Most of us don’t have enough space in our homes to have a separate gym, so we have to improvise and create a dedicated exercise area in the space that’s available.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need masses of space to enjoy a good workout. As long as you have the will, there is always a way to get the most out of what you have.
If you can lay down a yoga mat, you have enough space to create an exercise area that works for you.
Pick a room
When designing a home gym in a small space, where do you start? The first step is to decide where in your home is the most suitable.
The most popular area of the home to convert into a gym is an unutilised garage. It’s often the perfect size for the equipment you need, and normally has separation between your home offering a designated space to focus with little noise disruption.
Another popular option is the spare room, but, like a garage, not everyone has one of these.
If you don’t have any separate space at all for a workout area, why not use an unused corner of your living room? Your home aesthetic doesn’t have to suffer if you keep the area separate by using a room divider, or a tall storage unit.
Hallways are also often underused, and if its not full of shoes and coats, you could create a small workout zone, especially if it has some firm wooden flooring. In any case, it’s best to choose somewhere close to a window for good ventilation and airflow while you’re working out.
No matter where you choose, ensure to consider the weight of your equipment and whether the flooring is up to the task of holding the weight, especially if you’re using heavier machinery, such as a treadmill or a cross trainer.
Create an illusion
Once you’ve settled on a space, think about the design. Home gyms don’t have to be boring, and if the area is small, there are several things you can do to make it appear bigger and brighter.
Utilise the walls and add a splash of your personality with wall art or bold colours to create a space that’s more motivating, and if you want to create the impression of a larger space, decorate with a large mirror that can cover the whole wall or most of it.
A painted ceiling is another way of making an area appear more spacious due to drawing the eyes upwards, so why not consider decorating it with a bright and uplighting colour.
Remember that window we mentioned? Well, windows can offer a lot of natural light, and walls painted white can be highly reflective, especially when ample light is thrown onto them. White walls paired with natural light and mirrors make even the smallest of spaces feel like a palatial hall.
Save on space
The next step to creating your ideal home gym is choosing the equipment you need. But bear in mind that, after investing in accessories such as yoga blocks, weights, resistance bands and more, small home gym spaces can start to feel quite cluttered.
One organising solution is a small storage rack with multiple shelves, as they keep everything neat while not occupying much space, or a hanging wall rack or shelves to store smaller, lighter pieces of equipment. If you choose your hallway to exercise in, a simple bench can easily provide both storage space, and act as a prop for stretches or press-ups.
If you’re hoping for bigger pieces of equipment, you could consider something collapsible, such as a foldable treadmill, that can be easily stored away between uses.
The best way to design a home gym is by keeping it as simple as possible. During your planning, know the type of exercises your body needs to avoid stocking up on items that won’t get used. This means that you can make the most out of your small dedicated workout space, without it becoming cramped or cluttered.