Many of the photos of my projects have been taken in my living room.
I used to just drape a king-sized white bed sheet over some chairs to try and
produce a photo studio kind of backdrop. This was a little awkward and it
was always difficult to keep the sheet straight and keep it from slipping off
of the chairs. I needed something better.
So, I made some stands that could support a long dowel that I could
hang the sheet from. All of the stands were made with some ¾ melamine that
was leftover from another project. The long dowel is actually two shorter
dowels (5 long by 1&¼) that connect in the middle. The dowels easily slide
through the already-hemmed edge of the bed sheet. I did have to cut out a
small section of that hem halfway up the edge, so that the center (where the
two dowels meet) was exposed.
It only takes a couple of minutes to set it up or take it down.
And when its time to put it away it takes up very little space.
Since I made this, I have actually furnished my living room with
real furniture (and done away with the spartan bachelor look). I still use this
photo backdrop, but now I use it in the garage or driveway instead of the living room.