When considering portable staging for your upcoming event, ask this question first:
Is this a one-time event or will you hold repeated events?
If you're having a one-time event, consider renting a stage from a local rental company. They can help you determine your staging needs, like the size and surface needs. Then they will bring the stage, set it up, and take it away when the event is over. The cost may run as high as 50% of the purchase price of staging, but may be the right choice for you.
Bottom Line: Get the Portable Stage that Meets the Needs of YOUR Events
If you are planning to use your equipment repeatedly, then purchasing your own equipment makes sense.
Consider these questions when purchasing:
Will the stage be used for one type of event (such as individual speeches/presentations)?
Will other venues also have tables and chairs being placed on your stage?
Will bands be playing on your stage as well?
Depending on the nature of your business – you can focus on your main needs. Chances are that a few venues will repeat themselves, and the good news is you can plan for them.
For example, you are a hotel and your hospitality department needs portable staging for bridal parties and business meetings where a panel of speakers need to be elevated to improve their visibility. In the two examples, the Fold & Roll Portable Stages with two adjustable heights will best fit your ongoing needs. Since there will be multiple uses, purchasing Portable Staging with Dual Surfaces (I would suggest Commercial Grade Carpet on one side and a non-skid surface on the reverse side) will provide the most flexibility. Standing and seating do well on Carpeted Surfaces - Bands and Orchestras need a Non-Skid Surface that can easily be cleaned after use.
Here are Your Options:
1. The Rolling Portable Stage sets up in seconds with just one person and can be easily rolled into a storage area. Just be sure that you have sufficient storage space to house the Portable Stage.
2. The Rolling Portable Stage with Dual Surfaced Decks and an Adjustable Height option will work well if you have limited storage space. Keep in mind that two people are needed to set up this type of stage.
Don't try to have the staging up too high - 24'' should be your cut off height.
It's important to remember that people have to get on and off the stage and many people have a fear of heights. (Sounds funny, but standing 2 feet off the ground can be terrifying for some)
For a stage that's 8''-16'' high, usually a 1 step stair can be used.
For a stage that's 16''-24'' high, seriously consider using Stairs with Hand Rails. I promise your guests will thank you.
*This post was originally published on McDonnell and Company International.