Home gym ideas & inspiration
While keeping your eye out for inspiration for the perfect home gym, you can save pictures that catch your eye to your very own personalised homify ideabook, and over time can build up a better picture of gym layouts and equipment which can suit any home or style. Always be mindful of limitations, whether it be cost related, space, or style, as home gym equipment will need to fit into a limited space and, depending on the equipment, can raise budgetary concerns. When designing coming up with home gym ideas, always remember to focus on why you are adding a gym to your home in the first place.
What is the perfect home gym design?
The simple answer is that it really depends on your own personal preferences. There is no real answer to this question, as different people are looking to get something different out of their own personal home gym. Ideally though, every gym design will have an organic look, filling up all the available space yet still offering plenty of space to move around. If the gym design becomes too cluttered, then the visual impact of a messy gym can have quite the opposite effect intended. The design should create a sense of comfort, confidence, and most importantly, productivity, because after all, if you design and build a home gym and do not use your exercise time wisely, then it is really all for nothing.
Where can I find home gym ideas?
Inspiration can come from any number of places. One of the most important things to bear in mind is to ensure that you add a little of your own personal taste into the gym, after all, its your own home. Throughout the homify website you can find countless examples of other home gyms for a little style, layout, and equipment inspiration. Keep your inspiration at the ready with the help of a homify ideabook, which acts as a virtual picture scrapbook full of ideas. You can even add text notes to your ideabook so that you build up a mind’s eye picture of your ideal home gym over time.
How do I go about building a home gym?
There are generally two ways of designing and building a home gym. The most common method is of course designing and building it yourself, which tends to be a little more time consuming but much more cost efficient. The second method is to hire a professional who can handle converting a spare room into a home gym, as well as purchasing and installing all of the necessary equipment. Although the second method comes with the peace of mind that you will soon have your dream gym professionally fitted, it also comes with a greater cost.
What wall colour should I choose for my home gym?
Like every other room in the home, that really depends largely upon personal preference, yet some colours are ill suited to certain rooms and their function. Whereas a living room is best suited to warm and welcoming colours, a gym should employ colours which help you feel confident, motivated, and productive. That does not mean that the colours have to be sterile or clinical, however. Different colours add different vibes to a home gym. A zesty orange colour creates lots of energy if you want to have fun while working out. Pale or powder blue can keep the room feeling cool, which could help you work out longer even after you start to sweat. A soft yellow is much more subtle, and is ideal for home gyms with no windows, as it creates more positives vibes when natural light is not available. One thing that gets overlooked is that the ceiling is the fifth wall, and you might even spend plenty of time staring up at it while doing sit ups or any number of other exercises. A deep, rich colour such as grey or buckland blue can help give an extra bit of determination.
What flooring should I use for my home gym?
Whether or not the gym is on the ground floor or an upper floor, it is important that the flooring is a durable, non slip surface not only for safety, but also so that there is no damage to the structure if your home gym contains heavy weights. A popular flooring at professional gyms is rubber, either roll out mats or interlocking tiled mats. Rubber horse stall mats (the mats used on horse trailers) are not only durable enough to absorb the shock of dropping weights, but are also inexpensive, available in various sizes so that you can easily fit them into any sized room. Laminate flooring is one of the cheapest methods of flooring your gym, however, as it can be easy to scuff or scratch, it can only be recommended for gyms lacking heavy free weights.
What home gym equipment do I need?
That depends on what your goal is. If you are looking at strength training, then you can’t go wrong with various free weights such as dumbbells, barbells, benches, and of course sturdy racks to stow the weights. For general fitness, useful equipment includes yoga mats, exercise balls, benches, and kettle bells. Depending on how far you want to stretch your budget, you can also purchase a treadmill, rowing machine, and exercise bike. One of the most cost effective ways of fitting a gym is the
multi gym machine. These vary in price, however they can are multi purpose machines that can exercise most major muscle groups in the body, including the arms, legs, shoulders, back, and core muscles.
How do I convert a spare room into a home gym?
Converting a spare room into a home gym is a relatively straightforward process. The room has to first be stripped of all items including furniture and any unsuitable flooring. Consider where in the home the gym is, as it can cause noise pollution which may disturb other rooms in the home. If it all possible, it would be ideal to sound proof the walls using special insulating foam to prevent any noise from escaping. The walls (and ceiling) can then be painted the appropriated colour before the flooring is fitted (if necessary). Finally, be sure to know where all of the equipment should be placed beforehand, as this can cut down on any future rearranging.
What style should I pick for my home gym?
A design can reveal a lot about a person. Be sure to choose a home gym design that is not only practical, but which also suits your personal taste. Everything from colours to the equipment arrangement can cause the room to look drastically different. Therefore, it is important to understand what you are looking for when designing a home gym, but remember, it is also possible to mix different styles together to create something truly unique.
Modern style home gym
Modern styles usually blur the line between classical and and minimalist designs, aiming to keep up with the trends of today while remaining practical. The beauty of modern designs is that as trends come and go, small adjustments to the decor are all that is required to keep up. Small changes to the colour of the walls, design of the wallpaper, or even upgrading equipment in favour of more sleek, streamlined designs as funds become available are all it takes to maintain a modern style home gym. Soft and subtle colours such as yellows and pale blues can help make the room seem a lot brighter, especially if there is no window in the room.
Rustic style home gym
Rustic is all about wood, brick, and cosy themes similar to the Scandinavian style. The rustic style has seen a recent surge in popularity, especially in living rooms. Exposed wood or brickwork, furs, hard wood flooring, and cosy colours such as deep browns and greens can really bring out the rustic vibes in any homegym. It can be easy to get carried away with the
cosy aspect of rustic design, however sometimes less is more, and a rustic gym can really benefit from a simple layout and not overdoing the decor.
Minimalist style home gym
Minimalism is all about the bare essentials. Cutting down on the clutter and personal effects is the key to achieving a truly minimalist style home gym. Clean lines, plenty of space, and simple colours are the hallmarks of this design. Colours such as white, dark blue, green, and black are some of the most simple yet striking ways to bring out a minimalist vibe. Plenty of space is essential, so in smaller rooms it would be a good idea to incorporate storage space and cupboards into the walls. Bare concrete and hardwood flooring are typical of minimalist designs.