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How to Give Your Studio the DIY Refresh It Needs

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Just like your car, your studio needs periodic tune-ups to keep it humming along smoothly. If you take the time to address a few small fixes, your business will stand out. And you don't have to break the bank, either—you might be surprised how low-cost, DIY improvements can make a surprising difference.


Give your floors an upgrade.

With Harlequin Floors' new Flexity sprung floor panel system, gone are the days of needing professionals to install your studio floor. Flexity's tongue-and-groove panels can be installed permanently or semi-permanently by anyone with fundamental carpentry skills. Harlequin also offers financing so you can pay over time.

Show your lobby some love.

The lobby at Leighton Dance Project. Via leightondanceproject.com

Some DIY tasks lend themselves to a group effort. Shave down expenses and help parents and teachers bond by having a painting party or building cubbies together.

KonMari your costume closet.

Sydney Diamante costumes. Via www.sydneydiamante.com

Sure, you have a costume saved for every song under the sun, but do any of them truly bring you joy? Take a day to go through what you've stored up over the last couple of decades and rid yourself of anything horribly outdated, uncomfortable or 10-plus-years-old—you'll be thankful for the extra square feet of space.

Improve your surface area.

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Why not give your performance surfaces an upgrade, too? Harlequin's marley flooring options—like the top-selling, multipurpose Cascade, or Reversible Pro, a hard-wearing, slip-resistant vinyl—make it easy to spruce up your flooring surfaces.

Feng-shui your space.

The boutique at CC & Co Dance Complex. Via Pinterest

Try: adding a cleverly themed bulletin board; framing new wall art; replacing shabby chairs and tables; and periodically rearranging the furniture within the space. Traffic flow is important—your want your customers to have a clean break to the dressing room, with a defined area to mingle. Keep in mind other logistics, such as where to put your reception desk—people will want to stop and talk, so it may need its own nook so as not to interrupt flow.

Spring clean your floors.

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Give your floors the deep clean they've been waiting for. Harlequin's Daily and Heavy Duty cleaners are neutral pH cleaners that are tough enough to remove dirt but gentle enough for vinyl performance floors.

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