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Best Dance Poles For An Apartment With Safe Install Tips

by | May 31, 2017 | 31 comments

(Last Updated On: April 30, 2024)

If you are one of the many who rent an apartment or condo, the dilemma of putting a dance pole for home use is real.  Getting the best dance pole for an apartment that leaves no damage behind is important.  As a tenant, you are bound by the rules of the landlord which is to keep his place intact. Any damages incurred while under the contract would mean forfeiting the security deposit. More than that, the issue of safety also looms large. This is a universal problem and one that even homeowners share.

Permanent dance poles or semi-permanent installation dance poles may be safer to use for a pole dancer however, they are far from perfect. Not only are they not portable but some low quality permanent and semi-permanent installation dance poles can create damage to your house’s ceiling as well as the floor. A number of low-value dance poles often times leave holes in the ceiling and floor.

Nobody wants to lose the security deposit over damages and the best way to avoid these problems while you enjoy pole dancing in your apartment is a good quality portable removable dance pole.

A quality removable dancing pole installed correctly in your home may put some temporary indentations on a carpet (similar to that of the legs on a sofa) but indentations are not an issue with most landlords.  They are generally very safe when installed in an apartment.

I have had my PFD Pro Quality Pole and my XPert Pole installed in apartments I rented with no problems at all and yes, my landlord gave me my security deposit back. : )

With that being said, the best dance pole for an apartment is a portable removable dance pole and they are perfectly suitable for doing a pole dancing workout at home especially in the following conditions:

1. You need the convenience of being able to move your dance pole from one room to the other in your house or move it with you when you get a different place to live.
2. Your house has limited space making permanent or semi-permanent dance poles inconvenient to use as they interfere with your daily household activities.
3. Drilling in the ceiling and floor in your apartment is prohibited by your landlord.

Here is a great video that shows you how to safely buy the best removable portable spinning dance pole for your apartment:

YouTube video

Another difficult aspect of setting up a dance pole space at home is ensuring your safety and keeping the apartment in good shape.

Most dance poles for home use are tension based and so the security of your dance pole is determined by how well the tension is between the pole, the ceiling, and the floor. The tension exerted by the dance pole on the ceiling and the floor is essentially what keeps it in place along with quality soft rubber on the dome and base of the pole (not all poles have this).   The biggest fear is that the tension will crack the ceiling and it can – IF – you don’t follow the installation instructions correctly and install it where there is NO ceiling joist.  This is the primary reason this happens.   Sheets of drywall and flimsy roof boards are not meant to handle the pressure of these good quality poles made of steel.

There’s more to pole safety than knowing how to install a dance pole in your home and make it stay in place.   Here are some great tips before you shop for your new dance pole:

  1. Mounting your own dance pole under a ceiling joist using a stud finder is the best way to find a secure place to support the pressure of the dance pole.
  2. Be sure your pole is made of good quality metal that can handle the pressure of the installation.  Yes, they make cheap spring loaded dance poles which are dangerous.  Cheap poles can bend or break.
  3. Be sure the rubber on the dome and base are soft and sticky enough to grab the surface of the ceiling and floor.  Also, be sure it’s glued on well – as you can tell from the video, not all rubber on dance poles are created equally. Some model poles have upgraded from the Rubber to TPE Padding on the dome and base, namely the Pro Quality Powder Coated Pole and Pro Quality Colorful poles. Don’t worry, the change of material to TPE padding have been tested to enhancing gripping quality and in recent times, becoming a more popular replacement for rubber or silicone as it offers the same if not better gripping quality and is environmentally safe.  Rubber or a protective TPE padding also protects the surface of the ceiling and floor, preventing your apartment landlord from knowing the pole was ever there in the first place. 
  4. Be sure the chrome is properly electroplated on the dance pole and won’t peel or chip off in time.

Other common concerns are whether poles are safe on certain surfaces like tile, carpet, popcorn ceilings, etc.   You can read more about installing a dance pole on various floor types here and you can read about installing a dance pole on popcorn ceilings here.

I hope that with this information I shared you would be more confident in buying and installing your own dance pole in your apartment.

If you liked this article please don’t hesitate to like and share it with your friends or alternately, you can also drop a comment down below. Happy poling!


  1. Shavonne Lanea Romero

    I’ve done it with my affordable no brand pole! No marks at all?

    • rm

      where did you get your pole from?

  2. Pole Fitness Dancing

    Thank you so much for your feedback Shavonne, this helps others reduce their fears and stress too 🙂 <3

  3. Sasha Arora

    Hey any suggestuom with the dome leaving a mark on the ceiling. Mine leaves a bit og a mark around it, perhaps just dirt or is it the pressure? Any suggestion in eliminating that ? Thanks 🙂

    • Danna

      Ha Ha! Thanks for asking : ) This can happen and in my experience it’s usually just a dirt mark. My favorite way to clean it up is with a magic sponge – works perfect! You can get them at Wal-Mart of your local dollar store – it’s white.

  4. Christina King

    Im wondering if i can put thia pole in my apartment i am on 2nd floor and its 3 levels will it crack the ceiling?

    • Danna

      Hi Christina,

      2nd and 3rd floor apartment buildings are perfectly fine as along as you follow the manufacture instructions and install the pole below a ceiling joist : ) The only reason the ceiling would crack is if you install it underneath a ceiling structure that has no support behind it, like dry wall with not supportive backing or a false ceiling for example.

