Telescoping Chain Roller Background Support Kits

[Update] Kit doesn't come with Autopoles. Thanks guys.

Your typical background support comes with two tall stands and a horizontal support bar. Most of us have a set, but there are a few things that can be annoying. For one, the legs on the stand seem to take up extra space. Secondly, when you need to roll the paper up or down, you might have to drop the stands on each side.

Telescoping-ceiling-background-support-rollerBackground Stand

This clamping background support kit might save you from some of those hassles if you're working in a room with a ceiling. By using telescoping auto poles to push up between the ceiling and floor you can practically push your backdrop flush against the wall. There are no legs on auto poles so they'll give you more room to setup your lights on each side, especially when you're trying to move in that boom or hair light.

Chain Roller Background support
Chain rollder support background

When it's time to roll up/down your background, the clamping background support uses a chain roller normally found on wall mounted background support kits. Cons are that you need to have a ceiling to work with this (does not come with Autopoles), so it might be better suited for those who want to setup a quick change backdrop area in a small studio or in your home without drilling into your walls. Available in both single and triple background support clamps (click here).

Three Roller Support Background StandTelescoping-ceiling-background-support-roller
find-price-button Single and Triple Roll Clamping Background Chain Roller Support

Real Auto Poles for a background stand run a pretty penny (click here to find AutoPoles).

They do look pretty similar to telescoping poles found in indoor Bike Racks, and would be interesting to see if the clamps could work.
Swagman Bike Rack
find-price-button Swagman Hang It Bike Hanger

11 thoughts on “Telescoping Chain Roller Background Support Kits

  1. Doug

    @Verm - I tried those and there is no spring tension on the pole, I wouldn't recommend them.

  2. Rabi

    Hmm, so I just clicked through to the eBay page. The kit doesn't include the autopoles. Not a dealbreaker considering how cheap the kit is, but something to keep in mind.

  3. Rabi

    I'm moving into a place this fall with a room that I want to turn into a studio, but that is pretty small. This would be a great way to maximize what little room I'll have. I'm interested.

  4. These look very intresting, I am opining up my own studio and trying to decide between going for a paper background and having an infinity wall build, the simplicity of this is making the choice harder.

    Dose anyone know how much space each of the brackets add onto the with of your paper?

    I am trying to work out how much i would need to cut the paper down to make it fit when using a system like this.

  5. Al

    This doesn't appear to include the uprights
    Or 'autopoles' as they call them.

    Cool system anyhows

  6. Verm

    Hey Emm, it seems to me like the links you posted don't include the AutoPoles. It's only for the errrr... chain roller backdrop hook support paper roll clampy thing. That would explain why they don't specify on max height. To my limited knowledge, Manfrotto makes the AutoPoles.

  7. FYI, these auctions do NOT include any poles.

    If you read the description, the fine print says, "Background papers and autopoles are NOT included."

    Funny the triple Roll description does not say this, but I am pretty sure that's why there's no mention of the specs of the poles since there are none.


  8. Manfrotto has this design also, and of course they are much more expensive than these. A while back I found some used and I was thinking about picking up the set. So, I researched them a bit and I found quite a few people in forums complaining about the overall design because quite frequently those poles would damage the ceilings.

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