Retractable Green Screen On the Cheap

Quick post to write up how I built a retractable green screen mount on my wall for not much money.

I bought a mounting bracket from Amazon that was intended for paper photograph backrounds like this. I didn't want paper, I wanted muslin for it's superior light disbursement and durability. I already had a 9' by 15' muslin green screen backdrop similar to this one.

When the mounting bracket arrived, it said to use a metal rod with a 2" (two inch) inner diameter. I didn't want to use anything that heavy, so I went to Lowes and found PVC pipe with 2" inner diameter and bought a 10 foot section.

Then I measured the target wall and found it was 11.5 feet wide, perfect for my install. I did the math to center the mount on the wall, accounting for the several inches of the pole-mount that stick out from each side.

Triple Bracket Mounted On The Wall

Then to secure the backdrop to the PVC tubing, I reinforced the backdrop with Gorilla tape every 12 inches. Duct tape or any other strong tape would work fine. I drilled a hole through the reinforced backdrop and inserted a wood screw and washer to keep the backdrop secured to the PVC pipe.

Reinforced Fabric with Gorilla Tape

The whole thing took about an hour, mostly because it was awkward working with such a wide format project. I called my kids in randomly to help when I needed an extra set of hands.

Final Assembly

It was really inexpensive, and I can add two more backdrops in the future if the need arises. Far better than the $1500+ solutions I found at photography stores, and much less intrusive than the nasty stands that take up too much floor space.