Sometimes you just want to leave the stands in the car and see if you can McGyver it … here are a few tips …



Use the squeeze clamps from any hardware store and bit of coat hanger wire or string to attach the backdrop to existing bits of the house … For quick set-up, I’d rather do this than set up the stands etc …whenever I can.

It certainly works and is fast and easy.


How to hang a very large backdrop


Getting a rod pocket on a 20×30 can present some problems …  weave the screw extensions of a 30-foot pole through and have it hang properly would need at least 2 center supports in addition to end stands. Here the photographer has used clamps + coat hanger wire to suspend the drop from T-bar ceiling.


Use spring-loaded clamps to hang a background

Use spring clamps. Here’s an example how the photographer used the hanging tile ceiling to hook bit of coat hanger wire and spring clamps. The 3-inch version is very good for this. Pull the handle plastics off to reveal pre-drilled holes on the handles (small photo) … then use pliers to bend some coat hanger wire into a hookie thingy. And you’re good to go. Lift the tile up and slip your hookie thingy over the T-bar.


These type of clamps are very useful for hanging backdrops. They are quite strong and the handle plastic can be pulled off and reveal holes that are perfect for coat hanger wire hooks. See the clamp in use below.