Staging and Trussing
If you want to stand out from the crowd, literally, then raised platforms are the way to go. A good stage deck to elevate your performance away from floor height makes such a visual impact, and has the two sided result of the audience being able to see you properly, and of you being able to see them.
Staging decks have so many uses, and find their way into all parts of daily life, you just may not have noticed them, hidden away under drapes and side valances, at your shopping centre, your children's school, the local fete or church hall. They can be used as heavy duty tables and display platforms, or for drama, singing, music performance and anything else you can think of. Where would a fashion show be without a runway ! It's just stage decking that's been nicely dressed to hide its structure, but is trusted and relied on for its strength and durability.
Staging comes in several types, with the newer foldable ‘pull out’ leg riser designs being instantly popular with solo performers and mobile acts due to their light weight and portability allowing easy transport and set up by just one person. These are great systems, which can fit in your car and don't require tools to set up, and come in several sizes and finishes.
You then move onto the industry standard designs, which generally follow a similar aluminium box frame construction, with either fixed height or extendable leg sections and plywood top surface.
These follow the traditional platform sizes of a squared 1m x 1m deck, and the larger 2m x 1m rectangle, which are a standard across all brands. They can be interlocked to create large and strong surface areas such as festival staging, and used in a staggered configuration for tiered seating arrangements with the use of varied leg lengths and additions such as stair units and safety railings.
Though all staging is quality and safety rated to the highest standards, it does come in different loading and structural specifications, which are usage dependant.
They may physically look the same to the untrained eye, but lighter duty decks, say for a solo performer, can feature thinner box section frames and 12mm ply tops, making lifting and maneuverability much easier whilst being ample in both strength and durability for those tasks. For a dance troop, or constant use theatre stage though, you would specify a heavier weight deck, with 18mm top and the frame design to cope with extreme weights and the abuse of constant use.
Similarly with trussing, your choices are governed by what you require of the product. Trussing comes in various thicknesses of aluminium tube section, and in several configurations. Your choice will depend on if it's just for a visual framework such as giving a trade booth some temporary walls, or if it's needed as a structural device for the flying of sound and lighting equipment. Hanging a curtain or vinyl banner off a section of truss falls way below what even the lightest and cheapest piece can handle, but change that up to a moving head or some active speakers, and you're then into more professional requirements.
Trussing generally comes in 4 design types, which basically add in an extra pole of aluminium as your weight and function needs become more serious. So you have basic ladder truss, which fairly obviously resembles a ladder, with two truss poles joined together with cross sectional pieces. Then comes the 3 pole triangle design which is often seen in show booths, car dealerships and other public events, followed by the 4 pole quad truss, which is the industry standard for lighting rigs and gantries. Each has its own design and load bearing characteristics and choice of which you need will come down to what you want to do with it, simple as that.
It's joined by a large range of custom accessories, floor base plates, joining pieces, brackets and clamps, and a vast selection of drapes, fabrics and banners and sleeving products all designed to give you exactly the look you're after.