how to make a flamenco floor?

Are you looking for a way to make your flamenco dancing more interesting and exciting? If so, consider adding some floor work to your routine. Floor work can add a new level of challenge and complexity to your dancing, and it can also help improve your balance and coordination. In this article, we’ll show you how to create a flamenco floor using simple materials that you probably already have at home. Let’s get started!

What is a flamenco floor?

Flamenco dance originated in Spain, and the origins of the “flamenco floor” are just as Spanish. A flamenco floor is literally a piece of wood that you place on the floor to provide dancers with more traction when dancing flamenco (1) .

Flamenco Floors range from simple pieces of plywood covered in fabric or paper, to ornate wooden parquet floors with intricate patterns.   The most basic version is simply a square foot or two of 1/4 inch plywood cut into an interesting shape (see image below).

But regardless of how ornate they may be, all flamenco floors have one thing in common: they make it easier to dance flamenco.

Materials you need to make flamenco floor:

  1. 1/4 inch plywood
  2. Fabric or paper
  3. Hot glue gun and glue sticks

In total, you probably have everything you need to make a flamenco floor in your home right now. You should plan to spend about $15 on this project because plywood can be expensive if it’s not on sale (plus the other supplies add up, too). But it’s worth every penny!  Click here  to buy a square foot of flamenco flooring from Amazon if you don’t already have this material at home.

how to make the flamenco floor?

Step 1: Cut the plywood.

You want to start with a piece of plywood that measures no more than 2 feet by 2 feet. You may have to ask someone at your local hardware or home improvement store if they can cut down a larger sheet for you, but don’t worry – it’s not difficult to do this yourself with an ordinary hand saw.

Just be sure to measure twice and cut once! Remember that you will need two pieces (one for each side of the floor), so make sure both pieces are identical in size. It is also important both pieces are perfectly square; otherwise, your floor won’t lay flat when you glue it together. The best way to guarantee perfection is simply using a T-square or other device to draw perfect right angles on your plywood and using a protractor to measure the angle. You can also use this guide for how to make a perfect cut .

Step 2: Cut out shapes from 1/4 inch plywood.

Once you have two identical pieces of plywood, it’s time to mark and cut them into interesting shapes (see image below).

Sketch as many different designs as you can think of; you don’t need to be an artist, but drawing the design before cutting will help ensure that each side is symmetrical. An easy way to do this is by tracing around a shoe or piece of furniture with a pencil and then drawing over those lines with another pencil (softer lead) several times. The repetition will transfer your design from the outside of the pencil to the inside, creating a negative image.

With this method, you should also be able to add small details such as diamonds or circles (see image below).

Step 3: Glue shapes onto side A of plywood flooring.

You can use any fast-drying white glue for this step; Elmer’s is one good choice because it dries clear.

If you are using fabric instead of paper, I would recommend spray adhesive because it provides more flexibility when positioning the fabric on your flamenco floor.

Once again, remember that you will need to glue the patterned side of your flamenco floor down onto side A of your plywood. Use hot glue if you are cutting shapes out of thin paper because it dries very quickly.

Step 4: Glue fabric or paper onto side B of plywood flooring.

Use spray adhesive instead of white glue for this step unless you are covering large areas with paper (such as entire sides) in which case white glue is probably faster.   If you are using fabric, make sure it’s not too stretchy (see image below).

I recommend sewing the fabric edges together with matching thread so that they can’t come apart from the weight of people dancing on your floor. For extra strength, you could use a needle and several strands of embroidery floss to sew a reinforcing grid across the fabric (see image below).

Spray adhesive will allow you to apply multiple layers of fabric or paper so that your floor can be as thick as your plywood is deep (in my case, about 1 inch). If you are using only one layer, it’s very important that you press down all parts of the material with an iron before gluing it in place with spray adhesive; if there are any air bubbles underneath, they will show through when you add the second layer of plywood.  

Step 5: Spread glue onto side B and onto back of shapes on side A and place them together, wipe off excess glue with damp cloth or sponge, let it dry thoroughly then reinforce by stapling or nailing corner strips to the under-frame (see image below).

Use a generous amount of glue so that all air bubbles are eliminated; this will also help your flamenco floor last longer and look more professional. If you use spray adhesive, be sure to follow its instructions for letting the glue dry thoroughly before doing anything else and don’t start stapling until at least an hour after applying the glue. When you do start stapling, I would recommend using a heavy-duty staple gun with 1/2 inch long staples since they will provide more support than smaller staples and won’t require needle nose pliers to remove them if you change your mind about where a flamenco floor fits in your life plan (see image below).

Step 6: Cut corner strips from side A so that when you place side B on top, their edges line up perfectly and form right angles for easy folding or gluing together (see image below).

This step doesn’t have to be because no one will see the inside of your flamenco floor after it’s glued together and covered in fabric or paper (see image below).

Step 7: Cut and glue pieces of cardboard to the corners on side B so that when you fold them over, they form right angles for easy folding (see image below).

This step doesn’t have to be because no one will see the inside of your flamenco floor after it’s glued together and covered in fabric or paper (see image below).

Step 8: Glue side B plywood and remove the front and back panels from the frame (see image below).

You’re done! Add fabric and/or paper and people will dance on it until their shoes wear down in a rotating fashion. This ensures even wear and doesn’t adversely affect your flamenco floor’s structural integrity (see image below).

Place the last two pieces of plywood over the flamenco floor, add trim to finish off the edges, staple fabric or apply glue around the inside edge so that if someone does happen to lean against it while dancing, they won’t stick to it when you stand up again (see image below).

At the end of the flamenco floor, drill holes in the plywood and attach through-bolts, washers and wingnuts to join them together (see image below).

Now that you’re finished making your flamenco floor, go dance on it until your shoes wear down in a rotating fashion; this ensures even wear and doesn’t adversely affect your flamenco floor’s structural integrity.

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