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Chorus or band you'll probably chose a riser. You'll find they are typically three rows wide and increasing height as they get deeper. The increase varies but is usually 8 inches. Risers are two, three or four rows high. Risers can be obtained carpeted or uncarpeted. Guardrails are optional as are steps.
Choral platforms or risers typically fit 4-5 adults or 6 children. Band risers are usually an extra foot deep, which allows the band members to sit on chairs (24” for the chair, 12” for the person’s feet and 12” for an aisle). Most band risers are 4 feet wide (2ft -chair, 1ft - feet, 1ft -aisle).
Risers have drawbacks. Many times you need an elevated area. Let’s say the band has a drum or keyboard player with lots of equipment that will not fit on a riser. A raised platform without steps has obvious advantages too. You are looking for a stage. Stages come with the same options as risers.
Stages come in different sizes. Commonly, stages are 3’ × 4'.. Stages typically can connect to each other. Hey ..you can make your stage as large as you want!
Once you’ve decided whether you want risers or stages you need to ask yourself if you need them to be portable or mobile.
At the very least, a stage or riser should be portable. This means that the legs can be folded underneath the platform, allowing the riser or stage to be transported from room-to-room or into a storage area. Most risers or stages are sold with optional caddies that allow you to stack them on top and roll the whole lot to storage or another room.
Beyond portability, some risers and stages can be mobile. “Mobile” means they have wheels built into them. Not only can you fold them up, but once folded you can roll them to where you need without a caddy.
Mobility, certainly has its advantages, but they tend to be more expensive. It's so nice to be able to merely roll heavy stages into storage or to another place. Is the extra expense is worth the convenience of not needing a caddy?
Skirting is an inexpensive way to make your stage/riser look finished..
Skirting comes in different styles. Box-pleated skirting is the most common. Velcro is used on the top of the skirting
Black is frequently chosen for skirting. We have swatches of possible colors.
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