You don’t have to be a professional to want to dance.
People dance for fun, for fitness, or just when they’re happy! In this time of social distancing, visiting a dance floor is difficult in some places, meaning it is more important than ever to produce other options. Portable dance floors are the answer!
We’ve gathered a selection of portable dance floors for you, so you can choose the best one to suit your needs. Portable dance floors can be used for all sorts of events: competitions, birthdays, weddings, or any other celebration you can think of. Regardless of whether you are a professional or casual dancer, you’ll be able to find the right fit for you.
Buying Guide – Portable Dance Floors
Although you can dance just about anywhere, you’ll not be doing your surfaces any favors if you dance on floors that aren’t suitable for it. You can ruin the floor you’re on or hurt yourself whilst busting your moves.
There are many companies claiming the ‘best’ dance floor, and it will depend on your needs which is the best one for you. Different floors will be relevant for different types of dance as well, so our guide to buy the best portable dance floor starts here!
Portable Dance Flooring: What are the Pros and Cons?
Because portable dance floors can be expensive to buy, especially if you want a generous size, or a specialist surface, research into your preferred flooring is essential. We help you work this out below.
Ease of usage – Portable dance floors have the advantage that they can be moved, and used, easily. Often, only seconds is needed to lock the pieces of the flooring together, saving you precious time to get the rest of your celebration ready. They are also lightweight, meaning most people will be able to install them solo.
Endurance – Portable dance floors are built to last a long time – after all they have people jumping around on them all the time. They are designed to be durable, but it is important to check out the warranty to ensure you are covered.
Reasonable Cost – It would be expensive to turn part of your home into a dance studio, and portable dance flooring is the answer. It’s especially good for practice between your classes if you’re taking them.
Multi-use – Although the intended use for this type of flooring is dance, it can be used for other uses as well. It is handy as a temporary floor for outdoor events such as weddings.
Quality – It’s important that you pay attention to your warranty regarding quality control of your portable dance floor. We found that some companies had inadequate quality. Sticking with trusted and well-known brands would be our suggestion.
Space – Your dance floor is a bulky item, so storing it is something that needs considering when purchasing it. If you’re using it in a semi-permanent or permanent way, then obviously this con isn’t relevant to your needs.
Frequency of Use – As these items are an oddity in some ways, working out when you will use it is important. There are expensive tiles in the top-tier category that would break the bank if you’re only going to rarely use the floor. If it’s being used for practicing at home and will be used often, then buying flooring that has longevity, and may be more expensive due to that, is something to consider.
On the other hand, a cheaper option makes the most sense if you are only using a small area of flooring for dancing, perhaps to cover a carpet. This is similarly true for those needing portable flooring for events and weddings. In the mid-range, you can find flooring that looks great but isn’t geared for lasting half a dozen years.
Portable Dance Floors: What types are there?
Tiles – These interlock and are usually vinyl, though other types are also available on the market. These flooring tiles are easy to use and can be added to and removed quickly. As they are tiles, you can make your dance floor as small or as big as you like, giving you maximum flexibility.
Rolls – This type of flooring is popular with travelling troupes and dance studios. Installation can be difficult as it must be placed on an even and flat surface, but it is very quick to use.
Kits – If you don’t need a large number of tiles, kits may be the cheapest option for you. The kits are various set sizes, with some brands enabling you to grow your dance floor later with more kits.
Planks – These are probably best for the installation of semi-permanent or permanent dance flooring. Few companies sell this option, but they are a stylish pick, resembling wooden flooring. Perfect to add class to weddings, but also for tap dancing or aerobics.
Types of Dance
It would be impossible here for us to list all the styles of dance, but it is something important to note. Footwear and flooring must be considered in your purchase of flooring that matches your needs.
On traditional or fixed dance floors, sneakers, heels, and boots will often be worn, but depending on the brand, you may be given advice on the types of footwear that can be used on the flooring and subsequently what dance styles. This is equally true for the surface the flooring is made from, as this will dictate the sorts of dance, from fast to moderate.
It’s important to keep in mind the warranty when buying a portable or laminate dance floor. Depending on the manufacturer, the warranty will differ based on longevity and the quality of the flooring.
In our research, we found warranties ranging from 3 to 5 years from most manufacturers. With that being said, we also found that many companies offered warranties that were tiered, meaning you got a better warranty with a more premium product.
Q: Is installing a portable dance floor possible on grass?
A: This depends entirely on the ground and the type of flooring. If the ground isn’t level, it’s possible the flooring could become separated and cause injury.
Q: Will I need to air out portable dance flooring before I use it indoors?
A: If the tiles have rubber or foam backing, it may need airing. Otherwise, no.
Q: Is carpet a suitable base for a portable dance floor?
A: Tile flooring and roll-based flooring will have a multitude of issues on plush or thick carpet. Low-pile carpet is suitable for various flooring styles.
Q: I want to use a portable dance floor at home, will it take long to install?
A: This will depend on how large you want your portable dance floor to be. On level ground, it will take only seconds to link together the tiles.
Q: Are heels suitable for a portable dance floor?
A: Hard-soles and high heels can cause damage to some of the surfaces used in portable flooring, it will largely depend on manufacturing guidelines, so it’s important to check before allowing people to step on the flooring.
Q: I have an uneven surface; what flooring would be good for me?
A: Roll-based flooring follows the floor closely, so it will be less obvious you have an uneven flooring or if there is a slope. However, if the subfloor has flaws this style will show them up. Snap flooring will cover the surface below better as they are thicker but can separate if the surface is too uneven.
Q: How easy is it to clean a portable dance floor?
A: Whilst some companies suggest you use specialist cleaning solutions, others will allow polish or wax on their floors. This will all depend on the wear of the floor, as well as the surface installed.