Frequently asked questions

What type of stage is right for me and my venue?

This depends entirely on how you plan to use your stage, and whether you need it to be used indoors, outdoors, or both.
Consider the following-
What type of activity will be taking place on stage and how frequently will you use it?
Is your stage going to be in place permanently or will you be packing down after every event?
Do you want one set height, or would you like variable heights & configurations?
What kind of storage area do you have for your staging?
Note down everything you need from your stage, then either check out our Compare Products page or have a chat with someone from our sales team. Our experienced techs can guide you through finding the right stage system for your requirements.

How big does my stage need to be?

There are a few variables. It depends on what type of activity will be taking place on your stage and how much room you need for each performer. It depends on the size of your venue and how big the audience is.
For example- the average built-in school stage is approximately 10m x 5m. (50sqm)
For a 3 piece band you could get away with a 3m x 2m (6sqm) stage but a full drum kit would require at least 2m x 2m (4sqm)
For an awards ceremony you might opt for a 6x3m or an 8x3m stage to give multiple recipients room to walk on and off to accept awards.
Talk to us about your requirements and we can give you advice on the best size stage for you and your venue.

What height does my stage need to be?

When deciding on the height of your stage, there are a few things to consider.
How high is your ceiling? standard ceiling heights are around 2.8m high. Basement ceilings are generally lower, and school halls and sports centres are much higher.
As a guide, the most common indoor height we supply is 40cm, this heights allows seated audience members to clearly view someone speaking at a lectern.
A built in stage at a school or community hall is generally around 90cm high.

If you are using your stage outdoors then you can chose any height that suits your event, 60cm is the most common outdoor height we supply.
Talk to us about your venue or event and we can recommend a suitable stage height.

What sizes and shapes are your stage panels?

Staging Direct have opted to use metric sizing of 2x1m and 1x1m platforms rather than imperial sizingas we find they are more practical than their imperial counterparts.
For instance metric panels fit into standard vans & trailers with ease.
Metric panels are easier to fit into elevators.
Navigating narrow access ways is easier with metric panels.
Metric sizing means a smaller storage footprint/area.
Metric panels are lighter and easier to handle and transport than larger sized panels.
As Kiwi’s, we all use the metric system daily, so calculating and understanding stage sizing is much more straightforward and linear using metric panels, with no need for any confusing conversions.

Do I need guard rails for my stage?

The responsibility falls back on the event organiser or the venue to ensure they have taken all practicable steps to ensure a safe performance space. Portable staging is considered a temporary structure, and guard rails are only required for heights above 90cm.
However you may wish to use guard rails at lower heights in some situations. e.g. if you have a seated riser configuration and you have people on stage standing or sitting near the rear or the sides.
Talk to us if you have any queries about whether you should have guard rails for your stage system.

What is the difference between your fixed legs, telescopic legs and adjustable legs?

Fixed legs are made from box section or pipe and are set at one height, they are the lightest and most cost effective option.
Telescopic legs are made from box section, they are used for stages that need a lot of height variability, e.g. production sets, or outdoor stages. Telescopic legs can be adjusted by the millimetre to get your stage perfectly level every time, no matter the terrain.
Adjustable legs are fixed sections of box section or pipe, which have a heavy-duty adjustable swivel foot with either 6cm or 16.5cm of height adjustability. This is great for that extra bit of flexibility when you have slightly uneven ground or sloped surfaces.
Talk to us about which legs are most suitable for your requirements.

What configurations can we make with your staging?

Almost anything, it varies between stage systems, but because our stages come in modular sections, you can rearrange our standard panels to make all sorts of different configurations from choir risers to catwalks to productions sets.

Can you supply custom staging?

Yes we can, if you require a custom layout, please contact us with as much information as you can and we can get custom panels designed and quoted.

What is so great about Staging Direct?

We are committed to providing you with the best possible service and advice at all times. A stage is an investment and we work hard to ascertain your needs and recommend the right system that will serve you for years to come.
We stand by all our products, safety and customer satisfaction is very important to us. We offer a 2year manufacturer’s warranty on all products, and we are always available to help with any queries you may have about your staging. We maintain ongoing contact with our clients to ensure their stage systems are working as they should be.
Our stage technicians can carry out optional stage inspections and provide a report on how your stage is functioning, with tips for ensuring the ongoing safety and longevity of your stage system.

What ratings do your products have?

Intellistage: 900kgs per sqm
ProFlex Classic: 500kgs per sqm
ProFlex Ultra: 750kgs per sqm
ProFlex Heavy Duty: 900kgs per sqm
Staging101: 750kgs per sqm
EziFold: 750kgs per sqm