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Home Gym Ideas and Designs

Home gyms are a wonderful luxury if fitness is a priority. The freedom and flexibility offered by building a home gym or exercise room at home is a great investment, and will soon recoup its worth in memberships. Design ideas might conjure up images of exercise bikes, treadmills and heavy weights, but if that isn’t your thing it can really be as simple as having an open, airy, mirrored studio in which to practice yoga or pilates.

How to find ideas for my home gym?


The first consideration for your home gym design is finding the space, the second is working out how this space will accommodate the gym equipment that you require. You may have a spare room, loft, basement or garage that can be fitted for purpose, but there’s more to home gyms than just bringing in the right equipment – you will want to consider hygiene, ventilation, your flooring and ease of movement around the space. Try looking through the photos from design professionals to find inspiration on how to furnish and decorate your home gym, and filter by style, budget, size, type, flooring and colours to find designs that could work for you.

How to choose the right gym equipment?


The home exercise equipment you should invest in will depend on whether you are a cardio or weights lover, and there are ideas for every budget varying from the humble skipping rope, to medicine balls, dumbbells and weight benches, or go all out with a state-of-the-art multi gym and motorised treadmills or cross-trainers. If your workouts don’t involve any fitness equipment, a bright studio space will offer the perfect environment for exercise – just add your yoga mat, a ballet barre or soft stretching area and you’ll have all you need. If you really want to go all out, and dance is your typical workout of choice, you might even consider a sprung floor. The home gym is the one room where mirrors aren’t decor, so install a mirrored wall so you can keep proper form whilst exercising.

How do I convert my space into a home gym?


Your first consideration in a home gym is space – you need to keep enough space between your gym machines to allow safe and easy movement. Designating extra space for stretching can be as important as finding room for a rowing machine and weights. Good ventilation is essential – if you have insufficient windows for good air flow then you can add extractor fans and consider installing air conditioning for climate control. Access to an electrical supply through floor recessed power points is important for your workout equipment and you may want to consider allowing for a TV and sound system. Think carefully about lighting when considering home gym ideas and ideally avoid low-hanging lights or lighting that will give off a lot of heat, as keeping cool whilst exercising is critical to comfort.

What should I do for the flooring?


Before bringing any large scale home fitness equipment into the room and dreaming up grandiose home gym ideas, take into account how much weight your floors can take. Unless your gym is on the ground floor, you may need to strengthen your flooring. Suspending timber floors may need reinforcing, and outdoor buildings such as sheds will need a minimum of 150mm joists to support equipment. If in any doubt, consult a structural engineer – nothing interrupts a workout like falling through your home gym floor! When it comes to the covering, vinyl, rubber and foam tiles or interlocking floor mats are all good options as they provide spring and a soft surface if you are in contact with the floor often.
Contemporary multi-use home gym in Surrey with grey walls and grey floors.

Contemporary multi-use home gym in Surrey with grey walls and grey floors.
Tv in the middle of the mirror - olgaw1

Design ideas for a contemporary multi-use home gym in London with green walls and grey floors.

Stylish high performance home gym featuring mirrored wall in front of equipment and glass wall through to children's playroom to keep an eye on youngsters during work-outs.
Use of mirrors to make it look bigger - lucyncdonald20

Design ideas for a classic home gym in London.

Susan Fisher Plotner/Susan Fisher Photography
Design ideas for a classic home gym in London.

Inspiration for a traditional home gym in Other.

JMl Garden rooms
Inspiration for a traditional home gym in Other.
idea of having doors fully open in cooler periods - edgarqureshi

This is an example of a contemporary home gym in Cheshire with medium hardwood flooring.

This is an example of a contemporary home gym in Cheshire with medium hardwood flooring.
Do we want any LEDs? Floor to ceiling mirrors - ktw37

Photo of a modern multi-use home gym in London with multi-coloured walls and grey floors.

Daniel Swallow
Photo of a modern multi-use home gym in London with multi-coloured walls and grey floors.

Photo of a rustic multi-use home gym in Other with dark hardwood flooring.

Double Arrow Residence by Locati Architects, Interior Design by Locati Interiors, Photography by Roger Wade
Photo of a rustic multi-use home gym in Other with dark hardwood flooring.
Natural light & wooden floor make feel more powerful - lucyncdonald20

Large traditional home weight room in Chicago with white walls, vinyl flooring and brown floors.

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Home gym . Like the mirror wall , tv mounted on wall only need small area - giraffe10

Inspiration for a classic home yoga studio in New York with white walls.

Inspiration for a classic home yoga studio in New York with white walls.
the curved window niche looks great - moonstar166

Photo of a contemporary home weight room in Portland.

Blackstone Edge
Photo of a contemporary home weight room in Portland.
Interesting wall design - neugieriger

Photo of a contemporary home gym in Denver.

©Finished Basement Company
Photo of a contemporary home gym in Denver.
Like th build in custom cupboard/door - mary_doumtsi

Medium sized contemporary multi-use home gym in Orlando with white walls and grey floors.

Medium sized contemporary multi-use home gym in Orlando with white walls and grey floors.
does the bike need to go on a mat - lynda_mcclean

Design ideas for a contemporary home yoga studio in San Francisco with white walls and light hardwood flooring.

Attic space becomes yoga space with view of Dolores Park and lots of natural light. bruce damonte
Design ideas for a contemporary home yoga studio in San Francisco with white walls and light hardwood flooring.
GYM WITH NATURAL LIGHT VIA ROOFLIGHTS IN LOFT SPACE - blakehopkinsonarchitecture

This is an example of a medium sized contemporary home yoga studio in Phoenix with grey walls.

This is an example of a medium sized contemporary home yoga studio in Phoenix with grey walls.
same size and wall design - emilygruitt

Inspiration for a medium sized modern home gym in New York with grey walls.

Abby Flanagan
Inspiration for a medium sized modern home gym in New York with grey walls.
quite like idea of things hanging from roof - clm1974

Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary home weight room in Edmonton with grey walls and cork flooring.

Ed Ellis Photography
Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary home weight room in Edmonton with grey walls and cork flooring.
glass looking onto pool... mirror at back. Different colour. - sophia_hart40

Design ideas for a contemporary home gym in Venice with medium hardwood flooring, beige floors and brown walls.

Design ideas for a contemporary home gym in Venice with medium hardwood flooring, beige floors and brown walls.
On of our gyms in Bg. Baby game - mollymoriartyturnbull

Mediterranean home gym in Denver with green walls, medium hardwood flooring and brown floors.

Workout room in Plan Three in The Overlook at Heritage Hills in Lone Tree, CO.
Mediterranean home gym in Denver with green walls, medium hardwood flooring and brown floors.
1. Center counter with TV looks good but is it practical. Can use IKEA unit to store towels and boxing equipment. 2. Combination of ceiling fan and lights. 3. - edgarqureshi

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