Factors to Determine How Big Your Stage Should Be

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Factors to Determine How Big Your Stage Should Be

May 19, 2023

how big should your stage be

Chances are, if you manage a venue, are the music director at a school, or put on events of any kind, you’ve asked yourself, “How big should my stage be?” Now, there are multiple factors that go in to determining the answer to this question.

The First is to Consider Your Performance Needs

Different performances require different things. Your stage needs to have enough room so that it can handle your largest events yet be flexible to handle a variety of performances. Even though you may be planning and thinking about your speaker event that’s in a couple of weeks where only one person will be on the stage, you need to remember your annual orchestra concert and make sure you have enough space for that. You also don’t want space to be tight so it will be beneficial to know how much space your performance actually takes up and then make your stage larger than that to accommodate safe egress on and off the stage for your performers and prop management.

small portable stage
A small stage, as seen here, can work for a speaker event or a single musician.

Number of Guests

Another important factor when considering the stage size is the stage height. The larger your audience, the harder it can be for guests towards the back to see. There are a couple of solutions to this problem. First, you can use portable seating risers to improve sight lines or you can have a taller stage. The great thing about a good portable stage platform is that the height will be adjustable.

large portable stage
As you can see here, a large event with a large audience requires a taller stage.

Dimensions of the Room

Understanding the dimensions of the room you will be performing in are crucial. Not only should you consider the length and width of the floor space, the ceiling height is just as important.

Relating to the previous point, if you have a lot of guests at your event you’re probably in a larger room so you’ll need a taller stage so that those towards the back will be able to see. Smaller spaces are used for a more intimate feel, and therefore benefit from a lower height stage. Be conscious of your ceiling height so that you are able to comfortably stand on the stage without having to duck or worry about hitting your head. If you’re performing in a large room that also has a low ceiling you need to be careful when deciding on stage height. Make sure you measure to know how much headroom you need and then select the height accordingly. You can also ask our experts for help.

press conference podium
This platform which was used for a press conference does a good job of utilizing the space it’s given. It leaves room for accessibility on the side, doesn’t come too far out into the audience, and looks to be well below the ceiling.

When considering the length and width of your floor space, your stage should be proportionate to the size of your room. You don’t want it to be too big or small. For example, if your stage is going up against a wall that’s 25 feet across and the stage itself is 24 feet wide, that doesn’t leave any extra room on the side for stairs. In some cases, it may be ok to fill that space, but in others it isn’t. Make sure you know your application and what the event requires in relation to the size of the room. On the other end of the spectrum, if your stage is going in a large gymnasium, a small 4×8 portable platform probably won’t suffice. You also need to make sure that your stage isn’t so wide that it limits the space for your audience members. This is why knowing both the number of expected guests and the dimensions of your room are important.


When deciding on how big your stage should be, there’s a lot that needs to be considered and it may be a bit overwhelming to make sure you’re making the right, long-term investment for your venue and events. Make sure you consult with our experts to ensure that you’re making the right decision.

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