Create a stage for your little musicians.
If your little munchkin is already preparing for a career on Broadway, help her get an early start with her very own theatrical stage for all her plays and productions. For a youngster who just likes to star in your spotlight, the stage is a perfect platform for dancing, beanbag juggling and even magic tricks! This crowd-pleasing stage is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers because it's built right on the ground, with no elevation to cause trips and falls.
1Choose one wall for the stage and find the center of the wall. Mark 3 feet in either direction of the center and then mark 4 feet out from the wall. This will make a stage about 6-by-4-feet in size (or 24 square feet). You can adjust the marks to make the stage larger or smaller.
2Remove any carpeting from this section of floor. You can leave any laminate or hardwood flooring. However, if you leave the flooring, the stage will be elevated by about 1/2 inch.
3Arrange the new strips of laminate wood flooring in the 6-by 4-foot section and then mark the laminate where it overhangs the stage area.
4Cut the strips of laminate wood that overhang the stage area with a jigsaw or miter saw. Now the laminate wood will form a perfect rectangle.
5Lay the laminate wood back down on the stage area, interlocking the tongue and groove edges of each piece.
6Insert nails around the outer edges of the stage using a nail gun. If you do not have a nail gun, you can use a hammer, but be sure to countersink each nail so no sharp edges protrude above the laminate.
7Fill in each hole left by the nails with a little bit of wood filler. Let the filler dry and then sand it down smooth.
8Secure a 72-inch long curtain track to the ceiling according to the manufacturer's instructions. Secure it directly above the front of the stage. You can opt for an extendable curtain track if you'd like the curtains to extend beyond the stage.
9Secure a 48-inch-long curtain track above either side of the stage.
10Hang a single curtain on each of the 48-inch tracks. Hang two 48-inch wide curtains along the front ceiling track to make stage curtains that open for your kiddo's theatrical productions.
- Use curtains with no cords on each of the ceiling tracks. Cords can be a serious danger to young children. The curtains should pull open only. If the curtains have a cord, you can cut it off and keep the curtains in an open position.
Things You'll Need
- Tongue and groove laminate wood flooring (about 24 sq. ft.)
- Jigsaw or miter saw
- Nail gun (or hammer and countersink)
- Wood nails
- Wood filler
- Sand paper 72-inch ceiling curtain track 48-inch ceiling curtain tracks (2)48-inch curtains (4 panels)
- Stage Floor