Custom fiberboard installation over carpet?

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Old 10-15-14, 04:43 PM
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Question Custom fiberboard installation over carpet?

Hi all,
I am interested in making a thin 6x7ft double sided rectangular panel out of fiberboard (or similar material) that I can tape down over my bedroom carpet using Gaffer's tape. The reason for this is because I want to convert a small section of my bedroom into a make-shift dance floor that I can work on with shoes, that will have a similar feel to an actual wood floor without actually removing the carpet and doing all of that in my rental apartment during school. (I find it much easier and convenient to practice for my class at home rather than try to find the space outside somewhere.. Not sure if this is tmi lol.)

I've been researching and see that others have done similar projects (for instance here:
How to Build A Dance Studio at Home | iSport.com)
but they seem to be in uncarpeted areas.

So, I have been thinking about possibly using a particle board or fiberboard as the flooring for my project. Does anyone have any experience with this material? If anyone has seen the IKEA bookcases, the back panels on those things are usually made of some kind of particle boar that is painted or has a pattern matching the coloring of the wooden parts of the bookcase. My goal is to find just the back panels and then use them to construct the above flooring. I want to adhere two boards together back to back to make them more sturdy to support shifting weight and then use the Gaffer's tape mentioned above to secure it over the carpet without damaging the carpet itself.. So far, it's been difficult to find particle boards in that measurement (roughly 6 ft by 7th, or thereabouts), so it seems like I would have to somehow fasten together multiple units to get the measurements I desire.. does anyone know where I can find these things? I found something on the Home Depot site, but I'm not sure if this is the material I'm looking for, or if I should be searching for something else:
Medium Density Fiberboard (Common: 1/4 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft.; Actual: 0.216 in. x 23.75 in. x 47.75 in.)-1508104 at The Home Depot

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 10-15-14, 04:51 PM
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Welcome back! Short answer....don't. It will not be stable underfoot, it will feel mushy, it will break down the carpet nap, it will break itself over short term. Not being fastened down securely, no floor will stay in place. Flooring for dancing should be no less than 3/4" hardwood, and not mdf or such. Sorry I didn't have a better answer for you.
 
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Old 10-17-14, 11:33 AM
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Thank you. I hear what you're saying.. But I'm trying to think of ways to make it work lol. Maybe I can slit small pockets into the carpet and then slip the fiberboard underneathe and secure it with something like gorilla glue to the underlying floor? Any other thoughts?
 
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Old 10-17-14, 11:36 AM
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How would that work? You'd still be on carpet only now you would have a ledge under there making a tripping hazard.
 
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Build a stage .
 
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Old 10-17-14, 05:51 PM
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With whatever you do in your rental, get the approval of the landlord in advance.
 
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