Home gym design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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  4. Collection of Work 03: modern Gym by Liquidmesh Design
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  7. House Umhlanga: modern Gym by Ferguson Architects
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  9. Steyn city project no 1: modern Gym by Pen Architectural
  10. roof conversion: eclectic Gym by Till Manecke:Architect
  11. French House: mediterranean Gym by SOJE Interior, Design and Decor PTY (Ltd)
  12. Upmarket home in Johannesburg: eclectic Gym by Kim H Interior Design
  13. House Ali: modern Gym by STENA ARCHITECTS
  14. Flying Canopy House: modern Gym by Nzuza Architects
  16. House Jordaan: mediterranean Gym by Lifestyle Architecture
  17. modern Gym by Rapzzodia Interiorismo
  18. scandinavian Gym by 홍예디자인
  19. modern Gym by Finite Solutions
  20. modern Gym by MAD DESIGN
  21. country Gym by Архитектура Интерьера
  22. modern Gym by ARCHIXXX眞野サトル建築デザイン室
  23. modern Gym by ecospace españa
  24. modern Gym by Enrich Artlife & Interior Design Sdn Bhd
  25. modern Gym by CV Rancangbangun Arsitama Buana
  26. modern Gym by schroetter-lenzi Architekten
  27. modern Gym by 株式会社 ギルド・デザイン一級建築士事務所
  28. eclectic Gym by Abwarten!
  29. modern Gym by Alev Racu
  30. rustic Gym by Materia Viva S.A. de C.V.
  31. classic Gym by Eustáquio Leite Arquitetura
  32. modern Gym by SA Architecture
  33. mediterranean Gym by SOLER-MORATO ARQUITECTES SLP

What is the perfect home gym design?

Like a living room layout or kitchen setup, it all depends on personal preference. Ideally, though, every gym design will have an organic look that while filling up space with equipment, still offers plenty of legroom to move around.

Remember that a gym should create a sense of comfort, confidence and, most importantly, productivity, as you will be using it for exercise and to build up both your body and your mind. A gym cluttered with too many elements will result in the complete opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. 

Where can I find home gym ideas?

Inspiration can come from any number of places. 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.

And don’t forget to check out our articles detailing various spaces and rooms, including home gyms, for further tips and tricks on what to do and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do when it comes to style and design.

One of the most important things to bear in mind, regardless of where you find your inspiration from and what style or size your home gym is going to be, is to add some of your own personal touches to it – after all, it is your personal space.

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 designing and building it yourself, which tends to be a little more time-consuming, but can help cut costs.

The second method is to hire a professional who can handle converting a spare room into a home gym (or create one from scratch, like an interior designer/architect/builder), 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 costs. 

What wall colour should I choose for my home gym?

Personal choice plays a big role, however, there are certain hues that are ill-suited for certain rooms and their functions. While a living room can be styled up in basically any colours (although neutral and earthy hues are the norm), home gyms usually opt for colours that help incorporate a feeling of accomplishment and confidence.

Different colours add different vibes to a home gym. A zesty orange or hot red can help you feel energetic, while soft blues and greens can create a cooling ambience. Where rooms (gyms or otherwise) don’t have any windows, we recommend going with a cheery yellow for the walls, as it can help set up positive vibes and a light feeling to compensate for the lack of natural lighting.

Don’t overlook the ceiling (the fifth wall) of your gym, as you might be spending a lot of time looking up at it, depending on your equipment or exercises. A deep, rich colour such as grey or stone blue can help with an atmosphere of determination while also ‘cooling’ the room.

What flooring should I use for my home gym?

Regardless of which area or storey your gym is located, it is vital that its floor is made of a durable, non-slippery material. This is not only for your safety, but also to protect the floor, seeing as it’ll be exposed to lots of heavy equipment, weights, etc.

As you would imagine, cleanliness is a prime concern in an exercise room. Go with floors that are easy to keep clean and sanitized. For this consideration, a synthetic hard floor is your best choice.

Popular choices for gyms in South Africa and abroad include: rubber horse stall mats, virgin rubber floor tiles, cork, interlocking foam tiles, and laminate flooring (for light exercise like yoga and pilates).   

What home gym equipment do I need?

That depends on what your goal is. If you’re looking to bulk up muscle-wise, then you can’t go wrong with free weights like dumbbells, barbells, benches, and 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 piece of equipment that numerous home-gym owners opt for is a multi-gym machine, offering a range of different exercises that target various muscle groups and body areas. These differ in price, size and style, so it’s best to look around before you buy.

How do I convert a spare room into a home gym?

It’s quite straightforward. First, the room needs to be stripped of furnishings and unsuitable flooring. Consider where in your home / on your property the gym is, as your exercising / loud music might disrupt others. If possible, soundproofing the walls with special insulating foam can help noise escaping the room.

The walls and ceiling should also be painted the appropriate colours before the new flooring (if necessary) is fitted. Posters and artwork to help motivate you can also be added to decorate the space and set up character.

Lastly, know beforehand where all of the equipment should be placed, as this can cut down on any future rearranging afterwards.