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How to Mount Dance Poles on Popcorn Ceilings

In-home dance poles are popular thanks in part to exercise crazes such as strip dancing classes offered at many fitness clubs and gyms. Installing a pole is simple in itself; however, finding the right location in your home is key. Popcorn ceilings, which have a three-dimensional texture rather than a smooth surface, may pose installation problems.

Rather than a portable dance pole, select a permanent pole, which will cause less ceiling damage from setup and breakdown.


Dance Poles on Popcorn Ceilings


Things You’ll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Stud finder
  • Dancing pole
  • Level
  • Wrench


Prep the Area

Measure the height of the ceiling in the room you wish to install the pole. Most poles are adjustable for 8- to 9-foot or 9- to 10-foot ceilings.

Run a stud finder along the ceiling to locate a stud or ceiling rafter to which you can secure the pole. Place the pole far enough way from walls or windows that you won’t hurt yourself while dancing. Move furniture or change the layout of a room to better suit your needs.


Install the Pole

Attach the pole to the ceiling following the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually means placing the base on the floor first and then attaching the ceiling mount. Tighten the pole to the ceiling using a wrench and the bolts that came with the pole.

Before bolting the pole to the floor use a level to ensure that the pole is straight up and down. Tighten the pole a few times if installing the pole on a carpeted surface to allow for proper indentation of the carpet. Test the installed pole for a firm hold by tugging on the pole as you would while dancing.


Tips and Warnings

  • Friction may wear away some of the texture from the ceiling, so select a dance pole model with a small ceiling mount.
  • Periodically check the pole to ensure it is secure, tightening the bolts as necessary.
  • Do not install tension-mounted rods to the ceiling, as the pole’s edge will damage and remove the ceiling texture.


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