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How to buy portable staging
This post is a guide to understanding how to buy portable staging perfectly, first time.
It’s always worth remembering that you can grow your portable staging inventory over time, so it’s not critical to get the exact size 1st time as you can add more modules in later months or years.
As many organisations obtain funding for their portable staging purchase, this can mean they wish to get everything they require all in one go. We have a few tips on how to maximise the amount of staging purchased and stay within your budget.
Firstly, the higher the stage the more steps you will require, also it’s worth noting that you will need some form of safety rail around the rear of the stage if you go to a height of 600+mm
So consider a stage platform height of 430 mm this will only require a small step to gain access and if the staging is against the back wall you will not need safety rail.
If that height is not suitable then you may push the 630 mm high stage against the back wall and this should avoid the need for handrails.
Next we need to look at the overall area, if you can keep the size to 1 m sizing i.e. 4m by 3m, this will also keep down the budget, because if using half a metre sizes, it starts to complicate the configuration and cause extra costs.
The next thing to consider is step access, how many steps will you require for your performers to get on and off the stage. Obviously the less steps you have the smaller your budget will be.
Steps generally are half the height of the main platform the lowest being 230mm.
The steps attach to the main stage with the use of clamps or straps .
There are other accessories such as trolleys, disabled access ramps, handrails, flight cases, backdrops and valance skirting or hardboard Fascia.
A good way to decide what size stage you require is to consider the audience size and the room in which the staging will be assembled.
Always consider height restriction, lighting and of course access onto the stage. If for instance you are assembling the staging in the school hall it should be placed in a good central position so that all the audience can see the performance. As children are smaller individuals you may need to consider a slightly higher platform so that all the seated audience can see the performance.
So with all that said, we have now got all the information we require to get a good portable stage package for the lowest budget possible.
There will be ongoing maintenance required to keep your portable staging working in top condition. These staging maintenance tasks tend to revolve around the riser legs as in the closed position they can be very fragile and sometimes the rods can be lost or become bent if not stored properly. However do not worry as the parts and replacing them are small in terms of cost and effort.
Let’s assume then that we wish to purchase a portable staging package of 4 m x 3 m at 430 mm high. With one step and hardboard fascia.
It’s likely that your order will be supplied on a pallet, so be sure to consider the storage element for your staging whilst it’s not in use. Trolleys and flight cases tend to be the most popular storage options but if you only have a few modules you may not require a trolley as these items could be stored in a storage cupboard close by.
The last thing to consider is the manoeuverability of the staging modules themselves, there are large 2 m x 1 m platform is on the market but these are heavy and cumbersome, always best to try and get the best pricing possible on the 1 m x 1 m platforms instead, as these are a lot easier to manoeuvre and store.