How to Hang a Punching Bag From an Inside Ceiling

Hanging a punching bag for boxing or martial arts is easy in the garage or basement of your home because these rooms often have exposed beams to which you can attach the bag's bracket. If you want to hang the bag from the ceiling of a different room, however, it can be a bit of a challenge. How you hang a punching bag from an inside ceiling depends on the ceiling's structure.

To hang a bag indoors, you will need to locate a stud.

Step 1

Place a ladder under the ceiling where you wish to hang the punching bag, then climb the ladder and slide a stud finder around the ceiling. When the stud finder indicates the presence of a stud, mark its location with a pencil. If you have a suspended ceiling, climb the ladder and carefully remove a ceiling panel to reveal a wooden ceiling stud.

Step 2

Hold the punching bag's hanging bracket against the pencil marks indicating the stud and use the pencil to mark the two mounting holes in the bracket.

Step 3

Drill pilot holes through the ceiling in the location you marked with the pencil, then place the mounting bracket over the holes so the holes line up and drive the bracket's lag bolts into the ceiling stud with a ratchet and socket.

Step 4

Hook the bag's mounting chains to the metal loops on the top of the bag and climb back up the ladder to hook the end of the chain to the mounting bracket.

Things You Will Need

  • Ladder
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Ratchet handle
  • Socket
  • C clamp


  • If you wish to hang the bag in a room with a suspended ceiling, and after removing a ceiling panel notice that a stud is not easily accessible, attach a large, heavy-duty C clamp to any solid structure in the ceiling, such as a support beam for the suspended ceiling. When the C clamp is firmly in place, hook the punching bag's mounting chain to it.
  • If it's not practical to hang a punching bag indoors, buy a punching bag stand.


  • While it may be tempting to have a punching bag in your bedroom, this location is not ideal if your bedroom is on the second floor. Your movement during a workout will cause loud banging throughout the floor below.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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