How to Cheaply Make a Portable Dance Floor

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Whether you have an aspiring ballerina living in your home or you need to polish up your moves for an impending special event, carpet doesn't lend itself to dancing. Fortunately, anyone with boogie fever can build his own dance floor on a minimal budget and in limited space. With a little ingenuity, you can transform basic materials from a hardware store into a portable dance floor in less than an afternoon's time.

Purchase sheets of 3/4-inch thick medium density fiberboard, commonly called MDF, from a home improvement store. Three sheets will create an 8-by-12-foot dance floor. Have the sheets cut smaller if you require a smaller dance floor.

Cut a an indoor/outdoor carpet remnant to the outline of the pieces of MDF board. Paint a thin layer of wood glue over the bottom of the MDF board. Line the carpet remnant up to match the outline of the board and gently lay the carpet into place, with the soft side facing out. Press the carpet into place with your hands and allow the glue to dry for 3 hours, or until completely set.

Turn the pieces of MDF board over so that the carpeted side is on the floor, acting as protection for the area in which you will place the dance floor. Paint a thin layer of wood sealant over the exposed top and edges of the board. Allow the MDF board to dry completely before moving it.

Set the dry, treated pieces of MDF board next to each other to create your desired size and shape of dance floor with the sealed, exposed board side sitting face up.