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Planning a TV show set in 9.5 steps

There’s this new show coming out in the fall called Family Matters.  Double entendre because, well, family does matter and it’s about family legal matters.  It’s hosted by a ‘sitting judge’ (I’m learning the lingo as I go) and looks super helpful.

The producer (boss lady in TV land) called me up and asked about sponsoring the set.  I said, “What a great idea, since we pride ourselves on being Family Friendly and helping out families any way we can, and that you could get all the stuff you need for a set from our sites – whether tv or little Jamie’s 2nd grade school play about sharing is caring.”  OK, so maybe I didn’t ramble on quite that much but you get the idea.

So as we helped them put the set together, with everything from some carpet scraps to finding a carpenter & designer on UsedVictoria, I took some pictures and thought other curious folks like myself might be interested in the process: enjoy!

Set sketch

Step 1: sketch it out old-school style to figure out the basics


Set computer mock-up

Step 2: re-create the sketch in a basic computer program like Word or on of the Adobe Suite applications


Set design

Step 3: if you have a designer involved, ask them to decide on colours and put together a full-fledged mock up

Now comes the hard work of building the set.


Step 4: get camera equipment in place before building the set, in case it’s heavy and breakable


Step 5: position set under existing lighting if working in a studio, or set up lighting if starting from scratch

Cutting wood

Step 6: Build the riser / stage for the set

Built set

Step 6.5: make sure riser / stage is in the right spot, because once it’s carpeted, furnished, and the backdrop is in place this’ll be tricky to move (refer back to your drawings, spacings, etc!)

Install carpet

Step 7: install the carpet – measure more than you need so that you can wrap around edges, or place on covering edges with something like painted black wood to blend it in

We’re almost done!

Get panels in place

Step 8: get the panels / background / backdrop printed and delivered, as well as furniture

All done

Step 9: TA-DAaaaaa! All done with the set.

If you’d like to find out more about the show please visit

Or if you’d like to know more about the process, please comment below and we’ll contact the individuals involved in each step.

2 Responses to “Planning a TV show set in 9.5 steps”

bishop o'peters

everything i read was great.but i want to learn more because i am about going in to my own tv show and dn’t know how to go abov it.pls hlep me


Charlotte Cowley

bishop – sure we’d love to help! What would you like more details on? I’ll do some research and ask our friends over at Family Matters TV. – Charlotte


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