Introduction: DIY Stripper Pole! (Stripper Not Included)

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So, my girlfriend was hosting a bachelorette party at our house, and the girls decided that they were going to be their own strippers for the evening. The girls: "Man, it sure would be great if we had a stripper pole..." Me: "A stripper pole? No problem!" My budget: $50. Total cost: $47.50. Your cost? Probably around $60. Why? The girl at Home Depot forgot to ring up the flanges. I didn't notice until I got home. If I hadn't already spent 2 hours there getting crappy customer service, I probably would have gone back and paid for them. I normally shop at Lowe's but their pipe cutter was broken. I do give a shout-out to Lowe's however, for the guy in appliances who helped me think out the plan.

Step 1: Measure, Then Purchase Materials

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Make a plumb line, and measure from the ceiling to the floor where you want to mount the pole. It would be the best idea to find a stud to have something sturdy to screw into.

It is essential that you get an exact measurement, as your ceiling may not be exactly 8' at every point.

Purchase the following:

--A wooden board. I used 3/4" plywood.

--1 galvanized steel pipe. I used 1 1/4" pipe. The length should be: Ceiling height minus 2 X board thickness minus 1". (This inch will account for the fact that the pipe may not screw into the flange so that it is flush--something I learned as I was going). My ceiling was 8'1", so my pipe was cut to 7'11 1/2". I should've had it cut to 7'10 1/2". You can have the pipe cut and threaded to length at most major hardware stores.

--2 pipe flanges. Make sure that they are the same size as the pipe.

--4 X hex bolts and nuts. Make sure that they will fit through the holes in the flanges. Make sure that they are just long enough to fit through the board and flanges. I used 1/4" x 1 1/2" hex bolts, but later had to switch to 1" bolts, as you will see later.

--4 X long lag bolts. I used 1/4" x 3" bolts. Make sure they will fit through the flanges.

--12 X flat washers (same size as bolts)

--spray automotive primer

--brass spray paint

--clear enamel spray

--something to prevent skidding (if you have wood floors and don't want to attach the pole to the floor). I originally bought the no-skid strips for bath tubs. In spite of the brand name, these are not magic! They are actually very slippery on my wood floors. I got super ghetto and used jar openers, but you could probably use that stuff you put under rugs to prevent skidding...

--hopefully you already have ceiling paint, but if not, it might be a good thing to grab.

Step 2: Prep the Pole

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Check to make sure that there are no burrs on the pipe (this could cause some unfortunate scratches). You should be able to smooth most burrs with either sandpaper or steel wool. Prime the flanges and pole. I used the posts for my horseshoe set to suspend the pole in the air between my cheap plastic outdoor side tables.

Step 3: Spray Some More

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Add a coat of brass spray paint to the pole and the flanges, followed by a coat of crystal clear enamel.

Step 4: Tend to the Boards

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Cut your boards to a reasonable size. I believe my boards were about 12" x 20". Paint one board with the clear enamel, and the other board with ceiling paint.

Step 5: Attach Flanges to Board

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Drill holes in both boards to accomodate the bolts. I used a boring bit to sink the bolt heads and washers on the floor board. Attach a flange to the floor board, but NOT TO THE CEILING BOARD. The order should be(bottom to top): Bolt, washer, board, flange, washer, nut.

Attach your no-skid solution to the bottom of the floor board.

It was at this point that I realized the bath tub strips sucked. I went to the grocery store (it's now 9ish pm) to see if they had any jar openers. They didn't have the flat ones I wanted, so I got the rounded ones you see.

I split the jar openers, and superglued them on.

Step 6: Eat Something, Have a Beer

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At this point, you need to remember to nourish your body.

I made a delicious grilled ham, egg and cheese sandwich.

There's something incredibly manly (at least in my world) about making a breakfast-like sandwich at 9 PM, served with beer, while building a stripper pole in your house.


Multi-grain bread (Buttered)
Boarshead rosemary sundried tomato ham
Boarshead munster cheese
2 fried eggs.

suggested beverage: Killians or Yuengling

Step 7: Rethink Some Things

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Ok, so at this point, I attached the pole to the floor board and flange, and tried to stand it up.

This is when I realized my pole was too long. Thinking that the pole wouldn't screw into the flange further because the board was in the way, I used my jigsaw to cut a hole in the board. Don't do this. It doesn't work.

