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How To Build a Stage

Follow these instructions to build a stage for a budding young actor or actress.

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building a stage
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Measure the Boards

On two 61" 2x4s, begin marking for the 16" centers. (This stage will be 10' wide by 5' deep. Measurements will vary depending on your space.) After you mark the first board, use a speed square to transfer measurements to the second board.

measure the boards

Step 2: Build the Frame

For the frame, install 2x4 cross braces to one of the 2x4 end braces at every 16" mark. The boards are then nailed together, using 10-penny nails. Continue to work until all cross braces are attached to one end brace. Install the second end brace to the cross braces.

build the frame

Step 3: Attach the Top of the Stage

With the braces in place, begin installing the 1/2" plywood sheets across the frame and screw them to the top of the frame for a tight fit. The stage is built in two pieces, and the pieces can now be positioned in place. If you want to make the stage permanent, secure it directly to the walls or flooring. For added support, the two sections are toenailed together. If you have smaller children, you may want to make the stage lower.

attach plywood top to frame

Step 4: Begin Tiling

Before installing the tile top, measure and mark with chalk lines to find the exact center of the stage. From the center point, begin working outward as you lay the self-stick tiles (Image 1). Because vinyl tiles expand and contract with the temperature, it's a good idea to let your tiles sit in the room where they will be installed for at least 24 hours before installation. The tiles used here are laid on the diagonal, so make sure always to align opposite-color squares (Image 2). Installing the tile on the diagonal acts as an optical illusion and makes the stage seem deeper. The tiles may need to be cut along the stage edges, so simply measure and use a sharp utility knife to cut the tile from the backside (Image 3). Continue tiling until the stage is finished. If you choose not to tile, paint the floor with a good-quality floor paint and varnish it for extra protection.

Step 5: Finish the Stage

Finally, use a commercial-grade self-stick base molding to finish off and trim the edges. Molding helps hide the base of the stage and adds a nice finishing touch.

trim the edges of stage

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