Building Flats

  • Is a frame that is hard-covered and is used to create ‘walls’ on stage.

  • Hollywood flats are also referred to as studio or TV flats.

  • They are typically built out of 1 x 3 (nominal size) pine, with the framing pieces laid on edge on the floor when assembling, and then covered on one side with a ‘hard cover’ like ¼” luan.

  • For maximum strength and stability, use appropriate fasteners and wood glue.

  • Please note that when dimensions of lumber are given, the actual size will be followed by an inch (1”) or foot (1’) mark, while the nominal size will not.

  • Example: Nominal size = 1 x 3 vs Actual size = ¾” x 2 ½” (Learn more here)

  • Always check for square!

Cutting list for a 4' x 8' Flat:

  • 1 x 3 lumber (furring strips work fine)

    • 2 @ 48"​

    • 2 @ 94 1/2"

    • 3 @ 46 1/2"

  • 1 @ 4' x 8' 1/4" Luan or Underlayment)

You will also need:

  • Drywall screws

  • Wood Glue

  • Crown staples 1/4" x 3/4" 

  • Drill, drill bit and Phillips screw bit for the drywall screws

  • Corner Jig (optional)

  • Carpenter's square 

Hollywood Flat (4' x 8')

Hollywood Flat (4' x 12')

Broadway Flat (4' x 8")

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12033 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.   (425) 936-1700

Ms. Morgan Heetbrink, Drama Adviser/Drama Educator, mheetbrink@lwsd.org          Mr. Mark Staiff, Tech Director/Theater Manager, mstaiff@lwsd.org

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