Instead, I had to use a chisel to split my plywood down the middle, then I planed and sanded the board. At this point, now that my board was thinner, my bolts were too long, and I had to go out the next morning and buy shorter bolts.

Step 8: Attach to the Ceiling

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Once you have the pole attached to the floor board and flange, screw on the ceiling flange, and, stand it up very carefully. I didn't have room for the ceiling board, but if you measured correctly, the board should slip between the ceiling flange and the ceiling.

Use a level to make sure that it is plumb.

You should have drilled holes in the ceiling board for the screws to attach the flange.

Stand on the floor board, and twist the hell out of the pole until the pole is super tight against the ceiling.

If you have stucco walls and ceiling like me, you will want to use a masonry bit to drill pilot holes to get to the studs.

Once you have everything up, use a washer, and screw in the lag screws, securing the pole to the ceiling.

Step 9: Step Back and Take It All In

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Reflect on what you have done. Use some furniture polish to give it bit of slickness. Take it for a test-run. Don't be shy.

Now find a strippper.


ShelleyG17 (author)2017-04-19

IT COST ME 120.00

ShelleyG17 (author)2017-04-19

Do you still have the pole how is it holding up?

AmberP25 (author)2016-01-15

I have a question for big do you think the room should be that you install your poll in ??

brett.golding.921 (author)2015-03-05

DIY ventures of this kind can be very dangerous for professional and long term use. Spray painting the pole?!

If you want a static or spinning dance pole several companies out there make them and their not all that expensive.

To name a few.

kegjon (author)2013-01-06

Use flat top machined screws from the top and go in to some 3 prong tee nuts from the bottom. Keep it nice and smooth. Nothing worse than a limping stripper.

graeme.t.cooper (author)2012-03-10

Ok. I'm with you throughout this build. Picked it all up. There is one thing I've noticed. The bolts are protruding up (and down from ceiling) into the pathway of my wife's foot. My thought is to alter the round holes square with a file and use carriage bolts, hacking off the excess then "breaking" the thread at the nut to prevent it from backing out. Your thoughts?

I dig this. Gonna build one myself.

MPYOUNG33 (author)2012-02-07

I forgot to add that you will need 2 of these bearings. Make sure the post doesn't make contact with the ceiling or floor. It needs to be free flowing to spin.

MPYOUNG33 (author)2012-02-07

To make it spin instead of using flanges use a 1 1/4" mounted bearing. Tighten the set screws to the galvanized post and make sure the bottom of the post isn't contacting the floor. This type of setup would work better with a raised wooden box design. Here's a link to the bearing I'm talking about and it's cheap $9.95.

vinyldisco (author)2011-09-11

Is the pole sticky enough for inversions? We recently bought some 304 Stainless Steel tubing and made a pole out of that but we're having a hard time sticking to it other than when we use "Mighty Grip" on our hands... and even then, our legs just slide right down like nothing. Any suggestions? We tried spraying it with "Golf Tac Grip Enhancer" (found here: and it just left a nasty residue.

bmassie (author)2008-02-27

that's awesome!!! help me collaborate. I need a spinning pole. How could I make it work?

SummerTyme (author)bmassie2009-01-27

a friend of mine did make a spinner pole out of one like this. she just got 2" pvc pipe and slid it over the steel pipe and painted that instead. works great

theprettywon (author)SummerTyme2011-02-20

Did your friend use these instructions then put the pipe over it?

theprettywon (author)2011-02-20

Does the pole spin or would I have to put another pipe over it to make it spin?

theprettywon (author)2011-02-09

So if I didn't care if it was removable I could just bolt the flang into my floor? Or did you use anythign else for the bottom besides a flang and plywood? Does it spin well?

singthesoul (author)2010-05-31

 Is this pole removable? I want to make one for my bedroom, but my bedroom is kinda small and it would be a hassle to have it standing there all the time.

sparr (author)2009-01-04

You tighten the pipe into the flanges by hand... What happens if the dancer grabs the pole and spins in the opposite direction? I am afraid of the pole loosening and failing.

evix (author)sparr2009-10-16

Theres a second pole sheathed around the fixed pole that is free to spin...

sparr (author)evix2009-10-17

Is it on bearings of any sort?  Does it make noise (particularly metal-on-metal) when it spins?

evix (author)sparr2009-10-18

Its all up to you bro! Build you're own, perfect it, then share it with us!

