How to Build a Dance Floor

After reading the title of today’s post you may have thought – I will never need to build a dance floor.  I thought the same thing. But you might and when and if you do this post on How to Build a Dance Floor will come in handy.  Be sure and Pin it so you know where to find it when you need it.

dance floor

I shared with you in a previous Wedding Carnival post the story of our dance floor.  When we decided to book a live band for the Wedding Carnival I thought we needed a dance floor. My husband did not.  We have a large backyard and plenty of grass and he thought dancing on the grass would be just fine.  I did not.

I am not easily dissuaded or discouraged.

I got on line and immediately started pricing dance floors from rental companies.  They are not cheap, between $700-800 for the size we needed.  It wasn’t in the budget so I decided I needed to get creative.

To make a somewhat long, 5 month long story, short,  I had a dance floor and then I didn’t have a dance floor, I had a dance floor and then I didn’t.  In fact I thought I had a dance floor until the Sunday before the Wedding Carnival.  It fell through – five days before the event.

Remember I am not easily discouraged so I decided we were going to build a dance floor.  Or rather my daughter Cali and her friend Hannah were going to build me a dance floor (with some help from dad of course.)

By this time I had totally broken Jim down and he agreed so we headed to Home Depot on Monday night (the Wedding Carnival was Friday).

How to Build a Dance Floor

We loaded up the cart with wood and nails.

Dance Floor

Supplies Needed for a 12×16 Dance Floor

6 sheets of 1/2″ plywood

30 eight foot long 2 x 3’s – cut 18 of them into two 45″ pieces (you will have pieces leftover)  This will leave 12 of the boards 8 ‘ long.  They cut them for free for you at Home Depot.

Nails and hammer

Floor Paint and supplies for painting

Painters Tape

The dance floor measured 12 x 16 and was created out of 6 sections that were 4 x 8.  The size of a sheet of plywood.

The whole neighborhood got involved or enjoyed watching the process taking place out in front of our house.
Dance FloorThe above photo is about how involved Tessa got – she held a hammer for a photo but she was working full time so we need to cut her some slack.

From the 2 x 3’s they created 6 frames that measured 4 x 8.

They then added four support pieces to each frame.
Dance Floor

The next step was nailing a sheet of plywood to the top of each frame and nailing it down along the edges and across the support pieces.
Dance Floor
The moms got involved in this step of the process. Had to bring in the big muscles!

The next step was the painting process. I decided that I wanted the floor to be checker board to go along with the carnival theme so I purchased black and white floor paint. We primed the boards first and then added a coat of white paint to each section.
Dance Floor
After it was dry, yes I sat in a chair and watched it dry! I like watching paint dry.
Dance Floor
The girls used blue painters tape to tape off the squares. The squares measured 24″ x 24″ so each 4 x 8 section had 2 x 4 squares.
Dance FloorUsing small foam rollers the girls rolled the black paint into the taped off squares.
Dance Floor
We waited for the paint to dry, removed the tape and we had a dance floor!!
Dance Floor

We then numbered the pieces so that we knew how to put it back together once we moved it into the backyard.  Can I tell you something?  It was perfect and it was a wonderful addition to our carnival and YES, we needed a dance floor.  Even my husband admits that now.  It added such a fun element to the carnival and really got people dancing.

Total Cost of Dance Floor (including paint but not including labor)  Approx. $300.00.

Wedding Carnival
Wedding Carnival
Who wouldn’t want to dance on a black and white checkerboard dance floor!!!
Dance Floor

 For more Wedding Carnival posts check out these:

Carnival Pictorial can be found here

The Wedding Carnival}The Food Part One

The Wedding Carnival}The Food Part Two

The Wedding Carnival}Decorations

The Wedding Carnival}Carnival Games

The Wedding Carnival}Music, Dancing and a Flash Mob

Building your own dance floor is easy and so much less expensive than renting one.  Use this step by step tutorial!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Awesome. Don’t anticipate needing a dance floor any time soon…. but it’s good to know! Are you going to have Jim post about how to make the carnival booths? I think he should. They looked great- and I could see that coming in very handy for me.

  2. says

    Just like the carnival booths, I will be renting my dance floor from you should the need ever arise LOL! Amazing and FUN! Thankfully you live close enough to allow me to do this.

  3. Lisa Davis says

    Thank you so much for sharing this and all of the wedding carnival projects/awesome creations with us, I have really enjoyed them! You are so creative, kind, a wonderful cook, mother and wife. Please keep sharing and blogging. I receive your blog thru my email and I really enjoy it.

