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How to Design Your Own Home Gym

By Flow Wall
August 31, 2017

Have you always dreamed of owning your own at-home gym? With the help of Flow Wall, you can transform your garage into a unique, personalized workout space that allows you to exercise from the comfort of your own home. Not only does an at-home gym save you time and money, but it also enables you to live a healthier lifestyle while getting the most out of a space you might not otherwise use.

Why The Garage For A Home Gym?

Though there are several places in your home that could suffice as gym space, the garage serves as an optimal place because of its removed location from the rest of the home. This means you can work out any time of day, without worrying about disturbing the others in your home. Furthermore, the open-concept design of most garages also affords you the opportunity to create a unique layout that incorporates the use of various gym equipment including free weights, cardio machines, stretching mats, and more. Having a garage that's more or less a blank canvas enables you to create the type of home gym you've always wanted without worrying about knocking out walls or totally remodeling a room. Because your garage has a big open door, and possibly windows, the ventilation and natural light available in this space make it perfect for an exercise space. If your garage is lacking this type of natural light, consider adding more light sources like mimic recessed lighting and a few lamps with soft white bulbs. You can also bring the outdoors in by adding a potted plant like a fern, bamboo, or spider plant to purify the air and boost oxygen levels in the room.

Designing Your Garage Gym

Designing your garage gym is exciting, as you get to make your vision come to life. This design process can happen in just three easy steps and allows you to create your space as quick as possible.

Step 1: Pick a Purpose

Know exactly how you want to utilize your garage gym and which types of equipment you plan on including in your space. This will require you to take precise measurements of the length, height, and width of your garage and make a map of what type of equipment will go where. This is a critical step, as it ensures you'll have enough room to comfortably exercise in your garage.

Step 2: Prepare Your Space

Before you bring in your equipment, consider the following installments to make your garage an awesome place to exercise.

  • Floor: Another benefit of choosing the garage as a gym is that you don't have to worry about ripping up carpet or other flooring that's not conducive to a gym environment. However, you should consider installing a partial floor with the appropriate material like rubber, hardwood, cork, vinyl, laminate, etc.
  • Storage system: Installing a storage system is key if you wish get the most out of your garage space. Our planning guide lets you configure a customized storage system. Slatwall panels provide a foundation for accessories like hooks, magnets, bins, containers, cabinets, and shelving units that provide your gym with storage for things like weights, mats, ropes, exercise balls, and any other items you wish to store in an effective and aesthetically pleasing manner. All Flow Wall products are made of durable, high-quality material and come in a variety of different colors and sizes to help aid in your idea gym design.
  • Entertainment: The final aspect of designing the ultimate home gym is to install and entertainment system. Whether you want a high-definition TV to watch shows while you're on the elliptical or a surround sound audio system to blast beats while you exercise, make sure you install an entertainment system that is both within your budget and helps bring your vision to life.

Step 3: Finalize Your Design

Finalize your garage design by bringing in all of your work-out equipment and situating it in its respective place. Make sure you have enough space for all of your equipment to fit comfortably and store, hang, or place all other belongings. Consider hanging mirrors, photos, or inspirational posters to give your gym that motivational feel, and strategically place any plants you've chosen to incorporate into your space. With the final touches complete, you can start enjoying the pleasures of having an at-home gym at your own disposal.