There are a lot of projects like this online and there are many ways to build one. I knew I wanted it to be portable, reusable and collapsible in a few minutes. I decided to opt for a left and right frame only, no top frame, no cross bar. Instead, I anchored each side of the left and right frame to the ground with rope and stakes. Total labor time was 1 hour.
Disclaimer: It would take me about one hour to build this again. Actual time to construct this was two weekends after figuring out what to do.
Here is how I did it.
Step 1: Sketch Your Idea
It took me a day or so to come up with an easy way to make this. After 3 or 4 ideas, I came up with this in Photoshop.
Step 2: Get Your Materials
1. (8) old bed frame slats. W 3 3/4" H 3/4" L 26 1/2" (SULTAN LADE
Slatted bed base from Ikea would be perfect for this)
2. (1) W 28" H 3/4" L 10" board, cut in half
3. (4) 4" corner braces
4. (6) 2" narrow utility hinges
5. (8) #10 x3/4" wood screws
6. (36) #6 x 3/4" wood screws
7. (2) #210 screw eyes
8. (12) 4 1/2" muslin clamps
9. (6) latch toggle clamps
10. 6'x9' canvas drop cloth
11. 15" hardened teeth saw
12. (4) 10-Inch Steel Tent Stakes
13. Tent & Canopy Guy Ropes
14. (4) small sand bags
15. Drill gun with Philips head
16. One person to help lift the screen in place
Step 3: Build The Frames Pt 1
Screw hinges on first.
Step 4: Build The Frames Pt 2
Screw latch clamps to opposite side.
Step 5: Build The Base
I built the first base to test part of a frame. On the second base, I found it was easier to build the frames first. The last photo in the step shows the frame collapsed.
Step 6: Secure The Screen
Wrap about 1 1/2" of the drop cloth around each frame. Secure the screen with the muslin clamps while the frames are on the ground.