The flooring of a marquee isn’t it’s most striking and decorative element but it is crucial from a practical point of view. Furniture must sit well on it and it must be safe and as easy as possible to walk and dance on.

The flooring of a marquee is dictated by some or all of the aspects below:

  • Type of ground 
  • Time of year
  • Type of event
  • Rules and regulations of the venue

We have three types of flooring – membrane, event floor and wooden floor. All three types of flooring require covering with carpet of which we have a wide range of colour options.


This is our most economical option. It’s nailed in to the ground along the outside edges and on any overlaps within the marquee. It keeps ground moisture from getting to the carpet but it doesn’t work so well on undulating and soft ground and cannot be used on concrete. We tend to advise customers not to choose membrane in the winter months.

Event Floor 

This is sometimes known as portapath. It’s a plastic, interlocking flooring that’s around 16mm in height. Event floor allows airflow to get to the grass beneath it so it’s a good option if the grass needs preserving. It provides a firmer surface to walk on than membrane but it still follows the contours of the ground so doesn’t provide a completely flat surface. 

Wooden Floor

This is our most durable flooring option, giving you a hard surface capable of soaking up any Ceilidh or Barn dance!  It consists of 8′ x 2′ interlocking boards that sit on 1.5″ batons. 

Metal sub-frame flooring 

Currently only available for our 5m x 5m Chinese Hat marquees, the sub-frame flooring can give you a solid, spirit-level flat, surface on just about any slope.


We offer used and new cord carpet, the former being slightly cheaper. Used carpet is either dark (kiwi) green or graphite, dependant on availability at the time of the event. We ensure that all used carpet is still in good condition. When a customer chooses new carpet they can choose from a wide variety of colours (see below for some examples).

Archers worked closely with us to come up with a marquee solution for a difficult site that met all our expectations for a wedding venue. Proactive and professional approach made us feel very comfortable that “it would be alright on the night” and it was.

Barry Smale