How to Install a Basketball Backboard Over a Garage

How to Install a Basketball Backboard Over a Garage

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Add a basketball backboard to your driveway to create a space for the whole family to enjoy.

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As nostalgic as it sounds, installing a basketball backboard over the garage is a step toward making lifelong memories. Having ready access to basketball right in your driveway helps you stay in shape and will provide an avenue by which to help develop the gross motor skills of any children in your life. It also helps encourage neighborhood recreation and socialization. With a few simple tools and half an hour, you can start playing basketball at home today.

Assessing the Structure


Check your garage for any damage, loose materials or uneven spaces that can interfere with the safety of your project. Only proceed once you locate a safe, even space upon which to mount your board.


Assess the ground in front of the area where you wish to mount your basketball backboard for broken asphalt, uneven ground and other potential hazards. Make any necessary repairs when required or choose another spot for installation.


Measure the distance between the installation spot and the ground prior to installation. Make sure your rim will be 10 feet from the ground per basketball regulation. Mark this spot clearly with a pencil so you can easily see it during installation.

Installing the Backboard


Install your basketball backboard mounting system according to the kit's directions. The directions in kits may vary and call for additional or fewer materials than specified above.


Follow the kit's directions in order to install the backboard directly onto the mounting system. Use nuts and bolts to securely mount the backboard in place unless the instructions call for another method.


Use your level to ensure that your installation is even before you finish securing your bolts. Tighten the bolts well to firmly mount the backboard to your garage.


Finish the installation process by attaching the rim and net as directed in your instructions.

Things Needed

  • Ladder
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Wrench
  • Nuts
  • Bolts
  • Level
  • Backboard
  • Rim
  • Net


  • Installing your basketball backboard on a stud in your garage can make it more secure.
  • Purchase a kit that contains everything you need to make the process easier. Avoid backboards that call for mounting kits sold separately.
  • Make sure your kit is designed for a garage or similar structure. Kits that are designed for basketball poles will not work on your garage.


  • Double check your work prior to using your hoop. Ensure that your backboard cannot fall and cause a serious injury.
  • Mounting materials and backboards are heavy. Use care while lifting these materials and consider enlisting a friend as a helper or spotter.