  4. says

    I have questions! :-) Did you attach the sections to each other in any way? How did you manage to keep it all level once it was down? Did they ever tend to separate as people danced? Just wondering! I should also say, the wedding seems like it was just lovely and a lot of great fun!! Congratulations to the happy couple and your family!

    • says

      Nancy, Those are all good questions because I had them too. The sections were attached with some metal plates that were about 2 x 3 inches that had little metal claws sticking out of the back that we placed over the seam of two of the sections and hammered in. We got them at Home Depot – can’t remember what they are called.
      Our lawn is fairly level so the floor laid nice and flat and the sections didn’t separate at all or come apart as people danced on it. I was worried about it being level but I think it just settled into the grass so that it was nice and flat. We thought we might have to use some shims to get it level but we didn’t have to.

      • Sabrina says

        This looks great, I’ve been looking for a DIY dance floor for my daughter’s graduation party. Were the metal plates attached to the bottom of the dance floor? How many metal plates do I need to purchase?

        • says

          The metal plates were put on the “seams” where the sections of the dance floor comes together on the sides. There were 6 pieces to the floor and 6 seams or places where they pieces came together so we had 6 metal plates. So the plates were visible on the sides – they were not underneath the floor. They were put on after the floor was put into place.

          • Jenna says

            If you look at the bottom of the first picture with them dancing, with the 2 guys, you can slightly see where the metal piece was, it is only JUST in the picture…

    • Laura says

      Thanks for sharing your awesome dance floor with us! I have the same questions about how you attached the metal plates to keep the pieces together. I think it would be super helpful if you posted a pictures of the bottom of the dance floor. That way we could all get an idea about how to do it ourselves and not bother you with all of the same questions over and over. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. kayti says

    I am considering building a dance floor as well for our wedding next year (sept. 2013), but many of our guests just so happen to be coming from the Portland area… and could potentially bring it along!

    Are you interested in selling your dance floor, or renting it? I’m not sure the white and black would match our wedding, which is why I ask- as we would maybe need to change it.

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    • says

      I need to add this info into the post – we used metal plates that were about 2 x 3 inches that had little metal claws sticking out of the back that we placed over the seam of where the two sections came togethered and hammered in. We got them at Home Depot – can’t remember what they are called.

  6. linda says

    Omg! This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much for sharing. Just one quick question. It was heavy enough that on grass it didn’t move around? I’m planning my wedding and the dance floor would be on grass.

    • says

      We also had it on grass. we used some metal claw like plates (don’t know what they are called) that joined the pieces of the floor together. You just hammer them in and they have pokey metal things that go into the wood and hold the pieces of the floor together. They are about 3 x 4 inches in size and we got them at Home Depot – sorry I don’t know what they are called. The floor stayed right where it was suppose to be.

  7. clare says


    Your dance floor looks gorgeous!! I was wondering if you are still hiring it out? We are looking for one to hire in April and yours looks perfect :) Thanks for sharing your stories.


  8. Jesse says

    I am looking at building a dance floor for my wedding as well. I just wanted to make sure– the directions say to purchase sheets of 1/2″ plywood but in the pictures it looks like it is 3/4″ ply. Obviously I’d rather use the 1/2″ because that is significantly cheaper but I was concerned about it bowing under the weight of many people dancing. Was that an issue at all if you did indeed use the 1/2″??

  9. Ashley says


    I just love this dance floor. My fiance and soon to be father in-law plan to make this for our Aug 3 wedding this summer! What paint did you use to paint. I noticed it said floor paint… could you go more in depth as to what brand etc…

    Thank you so much!

    • says

      I bought the paint at Home Depot and it was just called floor paint. I no longer have the cans so don’t know the specific brand name – sorry.

  10. Kelly says

    Thank you sooooo much for posting this! I am going to do this for my wedding as I want to have a back yard bbq for the reception instead of renting a stuffy hall

  11. Breanne Johnson says

    This is soooo helpful. I’d really like to know how the grass handled the floor. My future sis-in-law re-sodded her lawn, and I’d hate to have to buy her new sod after we take the floor up. yikes! The sod will have had the whole summer to settle, as our backyard wedding is in october. thank you!

  12. marti says

    Leigh Anne! You have inspired me! I looked into renting a dance floor vs. the cost of YOUR’s and it’s 1/2 the cost!
    With 2 sons in the future getting hitched…and having 2 more parties…it just doesn’t make sense NOT to build one for my daughter’s celebration at the end of September!
    Do you have an email address that I could write you with any questions…other than those posted?
    I guess I am concerned too, about the stability on the yard…mine is NOT too level…could shim it up, I guess. Also, how many people (max) did you have dancing at the same time?
    just curious.
    again, you have INSPIRED me! and I LOVE THE CHECKER BOARD! we are having a pig roast, so it’ll be PERFECT!

