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How to use a Dance Pole with a Popcorn Ceiling

Dance Poles vs Popcorn Ceilings

Last Updated on February 8, 2023

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So, you want to install a portable dance pole at home. You’ve done the research and you’ve decided which pole to buy. You’ve found the joists and have measured your ceiling… but it’s one of those textured ‘popcorn’ ceilings and you may be concerned that the pole would damage the ceiling.

Well, you can stop being concerned as there’s the good news: you will be able to use your dance pole with a Popcorn ceiling! But, there are a few things you should be aware of first before you excitedly install your new pole!

The Lowdown on Using a Portable Dance Pole with a ‘Popcorn Ceiling’

Before performing any pole tricks at home, you should ensure that your pole is safely installed and you’ve followed safety precautions to avoid accidents or injuries.

While using a portable dance pole with a popcorn ceiling is perfectly OK, it is likely that part of the ceiling’s finish may chip off when installing the pole or taking the pole down.

Also, the pressure of the ceiling plate or dome will put pressure on the ceiling and may compress the texture of your popcorn ceiling. This could potentially leave an imprint or a large round dent where the pole was if you decide to ever take it down.

If this happens to you or your popcorn ceiling, it’s easily repairable!

Rust-Oleum Zinsser Ready-Mixed Popcorn Ceiling Patch, 1-Quart

This Popcorn Ceiling Repair Patcher is perfect if you’re concerned about damage caused by your portable dance pole.

It’s a ready-mixed patching product that’s designed to repair textured ceilings and it takes just a few minutes to use it on a small patch of ceiling.


Popcorn ceilings are sensitive little snowflakes, aren’t they? Always susceptible to damage! Fortunately, it’s very easy to fix so there’s no need to worry anymore!! 🙂

Preventing Damage to Popcorn Ceilings

If you want to prevent damage to your popcorn ceiling, you could put a square piece of wood between the pole ceiling plate or dome and the ceiling itself.

This way, you’re less likely to damage the texture of the ceiling.

However, it’s not foolproof and small amounts of the popcorn texture may still get chipped away.

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Frequently asked questions about using portable dance poles with popcorn ceilings

There are some commonly asked questions:

Is it Safe?

Yes, it’s absolutely safe. It’s just as safe as using a portable dance pole anywhere else, provided you’ve followed safety precautions!

Will my Landlord find out I’ve had a pole installed?

That depends on whether he/she sees the pole or not. This question is asked a lot by those who rent apartments or live in student housing.

If your dance pole is installed properly, it is unlikely to cause any damage. Any damage that it may cause will be superficial and easily repairable. As I said with the popcorn ceiling, you can get a product for $10 that will repair any damage.

If your landlord is super picky, then it’s up to you whether you want to take the risk. Many pole dancers do take their poles down when their landlord/boss/grandma comes round if that’s their situation.

Only you can decide.

Dance pole on textured artex ceiling
I used my dance pole on a different kind of textured ceiling (Artex) for 5 years with no damage caused

Related: All you need to know about using a portable dance pole in a rented apartment

Should I Replace my Popcorn Ceiling with a Non-Textured Surface to use my pole?

Again, that choice is yours! If you don’t like your popcorn ceiling and you feel that replacing it would add value to your life – then go right ahead!

Should I get a Freestanding Pole Instead?

If you’re still not comfortable with installing a dance pole in your room with a Popcorn ceiling then all is not lost – you shall dance on the pole!

If you’re willing to invest in a Freestanding Dance Pole, that is!

In all seriousness, freestanding poles are excellent pieces of equipment. They do take up more space but they do not need to touch the ceiling in any way, making your popcorn ceiling safe from damage!

Read our guide on Freestanding Dance Poles here.

So, hopefully, we’ve answered all your questions about popcorn ceilings and dance poles! However, if you still have any questions, just leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you 🙂

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