How To Hang A Punching Bag In A Garage Or Basement

A punching bag is a stuffed/inflated bag that has been suspended for unrestricted movement. With a sturdy and durable build quality, it has been designed for exercise and martial arts. They're often affordable and make great additions to home gyms 

The following guide will help you understand the best ways to hang a punching bag and the importance of doing so correctly. 

1. How Much Does A Punching Bag Weigh?  

Before installing your new punching bag, it is important to know how much it weighs to prevent any accidents. The 'average home bag' can weigh around 70 to 100 lbs, while heavyweight punching bags found in gyms can reach up to 200 lbs.  

Remember, when you strike a punching bag, that force exerts and adds to the bag's overall weight. While the punching bag is swinging around, more tension and force will be created, which means more support will be required. In other words, your average home punching bag that weighs 70 lbs will now require 140 lbs of support.  

How then do we decide on an appropriate weight for a punching bag? The general rule is that you take your body weight and divide it by two.

Therefore, if you weigh 180 lbs, you should aim for a punching bag of around 90 lbs. You can fluctuate this weight by 10-20 lbs, so an 80 or 100 lbs bag will be just fine.  

2. Where To Hang A Punching Bag At Home?

There are many factors to consider when deciding where to hang a punching bag at home. The three most common and important ones are size, safety, and support. The best place to usually hang a punching bag would be the garage or basement, but in reality, as long as the necessary preparations are made, anywhere can be made suitable.  

The first factor you need to take into account is the size of the punching bag. Most bags can range anywhere between 8 to 15 inches wide and 24 to 70 inches long. You’ll need to assess whether the area you want to hang your punching bag can fit that diameter while the punching bag is 'resting' and also while 'active.'  

The next precaution you should consider is safety. This means taking a look at your surrounding area and checking if there are any fragile items nearby. Again, a garage or basement might be the safest place because there’s no TV or glass vase to accidentally knock over.  

The final precaution, and maybe the most important, is whether your area can support the punching bag. If you're thinking about attaching a punching bag to a drywall ceiling, forget it, you need to make sure you find a strong beam of some sort. As we previously mentioned, the punching bag should be supported by twice its weight.  

3. How High Should You Hang A Punching Bag?  

A punching bag should always be thought of as an actual opponent, so with that in mind, the bag must always be high enough to deliver a strike to the head. Therefore, the top end of the bag should be around the same height as your head so you can land efficient punches. This technique is called the “head-height approach” and is favored by fighters. 

For those who want to incorporate kicks into their workout, an extra-length heavyweight punching bag would be a good choice.  

How To Hang A Punching Bag In Garage

Hanging A Punching Bag (Step-by-Step Instructions)  

While building your home gym in the garage or basement, there are many pieces of equipment to choose from. One great addition to your home gym could be a punching bag. There are many reasons to own a punching bag, but most commonly, they are a good way to:  improve cardio, let off steam after work, and increase strength and power.

This article is all about how to effectively hang a punching bag, so below we have outlined four ways to do so.  

How To Put Up A Punching Bag

1. How to hang a punching bag using a support beam

The support beam method is probably the most commonly used technique when hanging a punching bag. The reason for this is because most garages or basements have exposed beams which make them an ideal environment.

Not only that, but punching bags usually come equipped with the chain required for beam support, so additional tools and parts are kept to a minimum.  

Things you’ll need: 
  • Power drill 
  • Eyebolt 
  • Wrench 
  • Punching bag chain and hook (usually included) 
The basic steps to follow when hanging a punching bag using a support beam:  

Start by finding a specific beam called a ceiling joist. These are beams that are ranged parallel from wall to wall in a structure to support the ceiling. Remember to select the strongest one so you will have the most free range of motion to use the punching bag.  

Now that you have selected your ceiling joist beam, drill a hole in the center of it. Once you’re finished, twist the eyebolt into the new hole you have made and tighten it with a wrench. It's important to note here that an eyebolt is a must. A simple hook will probably slip out once you start throwing a few jabs and the bag starts moving.  

It's time to move onto the bag. When you're ready, connect the punching bag chains and then fasten them to the S-hook. Again, most bags will come with these accessories but check on the equipment specifications before buying.  

Get a firm grip on the bag and lift it up. Once it's off the ground, ask your buddy to connect the S-hook onto the eyebolt. (You might need a friend to help you.) 

A final word on safety. Throw a few punches and get the bag moving. Listen for any weird creeks and check that the bag has been properly secured.  

2. How to hang a punching bag using a ceiling mount

A ceiling mount is a good option for hanging your punching bag when you don’t have exposed ceiling beams. This method can be used for both wood and concrete ceilings, but just be sure you’re attaching the punching bag to a solid surface.  

Ceiling mounts will need to be purchased separately and will require a few extra tools to get the job done. Although it may require a bit more work, a ceiling mount can also provide additional safety and a more secure hold for heavier punching bags.  

Things you’ll need: 
  • A pencil or marker
  • Power drill 
  • Wrench / Screwdriver  
  • Ceiling mount  
  • Nuts and bolts / Screws  
  • Punching bag chain and hook (usually included)  
  • Stud finder (optional for wooden beams) 
The basic steps to follow when hanging a punching bag using a ceiling mount:  

The first step is to locate where you are going to install your ceiling mount. If your beams have been covered by a masking surface, then you can use a stud finder to locate the ceiling joint. If you plan to install the mount in a concrete ceiling, then any open area should be fine.  

