"Punch" by Jeffrey Zeldman is licensed under CC by 2.0
September 6, 2017
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by TheBoxingGear

A punching bag is a completely essential piece of equipment that can be found in a number of gyms and homes across the country.

They can be used to improve overall strength and coordination, as well as offering a unique and fun platform for strength and conditioning.

Where Should You Hang A Punching Bag?

You can hang a punching bag in a variety of places, including in your garage or in a room inside your home. 

To do so does require a little bit of planning.

You need to make sure that your home has the structural integrity to cope with the weight and the movement of the punching bag.

different types of punching bags

Punch” by Jeffrey Zeldman is licensed under CC by 2.0

That structural integrity is important.

Punching bags have been specifically designed to take a large amount of abuse and they move constantly. 

Without the right amount of structural integrity, your ceiling could collapse entirely, possibly with you under it.

Hanging a punching bag from the ceiling is the most popular way of hanging one up.

As it offers the most realistic interaction between boxer and punching bag, allowing a range of free motion. 

This type of hanging works best with oversized timbers, reinforced rafters, and stud beams.

Stud beams can be found in most homes and commercial properties.

How Do You Hang A Punching Bag On The Ceiling?

Hanging a punching bag on the ceiling can be both simple and difficult at the same time.

Here are six steps that you should follow when you hang your own punching bag on the ceiling:

Step 1

First, you will need to decide where you want to hang your punching bag up.

You have to take a number of different factors into consideration.

Including the amount of space that the punching bag will need and the amount of space that you will need to maneuver around it

Step 2

Once you have located the right spot for your punching bag, you need to try to find a stud beam in your ceiling.

Ideally, this stud beam will be at least 26 inches away from any nearby walls.

Finding a stud beam is the most important part of the process.

If the punching bag is attached to a weak beam it will end up damaging the ceiling.

Step 3

After locating your stud beam, drill a small, starter hole directly into either the ceiling stud or the beam.

You need to make sure that you are using a drill part that is ever so slightly smaller than the eye bolt screw that you are using.

Otherwise, it will not be secure enough to hold the punching bag.

Step 4

Once you have drilled your starter hole, you need to place the eye bolt screw directly into it.

You should initially turn it by hand, and it will become more and more difficult to turn as it starts to tighten going further into the stud beam. 

Afterward, you should use a screwdriver to finish completely tightening the bolt.

Step 5

Now that the eye bolt screw is securely in place, you can attach the chains that are on the top of the punching back to an S-hook.

This should be done before you hang it up on the eye bolt hook, as the S-hook is what enables the punching bag to swing and develop a full range of motion.

Step 6

It is now time to hang your punching bag up and adjust it to meet your own requirements.

You might find that you need to move the bag into a higher or a lower position, depending on where you like the bag to be while working.

You need to make sure that it is securely anchored in place, then you are ready to go.

Are There Other Ways To Hang A Punching Bag?

Not all the buildings that people live in have the right amount of structural integrity that is required to hang a punching bag directly from the ceiling.

A wall mount can be a very practical and fantastic alternative when that integrity is not there

Although it cannot be used with walls that are made of either drywall or plywood.

In fact, a wall mount works best when it is used with walls that are made of cement.

These mounts stop the structural damage that could otherwise potentially be caused due to the repetitive movements of the punching bag.

Using A Wall Mount

kid training with a speed bag

Punching Bags” by Valerie Everett is licensed under CC By-SA 2.0

The installation of a wall mount within the home is relatively straight forward. 

You simply screw a bracket into a place that is close to the top of the wall.

A few inches away from the ceiling usually works best.

You then attach the punching bag to the long arm that can be found at the top of the bracket.

Wall mounts can also be useful when space is an important factor.

As some have been modified specifically so that you can swing the long arm right around to the side.

This allows you to place the bag out of the way when it is not in use.

big blue heavy bag

Most athletic stores sell wall mounts that have been modified in this way, along with all the hardware that you would need to attach a wall mount to a wall.

Using A Freestand

Another option would be to go down the route of using a free stand to hang your punching bag.

This process is only recommended if it is impossible for you to hang a punching bag from either the ceiling or a wall.

It is worth noting that these usually need to be weighted down to prevent movement, with some heavy bags requiring nearly 300 pounds to prevent movement completely.

Good read: how to make a speed bag platform

What Are You Waiting For?

So, when it comes to hanging up your punching bag there are several options that you could choose from.

You could hang it directly from a main beam inside of your home, you could hang it using a wall mount, or you could hang it from a free stand.

To get the most out of your punching bag, you should try to hang it from a strong beam in your ceiling.

This allows a full range of movement around the punching bag, and it prevents structural damage.

Here is a cool video By Howcast, that will show you how to hang a heavy bag:

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