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Need help building a portable outdoor dance floor Answered

Wanted: plans on how to build a portable outdoor dance floor I've been looking online, and I can't find any actual plans for a portable outdoor dance floor. I'd prefer to make it out of plywood with either parquet or laminate flooring on top. Anyone ever built something like this and would like to share plans? Thanks


...and go over a brick patio that is relatively flat, but old and not suitable for dancing.

Not suitable because it is rough, or not suitable for it's stability?

Ok, that makes things a little easier then :-)

It doesn't really need to be portable... just easily taken apart after the big event (wedding :-). It needs to be about 12x18' and go over a brick patio that is relatively flat, but old and not suitable for dancing. Ideally, we'll use laminate flooring that can be taken about and repurposed either at my parents' house or my house.

. Plywood, &c; come in 4x8' sheets, so 12x16 (or 12x24) would reduce the amount of cutting to be done. . Since you have a flat, solid surface, just make some frames with 2x4"s, cover with flooring (if the flooring is not very thick, you may need plywood underneath), and lay on the patio. Dill holes in the edges of the frame to bolt the 4x8 sections together. I'd use 3/4" inch bolts every 2' or so (or 1/2" x 18"). Use large washers. . Since you want to re-use it, a vapor barrier, as caitlinsdad suggested, is a good idea.

If you look at some commercial floors, it seems that there is a wood layer attached to those garage-flooring grid/foam tile systems that lock together. I don't know if you want to spend that much so you may be able to get away with laying down a few sheets of OSB, plywood, or new cementitious hardieboard undelayment($10 a 4x8 sheet) with a bag of sand to level out the patio. You could then "install" the laminate over it. Lay down the foam and vapor barrier if not attached to the laminate. The laminate floor would "float" so you just need to corral it in place with some lumber edging staked in the ground. Make sure you protect it from rain as the laminate gets ruined when wet. Maybe you have a big tent or canopy to use. Let the laminate acclimate outdoors for a few days or else you will have trouble getting the joints to click right.

. Overall dimensions? How portable is portable (max weight, max dimensions per section, &c;)? . Unless it will be set up on a hard, level surface, you will need to have some sort of leveling/stabilizing arrangement. This will probably be the hard part; the deck itself is just some framing with your flooring. . Use screws, not nails. Your deck will probably do quite a bit of flexing and nails will pull loose over time. Plus screws hold tighter and will give a more rigid frame. . You can use bolts to put the sections together.