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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jo @britflipper

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Until next time,

Jo @britflipper