      Hope that helps : )

  5. Joel M


    What if the ceiling is concrete and floors are laminate?

  6. breonna

    so i asked my landlord what type of ceiling do i have and he says its celotex. is it still ok to install a pole into my home?

    • Danna

      Hi Breonna,

      The pole will always need to be installed underneath a ceiling joist. Celotex is insulation and insulation is found is all ceilings, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the “structure” of the roof. I would check with a local handyman or contracting expert to help you find out of there is a supportive ceiling joist for you to install the pole underneath. Homes and apartments are made differently, but in MOST cases, the ceiling joist is there and it’s doable : )

  7. Rachel Filler

    I’ve installed my pole underneath a ceiling joist using a stud finder but the pole is still insecure, it moves on the ceiling when I try to use it. What am I doing wrong?

    • Danna

      Hi Rachel, thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, we don’t show an order from you in our store under this email. It is possible that you could be installing it wrong or the pole may be defective. It would be best to contact the person you bought it from so they can help you best. Many dance poles install differently and it’s really hard to tell what could be going wrong. Best of Luck!

  8. Ms J

    I have high ceilings that are not flat and is made of wood, are there recommendations for high ceilings that are not flat, like it gradually goes up?

    • Danna

      Ceilings that are not flat that gradually go up are called vaulted or slanted ceilings. You can install a dance pole on slanted ceilings : ) You need to replace the dome with a vaulted ceiling mount. Each brand of dance pole has their own ceiling mount to make the dance pole compatible with a slanted ceiling. Just be sure to buy the extra vaulted ceiling mount when you get your dance pole kit, it’s always purchased separately. Here is a link to the available dance pole ceiling mounts for various brands of dance poles: Hope that helps and Thanks!

  9. N

    Hey everyone! Has anyone had the issues of rounded out hex screws which prevent tightening or untightening of the pole? My only option seems to be drilling it out and using a screw extractor but even then I am not sure if there are any other methods to consider. Thanks!

    • Danna

      I had this happen to me once! I put jb weld on the end of the hex key to basically weld (glue) the hex key into the stripped out hex screw. When the glue set, it unscrewed right out. You could use an epoxy glue if you don’t have JB weld. Both can be found in the hardware section of Wal-mart or most any other store. The down slope is that you can used that hex key anymore but these are easy to find everywhere. Wal-mart has a hex key set for about $4. Hope that helps!

  10. Eileen

    I live in a apartment the pole would have to be on carpet and ceiling is slanted, which would be the best pole to buy?

    • Danna

      Most of the removable dance poles have an additional vaulted ceiling mount you can buy. Slanted ceilings do require the vaulted ceiling mount and they are screwed into the ceiling joist as well but the holes from the screws can be filled with caulking or spackling when you move out of your apartment so no need to worry about ceiling damage.

  11. Violette

    Is there a pole I can buy that’s $100 or less I really want one but I cant afford it 1thankz !

    • Danna

      No Im sorry we don’t, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the pole dancing pole costs have went up significantly. The pandemic has strained the shipping supply chain making it harder get material to make the poles and harder to get large shipments. There are some very cheap poles out there but we don’t suggest you get just any cheap pole because some poles are created with plastic parts, making them dangerous. Not all dance poles are created safe for inversions or fitness purposes. Here is a great article that goes into explanation about buying cheap pole dancing poles for sale.

  12. Iman

    I have shiplap for ceilings in the house I’m renting, can any pole be installed on shiplap ceilings?

  13. Abigail

    I am looking at installing a pole in my basement. The ceiling in the basement is unfinished, and the support beams for the house are visible. The large beams are 6-8 inches wide and the small beams are around half that. I was just wondering if it would be possible to install a temporary pole there? Another question: would it be possible to insert a piece of hardwood at the top to make up for the uneven/narrow pole? In my mind, the piece of hardwood would behave the same as the ceiling, but the only thing adhering it to the top would be the friction and pressure applied by the actual pole. What is your advice?

  14. Madison

    Are portable poles safe for popcorn ceilings?

  15. Sara

    Hi there,

    Are there any recommendations for floors that are uneven? The house I’m in is very old, and the floors are slightly slanting. I have no where else to put my pole unfortunately

  16. Julia

    Hi there!
    I’m looking for a pole for my apartment here in Copenhagen and was looking at the different floor types that are listed on this website. I don’t have hardwood floors, it’s more like wide plank oak flooring that’s very old, but well-kept. So some of the flooring is a little uneven because the planks have stretched over the years so some of the boards are creaky too. I’m just wondering if my type of rustic flooring is even sturdy enough to install a pole on top of and was wondering if any of you know more about this than I do? 🙂

    • Keira

      Hi Julia! If you are using a friction fit pole you want to be sure the flooring is level, stable and able to support the installation. It is not advised to install the pole on an uneven floor. It is best to consult a qualified carpenter to check your flooring and advise on the installation because if your flooring is not level or solid (or may break or change over time/in the future depending on the floor condition), it would not support a safe installation. A qualified person who can inspect your flooring will be able to offer you accurate advise. Alternatively, you could get a free-standing dance pole with a platform or podium. This is a very in-depth article that will list out all of your options for you.—> Hope this helps a bit ?


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