Everyone loves to bust a move now and then, but it’s not easy if you’re stuck on uneven deck surfaces or your dancing in the grass where your heels might get stuck. The solution to this problem is to put in a dance floor, of course! It’s a lot less expensive than renting one for your event, and you’ll always have one handy if you need it! Here are a few steps to help you put a DIY dance floor in your home or yard.
Temporary or Permanent Flooring
Before you start choosing flooring material and location, you have a decision to make.
Do you need a permanent dance floor, or something temporary that you can roll out for a party? Temporary floors are great if you want to turn your backyard or living room into a dance studio without having your party guests trampling the grass or crushing the carpet, but they won’t be as durable as permanent flooring.
If you’re planning on turning your spare room into a dance studio, choose the permanent option.
Choosing the Best Floor For You
There are so many different types of dance floors that it might make your head spin. Let’s sort through the options to help you choose the best floor for you:
• Hardwood Dance Floors are beautiful and durable but require a lot of maintenance to help the wood maintain it’s appearance.
• Rave Dance Floors are portable, inexpensive, and work for everything, whether you’re holding a dance recital or, well, a rave.
• Quietstep Dance Floors are ideal for delicate styles of dance like ballet or contemporary, absorbing the sound of the dancer hitting the floor.
The floor you choose will vary depending on your needs. If you don’t need anything fancy, you can slap together a dance floor on your own — all you need is a flat surface!
How to Put in a Dance Floor
At a minimum, you’ve got two layers to build to make a surface where it will be comfortable to dance. You don’t want to dance on a hard surface like concrete unless you really don’t like your knees, so you’ll want to build a small subfloor to absorb some of the energy that you’re creating while you’re busting a move.
For a DIY dance floor, whether you’re installing it permanently or making it temporary, create a subfloor to support your flooring. It doesn’t need to be super tall — you don’t want to be tripping over it when you’re on your way to the floor, but you need at least half an inch of subfloor to support your awesome moves.
Finally, choose a floor. You can use vinyl if you’re just using it for parties, but if you’re looking for a more professional look — and can afford it — opt for hardwood instead. It will last longer, look beautiful, and stand up to a lot of punishment.
Bust a Move!
Now that you’ve finished your dance floor, all that’s left is for you to put on your favorite music and bust a move! Test out that dance floor and let us know how it works out!
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington