How To Hang A Punching Bag From Garage Ceiling (Step-By-Step Guide)

Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray

Gym equipment takes up a lot of space, gym memberships are expensive, jogging is not possible in bad weather (and quite frankly boring), and I want to punch something hard! One of the cheapest and most enjoyable ways to work out boxing. You can’t box without a punching bag. So, how is it you hang a punching bag from a garage ceiling?

To hang a punching bag, you need a support beam that can withstand the punching bag’s weight, a drill to drill a hole in the beam, a strong hook that can withstand the weight of the punching bag, an S hook (which usually comes with the punching bag), and obviously, a punching bag.

Hanging a punching bag, or a heavy bag as they are called, from the ceiling is very optimal if one wants a lot of mobility around the punching bag. However, there are specific requirements for the support beam, hooks, and the process of hanging it up that need to be adhered to in order to prevent any unwanted accidents. So, come along to learn the correct way to hang up a punching bag from a ceiling.

What You Will Need To Hang A Punching Bag From The Ceiling

First of all, you will need a punching bag and the hooks that usually come with punching bags. IF your punching bag does not come with hooks, an S hook is the best to purchase from your local hardware store. 

Next, you will need a drill, an eyebolt, and a wrench. Your drill needs to drill through a solid piece of wood. An eyebolt is a screw with a circular hook on the end, which will also be available at your local hardware store.

Where Will You Put The Punching Bag?

You first need to decide before hanging a punching bag from where you want the punching bag to get suspended. Most people prefer having the punching bag hanging from an area where they can move around the punching bag when they are punching it. 

If the bag is close to a wall, it may swing and hit the wall or any other obstacles in the vicinity. This is why most people tend to hang their punching bags from the garage or basement ceiling (and a punching bag is not always the prettiest decoration for your living room).

How Do You Find A Strong-Enough Support Beam?

It will be most ideal if your ceiling contains a support beam that is strong enough to handle the weight of the heavy punching bag and the added force of someone hitting the punching bag. These beams are often relatively narrow and have spaces of roughly 16’’-24″ between each beam.

These beams are easy to notice when they are out in the open, but if they are not, it is imperative to find them so that you are not trying to hang a punching bag from a part of the ceiling that is not able to withstand the weight of the punching bag. But, again, professionals can do this. Alternatively, you can do it with the ‘knock test.’

The knock test is when you knock on the ceiling until the sound is no longer hollow. This sound means that there is a support beam in the place that you have struck. This test is not the most accurate at all times, so it is better to seek the assistance of a trained professional to prevent any unwanted accidents.

How Do You Drill A Hole Into A Support Beam?

It is imperative to understand that one should never attempt to drill within 1″ of the end of any side of a support beam or near where the support beam joins any other beam. Instead, it would be most beneficial to focus on only drilling in the middle 1/3rd segment of the beam, both length and height ways.

Next, take your drill and make sure the drill bit you are attempting to make the hole with matches the size of the edge of the eyebolt. Next, find the spot you wish to drill the hole and mark the area with a pencil or marker. Then, proceed to drill as straight and slowly as possible and drill far enough that the eyebolt has enough space to be screwed in.

The drill hole should be the same size as the part of the eyebolt that needs to be screwed in. Once the hole has gotten drilled, take the eyebolt and slowly start screwing it in with your hand. Once it gets too hard to screw with your hand, take your wrench and tighten it as tight as possible (but try not to strip the hole or the eyebolt by tightening it too much.) Again, it is always good to ask a professional to do everything for you.

How Do You Hang The Punching Bag From The Eyebolt?

Now that your hole got drilled and the eyeball got screwed into place, you can proceed to hang the punching bag. Although, before you suspend the punching bag, grab the eyebolt, and wiggle it around a little bit to check if it is stable enough to hold the punching bag in the first place.

After ensuring the eyebolt is secured, you need to take one side of the S hook and hang it from the eyebolt. It is much better to use an eyebolt than any other hook with an open side, as the punching bag is likely to slip out of the hook and fall.

Next, you need to take the hooks that are already attached to the ropes/straps attached to the bag (there are usually 3 or 4 closed hooks at the end of the straps). Put all the hooks together and slide the bottom of the S hook through them. You can then let the bag go and see if the bag hangs.

If the bag is successfully hanging, you can then give it a few test punches, keeping an eye out on the eyebolt. If the eyebolt is moving around too much, falling out, or the support beam does not look stable enough, you may need to try to hang the bag up in a different place. It would also help to seek a professional’s opinion and advice.


Boxing exercises and punching a heavy bag are some of the best ways to get a full-body cardio and muscle workout. Working out with a punching bag is a lot cheaper than buying lots of gym equipment or buying a gym membership monthly but hanging a punching bag from the ceiling has to be done precisely to prevent unwanted accidents.

First, a hole needs to get drilled in a support beam, and then an eyebolt must be screwed into a hole. After that, an S hook must join the eyebolt in the ceiling to the hooks at the end of the straps of the punching bag. Finally, you must administer a safety test to see if the bag is secure and then have fun.

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.