Step by Step Guide To Plan a Home Gym

I’ve definitely learned from my Interior Design diploma, that a good design starts with thorough planning. Our home gym makeover was no exception. In this blog I’ll give you a step by step guide to plan your own home gym.

Step 1: Take Measurements

First start by taking all the measurements of the room. This is so you can accurately map out a 2D and 3D plan of your finished room.


Step 2: Evaluate Likes and Dislikes

Next I took note of what I liked about the room currently and what I disliked. The room felt cold and stark because of the white walls and off-white sheet vinyl floor. The spotlights made the low ceiling feel lower. However I did like the huge mirror wall on the back wall, this was perfect for a gym.


Step 3: Think About How You’ll Use the Room

Next think about how you would use the room. We wanted two treadmills with a TV, because we both like to workout at the same time (and a TV keeps our minds off the workout!) We wanted a frame for pull-ups and banded work, and I really wanted a quiet comfortable space to do yoga. We also needed some form of storage to store all our equipment.

Step 4: Map Out the New Space

Once you know how you want to use the space, and what gym equipment you want to include, map it out as a 2D sketch, and ideally 3D to visualize how it’ll look. I like to use either Floorplanner or Planner 5D to do my designs. They’re both reasonably priced, have plenty of stock furniture choices, and with Planner 5D you can even change the color of the furniture. However, mapping out the room on a piece of paper is also fine.5f77a2ca498ad8ef0d332d4a4bdd19e3503ca285

Luckily everything we wanted to use the room for fitted perfectly. With the frame nicely tucked away in the corner, and a mini yoga studio in front of the mirror wall. I zoned the space for the yoga studio, so it didn’t feel like part of the bigger room, by painting a blue accent stripe, and following that color through with the rug and the storage unit on the opposite side. This created the illusion of a separate zoned area which was different to the rest of the gym.


Step 5: Choose Colors

I decided to add accents of red to the room to really make it ‘pop’. It’s a contrasting color to the blues, and something that we had dotted around the room anyway through the equipment we have.

TIP: Always try to repeat a color throughout the room to tie it together better.

Our home gym is in a basement and only has one small window for natural light, so I kept the flooring light to keep the room bright. However I made the walls slightly darker than what they were using a soft cream to make the room feel cozier and warmer but still bright.

Step 6: Think About Lighting

After tackling the natural light issue with floor and wall colors, we then thought about artificial light. Think about how you will use the space and how that translates to the lighting you’ll need in the room. We wanted to use the space for cardio and weights workouts, but also as a yoga studio. We replaced the strip lights for new recessed can spotlights on a dimmer. This made the ceilings feel taller and added controllable lighting for added functionality as both a workout space, and relaxing yoga studio.

I hope you enjoyed reading this step by step guide on how to plan a home gym. To see the full before and after photos read my blog on the grand reveal.

After – I added a picture ledge at the bottom of the wall to rest my tablet on to follow my yoga videos.

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Home Gym Makeover: The Grand Reveal

So remodeling the gym wasn’t in our plans for a long time, but as these things go sometimes, we found ourselves with armfuls of flooring and before you know it we were doing a home gym makeover!

The room before was OK, white walls that were non-offensive, flooring that was neutral but so busy it made your eyes hurt! And the ceiling spotlights made the ceiling feel lower than it already was. The room felt cold and uninviting, and quite honestly I didn’t like spending any time down there – and no, not just because it’s a gym!

Home Gym Before and After


Now the room is much warmer and more inviting, and has a bit of personality to it.


Home Gym Paint Colors

We used a warm tone of neutral paint to really add some warmth to the room, as before the white made it feel cold and stark. I used Spanish Sand by Behr. For the accent walls we used Oarsman Blue by Behr. A slightly different blue than the storage unit, as I didn’t want the design to look 2 dimensional with just 2 colors.

Home Gym Flooring

We used Alpine Elm Luxury vinyl plank flooring by TrafficMASTER from the Home Depot. Vinyl plank is a good choice for a home gym due to the fact that it is hard-wearing and will sustain heavy weights that may drop on it. It’s also easy to lay and very affordable, this one was just $1.99 per square foot.


Gym Equipment Storage

The gym needed some storage so we bought this Kallax storage unit from IKEA in turquoise-grey. The color of this unit actually inspired the whole design for this room. Unfortunately this particular color isn’t available any longer at IKEA, but they do offer Kallax in Black Brown, White, High Gloss White and Walnut Effect Light Grey, I particularly love the Walnut color.



Yoga Mat

Instead of just a yoga mat, I bought this Stillebak rug from IKEA at $39.99, which gave the gym a cozy feel and a perfect designated space to do yoga. The colors also tied together the turquoise-grey of the storage unit and the blue of the accent walls.

