Building a stage is sometimes one of those construction projects that you can do yourself. If this is the case, acquiring a little knowledge, grabbing a few tools and following instructions can lead to stage that will hold up for your next stage presentation.
Step 1 – Prepare to Work
Select the area where you want to construct the stage. Depending on the size and presentation location, you may find it necessary to move the completed stage. Make sure the work area you select has an appropriate egress to deliver the stage where needed. Otherwise, building it at the presentation location may be your choice.
Step 2 – How Big?
Determine the size you want the finished stage to be. Height is important, but you do not want it too tall where people viewing actually have to tilt their heads to see the presentation. Furthermore, the shorter the base, the sturdier the structure. Try not to go beyond four feet high. You might also want to consider building several smaller stages that can be joined together making one large stage. For greater stability, a one-piece creation is highly recommended. Once you’ve determined the size and have taken measurements, secure the necessary amount of material.
Step 3 – Framing
Layout 2 X 4s to create a box-like structure to act as the base for the stage platform. This base should allow for a six inch overhang all the way around. Depending on the overall size, make sure to create a base where vertical 2 X 4s are placed every 16 inches apart to ensure stability. The structure should have a bottom bar a well as a top bar around the entire shape with the supporting 2 X 4s screwed into both.
Step 4 – The Platform
Set the 4 X 4 pieces of wood side by side to form the stage floor in whatever configuration you decide, keeping in mind this needs to fit upon the base just constructed. Attach each piece to another by using 2 X 4s to form a box-like support that the sheets are nailed to. Make sure to place these so that when the stage floor is laid upon the base, It can be attached to the upper base bar by screwing the platform support box into it.
Step 5 – Step It Up
Using plywood sheets, cut a pre-determined width making a hollow box for the first step. Construct additional hollow boxes, each approximately a foot shorter in depth from front to back attaching these to the box below. It is recommended to create a box upon box step structure in heights that allow for three pieces to reach the top of the stage floor.
Step 6 – Base Cover
Using plywood as facing for the box-like stage platform base can help to reinforce the stability. However, if all vertical studs and top and bottom bars have been assembled correctly, using cloth can substitute for wood and may be less expensive. Don’t forget to paint your new stage.