Once you have located where you plan to install the mount, press it against the surface, and use a pencil to mark where the bolts will go.  

Use the drill to make holes in the area you have marked with the pencil. Always check that the drilled holes are the correct size of the bolts. If you make the holes too big, the bolts will slip out, and the bag will not be secured.  

Now that the holes have been drilled, you can install the mount using the bolts. Make sure to tighten them properly using the wrench. Alternatively, If you have chosen to install the mount on a wooden surface, you will use screws and a screwdriver instead.  

Like our previous method, you can now connect the chains to the punching bag and then onto the S-hook. You can then attach the S-hook onto the ceiling mount and you’ll be ready to go.  

Once again, check the stability of the punching bag by throwing a few punches and slightly pushing the bag side to side.  

3.  How to hang a punching bag using a wall mount

If your ceiling is too high or doesn't offer enough support to hold a punching bag, then a wall mount might be your next best option. The installation process is very similar to a ceiling mount; however, in this case, it's best to only mount it on a masonry wall.  

Wall mounts come with one disadvantage, though, which is a limitation on the full range of motion of the punching bag. You might only be able to access ¾ of your punching bag when striking.  

Things you’ll need: 
  • A pencil or marker  
  • Power drill 
  • Wrench
  • Ceiling mount  
  • Nuts and bolts  
  • Punching bag chain and hook (usually included)  
The basic steps to follow when hanging a punching bag using a wall mount:  

Choose an open area where you would like your punching bag to hang. The wall should be free of any cracks and should have a solid brick or concrete surface.  

Once you have decided on the punching bag location, place the mount against the wall and use a pencil to mark where the bolts will go.  

Now, use the power drill to make the holes you have marked. Remember to drill the holes so they correspond with your bolts. If the hole is too big, the bolts will not be secure and may fall out.  

The next step is to install the mount. Place the mount over the holes, insert the bolts, and finally use a wrench to tighten.  

Connect the chain to the punching bag, and then attach the S-hook to the chain. When you’re ready, lift the bag up and place the S-hook onto the wall mount.  

As always, to make sure the bag has been properly secured, throw a few punches and push the bag around. A concrete/cement wall is generally quite strong but look out for any micro cracks that may have formed.  

4. How to hang a punching bag using a stand

What if you’re renting and you’re not allowed to make holes in your wall/ceiling. Perhaps drilling and tightening bolts seems overwhelming. If you’re looking for a portable alternative to hang your punching bag, then a stand might be your final option.  

A punching bag stand is somewhat expensive and not nearly as stable as a wall mount or support beam. However, it is a good choice for those not looking to leave behind any DIY evidence and prefer a more effortless setup experience.  

Things you’ll need: 
The basic steps to follow when hanging a punching bag using a wall mount:  

Assemble the stand using the included instructions. Every stand will be different, so you may need additional tools and equipment when setting up.  

Next, connect the chain and the punching bag, and then attach the chain to the S-hook.  

When you’re ready, pick up the punching bag and connect the S-hook onto the stand.  

The final step is to check the stability of the stand. A stand poses the most risk of falling over and wobbling while boxing. You can try to anchor it down by adding additional weights to the feet of the stand. This shouldn’t be a problem with lighter punching bags, but heavier ones could lead to the stand tipping over.  

Best Way To Hang A Punching Bag

People Also Ask (FAQs)

How do I know what size punching bag is good for me? 

A punching bag needs to have enough resistance to provide an efficient training session and workout. To choose the right punching bag, you'll need to take your weight and divide it by two. If you weigh 180 pounds, then a 90-pound punching bag should provide enough resistance.  

What are the different types of punching bags?  

There are various forms of punching bags categorized into 'heavy bags' and 'specialty bags.' Heavy bag styles include traditional, Muay Thai (banana style), pole, angled, bowling pin, free-standing, and teardrop. Specialty bags are used to improve hand speed, reflexes, and eye coordination. They can include the following variant bags: double end, speed, reflex ball, and aqua.  

Can you hang a heavy bag from a pull-up bar?  

Yes, it is possible to hang a heavy bag from a pull-up bar. One factor to take into consideration is the stability of the pull-up bar. Make sure it is bolted to a wall or has a firm foundation. Additionally, check the pull-up bar specifications to see how much weight it can take. Remember, when you're exerting force on the bag, it can sometimes double. A 100 lbs bag can become a 200 lbs bag while you're training.  

Can you leave a punching bag outside?  

Yes, but this will depend upon the material and how frequently you can afford to replace your punching bag. Classic heavy punching bags are made out of leather because they're durable and ensure a skin-like realism when punched. 

Alternatively, vinyl can also be used as a substitute. However, both materials will deteriorate with enough snow, rain, or heat damage. Canvas bags are known to resist the elements, but even they will need to be replaced at some point.  

Is a standing punching bag better than a hanging one?  

No, they are not better in terms of stability and price. A punching bag using a stand will often shake and wobble when vigorously training. They are also more expensive when compared to mounted/beam-supported punching bags. With that said, standing punching bags are portable and offer a good alternative for those renting their apartments.  


Conclusion

The following guide explained the four different ways to safely hang a punching bag in your garage or basement. The four best techniques included - support beam, ceiling mount, wall mount, and stand elevation. Detailed step-by-step instructions have been included to make your punching bag assembly as easy as possible.