Is it truly a “party” without a dance floor?!? I don’t think so. The most fun I’ve had at events (some embarrassing) have be on the dance floor – either dancing or just watching. It’s great entertainment, but you can’t just call a rental company and say “I want a dance floor.” You have to know what you want to get the best quote.
On the chart below, I’m giving you an estimate. For the average party, you can expect that the most amount of people on the dance floor at a given time is around 30 – 40%. Now, there are exceptions to every rule. When I was 23, my life long friend, Claire, got married. She had 10 attendants and most of the guests were in their 20s. For that party, a lot more than 40% were dancing (some even on stage with the band – I won’t name names ;-). Contrast that to my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary: I bet less than 10% were dancing. (I got the honor of dancing with my grandfather so I was glad they had it there: dance floors make the best memories).
For each person, you need approximately 4 square feet. The chart below is an oversimplification and here’s why: the dance floors typically come in 3×3 or 3×4 sections. Therefore, you can’t get the exact number of square feet you need; you will have to adjust based on how many sections you end up getting. (Pro Tip: just email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll figure it out for you for free).
Note: these are prices without delivery fees, and most of the rental companies will require that they deliver and professionally install for liability purposes. Standard delivery fees will vary dramatically based on location, but you can expect them to be around $75 each way or $150 total. You can easily double that amount if the pick up has to happen after hours (for example after the event ends at night or on Sunday).
In my chart above, I used an average square foot price of $1.50 per square foot (this is for the commonly used, light wood floor). There are many different types of dance floors with a wide range of prices. This chart will give you the average prices of popular types of floors:
|Type||Avg. Cost Per Sq. Ft.|
|Light Wood Dance Floor||$1.50|
|Vintage Wood Dance Floor||$1.75|
|Solid White, Solid Black or Checkered
|Halographic Dance Floor||$2.75|
|LED Dance Floor||$14|
I hope this helps you with your party planning. Here are a couple of other relevant blogs I’ve written:
Let me know what you think or what other topics you’d like me to cover.