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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.
Inspiration for a home gym in London.

Inspiration for a home gym in London.

Photo of a large contemporary home gym in London.

Custom made stone bench for steam room in Calacatta stone, curves derived form half-sitting position. Photographer: Tim Mitchell
Photo of a large contemporary home gym in London.

This is an example of a medium sized contemporary home gym in Other.

We have been asked to consult to provide an alternative to a modular design. We personally prefer completely bespoke steam and saunas so that we can control all aspects of the design and finish.
Sauna and steam room by the pool - inka_k

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

Inspiration for a classic multi-use home gym in London with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and grey floors.

Inspiration for a classic multi-use home gym in London with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and grey floors.
mirrored wall, not too huge of a room - eiwobellenaj

Inspiration for a contemporary home gym in Other.

So many of us know we need to exercise but with our busy lives the thought of trudging to the gym in the rain and sweating it out with strangers can be daunting. This customer decided to incorporate a home gym into their garage. All their sports equipment could be stored on the walls easily with Storewall, whilst the Dura cabinets provide the perfect storage solutions and even the space for a Telly to watch whilst working out. Photography by Daniel Calvert

Photo of a small classic multi-use home gym in London with white walls.

Photo of a small classic multi-use home gym in London with white walls.
mirrors for impression of a bigger room - irinaanti

This is an example of a large victorian multi-use home gym in London with white walls and light hardwood flooring.

Home gym, light created with atrium Tyler Mandic Ltd
This is an example of a large victorian multi-use home gym in London with white walls and light hardwood flooring.
I like this space, it's small but really light and a perfect space and just enough room for it all - ellaholden2005

Photo of a modern home gym in London.

Photo of a modern home gym in London.

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

This is an example of a traditional multi-use home gym in Orange County with grey walls and grey floors.

This is an example of a traditional multi-use home gym in Orange County with grey walls and grey floors.

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

Design ideas for a world-inspired home yoga studio in Los Angeles.

Design ideas for a world-inspired home yoga studio in Los Angeles.
Zen screened Verander Concrete floor floor cushions matting bowl of lotus flowers - hawkse019

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

Inspiration for a farmhouse home gym in San Francisco.

Exercise room in the basement with a large sliding french style divided glass barn door on rustic looking heavy roller hardware. Massage table and mirrors for the workout area.
Physio suite - amydance12

Inspiration for a modern home gym in DC Metro with blue walls and light hardwood flooring.

Beautiful exercise space and dance studio. Dance studio includes custom made barre and sprung floor. Rubber exercising flooring in the gynamsium. All design work by Mark Hendricks, Rule4 Building Group in house professional home designer. Entire contract work and painting by Rule4 Building Group, managed by Brent Hanauer, Senior Project Manager. Photos by Yerko H. Pallominy, ProArch Photograhy.
The mirror brings a whole new look to the room... But i'd add on glass doors overlooking the back yard and pool. - rosekiama11

Large contemporary indoor sports court in Salt Lake City with beige walls and carpet.

Doug Burke Photography
Large contemporary indoor sports court in Salt Lake City with beige walls and carpet.
Lockers - stuartstorrie

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