How to Make an Outdoor Dance Floor

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There are a number of places where you can rent an outdoor dance floor, but you can also make one yourself with some time and effort if you are a bit crafty with tools.

Making your own dance floor for an event can save you time and money and you will be able to store the floor in sections to use it again.

If you are a wedding planner, party planner, DJ or you run an outdoor events venue, it may come in handy to have a floor available to rent as an up-sell item for your customers.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Plywood
  • Lumber cross braces
  • Closed-cell foam or carpet padding
  • Safety goggles
  • Kneepads
  • Wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood glue
  • Plastic and foam glue
  • Caulking gun
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure

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    Building an Outdoor Dance Floor

  1. 1

    Gather the layers:


A solid dance floor will consist of three layers. Note that the floor outlined here will be 8x8 feet. 

    Top Layer: 1/2-inch plywood, MDF or particle board. Use 4x8-feet sheets. Plywood flooring is recommended for strength. 

    Middle Layer: 1x2-inch cross braces. Use 1x4-inch braces where the plywood floor overlaps.


Bottom Layer: 1/2-inch closed-cell foam strips or carpet padding cut into strips.
Use full sheets of plywood in whatever pattern is suited to your area size. This will eliminate cutting and makes the measurement math for the lattice and necessary supplies much easier to figure and manage.

  2. 2

    Build a lattice support:


Create a support lattice with 16x6-inch squares using 1-inch lumber. 

    You will use 1x2-inch lumber to make the lattices, but on the edges, overlap the sheets with the 1x4-inch lumber.

  3. 3

    Attach the lattice to the bottom of the plywood using screws, wood glue and caulking guns to apply the glue. 
Glue is an option but recommended for extra strength and stability.

  4. 4

    Cut the foam pads into long, 1.5-inch strips and glue them to the bottom of the lattice using the same caulking gun and glue designed for use with foam and plastics.

    Build the floor in 4x8-foot sections and assemble them together all at once. 

    Note: Instead of foam, carpet padding will provide shock protection, although the foam will provide more. A lattice system is highly recommended for consistency and stability.

Tips and warnings

  • For safety, allow all glue products to dry for 24 to 48 hours before you use your dance floor.

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