Stage Designs

Cylinder Cones

Todd Bougher at The Rock Family Worship Center in Alabama brings us these awesome background structures.

He started these structures by creating 2″ rings cut from 1/2″ MDF sheets (4’x4′). Then he ripped 1/4″ strips from a 2x4x10 piece of spruce. He used spruce because it has less knots and stays more true when ripped (he also chose straight lumber). He attached the rings to 1/4″ x 10′ strips with glue and long staples or screws.

He ripped 1″x2″x10′ plastic trim down the middle creating 1/4″x2″x10′ pieces. Using a chop saw, he cut sections to fit along the rings horizontally between vertical strips.

He found black big hole mesh and white spandex from You need the spandex that will stretch up to 7′ wide and need 3-4 yards of both types of material. The fronts were stretched and stapled with black mesh and back half and top with white spandex. You can see through mesh and light is reflected well off white spandex. Shadows of frame are seen on inside white fabric creating depth.

He used an air compressor with staple gun to attach structure and fabric. (You will regret trying to use a hand stapler.) Then he added white 1″ elastic down the sides of the structures to hide the loose material and make it look finished where mesh and white meet.


  • 1/2″ MDF
  • White spandex
  • Black big hole mesh
  • 2x4x10 spruce
  • Staples (long and short)
  • Glue
  • Elastic
  • Paint

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10 responses to “Cylinder Cones”

  1. Holly Randall says:

    Wow! This is an awesome design that adds a lot of spunk to a stage!

  2. Tom Clark says:

    Wow. What a cool design. That is really cool.

  3. Tim Sherwood says:

    Big fan of Todd’s work. He is awesome.

  4. Jonathan says:

    How do you create the effect on the back wall? Awesome stage set!

  5. Brenda says:

    There are so many different kinds of spandex….nylon, satin, metallic, regular, etc. Can you share what type you used?

  6. Shane says:

    If you don’t mind me asking- what was the approx cost of this entire set up?

    This is a very cool design- one of my favs!!!

  7. Daniel Olanusi says:

    Awesome! are you avaiable for consultation on this design? if you don’t mind.

  8. Harv Turner says:

    Nice! Would like to know approximate cost as well?

  9. Simone says:

    What is the waving background made out of?

  10. Ashley says:

    If you could please contact me I greatly appreciate it if there way that I can rent these from you for an event

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