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How to Hang a Punching Bag | Easy Guide

How to Hang a Punching Bag | Easy Guide

Posted by Jacob Edwards-Bytom on 25th Nov 2020

Hanging a punching bag can be done at home with just a few tools and some determination! With a little instruction and perseverance, you can usually avoid calling a handyman or contractor to come in and install your punching bag for you. In this blog, we’ll go over how to install your punching bag in 4 different ways:

  1. Hang a Punching Bag Using a Support Beam
  2. Hang a Punching Bag Using a Ceiling Mount
  3. Hang a Punching Bag on the Wall
  4. Hang a Punching Bag Using a Punching Bag Stand

Things to Consider Before Hanging a Punching Bag

Before we get into the details of each method, here are some helpful tips to consider when installing a punching bag.

First, ensure you can easily move around your punching bag in all directions and that your area is free from obstacles that could get in your way. You should also make sure that the bag is far enough away from walls and obstructions that could get in the way once the punching bag starts swinging. You don’t want your bag to ricochet off of the wall or cause damage to your walls.

Is it safe to hang a punching bag from the ceiling?

Yes, but be careful! If you don’t know where your ceiling joists are, you should always check with a handyman or contractor. Failing to correctly install your punching bag can lead to serious ceiling or wall damage as well as the punching bag becoming detached and falling.

Usually ceiling joists can handle the weight of a heavy bag, but you’ll need to check your specific joists. They should be rated to hold at least 4 times the weight of the heavy bag.

As with all heavy items, don’t try to hang a punching bag from drywall alone or ceiling rafters that aren’t made to support an extra load. You can end up with a huge hole in your ceiling or wall!

The following recommendations are for wooden ceiling joists only. If you have concrete or steel support beams, it might be best to consult a handyman or contractor.

How to Hang a Punching Bag Using a Support Beam

This is the preferred method to hang heavy bags in areas with exposed beams, such as garages or basements. One of the best things about this method is that your punching bag should come with the necessary chains to hang it from a support beam. Additional punching bag hanging kits are very affordable, if needed.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Drill
  • Eyebolt
  • Wrench

You’ll also need punching bag chains and hooks, but those should come with your bag. Double-check with your punching bag seller to be sure.

To use this method, you’ll need to find a specific support beam called the ceiling joist. These are wooden beams that are spaced out every 40 cm or so. Ceiling joists are easy to see if they’re uncovered. However, if your ceiling joists are covered by drywall or another textured ceiling, you’ll need to use a stud finder to help you identify them.

There are other ways to find ceiling joists if you don’t have a stud finder, but they’re not as secure and should not be attempted by non-professionals.

Methods such as the “knock test” and measuring 40 cm from the wall are popular, but they’re not always accurate. Non-trained professionals could easily get the knock test wrong, and some houses don’t have ceiling joists every 40 cm.

Here are the step-by-step instructions to hang a punching bag using a support beam:

  1. Find a support beam (usually done with a stud finder).Install a punching bag - find support beam
  2. Use a drill to create a hole then insert an eyebolt. Twist with your hands and then tighten the eyebolt with a wrench.Install a punching bag - drill hole and insert eye bolt
  3. Attach the chains to the corners of your bag. The proper chains should be included with your bag.
  4. Once the eyebolt is inserted, attach an s-hook.Install a punching bag - add S hook
  5. Attach the bag via the chains and s-hook to the eyebolt. You may need an additional person to help you lift the bag.Install a punching bag - hang bag

Ensure everything is safe and secure, then enjoy your new punching bag.

How to Hang a Punching Bag Using a Ceiling Mount

If you don’t have exposed beams or would like to spread out the weight of the bag across a larger surface area, you can use a ceiling mount. Ceiling mounts are purchased separately from the punching bag. Ceiling mounts for punching bags are simply pieces of hardware (usually steel) that attach to ceiling joists and provide an attachment for the punching bag.

Ceiling mounts usually include a mechanism to allow the punching bag to swivel freely and sometimes include extra spring to act as a shock absorber.

This setup is quite similar to the previous method, the only difference being that you’ll need to first install the ceiling mount.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Ceiling Mount
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Drill
  • Wrench
  • Wood Screws (these should come with your ceiling mount)

You’ll also need punching bag chains and hooks, but those should come with your bag. Double-check with your punching bag seller to be sure.

Here are the step-by-step instructions to hang a punching bag using a ceiling mount:

  1. Find a support beam/ceiling joist (usually done with a stud finder).
  2. Hold up the ceiling mount to the ceiling joist and mark where the wood screws need to go.
  3. Use a drill to create holes where you marked. Make sure your drill bit is only slightly larger than the body or shank of the screw, not the threads. If you drill a hole too large, then your ceiling mount will not be secure.
  4. Attach the ceiling mount using wood screws. Tighten with a wrench if necessary.
  5. Attach the chains to the corners of your bag. The proper chains should be included with your bag.
  6. Attach the bag via the chains to the ceiling mount. You may need an additional person to help you lift the bag.

How to Hang a Punching Bag on the Wall

If you’d prefer to avoid hanging your punching bag from the ceiling, you can use a wall mount. Similar to a ceiling mount, you first install the wall mount on a stud and then hang the punching bag from the wall mount. You can’t mount a punching bag using drywall alone, so you’ll also need a stud finder for this method. If you have concrete walls, a wall mount can work as well.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Wall Mount
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Drill
  • Wrench
  • Wood Screws (these should come with your wall mount)
    • If you’ll be installing the wall mount on concrete, you’ll need to purchase your own concrete anchors

Here are the step-by-step instructions to hang a punching bag using a wall mount:

  1. Find a wall stud (usually done with a stud finder). Depending on the size of your wall mount, you may need to find 2 or more studs.
  2. Hold up the wall mount to the stud and mark where the wood screws need to go.
  3. Use a drill to create holes where you marked. Make sure your drill bit is only slightly larger than the body or shank of the screw, not the threads. If you drill a hole too large, then your wall mount will not be secure.
  4. Attach the wall mount using wood screws (or concrete anchors, if your wall is made of concrete).
  5. Attach the chains to the corners of your bag. The proper chains should be included with your bag.
  6. Attach the bag via the chains to the wall mount. You may need an additional person to help you lift the bag.

How to Hang a Punching Bag Using a Stand

If you want to avoid installing your punching bag on a wall or ceiling, you can buy a punching bag stand. This allows your hanging bag to stand up without being mounted to another surface.

If you’d like to hang a punching bag using a stand, then all you need to do is purchase a punching bag stand and hang up your punching bag on the stand. Similar to hanging bags on the ceiling or wall, make sure there’s adequate room around the punching bag.

Do keep in mind that most hanging bags perform best when mounted to a ceiling or wall, and a punching bag stand may not provide maximum stability and support.

If all of this seems like too much hassle, or if you want to avoid drilling holes in your ceiling or wall, then you can take advantage of a freestanding punching bag. These punching bags require no hanging or installing and can be placed anywhere that has a flat surface. Freestanding bags are generally filled with water, sand, or gravel to keep them stabilized. They can be easily emptied, disassembled, and assembled multiple times. So, if you’re constantly on the move or you don’t have a permanent home gym setup, freestanding bags can be a great choice.

However, if hardcore martial arts training is in your future, you might want to consider mounting your hanging bags even though it requires a little extra work.