Home Gym Design Ideas

A home gym can be a worthwhile investment, helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle, and saving you money in the long-run, too. All you need is a small exercise nook or a spare room that can be stocked with gym equipment. Strapped for cash? Workouts at home needn’t cost a cent; just throw down an exercise mat at the foot of your bed and voila.

Home gym equipment can be large and bulky – a cross trainer, rowing machine or bench press, for example, will dominate most rooms. There are, however, alternative options for getting fit. Before you start planning the space, decide on what you actually enjoy doing, and what equipment you will get the most use out of. Depending on your budget and interests, you could have a yoga studio, meditation room, weights room, basketball court or even a dance studio. Browse the photos on Houzz for ideas and inspiration for home gyms, and save your favourites to an ideabook. Once you're ready, you can find the architect or interior designer to help bring your vision to life.

What kind of home gym should I have?


To get the most out of your home gym, plan a space that will allow you to incorporate many different fitness regimes. A spare room can be transformed into a hub for aerobics, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, dancing and cardio – just add timber floorboards or rubber flooring, a mirrored wall, an exercise machine, some dumbbells, a TV and a killer sound system. This way, there’s something for the whole family. If you have the space and enjoy doing specific workouts, consider making a specialty room like a yoga studio.

How do I create a double-duty exercise room?


Make the most of your home gym by making it a dual-purpose room. You could combine your gym with an office space, playroom, guest bedroom or garage, for example. Consider which space is most practical. A treadmill in your bedroom won’t be ideal if you workout at the crack of dawn while your partner is still sleeping; likewise, you won’t want to lift weights in a garage that turns into a sweatbox in the summer because it isn’t insulated.

What kind of home gym equipment do I need?


Again, this depends on what you enjoy doing most. Yoga mats, dumbbells and punching bags are popular purchases, or you could splurge on big-ticket items like a treadmill or multi-functional home gym system. Additional extras to help get you in the zone include a sound system, wall-mounted TV, as well as a mini bar to store cold drinks. Don’t forget to allow for efficient ventilation and cooling.
Transitional home gym in Central Coast with white walls.

Hall Constructions NSW, Built Traditional/Contemporary style Home. Built in Wamberal, Central Coast NSW.
Transitional home gym in Central Coast with white walls.
Home gym, in a country barn - emilybryans11

Photo of a contemporary home climbing wall in Brisbane with brown walls and brown floor.

Climbing Wall
Photo of a contemporary home climbing wall in Brisbane with brown walls and brown floor.

Contemporary multipurpose gym in Melbourne with white walls and dark hardwood floors.

spacious gym with timber finishes
Contemporary multipurpose gym in Melbourne with white walls and dark hardwood floors.

This is an example of a contemporary multipurpose gym in Melbourne with purple walls and brown floor.

Axiom
This is an example of a contemporary multipurpose gym in Melbourne with purple walls and brown floor.
Gym - salsnape2898

Photo of a large contemporary indoor sport court in Perth with concrete floors, grey walls and blue floor.

Proper Photography
Photo of a large contemporary indoor sport court in Perth with concrete floors, grey walls and blue floor.

Large traditional multipurpose gym in Salt Lake City with grey walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.

Large traditional multipurpose gym in Salt Lake City with grey walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
Love the paint colour and skirting - ayemehhh

Design ideas for a transitional home yoga studio in Jacksonville with grey walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Design ideas for a transitional home yoga studio in Jacksonville with grey walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Inspiration for an eclectic home gym in London.

Nick Smith Photography
Inspiration for an eclectic home gym in London.
bball court - daniel_elliott67

This is an example of a transitional home yoga studio in Calgary with beige walls and beige floor.

This is an example of a transitional home yoga studio in Calgary with beige walls and beige floor.
Large rug and mirror with small storage / seat - jamescunial

Photo of a large contemporary multipurpose gym in Barcelona with ceramic floors.

Photo of a large contemporary multipurpose gym in Barcelona with ceramic floors.
Sliding doors and flooring - carolinedudley

Design ideas for a transitional home yoga studio in Los Angeles with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Jeri Koegel
Design ideas for a transitional home yoga studio in Los Angeles with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

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

This is an example of a contemporary home gym in Cheshire with medium hardwood floors.
Glass Entrance Door for Gym - gardenlover71

Expansive contemporary home gym in New York with white walls and grey floor.

Expansive contemporary home gym in New York with white walls and grey floor.

This is an example of a mid-sized modern home yoga studio in Los Angeles with white walls and dark hardwood floors.

This is an example of a mid-sized modern home yoga studio in Los Angeles with white walls and dark hardwood floors.
Large mirror - treascott

Contemporary multipurpose gym in Surrey with grey walls and grey floor.

Contemporary multipurpose gym in Surrey with grey walls and grey floor.

This is an example of a transitional multipurpose gym in Orange County with grey walls and grey floor.

This is an example of a transitional multipurpose gym in Orange County with grey walls and grey floor.

Mid-sized country home yoga studio in New York with white walls and light hardwood floors.

Jim Fuhrmann, Beinfield Architecture PC
Mid-sized country home yoga studio in New York with white walls and light hardwood floors.
Create a good spaceIt’s more fun if you have a beautiful space to practise in. We don’t all have the luxury of a space like this one, but even in the most modest apartment you can dedicate a little corner to your yoga practice and collect your favourite items there; candles, incense, crystals, a Buddha figurine, essential oils… any one of these can function as a symbol for your space and as a reminder for you to do your daily practise.Find Your Inner Zen, No Matter Where You Live - tribeca76

This is an example of a contemporary home weight room in Orlando with white walls.

This is an example of a contemporary home weight room in Orlando with white walls.