Placement of your pole:
Different ceilings will accommodate some poles and not others.
A removable pole must have a flat (non-vaulted) and secure ceiling.
These poles are installed with a high amount of tension between the floor
and the ceiling to
hold it securely in place, so you must also be able to
locate the joists in the ceiling to make
sure your ceiling will be strong
enough to take that tension without damage. Install your pole directly UNDER
one joist or spanning two joists (depending on how close your ceiling joists
are) for the best support - not between them.
If you have a concrete ceiling, you
do not need to locate the joist but you can place your pole anywhere on the
Ceiling height will affect your choice as well. Some portable poles will go
up to 12 feet high but some will not. They may require the purchase of extra
extensions so check the base height of the pole as well as the availability
of extensions if you have a high ceiling. Ceilings higher than 12 feet will
usually require a permanent or semi-permanent type of pole.
The higher the pole
the more it will flex. All poles will flex slightly with use. Some permanent poles can be fitted with steel liners to
reinforce them for increased stability. Steel liners are always best used on
poles above 12 feet...if your pole flexes it is not as stable and can come
down during use.
have a vaulted ceiling, you will need to find a permanent or semi-permanent
pole which installs with a special vaulted ceiling adapter.
Space around the pole should be a
MINIMUM diameter equal to the reach of your outstretched arms. In other
words you should be able to hold on to the pole with one hand, and be able
to walk around the pole with the opposite arm fully extended without
encumbrance - so approximately 6 feet open space on all sides of the pole.
More room is better for full leg swings, but this is the absolute minimum.
Do your homework and know the
features of the pole you are considering purchasing!