Take pictures!!!(especially the finished product while in use! lol)

sparr (author)evix2009-10-18

I mean yours, with the second pole sheathed around the fixed pole.

houseoexcess (author)2008-12-29

Is the painted pole sticky or tacky at all? If money wasn't an option would you go with brass or can the girls tell the difference at all?

ritzbitsbug (author)2006-08-27

Hey I think it is great that you made a pole for your girl. My questions is that I know real stripper poles spin and I was wondering if your does or if it was just stationary. Thanks

dizzydave (author)ritzbitsbug2006-08-28

I believe that both stationary and rotating versions exist. My version is stationary.

dixiekitten21 (author)dizzydave2006-09-22

As a former stripper, I can confirm this! I personally have only encountered stationary, but have heard of the rotating from other girls, although I gotta say I cant imagine using a rotating pole, I think it would just mess me up (its not like we are ALWAYS sober on stage you know!). I think this is just wonderful, hubby gave me the ok to put one in our house!!!! Thanks so much!!

nmihalis (author)dixiekitten212008-10-27

As a current dancer, I can confirm this. My work tried to go fancy and get a rotating one. 2 girls used it, the other 30 freaked out. so my boss jammed it up and now its been stationary for months, just how we like it.

rwhitwer (author)dixiekitten212007-09-15

If you want to be can find spinning poles to purchase at:

askyeh (author)2008-09-27

I'll try this, thanks

JessilynT (author)2007-05-31

OK! I have questions! I'm saving for my X-Pole which is $350 but I can't wait so I'm gonna try your instructions. The primer, paint, & enamel you sprayed on it has me worried. Hell, you even mention furniture polish for slickness! A dancer usually wants some level of gripiness. I pasted this from Wikipedia: "Materials include polished stainless steel, chromed steel, and brass. Each material allows for different gripping ability. Polished steel is one of the slickest materials, which provides for a faster, more fluid dance; brass poles provide more friction, allowing for an easier hold with hands or thighs and creating a slow, sensual dance style. Titanium poles are also now available, which provide more friction than even brass poles, allowing more sustained moves on the pole, including advanced "pole tricks"." Soooo, my question is did the girls do any tricks such as inverts? Did they slide right off & into the next room or did they fare ok? I'm not planning on just prancing around the pole if you know what I mean. I'm planning on being the real deal. "For fitness purposes, of course" ha

polesnagger (author)JessilynT2008-09-17

hay sleety . i do the whole pole fitness thing here in my home and i did not have a lot to spend . if you go onto eBay and search "Stripper pole" and look for the Sharon Polsky you will find it there for $45 buy it now and $64 shipping . it took me 2 weeks to get it delivered but it is the best pole i have ever had . i worked in the clubs for years and have had stationary and spinning both and the stationary are my fav . and this pole is removable and will support your weight on inverts and swings and all . i ever do the super man and the knee hold as and even the straight edge if you know what all those are . and i have never had an issue with any of them. it is stable for up to 220 lb as a removable and you have the option to mount it and make it permanently .it also comes with 2 full workouts if your into that and they are good for starters to intermediate and it has this cool bag that you can carry it from place to place with out anyone knowing what it is ... i would suggest this pole to you if yout looking to become a real pole pro ...

dizzydave (author)JessilynT2007-06-01

Well, the girls who were using the pole were far from experienced...I was able to hold myself upside down with my really didn't end up being that slick...I think it actually could have been slicker--it worked pretty well if in contact with clothes, but tended to get a pretty good grip on skin.

mssarah81 (author)2008-04-05

I have a quick question... First of all Id like to say, women you can easily do this! I went to Home Depot and bought the pipe, flanges, toggles, screws, and very small sander that came with sanding paper. The total was about 70 dollars total! as opposed to 350 on the internet! Everything is installed and ready, but quick problem. The pipe is soooo slick. Cannot even get a grip on the thing. I have sanded the pole down to a mirror like look, like I was supposed to but what do I add to this pole to make it gripable?????? Is there a paint for metal that is not toxic and will make this thing easier to grip??? Someone please help!!!!!!

polesnagger (author)mssarah812008-09-17

this is an east fix . and you dont have to do any thing ti the pole . go to a sporting goods store and in the area that they seal baseball equipment look gor this stuff called "MIGHTY GRIP " or "DRY HANDS " and there is also a special kind of towel that you can get that you can wipe the pole down with once and a while to keep it sticky and it is called . "gorilla towel " all of these will make it so that you can shimmy and climb that pole of yours like a pro ... good luck

burn317 (author)2008-09-07

So I just moved in with my best friend who is also a bachelor, and decided I want a pole in my bedroom! Lucky for me, you already made the mistakes which would most likely plague me throughout this project. Thanks for the instructable it hit the spot!

