How To Build Professional High-Quality V-Flats

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A studio essential is/are V-Flats. Finding high quality V-Flats that are universal and easily converted to build sets and backdrops is near to impossible. So why not build one? 

A few things you'll need:

- GatorFoam Boards - lightweight, rigid display board with a polystyrene core. I love these boards because they are sturdy and can be painted with acrylic base enamels. You can find them at a local art or sign shop. I found that 4x8 ft 1/2in thick worked best.

- 4in Gaf Tape (Black)

- 3in Gaf Tape (White)

- Scissors

- 2 Clamps

- Paint (optional)


1. Clamp the boards together. One board slightly higher than the other to reduce fold tension.

2. Run tape along the center of the boards, fold it and cut off the edges with the scissors.

3. Flip the boards over on the other side and do the same thing.