How to Build Your Own Music Stage

Building a raised music platform in your back yard or open lot can help protect the band and their equipment during outdoor performances.

You can build an outdoor stage using hardwood and some simple carpentry skills.You can build an outdoor stage using hardwood and some simple carpentry skills.
Stages serve many entertainment purposes, from soirees and birthdays to concerts and weddings. Additionally, the stage can help sound travel over the audience and cover a larger area. Music stages should be built from the highest grade treated hardwood to ensure many years of performances and parties.

Survey the yard or outdoor area for a flat and dry area for the stage. In choosing the location, consider proximity to the house, the number of guests, stage purpose. Measure the area to calculate the number of 2-by-4's to be used in construction.

Buyat least six treated wood posts to support the corners and middle of the stage, and buy as many treated 2-by-4's as necessary to cover the posts and create the floor of the stage.

Lay out the boards on the lawn to find the corners and midway tension points for the support posts. Dig holes in each location to drop in the posts. Once the posts are inserted, fill around the posts with pre-mixed concrete to hold the posts securely in place. Wait 24 hours for the concrete to dry before attaching the 2-by-4's.

Cut the planks of hardwood to size, and connect the corner posts and two middle posts to each other by nailing 2-by-4's across the posts. Nail the remaining 2-by-4's to these 2-by-4 crossbeams to create the stage floor.

Apply a sealant to the finished stage to prevent premature weathering.

Things You Will Need

  • Six wood posts
  • 2-by-4's
  • Nails
  • Shovel
  • Measuring tape
  • Concrete mix
  • Sealant
  • Saw

Tip

  • For bigger stages, use more wood support posts to prevent sagging.

Warning

  • Always wear protective goggles when operating a saw.

About the Author

William Paul Wentzell is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, holding bachelor's degrees in English and photojournalism. His work has been published in the New York Times, Deseret News, The Victoria Advocate and The Daily Texan.