You are thinking of purchasing a pole to practice at home, but you are not sure how much space you’ll need to comfortably train? Or you may be among those who don’t own large apartments or houses to have free spaces for pole dancing. Worry not, because this post is for you. Here, we will not only tackle this question but also give you tips on things to consider when pole dancing in smaller spaces. 

Let’s begin…

How Much Space is Enough?

X–Pole recommends at least 3 meters diameter of clearance, that is, 1.5 meters (4′ 11) away from the pole in all directions. I suggest that considering your height, an ideal space is one where you can swing yourself out from the pole without hitting any object in your vicinity. That should be an average of 5.5 feet radius. 

Tip: Walk around the pole with both hands extended. The radius should be at least your arms span.

With that said, you are probably wondering ” is it possible to pole dance in a smaller than ideal space?” Absolutely. Putting in place a few compromises, you can certainly workaround to make the most out of your tiny room.

Pole Dancing in a Tight Space

Below are a few tips you can use to hack practicing in a limited space. 

Get a Suitable Pole

To choose an appropriate pole, evaluate the horizontal and vertical spaces of your room. For smaller spaces, it is advisable to get poles that you can remove whenever you are done practicing. These poles can either be mounted or free standing.

Mounted poles are suitable for small horizontal spaces with average to very high ceilings as they can be adjusted by adding extensions. Freestanding poles, on the other hand, are suitable for rooms with low ceilings but bigger horizontal space as their bases take up more space. They are also suitable to use in your backyard even though they are a bit heavy to move. 

Move that furniture!

Before any workout session, you can rearrange the room temporarily to create enough space to spin. Move furniture to the edges of the room, remove any wall hangings around the dancing area, and the light fittings on the ceiling to avoid kicking during practice. 

Alternatively, you can get rid of some furniture or replace them with smaller pieces. I know of a pole dancer who replaced her queen-sized bed with one of those rollaway beds. Think of getting rid of that coffee table you rarely use and having that space for your pole. No?

Be Creative 

One good thing about poling in unideal spaces is that it brings out some creativity in you. As much as you can’t bust all the pole tricks, lifts, and spins, you can always modify some moves, creating your own variations to accommodate the limited space. 

There is, however, a vast array of tricks you can pull including; climbs, handspring, Iguana, base butterfly, back and front hook spins, hand and headstands among others. You can also do pole conditioning, strength building, and fitness-based moves within your tiny room. 

Be careful 

Finally, as you get on that pole, be cautious of the space. Be careful not to smash your foot onto a wall as you perform a spin. Start slowly, taking note of the perimeters as you modify moves. With time you’ll be subconsciously alert and more controlled.

Follow these safety precautions of pole dancing because it is better to be safe than sorry.


Even though a larger space is favorable for pole dancing, having a smaller space is way better than no space at all. So however tiny your room is, find a way to work around it. There are plenty of tricks and spins you can do. Use the tips we’ve provided here to get started and remember safety first. Happy dancing!


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