DIY dance floor?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is your venue indoors or out? I would expect it to be tough and expensive to do your own floor. If your reception is indoors you could maybe get a marley floor like they use in dance studios but I don’t think it would be too cheap.

I think you might be able to find big sheets of masonite for cheap. The only thing is that hard shoes on masonite make big loud CLACK sounds. I don’t know if that would be a terrible problem but I used to tap dance on masonite and HATED the way it sounded!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I built my own dance floor! I wish i wrote down the actual construction steps but basically you can do anything you like in terms of the style of the actual floor. You skim the ground with plywood to ensure that it is level, you lay-out plywood sheets vertically and hortizontally, and you nail in a vinyl floor over top. 

Sounds complicated right? I swear we built this sucker in 2 hours. 

So the ‘wood’ finish of the top could have been any vinyl! Just make sure it is non-slip. We chose the wood finish look. It totally faked all of our guests out. 

ps. and by ‘i built’ i mean my magic of a man husband built our dance floor. He wired the whole place for surround sound too. 

Post # 5
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341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mollytov:  That’s awesome! Did it save you big $$?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mollytov:  That is awesome! We are having an outside wedding at my family’s farm and I have been debating on a dance floor.  How much do you think the materials cost you to make it?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This was not expensive. The plywood was $20 a sheet (we needed 8) the vinyl was $120 for 12 x 12 feet. We actually sold the wood to a farm on our way off the island when we were done. Total cost: $120 (excluding husband and dad labour) 

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Thanks for posting this!!!  I first have to ask …  because in the 2nd photo it looks kind of bumpy.   Was the whole floor smooth and flat and level?  Was it easy to dance on , slide on etc?

We’re having an outdoor wedding too .. have checked here and a 15 x 15 dance floor rental is $350  plus WE have to supply the plywood to put it on, so it’s not on mud or grass.

My honey is very handy and can build things so I will definitely show him this!

 

ps…  so you’re dance floor ended up being 12 ft x 12 ft ?  How many guests did you have at the reception?  and what did you do with the vinyl afterward? I’m thinking we could sell it on ebay or donate it to Habitat.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Oklahomajewel:  We sunk the wood skims in to the loose gravel so the surface was pretty flat. There are two layers of plywood (one vertical and on horizontal). The middle was a bit bouncy but because it wasn’t huge i don’t think it was a problem. The actual surface was totally non-slip and actually looked like real wood.

It is important to nail in the edges so the floor has that finished look. In the second picture, the vinyl is just spread out over the plywood and had not been pulled tight and nailed in. 

We had 40 guests and at times there were 20 people dancing on the floor. We had several children slide about on it, i did a hip-hop dance to SuperBass, and couples danced away for a full 6 hours. 

 

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