How to build a dance floor for cheap

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A dance floor may be required for a dinner party, an outdoor wedding, and for many other special occasions. You may only need the floor one time. If it's portable, you could store it away, sell it or lend it out for future events. With all the other budgeted items needed during a special occasion, it's nice to be able to save money by doing some things yourself. Renting a dance floor is a big budget item. Making your own saves you money and could allow you to recoup the expense down the road.

Recycled materials are the cheapest you'll find and they're good for the environment, as well.

Frame the dance floor in sections that are light enough to be carried. A dance floor will need to be big enough for several couples to dance on at once. Safety is the main issue.

Acquire 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) or 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) timber. This measurement refers to the boards' width and depth. When boards are first cut, or "rough sawn," they are 5 cm by 10 cm (2 inches by 4 inches). After they are finished and made smooth the boards will actually be 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches) deep by 8.7 cm (3 1/2 inches) wide. Always take that into consideration when you are measuring for a building project. Cut the boards to the length you need, in this case 1.5 cm (5 feet) long.

Houses that are being torn down are filled with 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) timber, and many owners and even construction workers are happy to see them hauled away for free instead of thrown in a dumpster. Always check with the owner first. Alternatively, buy them at a timber yard or DIY centre.

Lay two 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) or 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) boards on a flat, level surface with the 5 cm (2 inch) width on the floor 1.5 cm (5 feet) apart.

Work in rectangular sections that are 3 m (10 feet) long by 1.5 m (5 feet) wide. Nail a 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) piece of timber that's 1.5 m (5 feet) long at the bottom of the two 3 m (10 foot) sections (like ladder rungs). Butte the boards to the inside of the two boards.

Nail another 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) piece of timber that's 1.5 cm (5 feet) long to the inside top, creating a rectangle.

Nail three more 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) pieces of timber, 1.5 m (5 feet) long, every 40 cm (16 inches) throughout the 3 m (10 foot) rectangle.

Nail 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) plywood or other 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) recycled building material over the dance floor frame. Nail the edges firmly in place, creating a box.

Cover the dance floor with a smooth, hard wood. Laminates are very inexpensive and can be purchased at any home improvement centre. Snap them together. Glue and nail in place as an extra safety precaution.

Three 3 m (10 foot) sections will create a 4.5 by 9 m (15 by 30 foot) floor.

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