I'm looking for an alternative to brackets actually made for punch bags as those available to me are very expensive. I need a bracket capable of holding a ~35kg/77lb punch bag that would be swinging around. Ideally a part of it would stick out giving the bag some space.

I'm struggling to think of what these brackets might be called so I can find a way to search for shops who sell them etc.

If it has no mounting holes, I could drill one, so that doesn't matter too much.

  • How far away from the wall does the center of the punching bag need to be?
    – Hank
    Dec 19 '12 at 19:17
  • It can be 1 foot but ideally more, the further away the better Dec 19 '12 at 19:36
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    @user1470324 - Did you get your optimum answer in 2 hours that you could so quickly pick the best one?
    – Michael Karas
    Dec 19 '12 at 21:54

If it really must be attached to the wall, I would go with heavy-duty shelf brackets, like these:

Shelf bracket

The 16"x18" version like this one at Home Depot is rated for 600 lbs each.

I would use two, anchoring each to a stud with lag bolts. I would then bridge between them with 3/4" plywood, and probably a 2x4 on top of the plywood at the point you want to attach the heavy bag.

Using two plus the plywood platform would keep the brackets from racking as the bag swings.

  • This looks like something I might be able to get hold of, thanks. Dec 20 '12 at 7:21
  • no lateral rigidity
    – mike
    Aug 6 '13 at 1:30

I tried to think of an adaptive use of some common building product but drew blanks. That may be why purpose made ones are expensive. If it really seems exorbitant, you might be able to get a local metal shop to fabricate one for less. For that matter, someone with decent carpentry skills could build one from wood. The joint designs would be critical to ensure they are strong enough and don't vibrate apart. Something of welded steel would be a lot more idiot proof.

Is there a possibility of hanging the bag from the ceiling? This is more likely a DIY solution. There's been a few questions recently about this here. The key is to use multiple fasteners such as lag screws to engage multiple ceiling joists to spread out the load.

  • I know its easier to diy a solution for fixing it to the ceiling, but the one in question is much to weak for it I think. Thanks for the advice, I will think more about this. Dec 19 '12 at 21:41

One thing to consider if you're mounting this bag on the wall, all the weight is going to be supported by 2 nails per stud that attach the stud to the top plate. These nails are preventing the stud from pulling out from the wall and falling over. I don't have a lot of confidence that you can hang a heavy bag from one or two studs without causing damage that could risk the structural stability of your home.

If you can, I would encourage you to consider a free standing solution that distributes the weight across a large area of your floor. They're not cheap, but they are a lot more affordable than the repair bill if you accidentally pull down a wall.

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  • I will make sure that whatever I choose to do will not put excessive stress on the wall, I understand what you're saying - but these brackets are sold everywhere by boxing shops in different forms and shapes so I think if used correctly they would not be too hazardous. The problem is that my ceiling is not a very strong one at all. Dec 21 '12 at 6:09
  • @user1470324 just because they make a bracket, doesn't mean that it will work in every location. They may be designed for locations that have reinforced the structure or for a commercial facility that's using different building techniques. Wall mounted sinks and toilets, or even large bathtubs require the structure to be reinforced to handle the added load and stress.
    – BMitch
    Dec 21 '12 at 14:49
  • I see yes. A stand is not possible though as I have no room for it, otherwise I would have seriously considered it as it would cut out all these other problems, thank you. Dec 21 '12 at 16:02

How about you get two of these type brackets (they come in a pair) and mount them to two adjacent studs but triangulate them together to a mount point for the punch bag to hang from.

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These particular brackets are 24 inches in length and if triangulated as shown below on studs that at 16 inches on center you would achieve a projection from the wall of about 22 inches to the place you could hang the bag.

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Several different techniques could be used to provide the mount point for the bag but the easiest may be to simply use the brackets up-side down and use the loop near the end on each bracket. Another way may be to bolt through the end with a good sized bolt with a couple of large washers. An S-hook or similar could be secured around the middle of this bolt.

You can place spacers behind the mounting flanges or bend them to be flat against the wall. It may be advisable to mount a piece of sturdy wood on the wall between the mounting flanges and the wall surface to bride between the studs and add strength. If you used a piece of 2x8 or 2x10 that was about 24 inches in length several additional advantages would be realized. One would be more projection and another it may allow you more flexibility of where locate the bag mount point of directly midway between studs was not ideal.

I found this particular pair of brackets at Amazon. They are probably available also at shelving stores.

  • I appreciate your answer, I didnt think I'd get more answers thats why I chose the other one initially. This looks doable, but I wonder if they could hold so much weight thats also going to be swinging around and pulling on it up and down. I will keep this possibility in mind definitely. Dec 20 '12 at 7:23

Mejier has a punching bag bracket on sale. Much cheaper than other dedicated punching bag solutions, and only slightly more expensive than the DIY solution.


  • Thank you, Ive seen some of these types of brackets, they just seem incredibly expensive just for a bracket. Thanks. Dec 21 '12 at 6:02

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