Build A Background Wall On Wheels

Jul 21, 2015

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Build A Background Wall On Wheels

Jul 21, 2015

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Black and white are the default background colors for many of my photos. There are several background systems (paper, fabric, roller blinds, etc.) and I wanted to have something that is easily changeable, portable and inexpensive for those two colors.

The result is a background wall on wheels. Both sides are papered with background-wallpaper and so they are easily repaintable. By default I have one of the sides painted white and the other painted black.

Size-wise the wall is 2m high and 1.8m wide, so I have enough space for portraits and full body images. The wall stands safely on its attached furniture castors and is still very mobile in space.

Material used

  • Wooden slats
  • Metal angles
  • Wood screws
  • MDF slabs
  • Background wallpaper and glue
  • Furniture castors
  • Screw Handles
  • Shelf supports

In order to make the internal structure clearly, I made this sketch that should help you follow along

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Tools used:

  • Cordless Screwdrivers
  • Jigsaw
  • Abrasive paper
  • Angle
  • Carpenter´s rule
  • Wood drill bits

Construction process:

  1. Measure and saw slats for the inner supporting framework
  2. Screw the supporting structure together and reinforce it with angles
  3. Screw the coasters on short slats
  4. Screw MDF boards onto the frame from both sides
  5. Put the frame upright and make sure it sits in the middle of the small slats (with the rollers)
  6. Screw on the roller slats with shelf angles
  7. Function Test
  8. Paper the background wallpaper and let it dry
  9. Paint both sides

Here are some views of the finished product:

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2 responses to “Build A Background Wall On Wheels”

  1. Toast Avatar
    Toast

    If this was hollow, it’d make great storage for additional papers you could hang inside and pull out. Maybe put a couple hooks into the top of the frame to hang them on?

    1. Ilovechaos Avatar
      Ilovechaos

      That is indeed a good idea! I’ll try that!