dizzydave (author)burn3172008-09-07

glad i could help! the whole point of the instructable is to perform a positive public service! please be sure to post pictures when it's done!

piratepictures (author)2008-06-18

hmm, this step seems to pop up in some other projects i've done... how universal....

poledancer25 (author)2008-04-01

hey, I just wanted to let ya know that you could have made this pole total removable and spinning. It can be removable by doing what you did to the bottom at the top, the only difference is you need to get a long threaded rod, with nuts and bouts to make tension, this is the key of making it agustable and removable. How you do this is by putting the rod inside the top of the pole. then you can attach the top of the rod to wood and put a non slip pad on the wood. My husband did all of this for me so its hard to explain. LOL also to make it spin just throw PVC pipe over the pole. If any won has questions about this just ask me.

Hey Boo (author)2008-03-28

I am horrible with building anything even with instructions. I did find a Stipper Pole for not a bad price, the link is So times is better to buy it instead of making your own...

jpalmer (author)2008-03-23

Hey I built a stripper pole in our apt, and i have some suggestions. I would mount the bottom flange directly to the floor so that you dont have any wood to hit a toe on. Also, when making the upper attachement to the ceiling, use two or more boards, one large one attached to the ceiling with 4 or more screws in a joist, then attach one board to the upper flange of the pole, and slide the pole into place. If you have carpet like i did, the carpet provided a little bit of give to move the pole in place and held the bottom in place real well. You can cram any additional layers or shims to get a tight friction fit. Ours actually didnt need any screws, but we screwed the two pieces together at the top and a couple at the bottom. Doing this gives you a lot of strength just using friction. Also you should reccomend that people using a galvanized pipe should sand, clean and prime the pole using a primer specifically for galvanized steel. 98% of paint and primer is not reccomended for galvanized steel as they do stick and adhere to it. one brand is called DTM, for direct-to-metal. good luck

dizzydave (author)jpalmer2008-03-24

Good points--I didn't want to bolt the flange to the nice wood floors in my rental home...the landlord wouldn't have liked that =)

The automotive primer I used seemed to work well after I sanded down my pipe. The guys at Lowe's recommended it, and the paint is still perfect on the pole a year and a half after doing this project...and it has been sitting in my non-climate controlled storage shed in humid Florida...

Thanks for your pointers!

southernbell77 (author)2008-03-10

Forget all that! I'll buy the material and pay for the labor, if u would just come over here
and install it!

exoticdancer2008 (author)2008-02-20

this is incredibly genius.. i hope this will help me refine my moves for my glad i don't have to pay $400 on one.. mmwwaaahh thank you

sabrina darling (author)2008-02-18

i love your pole!and your sence of humor is hot!!!!!

ChristoVonWrex (author)2007-12-22

Love this step. -Christo

masterochicken (author)2007-12-19

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cukes38 (author)2007-12-16

Brilliant work dave. The design is simple and elegant; I'm going to be giving it a shot this week. One question: did you align the ceiling flange with the joist behind your stucco ceiling? With the drywall ceiling, I figure I should use the joist, meaning that two of flange-bolts will land in the pine, the other would miss the joist and be cosmetic (or unnecessary). Or, what fasteners/anchors did you use for your lag bolts (assuming the weren't all landing in stud/joist)? Thanks.

SecondSun (author)2007-11-28

I like the little break in there...

inquisitive (author)2007-10-26

You really know how to make brownie points with your woman! Excellent...I want a pole that has passage to another floor like a fireman's pole (so many possibilities). Any ideas on that I would love to see!

btop (author)inquisitive2007-11-05

wow, that would be very cool

radiorental (author)2006-08-14

very funny write-up One thing to think about, most strippers I've seen generally dont have clothes on, including their feet. Most feet I've seen dont like being stubbed on the corners of plywood. Recommend cutting that base down to an absolute minimum, making it circular and rounding the edge off. Please post photos of 'testing' and 'operation' of your installation when done

bowakowa (author)radiorental2006-08-14

now I'm no expert, but I don't think I've ever heard of a stripper without her heels on. I think its in the stripper's handbook.

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