    • says

      Marti – You can email me at with more questions. Our laugh is fairly flat but not perfectly flat. We did not have any problems with getting it level on the grass. We used mending plates to hold it together. I really don’t know how many people max we had on it but it was always big enough.
      Have fun!!

  13. Ashlee says

    I am extremely interested in renting your dance floor, how can I contact you further to see if it’s available for the date we would need it for?

  14. Peggy lee says

    Hiya crafty peeps!… We are having a cultural music festival on the 27th of this month and luv the fact that you took the initiative and I wanna rent it!!!… Please contact me ASAP! We are in nail biting mode!! Thanks! Peggy Lee

  15. Melissa C says

    Hi there: I enjoyed reading your blog on how to make a dance floor….I have always wanted to build one, I see the efficiency and practicality of having one. We have our annual Halloween Party coming up soon, and sooo want to convince my boyfriend in building one. Thanks for posting!

  16. Liz says

    Hi Leigh Anne! We just might be building ourselves a dance floor for our outdoor wedding coming up in February, and my only concern that I’ve been worrying about in my head is people tripping (old, uncoordinated, tipsy, who knows). The floor ends up elevated slightly, correct? How did that work out for you?

    Thanks for the great tutorial!!

    • says

      The floor is about 3 inches above the ground – we didn’t have any problems with people tripping on it at all. Because ours was painted checkboard it is hard to miss and there was just a small step up.

  17. Carolyn says

    Do you still have the dance floor, and would you seriously consider renting because I would love to rent yours as opposed to some of the other places.

  18. Lisa Gonzales says

    My husband built ours this weekend in a little over 3.5 hours, and that time includes the first two coats of white paint. Your instructions were very clear, and this project was really very easy. Thank you so much for the tips!

  19. Ali says

    Hi Leigh Anne!

    LOVE this post! I am a private wedding planner and trying to budget $1,000 (Pittsburgh, PA) for a dance floor is not quite going to happen. Like you, I don’t take no for an answer! This is exactly what I’m looking for, but I have a question: how did you attach each section so that they didn’t slide apart?



  20. Marlina says

    This is so great!!! We’re building one tomorrow for our staff party Saturday night.
    You’re awesome!!!

  21. Randi says

    That is incredible! I see dance floors for rental on places like party and event rentals, but they are much more expensive. If people have the time to make it yourself like you did, that is really impressive and cheap! Wish we could rent yours but we’re not from the area.

  22. says

    I saw you wrote how much dance floors in your area were priced at but I didn’t see any inclusions of the overall total cost of making this yourself. Any way you can share that with us?

    Dance floors in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area are quite expensive as well. So I may just have to make one myself!


  23. says

    Leigh Anne
    What a great DIY! Not only did you do a fantastic job of putting building a dance floor, but then you also got to enjoy the fruit of your labor as well! Who said you can’t have your cake AND eat it too! Great post, thanks for an excellent project idea!

  24. Crystal says

    I think this is amazing I may be getting married soon and in the Portland area how much are you charging for renting your dance floor?

  25. Kayla Rhoden says

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! I’m getting married soon and the cost to rent a dance floor is outrageous! I’m going to have about 120-150 people at my wedding, how much larger do you think it would need to be to fit everyone?

  26. Vanessa says

    Love this dance floor!!! We are having an outdoor wedding in Tillamook 08/30/14 is it available that weekend?? :)

  27. Stacy says

    Seems like the paint held up pretty well since you are renting your dance floor out. We are making a dance floor for my daughter that is a tapper. Do you think heels damage or will damage the floor over time?

    • says

      We just recently repainted it after it being used a dozen times or so. There definitely are some scratches and dings in the floor but a fresh coat of paint did wonders.

  28. Chunky Mirchandani says

    You have inspired me to build my approx 20X20 dance floor for my engement party in Houston TX.

    I am making a few alterations to match our rustic theme, instead of using plywood sheets for the top, I am using 1X2 (8ft) pieces to give that distinct look, which than I will be staining with a dark roast stain.

    Thanks for the inspiration

    Chunky Mirchandani

  29. Chelsea says

    This might be an odd question but my fiancé is concerned that it will be loud with everyone stomping around/dancing. Was this a problem you noticed?

  30. says

    What a fun idea! Love it and I might need to make one. Just wanted to let you now the metal piece you are describing is called a nail plate.
    They are used on studs behind drywall to protect you from accidentally drilling into plumbing and electrical. You could also just use a flat stage bracket like this

    Hope this helps! 😊


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