can do this step with your 8' board standing vertically (with a helper) or with everything laying on its side, but you must make sure this is square.
Take the other half of the hinge that was dismantled, slot it into position in the hinge on your baseboard, and mark where the hinge holes will go on your 8' board.
Attach the hinge to the 8' board with screws.
Repeat the above steps for the other base board and upright 8' board.
STEP THREE: ATTACH SUPPORT BOARDS
Take one of the other 4' boards (support board) and align it with the opposite end of the base board (on the end that extends about 36" beyond the vertical 8' board) so they are butted up against each other. Do not remove the pins on these hinges.
Attach the hinge to connect the base board and the support board with the included screws. Repeat for the other baseboard.
Dismantle one of the hinges and mount one half of the hinge on the very end of the support board. The hinge should be facing up with the other hinges.
Drill a hole with the 3/8" speedbor bit through the base board 1.5" behind the first hinge of the upright board.
Connect the upright board's hinge to the base board hinge. Match up the two hinge halves and slide the pin back through.
Swing up the hinged support piece and lay it to rest on the upright board. Once it's resting firmly on the upright board, slot the other half of the hinge and mark the screw holes on the upright board. Attach the other half of the hinge to the upright board with the included screws.
Repeat the above steps for the other support board.
STEP FOUR: PREPARE HORIZONTAL BOARDS
Remove the pins connecting the upright boards to the baseboards. Fold the baseboard and support boards closed and set aside.
Using your 3/8 drill bit, drill one hole 1.5" from the top of the upright board. Drill a second hole 1.5" above the hinge in the middle of the upright. Repeat for the other upright board.
Note: You can have more horizontal boards if you want -- these horizontal boards help prevent the DIY backdrop stand from twisting. But I only used two -- one at the bottom and one in the middle.
Using your 3/8 drill bit, drill holes 2" in from either end of your horizontal boards.
STEP FIVE: ASSEMBLE YOUR BACKDROP STAND
Note: This works best with two people. It is possible for a tall person (like Greg) to set this up alone, but it's awkward to do. It's safer and easier to have two people for assembly.
Lay out the baseboard and support assemblies flat on the ground, hinges up, spaced eight feet from one another.
Slot the upright boards' hinge halves into the baseboards and insert the pins.
Swing up the support assembly boards so that the two hinges meet and insert the pins.
Insert a carriage bolt through the bottom of the baseboard so the bolt thread is facing up on both support assemblies.
Take a 2"x3" horizontal board, and insert its ends through the bolts on either end of the stand, connecting the support assemblies. Thump the carriage bolts with a rubber mallet to recess them into the wood, which keeps the bolt from freely rotating in the frame.
Put a washer and wingnut on each of the carriage bolts, and tighten firmly. Once this is done, the stand should be freestanding.
Insert two more carriage bolts through the ends of another 2x3 horizontal board. Take this horizontal board and insert the protruding bolt ends through the holes you drilled above the upper hinges of the upright boards. Put a washer and wingnut on each of the carriage bolts, and tighten firmly.
Insert the last two carriage bolts through the ends of the last 2x3 horizontal board. Take this horizontal board and insert the protruding bolt ends through the holes you drilled at the top of the upright boards. Put a washer and wingnut on each of the carriage bolts, and tighten firmly.
And that's it -- your DIY backdrop stand is assembled.
STEP SIX: ENJOY YOUR DIY BACKDROP STAND
Your backdrop stand can be weighted down with sandbags or even a cinderblock. Or you can stake it down with rope and long railroad nails. We did not need to do this.
You can hang things from this stand -- it should be able to support at least 100 lbs., and could probably handle more than that. We used our stand to hold a paper flower wall which weighed about 66 pound and it had no problems.
For transport, you can break this backdrop stand down by removing the hinge pins where the baseboard connects with the upright boards and where it connects with the middle horizontal board (total of four hinge pins). You do not have to separate the baseboard from the supports, as they just fold down, so don't remove those hinge pins. Once everything is bundled up, you can use bungee cords or shrink wrap to keep it all together for easier transport. I recommend putting the hinge pins in a bag so you don't lose them during transport.
Finished backdrop stand size is 8' wide by 8' tall
Questions About Making a DIY Backdrop Stand
Can you put these backdrops in a carrying bag?
Neither of these break down short enough to go into any standard carrying bag. If you need a backdrop stand that breaks down that small, go for a professional backdrop stand with adjustable height — here is what I think is one of the best backdrop stands on Amazon.
How do you make a flower wall backdrop?
There are many ways to make a photo backdrop for weddings, baby showers, bridal shower, birthday party, prom, or other special events, but I believe my paper flower backdrop wall tutorial is is easiest, most straight-forward way to go. I show you how to prepare the free flower design files, share tips for cutting the flowers fast, and tell you how to hang them all up together onto your DIY backdrop stand no matter your location.
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