2019: What Size Dance Floor Do I Need?
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 for your dance floor rental.
Here is a calculator to help you determine the approximate square feet you need:
On the chart below, I’m giving you an estimate based on common dance floor sizes. 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 for 2 reasons:
- I based this on the least expensive dance floor option at $1.50 per square foot, and
- You can’t get the exact amount of square feet you need because the dance floors typically come in 3×3 or 3×4 sections. I’ve rounded to the common dance floor sizes, but you will have to adjust based on the size of the sections you rent.
(Pro Tip: just email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll figure it out for you for free).
Dance Floor Size Chart
at one time
|100||30 – 40||144||12 x 12||$216|
|150||50 – 60||225||15 x 15||$340|
|200||70 – 80||324||18 x 18||$485|
|300||110 – 120||441||21 x 21||$670|
|400||140 -160||576||24 x 24||$870|
|500||180 – 200||729||27 x 27||$1100|
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).
Types of Dance Floors
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|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best dance floor size for 100 guests?
A 12×12 dance floor is a good size for an event with 100 people. This will accommodate 30-40 people dancing at one time. The average price for a 12×12 is $225 plus delivery.
What is the best dance floor size for 150 guests?
A 15×15 dance floor is a good size for an event with 150 people. This will accommodate 50-60 people dancing at one time. The average price for a 15×15 is $350 plus delivery.
What is the best dance floor size for 200 guests?
A 18×18 dance floor is a good size for an event with 200 people. This will accommodate 70-80 people dancing at one time. The average price for a 18×18 is $485 plus delivery.
What is the best dance floor size for 500 guests?
A 27×27 dance floor is a good size for an event with 500 people. This will accommodate 180-200 people dancing at one time. The average price for a 27×27 is $1100 plus delivery.
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.