Can I Put a Pole in My House?

If you’ve been going to pole dancing lessons, you might be wondering “can I put a pole in my house?”.

Yes. You can put a pole in your house.

A number of manufacturers have created poles that are perfect for home use. You can buy portable tension mounted poles, pole stages or transportable freestanding poles.

Having a pole at home is a great way to practice the moves you’ve learned in class. The type of pole you buy for your house can depend on a number of factors.

In this post, we look at the factors affecting if you can have a pole in your house.

Ceiling Height pole home

Can I Put A Pole In My House?

The main thing to consider when getting a pole at home is the dimensions of the room or space you are planning to put the pole in.

The ceiling height and type of ceiling you have at home are significant details you need to consider.

Ceiling Height
If you have a really tall ceiling then a tension mounted pole will not be suitable, you cloud have a ceiling-mounted fitted and buy a portable pole with lots of extensions so the pole reaches floor to ceiling. But it could be a better option to buy a stage or freestanding pole.

Really high ceilings
A high ceiling can cause a problem when it comes to fitting tension mounted portable poles.

Standard portable poles are made for 8 to 9ft high ceilings. Depending on the company extensions can be purchased. X-pole offers the biggest range of extensions, so can fit a bigger range of ceiling heights.

In some cases, the ceiling height will make it impossible to use a portable pole and a stage pole would be best to use.

Low Ceilings
If your ceiling is lower than a standard ceiling you may still be able to have a portable pole, which is the cheapest option when it comes to home poles.

You will need to buy extensions so that the pole fits in a shorter room.

Type of Ceiling

Concrete Ceiling
Those with concrete ceilings are in a great place as these are perfect for tension mounted poles. Tension mounted poles stay in place using pressure. The pole is put in place and expanded between the floor and ceiling. Pressure applied at either end from expanding the pole keeps it in place.

Conventional Ceiling
These are what we commonly see in homes. They have a drywall finish and are made of lower-cost materials. They are plain and flat. Usually, they are 8 to 9 feet high.

Tension mounted poles work perfectly with this height, this is the height they have been designed for. You can’t just install them anywhere you need to find a joist. The joists are the support beams in the ceiling (and floor).

There are a number of ways to find the joist…find out more in this post.

Suspended Ceiling
These are sometimes referred to as a dropped ceiling, the ceiling hangs from a metal grid below the existing ceiling. These are not suitable for tension mounted poles. This is because when you try to expand the pole, the top ceiling mount will just push through the suspended ceiling.

Cathedral, Vaulted or Shed Ceilings
Vaulted ceilings (cathedral) have an inverted V-shape where the tip of the V is the highest point and the sides of the V slope down. A shed ceiling just has one single slope.

Depending on the height portable, tension mounted poles can be fitted but you need to invest in a special ceiling mount for vaulted ceilings and for the portable pole to this.

Type of Pole

Portable, tension mounted poles are the cheapest option but it depends very much on the height and type of ceiling you have.

Stage and freestanding poles are generally more expensive, and to use them indoors in a standard height room you have to buy extra pieces to decrease the height of the pole so it will fit in the room. These poles take up a lot more space so needs to be taken into consideration when buying one.

Lots of people buy stage poles and sell them a few months later because they are heavy and need a lot of space. R-pole is a lightweight option, but offer less stability over the stage poles and are a much bigger investment.

In Summary

You can get a pole for your home but the type of pole you get very much depends on the height and type of ceiling you have.

Portable tension mounted poles are the cheapest option but only work for certain heights and types of ceiling.

Stage poles are great if your ceiling won’t take a tension mounted pole, but are heavy and take up a lot of space.


Sophie Green has been pole dancing and aerial arts at home and in studios around the world for over 13 years. She’s taken a number of instructor courses in pole and aerial. Plus attended a course on rigging. She takes part in lots of exercise.