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How to Hang a Punching Bag the Right Way

How to Hang a Punching Bag

Having a punching bag in your home can be an excellent home gym investment. It works almost every muscle in the body, strips fat, and enhances hand-eye coordination. Read our guide to get a better understanding of the various methods you can use to hang up a punching bag.

Before You Get Started

So you have selected the best punching bag for your needs. Now, how do you hang the bag securely in a location that’s convenient for you to use?

There are several ways to hang a punching bag in a garage or basement for boxing workouts at home. Before you get started, you first need to consider where to hang a punching bag. Ideally, you will need to have plenty of room around it to swing. 

Punching bags work almost every muscle and enhance hand-eye coordination.

It is important to check the material of the support beams, ceilings, and walls to see how much weight they can safely hold. Not only will your ceiling be supporting the bag itself, but it needs to be strong enough to withstand momentum when the actual bag punching begins. It is recommended that the support beams can handle up to four times the weight of the punch bag itself, which then determines the different type of punching bag you hang.  

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Once your punching bag is up, you will be able to drill a wide variety of different punches.

How To Hang A Punching Bag Using A Ceiling Joist

Another way you can hang a punching bag in garages or basements is by using a ceiling mount. The mounts come with the hardware you need to install it. All you need is to find the support beam or ceiling joist to hang it from. If you wonder how to hang a heavy bag in the basement, this may be a great option for you (1).

The tools you need are a power drill, screwdriver, wrench, and bag and chains to install the ceiling mount. These are the initial steps for hanging a heavy bag from the ceiling. 

  1. Mark where you the bolts will go on the ceiling with a pencil. 
  2. Drill holes in the spots you marked.
  3. Put up the mount and use a wrench or a screwdriver to tighten the bolts into the holes. 
  4. Connect the chains to the S-hook and bag, and then hook it onto the ceiling mount with help.

How To Hang A Punching Bag Using a Wall Mount

If you’re worried about hanging a heavy bag from the ceiling, an alternative is using a wall mount. However, you should never install a wall mount for your punching bag on drywall. It can only be used on load-bearing walls that can support the weight of your bag (2). 

The tools you will need are a power drill, screwdriver, wrench, and bag and chains to install the wall mount. Here are the essential steps on how to install a wall mount: 

  1. Mark the spots where the bolts will go on the wall with a pencil.
  2. Drill holes where you marked the spots. 
  3. Use the included hardware to install the mount over the holes.
  4. Attach the chain to the bag and the S-hook, then hang it onto the wall mount with help.

Here’s a video showing how to hang the bag using a wall mount:

After installation, you’ll want to test the installation by gently punching the bag a few times.

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Once your bag is set up, you can use it to drill a wide range of various techniques.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to hang a punching bag in your home is typically an easy and straightforward process. Once installed, you can practice on the bag whenever you like, without worrying about visiting a crowded gym. Whether it’s a boxing or hanging kickboxing bag, follow the tips above to securely hang your bag, and get ready to take your skills to the next level! 


Incorrectly hung punch bags can do massive damage to your house if you are not careful. Make sure to find a support beam that is strong enough to avoid damage to your rafters or ceiling joints when you eventually hang a punching bag from the ceiling.

Punching bags can come between 2.5 ft to 6 ft. Five-foot heavy bags are typically the most common, though the range differs for men and women. The standard heavy bag weighs between 60 and 150 pounds. Typically, for beginners, choose a bag that is slightly less than half your weight. For those who are very fit, heavier bag models will provide more of a challenge. Whether you want to put your heavy bag outside or inside,

Cheap bags can be found for under $50, but you can find a higher-quality bag for several hundreds of dollars. Elite bags may be too expensive for some, but the most important aspect is that it has the quality to meet your needs.


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