How to Mount a Punching Bag

Updated April 17, 2017

Boxing workouts provide a good aerobic exercise that is not only heart healthy but also helps burn calories and fat. By mounting a punchbag at home, you can take advantage of a boxing workout at any time. Punching bags are big and heavy and will swing around when you hit them. Therefore you need enough clearance space to accommodate the movement as well as a sturdy place to install them. While wall mounts are available for these large punching bags, the most stable set-up would be a ceiling installation.

Choose a location for your punchbag that is free of furniture, breakable items and other obstacles. You need to be able to move freely around the bag during exercise.

Use the stud finder to locate a wooden support beam or support stud joist in the ceiling (unless the wood is already exposed) where you plan to mount your punchbag. Pencil an area on the ceiling to pinpoint where you want to install your eye bolt.

Compare your drill bits to the end diameter of the eye bolt and choose a drill bit that is comparable in size. Use the drill to pre-drill a hole in the wooden stud.

Screw in the large eye bolt with your hand until it is difficult to turn. Next, use the shaft of a screwdriver as a lever to screw in the eye bolt until securely tightened.

Install the four "S" ends of the heavy bag chain assembly to your punchbag. Carefully, lift the punchbag and hang it on the eye bolt by the large "S" hook on the opposite end of the heavy bag chain assembly.


Consider using a swivel link between the eye bolt and the "S" hook from the heavy bag chain assembly as this can reduce the wear and tear on the eye bolt. A heavy duty spring can be installed between the eye bolt and the "S" hook to ease the pressure on the wooden stud supports in the ceiling. If you are installing the bag yourself but don't have the upper body strength to hold up the bag while hooking it to the eye bolt, use a tall bar stool or stepladder to support the weight while you attach the chains and hang.


If your punchbag is heavier than 56.7 Kilogram, you should consider investing in a professional punchbag hanging kit, as they are designed to bear and distribute the weight more evenly. Always read manufacturer's directions before assembling your punchbag and use proper safety equipment for boxing exercise to avoid injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Large eye bolt with long shaft
  • Heavy punchbag chain assembly
  • Punchbag
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Tiana Mortimer has been Executive Director for a nonprofit boychoir organization since 1999 and a freelance writer since 2004. Her nonprofit work has been published in a variety of regional publications and she has ghostwritten hundred of articles for the internet. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Operations Management and Marketing from the University of Houston.