Choosing the right material for your backdrop may seem like an easy task, but in reality there are several things to consider before making your decision. You’ll want to decide if you want a drop cloth or solid fabric, what color to choose and whether or not it needs to be fire-resistant as well as water resistant. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the best backdrop material based on your project needs.
Popular Types of Fabric
Choosing the right backdrop fabric material can be a difficult decision, as there are various pros and cons to each type. No matter what you’re looking for, Unisignflex’s got you covered with our handy guide! You’ll want to take a few factors into consideration before deciding on which backdrop fabric material is best for your project
These include budget, durability, and ease of use, storage options and clean ability. Here’s a quick overview of some popular types of fabric we offer. There are more detailed guides available on all of these materials in our blog if you’d like to know more about them.
Polyester/cotton blend- These fabrics have a moderate weight that is perfect for lightweight backdrops and window treatments. Polyester/cotton blends are generally easier to care for than pure cotton fabrics, but may not be quite as durable or wrinkle resistant
Polyester- Polyester backdrops are heavy duty, wrinkle resistant and easy to wash.
What to Look For in Backdrop Materials
This post will cover what to look for in backdrop materials. Fabric should be flame-retardant, durable, machine washable, non-woven, and waterproof. The backdrop material should also have a unisignflex zipper or seam at the top and bottom so that it can be attached to a frame. You will also want to consider things like size and weight when considering the best backdrop material. If you are doing a small project, then you may not need much of the fabric. If you are looking for something more formal or need something larger, then heavier fabrics might be more suitable. If you’re looking for an alternative option to fabric, try aluminum foil instead! It is lightweight, translucent, and easy to install. Aluminum foil comes in many different sizes as well as different colors so you’ll be able to find one that matches your project needs! With aluminum foil, it’s important to be careful because if you touch the shiny side without being careful, fingerprints will stay on it. For this reason, always work with the dull side up!
Tips for Selecting the Right One
If you’re new to backdrop fabric material, there are a few options that we have found to be the best-selling. The following are the options available, which also happens to be what most photographers and videographers typically go with when it comes to choosing fabric. One of the most popular choices is Unisignflex because of its versatility. It’s waterproof and made from high-quality polyester vinyl chloride, making it both durable and easy to use with less installation time needed. Another option is Velcro Cloth, which is designed specifically for photography backdrops. It’s 100% cotton cloth backed with self-adhesive velcro on one side. With this choice, the Velcro backing can easily be removed before each shoot or photo session and reapplied at will. You don’t need any additional tools or products other than some water, dish soap, and your hands to install. There are also hanging systems that come with these types of materials, so all you’ll need is something long enough like a plank of wood and nails in order to hang up your fabrics without needing any extra parts.
How to Store and Transport It
When choosing a backdrop material, you’ll need to decide if you want to transport it. Not all fabrics can be folded and transported easily. This depends on how wide the material is and how thick the fabric’s backing is. If you plan on transporting your fabric by car, the heavier and wider it is, the more of a challenge it will be for yourself and others in the car. You’ll have to take extra care in loading and unloading your materials when choosing a heavier fabric. The thickness of the material’s backing is also important when transporting your backdrop. The thicker the fabric and its backing, the harder it will be to fold or roll up without risking tearing or ripping. Buttons are a common addition that provide stability when folding or rolling heavy backdrops. They’re typically sewn along seams or edges. These buttons may not work as well with lighter-weight fabrics like muslin because they’re likely to fall off during transportation. It’s better to use canvas as your backdrop because it doesn’t require any buttons for additional support and is lightweight. Muslin, which is thinner than canvas, should only be used if you purchase buttons to help hold it together while transporting. An easy way to store your backdrop after use is by rolling it up tightly around two paint tubes or similar objects and securing with a rubber band.