How to Make a DIY Newborn Photography Background Stand – UK Version

Warning ! This Stand/Frame should only be used with a Newborn Bean Bag, The Bean bag supports the babies weight.

Not the Frame !

The babies safety is the Number 1 priority , Never leave the Baby Unattended !


If your looking for my newborn section please click here Newborn Photography, otherwise read on to lean how to make a newborn photography stand.

There are a number of tutorials on the Web on how to make a DIY Photography Stand for newborn photography, to achieve the smooth wrinkle free backdrop effect as shown below.

However they depend upon 1 problem part !

newborn baby pink head piece


The Problem Part !

newborn 3 way pvc joint

Many of them depend on the availability of a pesky 3-Way joint, which for some reason is not readily available in the UK.

They are available on sites such as Ebay, but seem expensive for what they are, or they need to be shipped from foreign countries.

In this post I'll demonstrate a method to create a stand using items readily available at most reputable DIY stores in the UK with  a full list of all the parts required.


Parts List

To complete this project you will need to purchase the following items, which should all be found in the plumbing section, In total this should cost around £20

newborn pvc tee

TEE x 6

newborn 90 degree bend

90 Degree Bend x 8







  • Four - 3M lengths of 21.5mm White PVCU Overflow Pipe
  • Six - 21.5mm Overflow Equal TEE
  • Eight - 21.5mm Overflow Bend (Elbow)

1. Cut the pipes to the following lengths

The next step is to cut the pipe to the following lengths, measure carefully and you should be able to cut all the parts required from the 4 x 3M lengths of pipe. This should only take around 15 minutes.

There are 5 different lengths required (you can adjust the sizes to fit your particular Bean Bag height/width) :-

  • Three - 1.4M lengths
  • Four - 1.1M lengths
  • Two - 0.5M Lenghts
  • Four - 0.32M Lengths (or 320mm)
  • Four - 0.20M Lengths (or 200mm)

I suggest you cut the pipes as follows, use a marker pen to mark the pipe at the appropriate length (remember the old rule, measure twice & cut once !)

  • Pipe 1

1.4m  piece,   1.1m piece,  0.5m piece = 3M

  • Pipe 2

1.4m  piece,   1.1m piece,  1.5m piece = 3M

  • Pipe 3

1.4m piece,  1.1m piece, 0.320m piece  = 2.82M

  • Pipe 4

1.1m piece,  0.32m piece, 0.32m piece, 0.32m piece, 0.20m piece, 0.20m piece, 0.20m piece, 0.20m piece = 2.86M


You should end up with the following parts

frame parts

2. Remove any rough edges

Take a piece of sandpaper and smooth any rough edges caused by the cutting

3. Now assemble the Stand base

Add elbow bends to two of the 1.1m sections, then attach the four 0.2m sections and place a tee on each.

Next take two of the 1.4m sections and join them together as below


4. Add the vertical legs

Add the four 0.32m vertical sections as shown below with tee and elbow, then add the final 1.1m sections to join them together


5. Add the back supports

Add the 0.5m sections into the back tee connections


6 Add the top cross bar

Attach the final top bar


7. Add your beanbag

Place your beanbag into the centre of the stand



8.Attach your sheet

Peg your sheet to the frame above your beanbag and adjust the tension on the sheet to achieve your desired look




Credit Clifton Man for the Inspiration

How to Make a DIY Newborn Photography Background Stand




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