How can we make a low outdoor stage with free or low-cost pallets?


I'm thinking this could be done. We would have to figure the best pallets to use -- ones that should support a significant amount of weight. The pallets would have to lock together somehow, and also have flooring tiles or linoleum put on top as a surface. Any ideas?

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  • Hi Helen, here's an article all about pallet stages. Hope it helps!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 15, 2019

    If this is for adults to do some sort of theatrical production or musical production, I would not do this.

    Pallets aren’t built to support Live Loads.

    I’m sorry this is it what you want to read, but professionally, I see this as a liability waiting to happen.

    • Helen Helen on May 15, 2019

      What about pallets that are made to support very heavy weight, like the ones that are used to transport paper? Is it because people would be moving around on the stage or more about the cumulative weight of everyone? The commercial small, low stage we use now seems more wobbly and dangerous.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 15, 2019

    Because of professional liability, as in I’m a licensed professional, in the architecture profession,

    I will only remind us that they are shipping pallets. They are not “ Calculable” framing members.

    If you look up the “prescriptive methods for type five construction”, you will see that building floor joists, with the decking material on top, is absolutely nothing like the way pallets are constructed.

    It is primarily the “moving weight” which is called Live Load, or Kinetic Load.

    Since pallets are made for other purposes than what you are trying to use them for, there is no way to “calculate” how they could possibly be reconfigured safely. Sorry.

    Whatever “commercial stage” that was bought, should not be wobbly!

    I would contact the vendor, the manufacturer or whoever sold you that piece of junk and make them responsible for making it not wobbly.

    • Helen Helen on May 16, 2019

      Thank you for explaining! Yes, one corner seems to be coming apart and I have a hard time keeping my balance on it. These platforms that are sold as portable stages are more like big folding tables with legs on them. I despise performing on them and thought something closer to the ground and more solid would be better -- but I see what you mean.