Looking for practical solutions to store your photography backdrops and props? In this post, we’ll share a fun and hassle-free DIY project for photography backdrop storage that will help you stay organized and make the most of your space.
Say goodbye to cluttered floors and falling boards with this creative storage idea using wire closet shelves.
The Need for Efficient Photography Backdrop Storage
Efficient storage is a crucial aspect of any photography studio, whether it’s a professional setup or a creative corner in your home. When it comes to photography backdrops, their size, weight, and delicate nature make them challenging to store properly. Without an organized storage system, backdrops can easily get damaged, wrinkled, or take up valuable space in your studio.
One of the primary benefits of efficient photography backdrop storage is the ability to keep your props easily accessible and in good condition. By having a designated storage solution, you can quickly locate the backdrop you need for a specific shoot, saving you time and effort.
Since we moved into our new house, I’ve been having fun decorating and finding new spots for all my photography equipment, props, and photo boards. I don’t have a dedicated “studio” to shoot in here – maybe I’ll be able to convert a room later – so I’ve had to be creative on where I store things.
It is, however, way more space than I had before and I at least don’t have to get extra bookshelves to store props like I used to. I have enough cabinet space and closet space now!
It’s been about a year and I finally think I have a handle on where I keep everything. All of my props and every day equipment are in a little “office” nook right off the informal dining right off the kitchen.
Then all my backdrop boards I had leaning against the wall, behind the door, in the pantry. It works well but every now and then someone will close a door and they will fall down and get stuck or something. So I decided to do something about it.
Behind-the-door photography board storage! I could use those regular wire closet shelves in a different way to keep them secure against the wall and off the floor at the same time!
DIY Project: Wire Closet Shelves for Behind-the-Door Storage
Off to Home Depot I went and got all the supplies I needed:
- 6′ Wire Closet Shelf
- 6 – Wire Shelf Clips
- 4 – 2″ Coated Wall Hooks
Then I got to work and started on my project. I cut the wire shelves to the length I needed that would fit behind my door.
Honestly, I could have made them a little wider to hold more if I wanted but I have a small step stool that I keep next to them – that I don’t have another place for – so I needed to take that into consideration. If at any point I move the step stool I’ll probably alter this setup to hold more boards. We’ll see.
After cutting and measuring the space, I marked where I wanted them to hang based on how tall the boards were. Then placed the hanger mounts for the wire shelves to sit in.
Also placed the hooks to hold the “top” of the shelf to the wall and secure the boards.
Then I snapped the wire shelf in place and secured it to the wall hooks at the top.
Finally, placed all my boards in and done! Everything fits perfectly – even my reflector – and I have a little room for a few more. Haha!
Now no more boards just leaning against the wall or falling over from the kids or door or whatever! They’re hidden out of sight and the floor is cleaner too! Haha… it’s all the little things.
This project was super quick and easy. I think it took me an hour, start to finish, to get these hung. Then maybe an hour, drive time included, to go to the store to get all the supplies.
I love easy projects!
Customization and Expansion Options
One of the great advantages of the wire closet shelf setup for photography backdrop storage is its flexibility and potential for customization. While this behind-the-door storage project is a fantastic solution for compact spaces, you can also adapt and expand this concept based on your specific needs.
If you have a larger area available, consider installing longer wire closet shelves along a wall. This allows you to store a greater number of backdrop boards, props, and even additional photography equipment. By utilizing wall space effectively, you can maximize storage capacity without sacrificing valuable floor space.
When creating a wider storage setup with longer shelves, it’s important to ensure stability. Since the weight of the boards and equipment can increase, you’ll want to secure the shelves at multiple points along the wall. This can be done by using additional wall hooks or brackets, strategically placed to provide extra support. By reinforcing the structure, you can prevent sagging or potential accidents caused by shelves becoming overloaded.
Remember to regularly assess and reevaluate your storage setup as your photography equipment and prop collection expands. By periodically reviewing your storage needs, you can make adjustments and improvements to ensure optimal organization and efficiency in your studio space.
With this easy and practical DIY project for photography backdrop storage, you can keep your props organized, secure, and hidden from sight.
Say goodbye to boards leaning against the wall or falling over due to accidental bumps. Utilizing wire closet shelves behind the door maximizes space and keeps your studio floor clutter-free.
Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiast, this project is a great way to create a dedicated storage area for your photography equipment and props. Get started today and enjoy the benefits of a well-organized home studio!