Backdrop Storage

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I’ve totally lost my mind and am starting up a CHLIDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. The bain of my existence hardest part of this whole thing to figure out is how to store my backdrops. I’m lazy, I don’t like to iron those things every time I take one out. Idon’t like the tube storage system because if I can’t see it I don’t use it…. what is a girl to do?

Solution: Figure it out simply and cheaply (is that even proper use of the english language? Oh well, this is the internet, no one will notice).

Close up of a bazillion backdrops. This one has approx 20 hanging on there. Impressive!

Close up of a bazillion backdrops. This one has approx 20 hanging on there. Impressive!

This is a pull back of my shooting area. You can see the black backdrop stand holding the current 'in use' backdrop. 
Behind it is the second rack of backdrops (suspiciously empty looking... only 7 on this rack... I may have to go shopping...)
I have the floordrops sandwiched laying on the floor, I just switch them around as needed.

This is a pull back of my shooting area. You can see the black backdrop stand holding the current ‘in use’ backdrop.
Behind it is the second rack of backdrops (suspiciously empty looking… only 7 on this rack… I may have to go shopping…)
I have the floordrops sandwiched laying on the floor, I just switch them around as needed.

I use a clamp to hold the current 'in use' backdrop to the bar. Light duty so it doesn't mangle the backdrop.
You can see the stick that the backdrop is stored on just hangin' out in the back. I don't bother taking it off of that stick, it's an easy up, easy down system.

I use a clamp to hold the current ‘in use’ backdrop to the bar. Light duty so it doesn’t mangle the backdrop.
You can see the stick that the backdrop is stored on just hangin’ out in the back. I don’t bother taking it off of that stick, it’s an easy up, easy down system.

This is the setup of my shooting area.

This is the setup of my shooting area.

This is the main rack (one of two). It's mounted up on the wall, and is holding about 20 backdrops there. It's a dead simple concept, just two big hooks, a rod pocket sewn onto the end of each backdrop, and a piece of wood trim to hold it up there between the hooks.

This is the main rack (one of two). It’s mounted up on the wall, and is holding about 20 backdrops there. It’s a dead simple concept, just two big hooks, a rod pocket sewn onto the end of each backdrop, and a piece of wood trim to hold it up there between the hooks.

Please note the ladder in the corner.... I'm short... like 5 foot 2 inches. So I need very strong muscular man like Channing, or a ladder to get my backdrops down. Sadly Mr. Holoboff would be miffed if I had Mr. Tatum at my beck and call, so I bought a ladder.

Please note the ladder in the corner…. I’m short… like 5 foot 2 inches. So I need very strong muscular man like Channing, or a ladder to get my backdrops down. Sadly Mr. Holoboff would be miffed if I had Mr. Tatum at my beck and call, so I bought a ladder.

Well there you have it folks, my version of an organized, easy to use backdrop system in a teeeeeny tiny photography studio (did I mentin it’s 13×14 feet) TEEEEEENNNNYYYYY.
–Melissa

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7 responses »

  1. Where do you buy your backdrops from? Do you ever use fabric ones too? How do you get the edges neat with the floor drops?

    • I use a thick baseboard to hide the bottom of the backdrop. I like the look that it gives. I have purchased backdrops from many places and yes I’ve used some fabric ones or purchased 2 metres of fabric if i like it (always heavy weight though… flimsy fabric drives me crazy!)

    • so they are held up by essentially a giant hook on either end… so all I do is lift up one end of the backdrop stick, lift it toward the ceiling, slide the other end of the backdrop stick off of it’s the hook… then…. drop it all onto the floor (I know, very delicate). then I climb down my ladder and retrieve it off the floor. voila!

  2. Love your idea for backdrop storage. I’m short on space and have been buying those computer printed drops. The crinkle and wrinkle horribly. Thank you for a solution 🙂

  3. thank you so much for sharing your storage ideas! We are in the process of reorganizing our studio as we have grown to practically busting out of the seams with props and backdrops. I have been brainstorming trying to come up with a way to store all of our backdrops so that we won’t have to iron everytime we want to use a particular drop. Most of our backdrops are fabric, so they tend to end up folded or rolled on our cube system behind the backdrop stand which also holds about 7 or 8 muslins that pour into a bucket off to the side. I think this is the answer to our storage and ironing issues.our studio is also very small. About 14 X 14 in the front room of my house, with my office space on the opposite side of the foyer. It works perfectly for us, keeps our prices affordable for our clients, and our overhead low. Everybody wins, but it would be nice to have more storage space, but instead, it forces us to be more creative in our storing stuff enough to fill a large studio. 😊

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