Are you looking to join the growing ranks of people who have home gyms but feel like you don’t have enough space?
Or maybe you’ve already joined that party but are unhappy with your current setup because it’s taking up too much space?
Regardless of your current situation, read on to learn more about these small home gym ideas that will work regardless of your limited space!
Home Gym Considerations
When most people think about home gyms, the first thing that comes to mind is probably replicating a fitness club set up in their own home. And then they don’t think about it anymore because they believe they don’t have the space or the budget to implement it.
However, don’t let that stop you! While space and budget do come into play, ultimately, you are only restricted by how creative you can be with your space, as these home gym ideas for small spaces will show you.
A garage can be one of the best places for a home gym. First, it’s separate from the rest of the house, creating a dedicated space. And it provides flexibility when thinking about using it for gym space. For example, there could be an opportunity to declutter certain spots to make room, or you could park a car outside.
2. Living Room
Do you have space in your living/family room that would allow for a home gym setup? Maybe there is a rarely used piece of furniture or a corner of the room where you could create some space. Then, you can move, sell, or donate that furniture to give yourself enough room for a workout.
Or if you are in a situation where you have both a living room and a family room, why not convert one of them into a dedicated home gym space?
3. Laundry Room
When you think of a laundry room, you are probably not thinking about working out. Unless maybe your laundry room is in the basement, and you’re going up and down many stairs!
But if the situation is right, a laundry room can be an excellent alternative for finding some space to add equipment for a small home gym.
4. Unused Dining Room
Do you have a separate dining room in your house where the only activity it sees is an occasional vacuum cleaner run or sweep of a broom? Consider repurposing the entire space to a home gym or maybe reconfiguring the area to allow for both dining and fitness.
Similar to a garage, a basement offers many opportunities for small home gym ideas. Depending on the size and layout of your basement, you can create a dedicated space, a space next to your current basement space, or an area that integrates with your existing basement space.
If you have a backyard shed or garden room, how about converting that space into a dedicated home gym? The nice thing about this option is there is complete separation from what’s happening with the rest of the household, so interruptions are avoided.
Do you have an attic in your house that you can use for a home gym? If so, convert that space into a dedicated workout area. Depending on where you live and how your house is insulated, you may need to make some ventilation adjustments to ensure the temperature isn’t too warm or cold for your liking.
8. Corner Of The Bedroom
Take one of the corners of your bedroom and turn it into your mini home gym. Just remember, all you need is some space the size of a yoga mat to give yourself an adequate workout space paired with some equipment storage that blends in with the rest of the room.
Hallways tend to be underutilized, so why not move any clutter (shoes we’re talking to you) or the random piece of furniture sitting there to fill the space and set up a space for your home gym?
10. Home Office
If you already have a dedicated space in your house for a home office, then a great extension is to use some of that space for a small home gym. Then it’s effortless to take a break from work to get that workout in!
11. OutDoor Porch/Deck/Balcony/yard
Another excellent small home gym idea, especially if you live somewhere with good year-round weather, is to use your porch, deck, or balcony as your fitness area. You can either utilize weatherproof storage if you keep any equipment outside or have it in a place that’s easy to grab as you step outside.
12. Unused/Spare Room
If the kids are out of the house or the guest room rarely gets used, consider fully converting the room to a home gym. You could also replace the bed with a pullout sofa and add home gym equipment. Then the room still serves its original purpose, but you also get the workout you want.
This one may not seem like an option most people would consider, but it is an option, depending on your bathroom’s design and what kind of workouts you want to have. Just think of it as combining a spa with the gym to get the best of both worlds in the comfort of your own home.
14. Unused Nook
If you look hard enough around your house, I’m sure you can find an unused nook or one with a piece of furniture or something else just taking up space. So take advantage of that opportunity to make that space your home gym.
15. Portable Gym
You’ve looked everywhere in your house, and there is no area you can set up as a dedicated space for a home gym. So then create a portable gym that will allow you to pull it out of a closet and take it anywhere around the house that works for that day – bedroom, garage, basement, porch, back yard, etc. Anywhere that allows you to get that workout in is perfect!
Space Design Tips
Wherever you decide you want your small home gym space to be, you want it to be somewhere you will enjoy being and a place that will keep you motivated. So keep the following things in mind:
- Don’t sacrifice style
- Use mirrors to create a larger space visually
- Utilize space with natural light
- Use effective organization for equipment
- Paint walls/ceilings with energetic colors
- Add motivational quotes around you
- Blend spaces – it doesn’t have to be all or nothing
If you put your mind to it, you can use any space for a home gym. However, you may need to think outside the box and tap into your creative side.
I hope these small home gym ideas will help inspire you to create the ideal space for you and your home. Make it happen!