How To Build a Stage: Portable Stages

Design and Decorating Tips like Using a Shower Curtain Rod

Theater curtain

Do you have an aspiring actress, singer, or magician? Need a simple stage for your band? Or maybe your family reunion this year is a picnic in the park and you need a speaker's platform? 

Whatever your needs are, this simple stage is the perfect size for almost any performance, and will hold a three-piece band with room to play comfortably. It is perfect for backyard plays, magic shows, and even puppet shows, and is pretty easy and inexpensive to make. Older children could probably build this stage themselves, with only minimal adult supervision and assistance. These instructions can also be used to make portable stages.

For this project you'll need:

  • 2 wooden shipping pallets (usually you can find these for free)
  • 1 sheet of 4 feet by 8 feet plywood
  • 4 - 2-by-2 pieces of wood about 6 feet tall
  • 2 - 2-by-2 pieces of wood 4 feet long
  • 1 - 2-by-2 pieces of wood 8 feet long
  • Shower curtain rod and set of rings
  • Hammer and nails
  • Screws and drill or electric screwdriver
  • Staples or tacks
  • Four shower curtains
  • Cinder blocks

Directions for Stage Design:

  1. Lay the sheet of 4 feet by 8 feet plywood over the wooden pallets, and nail it into place to form the stage floor.
  2. Attach one six feet tall 2x2 to each corner of the stage, so that you have four vertical posts.
  3. Use the 4 feet long 2x2s to connect the posts on the shorter ends of the stage.
  4. For the back curtain, screw the remaining 8 feet 2x2 piece between the back posts.
  5. Install the shower curtain rod between the two front posts. (It is easier if the rings are already on the rod.)
  6. Staple or tack three of the shower curtains to the wooden frame around the back and sides.
  7. Hang the remaining shower curtain from the rings at the front.
  8. Use cinder blocks to elevate the platform.
  9. Host your performance!

Because of its simple construction and design, this stage is also very portable. If you want a more open-air platform, to create an outdoor stage, omit the front posts and simply use the frame pieces at the back of the portable stage to create a backdrop. If you need something a bit more classy, switch out the plastic shower curtains for real fabric curtains, and add some trim to the edges of the platform. 

Overall, this is such an easy project that it is almost more fun than putting on the play or watching the puppet show...ALMOST!


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