I need help hacking a travel-friendly rod for hanging quilts
January 30, 2014 7:24 AM Subscribe
I'm documenting quilts and have a decent set-up in place for photographing them (seen here
), but now I've got to take it on the road. My 1"x3"x9' wooden crossbar isn't going to cut it as checked baggage and it's a tight fit in my compact SUV, let alone an affordable rental car when I get to my destination. However--a deal breaker--the crossbar can't be a dowel or have a round profile. With dowel-type crossbars the quilts hang and sag at the top and don't present a flat place to photograph. More details and reqs after the jump.
posted by cocoagirl to Grab Bag (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I currently use these backdrop stand poles
with a 1"x3"x9' board with screw eye hooks that slide over those pole tops.
The quilts can be on the heavy side (10-12 lbs) and most have a muslin sleeve attached on the back for sliding a rod through. I've tried dowels as crossbars and while they hold the quilt, they don't keep the quilt face flat.
All the photography backdrop rods I've seen are round, so those won't work. And I've done some homework on taking the 9' board with me. Googling puts the standard linear limit at 62" before a $200 surcharge. Javelins--my nearest dimensional relative--are $150 and "dependent on acceptance conditions for each flight." Given that my current crossbar cost about $20, I'm reluctant to splash out ten times that for baggage.
So I need something collapsible, or modular, that can hold 12 lbs, and with a flat-ish face, and expand to the same dimensions as the 1" x 3" x 9'. I've considered traveling with just the "ends" of my current cross bar--the same materials, but using only the last 6" with the screw eye hooks, and lashing these in some way to another board that I purchase at my destination. But I'd like to avoid that step as I'm only in these places for a short time and anyway, if I'm going to lash the ends to a new board I have to buy on arrival, I might as well just build my current set-up at my destination.