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6 Tips: How to Hang a Bow and Arrow on the Wall

Quick Summary

You’ve decided on which type of archery you want to start from and picked a bow according to your archery type. But do you have any idea how to store your bow?

It is a good idea to exhibit your bow on the wall. But how to hang a bow and arrow on the wall?

Quick Answer! 

The safest way to store your bow on the wall is horizontally upside-down.

bow should be hang on the wall upside down

◊ There wasn’t any good answer to this question on Google. So, I’ve researched A LOT from different sources for you and presented all the helpful information here.

In-depth: Bow Storage

First of all, the room that you’ll store your bow should be neither too hot nor too cold. Also, you should not store your bow in a room that is inclined to moisture to avoid rust on metal parts.

  • Proper room conditions keep your bowstring from stretching.

It is easy to store your bow if you only have one, but what will you do if you have several bows? How do you store them in your house without taking up too much space?

Well, don’t worry…

There are two great home storage options: the bow rack and the bow case.

Bow cases are the safest way to store your bows and arrows. They’re always ready to travel and fully protected – which is quite important when you consider that you’re storing something around worth $1000.

proper bow hanger for wall

On the other hand, bow racks are a better way of showing off your bows. You can use it as a part of your home decoration as well.

Hanging Your Bow

As you already know, there are two main types of bows to hang: compound bows and recurve bows, and you need to do different things before you hang them.

For the compound bows, you can hang your bow on the wall without doing anything before. But for recurving archers, it’s better to unstring the bow before you hang it.

It will extend the life of your bow. It is absolutely the safest method.

Leaving a bow strung all the time can damage the bow in the long run because of twisting of the limbs and stretching of the string.

hanging destring recurve bow on the wall

If you store your old pure wood recurve bow horizontally, they might lose some lbs. But you don’t need to unstring your modern fiberglass recurve bow, because it would not cause any damage on that bow.

◊ Even so, my advice is NOT TO LEAVE your recurve or traditional bow strung while in storage.

Hanging the Bow by String

It’s always not a good idea to hang your bow by the string. The contact area with the string and the hanger will cause a problem depending on the weight of the bow. If you use and store the bow constantly, it might create a weak point or wear on the string.

hang the bow by string on the wall

Image soruce: Reddit - qtac

◊ If you are willing to replace the bowstring so frequently, then it’s up to you about hanging the bow by string or not.

In my opinion, it’s far better to hang the bow by the frame. It has much higher strength than the string, and this will make your bow slower to fatigue.

In short, there is no reason to hang your bow by the bowstring.

Hanging the Bow by One Limb

Recurve or longbows shouldn’t be stored by just hanging the bow from one limb. If your bow carries all its weight with one limb, it might twist the limb in long-term storage.

Also, it’s bad to hang the bow vertically! In my opinion, vertical storage does not look so good as well. But, of course, there is more than that. 

From a technical point of view, limbs might get loaded and twisted differently. Vertical storage can put stress on the bottom limb. Additionally, the bow’s tune can get out of order.

hanging bow by the limb

The solution shown above should solve your problem. But if you support the bottom limb in this position, it will be a much more durable solution.

Hanging the Compound Bow by its Cam

Thanks to compound bows’ modern design, there are lots of examples that people hang their bows by its cam; this way of hanging does not create serious problems.

hanging the compound bow on the wall by cam

Archerytalk / NY12020

Cams are not designed as a structural part. They are made to take some external forces like vertical ones. But I need to say that it’s not so durable against the horizontal or twisting forces. Also, why do you take any risk when there are available holes all over the riser?

In my opinion, you should always hang it from the structural parts such as the riser.

Surely, it won’t collapse if you use the cams. The vinyl-coated cup hooks that you hang on might not harm the cams. But note that, it may ruin your bow’s tune.


Hanging your bow in this position is a temporary method you can use while you're resting in the woods while hunting. BassPro treestand hanger offers a nice solution that you can use.

Top 6 Bow Hanger Advice

Here, I’ll share you some affordable suggestions that you can use as a bow hanger for wall.

Bike Hooks

Bike hooks are awesome bow hangers as well. So, they could be easily used for hanging your bow on the wall.

It can be hung either by the string or by the limbs. You won’t misplace the bow during storage.

Bike hooks as a bow hanger

Guitar Hangers

Guitar hangers are also very usable and durable as a bow hanger for wall.

how to hang a bow with guitar hanger

Rifle Rack

Rifle Rack hookers can also be used for bows as well. They’re strong enough to carry lots of pounds.

how to hang a bow with rifle rack

Simple Bow Hanger

Although it does not look very decorative, it is one of the simplest solutions. You can get this question out of your mind with an adjustable, flexible hanger.

adjustable bow hanger

Surfboard Wall Hanger

Surfboard hanger might be the most expensive advice. But it is also the most durable solution for people more sensitive to their products.

Above all, it's great bow hanger as well.

Surf Board Hanger as a bow hanger

Wooden Decorative Wall Hanger

You can also use a simple wooden sticks as a hanger. This will be another affordable natural solution.

Decorative Wall Hanger as a bow hanger

Bıke hooks

guıtar hangers

rıfle rack

Simple bow hanger

surfboard hanger

Wooden Decorative Wall Hanger







Bonus: Do it Yourself

It’s super easy to make a bow storage structure by yourself. So, stop being lazy and spend some extra hours by making proper storage for your bow. Here is a good tutorial to do that.


No matter if you are using a traditional or a compound bow, my first advice will be the same: Always unstring your bow when you’re not using it.

proper way to hang the bow on the wall

The second piece of advice to you about hanging your bow is to always use its structural parts for hanging, such as the limbs or the riser. If you use the limbs, be sure to use both limbs to hang it.


The safest way to store your bow on the wall is horizontally upside-down.


  • Will

    December 6, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Just a quick thanks for writing this article.

    Really straightforward answers to all my questions reg. storing my bow (I’m a beginner).

    Although I’m a beginner archer, I’m a workshop teacher, so now I know exactly what I need to make 🙂

    Thanks again

  • Mous3

    October 31, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Im just about to get my second bow so looking to wall mount them when no it the bag going to from the range. A most helpful article, thank you

  • Jacqueline Kennedy-Green

    July 28, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    Hi! Beginner archer here. I was fortunate enough to make my own bamboo backed bow which I’m in love with. It’s simple but beautiful. I also made 3 decorative but functional arrows. Do you (or anyone else out there) have a suggestion for a pleasing hanging idea that shows off both bow and arrow? Thanks!

    • Archerybull

      August 16, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      Congratulations on crafting your bamboo backed bow and arrows – it sounds like you’ve created something truly special 🙂 Some of these ideas might work;
      Shadow Box Display: Place your bow horizontally at the back of the shadow box and arrange your arrows vertically in front of it.
      Decorative Racks: Google it and leave it to the rest to your imagination. Just be sure that they are strong enough to support the weight of your bow and arrows.


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