Many women are a little afraid to install a pole in their house because it entails a lot of different things.
Will this pole ruin or damage my ceiling?
Will my landlord get mad?
Can I install it on my ceiling type?
I don’t know how to find studs … what!?
And what about the floor… is carpet ok? Will it break my tile?
I am afraid it will come down, how can I be sure?
And on and on …
It’s ok to be concerned with these things. After all, nobody wants to ruin their living space and nobody wants their pole to come loose from the ceiling.
So let’s get some of these concerns addressed. Thanks to all the many questions over the years of selling poles, I should be able to cover pretty much everything in this one article. If I missed something, please leave me a comment below.
We will start with ceiling types. When you first go to install a pole, it will need to be underneath a sturdy structure in your ceiling. The structure inside your ceiling is often referred to as a joist or a stud. They can be made of metal, wood, or you may have a concrete ceiling.
Use this video here to learn how to find the supportive structure on your ceiling:
Ceiling Tips and Hints
The ceiling finish is often a concern as well. Most ceilings have drywall which is the optimum surface to install on. Drywall is covered with a plaster type texture in most cases and then painted. I have installed my pole on many different ceilings with painted textured surfaces and it leaves no damage at all.
Popcorn ceiling will get damaged by a pole, but it is easily repairable. The Popcorn texture can get knocked off when you put the pole up and will often leave a ring behind when you take it down. You can repair this by getting a can of spray texture at your local hardware store. Spray the texture, repaint, and then you are done. You may want a handyman to help you though; matching texture is somewhat of an art. (If you have popcorn ceilings you are concerned about, this article goes into details regarding a pole installation on popcorn ceilings.)
Concrete ceilings are even better, no need to find those studs. They are often painted as well and the dome rarely leaves any trace behind.
Some final tips to prevent damage to a ceiling, especially if you are wanting to install a dance pole in an apartment, is to buy a removable and portable dance pole that has good rubber on both the dome and base. This will protect the contacted surfaces. Fully removable and portable dance poles don’t screw into the floor or ceiling either.
It can be removed when you move or when your preacher comes over (kidding!). Ha Ha…
What about the floor?
The poles can be installed on almost ANY flooring surface that is solid and stable. I have installed my pole on tile, concrete, low and high pile carpet, as well as laminate flooring. I find laminate or wood flooring to be the best for learning to pole dance on. Here is an article that goes into flooring types in detail >>
You can pole dance on the carpet, but you have to be careful not to get rug burns as you lower to the floor while descending out of a pole spin.
The pole base can leave an indention in your carpet similar to that of a couch or other piece of furniture that has been sitting in the same place for a long while. The base has a thick rubber coating (if you got a good pole that is) and that rubber protects the flooring surface. In most cases when you remove the pole, you will never know it was on the floor. Here is where to buy a good dance pole for your home.
One way to add additional security to the pole is to add a permanent ceiling mount to your pole and remove the dome.
Adding a permanent ceiling mount to your pole is the best option for you if you are deathly afraid your pole will come down and want to have the best security options available. Both the Pro Quality Pole and the X Poles are safe when installed correctly with the dome by itself. The permanent mount definitely gives that added layer of protection. The Lupit Classic dance pole has a flat metal dome (something the other brands don’t have). This pole was designed to be a fully removable pole with no way to screw it to the floor or ceiling straight out of the box, however, with the help and approval of a qualified handyman, you could easily drill a couple holes in the dome plate and screw it to a ceiling joist for added security.
If you buy a pole with a permanent ceiling mount, that’s ok too, it’s just a few screw holes that you will need to be filled with caulking when the pole comes back down in the future.
*Don’t over tighten your pole.*
Ceiling and floor structures are amazingly strong, but so is a good quality dance pole. If you over tighten it, something’s got to give. It could be your pole that will bend or your ceiling that may crack under the pressure.
It isn’t necessary to over tighten your pole to make it safe. If you bought a good pole that has well attached, thick rubber on the bottom of the base, then if for some reason the pole moved after installation (because it wasn’t tightened enough to begin with) then the rubber will usually catch and lock itself into place on the roof and floor.
If you bought a pole with poor quality rubber, then it may not catch and the pole could come loose from the roof entirely.
A poorly constructed dance pole with cheap materials is a safety hazard. Don’t risk buying a cheap pole and risk your health, get a sturdy dance pole for your home.
Here is what to look for in a good safe dance pole:
Here are some installation videos for you to review so you know what you are getting yourself into in advance: