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Quick Guide to a Quick Dance Floor

What is the best dance flooring to be installed over carpet?


Marley floors are the industry standard in the dance world. The vinyl marley surface is a coveted choice because of the way it provides support, stability and just the right amount of traction to dancers.

However, the marley surface is just the finish to a well-constructed dance floor. What exists below that surface is equally as important. The subfloor is what provides shock absorption and cushion to help prevent dancers from impact-related injuries. However, too much cushion can be equally harmful as none, as floors must also be stable and supportive - even more so for ballet.

There exists a number of different types of marley floors and a number of ways to install them. Some, like putting marley in over a sprung floor, is a time and cost-intensive process. However, Gym Rubber by Greatmats makes achieving a beautiful marley floor affordable and easy.

Their two most popular high-performance home marley dance flooring systems are conducive to two pre-existing conditions: spaces with a concrete floor and spaces with carpet.

Best Marley Dance Floor Installation Over Concrete



If you are installing your home dance flooring over concrete, you'll want to install a layer of 2x2 foot high-density Foam Tiles called Sport Plus Designer Foam Tiles. These tiles are 3/8 inch thick and consist of a high-density foam that provides separation between the marley surface and the hard concrete floor, without losing support for the dancer.

Cover the foam tiles with our Adagio marley floor for a finished multipurpose home dance floor. This system is not recommended for advanced ballet as it can be too soft and slow to respond for pointe. For advanced ballet and pointe, use our plyometric rubber underlayment.

Best Marley Dance Floor Installation Over Carpet



If you are looking to convert a carpeted room into a home dance studio, there's no need to tear up that carpet. For the best marley dance floor installation over carpet, use your existing carpet as the cushioned layer of your dance flooring system. Then, install Flat Top Court Floor Tiles over the carpet. These tiles will yield the stable surface for marley to go on top of.

The combination of the carpet will the court tiles creates the right balance of give and support for dancers. The raised 5/8 inch thick polypropylene tiles will click together and stay in place on your carpet. The top surface of the modular tiles provides support for the Adagio marley vinyl material.

These two choices are some of the simplest and affordable ways to create a professional dance floor, whether it is in a home, studio or performance space. Neither of these options requires adhesive to install. Simple use a tape down installation option if necessary. Both options can be taken up as needed, making them portable if your needs change.
For more on this topic please review our Dance Floor product page.