Design a Home Gym You’ll Actually Use

With True Homes’ “It’s All About You” way of doing business, many of our buyers take advantage of our Lifestyle Floorplans and My Space Options to designate a space for a home gym. Often, their only hesitation is a concern they won’t actually use the space for its intended purpose after they move in.

For those buyers – or for anyone who’s ever regretted paying for a gym membership – here are a few interior design tips for creating an inspiring home gym to make your workout something to look forward to every day.

Find the Perfect Spot for Your Home Gym

home gym in spare room

First, consider where in your home you want the workout space to be. It’s tempting to relegate heavy, unsightly equipment to rarely seen garage or basement space. Unfortunately, out-of-sight can also mean out-of-mind, so your workout might be easily pushed aside or forgotten. These spaces are also less likely to have conditioned air, which may make them uncomfortably hot or cold, depending on the season.

Another option is a spare bedroom. Before choosing this space, think about what will be taking place in the surrounding rooms while you’re working out. Will a child be sleeping next door? This won’t be ideal if you prefer to complete your high intensity workout to the beat of loud music. Is the space upstairs? What will it take to navigate to move your bulky equipment in place? If someone’s trying to watch tv or do homework in the room below, will the noise of your workout disturb them?

True Homes homebuyers are more likely to choose a flexible space from one of our Lifestyle Plan Options. This may include a first-level space that could work as a gym, home office or playroom, or an upstairs landing room, which could also be designated as a media room or game room. Others choose Personal Space Options that let homebuyers make changes to existing plans.

Be Sure You Have Room to Breathe in Your Home Gym

After the location of your home gym is settled, it’s time to have fun with interior design. To create an inviting space, avoid cramming it with equipment and throwing up a few posters left over from your college dorm room.

Instead, invest only in one or two large pieces of equipment you’ve actually tested and fallen in love with for your best workout. Then leave plenty of room in your gym for stretching and resting between sets, plus yoga, Pilates or body weight exercises that might be part of your routine.

Plan to Protect Your Floors and Your Joints

Next, consider the flooring. The concrete floors of a garage or basement are ideal for holding heavy weights or other equipment, and you may want to reconsider those locations depending on your equipment.

Other popular flooring choices for home gyms are wood, cork, vinyl, or interlocking foam or carpet tiles. If you’re on concrete, a non-slip rubber mat can prevent falls and help your joints absorb the shock of your more active workouts. When used over wood floors, a rubber mat under heavy equipment can help protect the floor and prevent warping.

Turn to Your Phone for Interior Design Inspiration

To access instant interior design inspiration for your walls, check out your phone. Turning your favorite vacation photos into wall art can serve multiple functions. Scenic photos can suggest colors to include in your accents. They can also provide personal inspiration, helping you recall the peace you felt at the beach or the accomplishment of climbing the mountain.

Your phone likely includes images of your “why,” too – the reasons you want to stay healthy and fit. A collage photo wall featuring favorite images of your kids, partner, pets, and other loved ones can make you smile through your workout.  

True Homes Offers Options for Home Gyms and More

In the end, whether your priority is a home gym, a home office, or a home theater, True Homes has the Lifestyle Floorplans that can make your dream home a reality. Check us out!

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