How To Build An Indoor Wooden or Metal Flag Set

In this guide, we break down the proper Indoor American Flag Display. We will discuss the components, accessories, and options as well as what you might expect to see out of another type of indoor flag set (state, world, religious, etc.).

Complete Flag Sets

Indoor US Flag Diagram

Before setting out to create your own flag display, click here. We may already have the indoor flag set you have been looking for. The components of an indoor flag set are fairly simple (also known as indoor display, mounting set, and presentation set). Knowing how a set is put together is the first step to building your own or repairing your existing one. Our belief is, "if you can, you should." Built right, an indoor flag set can last for years and is an impressive way to give life to any room in your building.

An indoor flag set is made up of four (4) components, the floor stand or base, pole, ornament, and flag. Sounds easy, right?

Unfortunately, it depends how deep you want to get. The first step is to decide what size pole you want. Sets mostly come in three heights, 7', 8', and 9' (other sizes are available) and with a 15/16", 1", 1-1/8", or 1-1/4" diameter. This is the most important question and will dramatically narrow your options, which at this point is a good thing. The reason for this is that the size of your pole determines the appropriate dimensions of your floor stand, ornament, and flag. The most common pole size is 8' x 1-1/8".

Poles: Oak Pole with Brass Screw Joint

These little handy devices connect your two-piece pole together. You can get them in polished brash or chrome. Aesthetics are the key here. If you have purchased a set from right out of the box, it's as simple as screwing the pole together and placing it in your floor stand. But if you are purchasing a floor stand separately, you may need an adapter in the base designed to fit smaller size poles.

Ornament Adapter: Brass Ferrule

We sometimes get the question, "Do I need a ferrule or a spindle?" In almost all cases, if you have a wood pole you are going to need a ferrule. If you have an aluminum pole you are not going to need either. Aluminum poles typically have a top adapter known as a brass ornament adapter already installed that will accept the female threading of an ornament. The ferrule, however, slides over the top of a wood pole and is secured with a set screw. The ferrule  and will also accept the female threading of the ornament.

Ornament Adapter: Standard Aluminum Spindle

A spindle is used for outdoor flagpoles. If you are looking at adapting an outdoor flagpole to have an indoor ornament, then you are looking for a spindle, which screws into the top of the flagpole truck (pulley).


The ornament can be a big deal. If you are flying the U.S. flag, an eagle ornament can look particularly attractive, but we would not use the eagle for a state, county, or city flag. There many different types of ornaments from the California Bear to the Texas Star. An ornament can really tell a story and complete your indoor display.

Cord and Tassel

The cord and tassel is traditionally used with indoor flags with fringe as a finishing feature. It is typical to see fringe on country flags and state flags. The American Flag has gold fringe with matching cord and tassels. Other state and world flags may use silver or white fringe with matching cord and tassels.

Attaching the Cord and Tassel:

  1. Fold the cord in half and hold the tassels together in one hand. Adjust the cord so one tassel is higher than the other about 3? and the other end forms a loop.
  2. Push the cord loop through the eye screw at the top of the pole. Once the loop is through the eye screw, push both tassels through the loop and pull tight to form a slip knot.
  3. About 1/3 further down the cord, make a new loop by wrapping both pieces of cord around three fingers.
  4. With the other hand, pull the two strands of cord through the loop you made around your fingers, just enough to form a new loop (approximately one inch).
  5. Pull the cord strands through your new loop to form yet another loop about the same size. Continue this step until you have connected 4 loops.
  6. On the 4th loop, pull the tassels all the way through and tighten slightly to form a loose knot.
  7. Adjust and tighten the links to be uniform in size.

Flag Spreader

By far the most advisable purchase which will increase the attractiveness of the flag set is the flag spreader

How To Display Flags Indoors

Flag Order

Similar to outdoor flag displays, the American Flag is always to be displayed to its own right indoors. Traditionally, the first flag to the American Flag's left would be the State Flag or POW/MIA Flag. Then follows the City Flag or Custom Flag. In some cases, the American flag can be in the center if it is higher than the other indoor flag displays.

Finally it comes down to your flag. You may be asking yourself, "Do I go with the fringe? What about the cord and tassel?" Again, this really depends on your style and preference. Most of customers prefer indoor flags with fringe, however, any flag with a pole hem will suffice for your set. The cord and tassel is optional, but we also think they add a nice touch.

Attaching the Flag

  1. Find the open pocket or sleeve at the back edge of the flag. Slide the flag sleeve (pole hem) up the top flagpole section, top edge first, until the top of the flag reaches the brass screw.
  2. Find the leather or Velcro tab inside the top of the flag sleeve and slip it onto the head of the brass screw to hold the flag in place.
  3. If you have your flag spreader, you can now attach the two edges of the flag and anchor it to your pole. Adjust as needed.