Inspirational Gym Quotes and Wall Art

The wall decal is designed to give us that bit of inspiration as we’re flagging during a hard workout. I bought this one off Etsy, there are a lot of options, so take a look and find the quote that most inspires you.


To tie the design together that bit more, I painted a custom canvas using the same blue as the accent walls, and a turquoise-grey which I color-matched with the storage unit. The lighter blue I made by mixing a bit of the Oarsman Blue with white paint. I used a similar design to the IKEA rug, again to tie it all together. It’s super easy to make your own custom canvas, just use some painters tape to create a pattern and the colors from your room and you can’t go wrong. But it it does go wrong, just paint over it and start again!

The end result

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, in fact it looked exactly as I had intended. Maybe all this planning is paying off after all? To read about how I planned it before ever lifting a paint brush check out my blog ‘How I Planned Our Home Gym Makeover‘. This will help you to plan your own home gym, to make sure it turns out the way you wanted it to.

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High-End Modern Bathroom on a Budget

A high-end modern bathroom shouldn’t cost the Earth. In this post learn how I used savvy shopping, some IKEA hacking, and a bit of creativity to remodel this master bathroom in under $13k.

The Bathroom Before

The master bathroom in our house was probably the worst room in the house. It was cramped, dated and well-worn.

The bathroom was separate from a small dressing area adjacent to it, making the bathroom a very small room. We decided to knock through the two rooms to make one larger room.


If you want some tips on what not to do when renovating a bathroom read my blog on ‘6 things to avoid when remodeling a bathroom‘. The bathroom stayed in this state for the next 12 months, far from ideal.

Remodeled Bathroom

Eventually we got there…

Modern bathroom remodel
Modern bathroom remodel
High-end vanity hack using IKEA Godmorgon

We moved the sink area further along the wall into the old dressing area where it was recessed to make more space in the new bathroom. In the area where we used to have the sink we managed to fit a tall storage cupboard from IKEA. The wall-hung vanity was also from IKEA. We added our own handles to these units to make them look a little more custom.

IKEA vanity hack - high-end look for less
Live edge countertop and Kohler sinks

We used a piece of live edge oak as the countertop for the vanity to customize the basic IKEA unit and make it look much more high-end than the standard countertop that it comes with. We also used Kohler sinks instead of the IKEA sinks, again to make it feel more high-end.

High-end modern faucet by Grohe

Grohe wall-mounted faucets add a touch of luxury, instead of having standard vanity mounted faucets.

We saved money by using the IKEA cabinets, but upgraded the look by opting for high-end sinks and faucets. I love the contrast of the minimalist white high gloss cabinets with the rustic live edge oak countertop. They are two materials you wouldn’t expect to go together, but they compliment each other so well and make the bathroom feel rustic country chic.

I used an over-the-top Rococo style mirror to contrast with the rustic oak countertop and sleek modern cabinetry. After hours of trawling through the internet for the perfect mirror, I realized that I already had the perfect mirror leaning against the wall in our bedroom. This mirror was bought in the UK as a leaner mirror for our dressing area, yet it looks so perfect hung on the wall above the vanity.

The vanity lights are modern like the cabinetry and the polished chrome ties in well with the faucets and shower, and contrasts against the opulent mirror.

Herringbone floor tiles

I chose fairly traditional tiling in wood effect herringbone and stone effect porcelain large format tiles in the shower, for easy maintenance. We bought the shower tiles from a discount tile shop (Kate Lo), they were end of line so greatly reduced at just $5 per sq ft. To add a high-end feel to the shower we accented the tiles with real marble hexagon mosaics on the floor and tile pencils around the shelves, with added sparkle from Fired Earth glass mosaics from The Tile Shop that compliment the natural stone and porcelain tiles.

Tiled shower floor

The mosaics were expensive, but using them sparingly in this way means you achieve a luxury look for less.

Tiled shower niche

We used a rain-head shower in conjunction with a hand-held. The actual shower heads are from, where we managed to save considerable money over the named brand equivalents. However we bought the shower controls from Grohe (Eurocube). We saved money where we could, with the shower heads, where they can be easily replaced, but the important things like the shower controls we spent a little more.

I chose solid brass fittings with a polished chrome finish. I would highly recommend brass, as it feels so much more solid, heavier and higher quality than other metals. You know that it will last well too.

Frameless glass shower door

The shower door is frameless glass with chrome hardware. It was only around $450 from Glass Warehouse and has the same look as much more expensive custom doors that were around $1500. Well worth buying and either installing yourself or getting an installer to do it. They come in increments of 1/4″ so will fit most situations.

Before and after

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Thanks for reading! I hope you like the end result of this high-end modern bathroom project on a budget just as much as we do. If you like this and want more home makeover tips, follow my blog below.

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