How to Hang a Punching Bag in the Garage

Updated February 21, 2017

A punchbag is a simple and effective workout tool. However, to be useful it needs to be hung in a place with plenty of room to move around. Hanging a punchbag in a garage provides space for utilising the punchbag to the fullest extent, and can improve workout and training regimens. Hanging a punchbag may require a partner, as some punching bags are very heavy.

Read all manufacturer instructions before hanging a punchbag to ensure that you are following all recommended safety procedures for your model.

Choose an area of the garage with several feet of open space for manoeuvring during workouts. Use a ladder to reach the ceiling and choose a sturdy beam to hang the bag. A beam is best able to withstand the force generated by the swinging punchbag. Drill a hole for the eye bolt using the 1/2-inch drill bit. Anchor the bolt in the drilled hole.

Place a swivel link on the eye bolt. This will allow the bag to turn and rotate freely during workouts, preventing the chains from becoming stressed and snapping.

Attach the punchbag chains to the top of the bag according to the manufacturer's instructions, if the chains were not already attached. Most punching bags come with four chains and a central chain that is attached to the ceiling.

Place an S-hook through the swivel link in the ceiling. This will be the place from which the punchbag will be hung.

Work with a partner to lift the punchbag chain up to the S-hook. Ensure that the chain is short enough to allow the bag to hang off the floor according to the manufacturer's instructions. Hang the punchbag at a height suitable for your own height and workout preferences.


Use any equipment or accessories that come with your punchbag for best results.


Be sure to follow all the manufacturer's safety instructions when installing and using a punchbag.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 2 1/2-inch eye bolt
  • Screwdriver
  • Swivel link
  • 1/2-inch S-hook
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Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.