Step 1

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Remove Baseboard

In order to structurally secure the play stage to the wall, baseboards must first be removed. To do that, use a mini crowbar to pop the baseboards loose from the wall. You may have to use a utility knife to first score a line between the wall and the baseboard.

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Determine Stage Size

Use a measuring tape and chalk line to mark the floor with the length and width of the stage. Play stages vary in size, depending on what they’re used for. Stages used by one or two people for performances such as puppet shows are best sized between 24 and 36 inches deep and 4 feet wide. For group performances such as multi-instrument music or puppet shows with more than three people, the stage may require a depth of 48 to 60 inches. As for height, keep in mind that once the plywood top is placed onto the frame, it will increase in height by 3/4”.

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Frame the Stage

The play stage will be structurally supported by a frame made from 2x4 or 2x6 lumber (depending on personal preference). To create the frame, refer to the marks you made on the floor with a chalk line for the exact width and depth of the stage. Use a circular saw to cut the lumber to the exact size of the stage. Place all four sides of the frame into position; attach each piece together using a drill and 3” wood screws.

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Add Joists

Joists are needed to add stability to the center of the stage and support weight distribution. To create the joists, measure, mark and cut the lumber to the interior width of the play stage (from the inside edge of the front and back strips of lumber). Starting in the center of the frame, place each of the joists 16 inches apart, then secure into front and back of the frame using 3” wood screws and drill.

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Attach to Wall

Use a stud finder to determine the location of studs within the wall. Position the frame flush against the wall, then secure the frame to the wall (through the studs) with 3” wood screws.

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Add Top

Measure, mark and cut the plywood to the size of the stage. Apply a bead of wood glue along the top edges of the assembled frame. Place the plywood directly onto the glued surface of the frame then secure into place using nail gun and nails.

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Decorate

Add personality either by painting the stage a bold color or creating a one-of-a-kind pattern with spools of colored duct tape. We used porch and deck paint for added durability – especially if you’re going to be tap dancing.

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Install Drapery Hardware

With the help of a friend, stand on a ladder and use a stud finder to determine the location of ceiling joists. Add drywall anchors into the studs where the ceiling-mounted drapery hardware will be placed. Place the drapery rod into position, slide drapery rings into place along the rod, then secure rod into drywall anchors with drill and screws.

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Add Drapery Panels

Add drapery hooks along the tops of the drapery panels, then attach them to drapery rings.

Step 10

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Lights, Camera, Action

Your audience will be impressed with your DIY prowess as well as your performance.