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Work it! Home gym designs

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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It's that time of the year again when everyone wishes they had started to work out earlier in order to achieve their summer bodies. If you're a little late off the mark, and fear you will regret a pricey gym membership because of lack of motivation, why not implement a home gym?

Privacy when sweating it out is what people seek most, it is only natural to feel vulnerable, especially if you are just starting out. Understandably, you don't want to be seen by scores of people when you are looking your very worst. A home gym above everything else, offers this. You can hit the treadmill or the spin bike straight out of bed in your pajamas with your friends being none the wiser.

We have put together an ideabook showcasing some of the very best examples of gym designs suitable for the average home.

Light it up

Ample lighting is an important aspect of your gym experience, as there is nothing worse than working out in a dark and gloomy space. If you are an early riser, this wall of sliding doors and partially translucent roof means you can watch the sun rise gracefully as you burn calories, or simply stare into the distance if you are fortunate enough to have access to scenery or a view. If however, you are exercising at night, the ceiling is filled with florescent lights to ensure you stay awake and focused.

Power pocket

The beauty of gym equipment is that you don't need a symmetrical or large space to house it. An attic space which would ordinarily be used to house children's clothes or junk can easily be transformed into the perfect mini home gym. Whether you just have the one treadmill or one bike, or both, you can rest assured your loft or attic space is the perfect place to get the blood flowing!

Minimal design, maximum muscles

 Gym by homify

Patio de luces


For the true devotees of minimalism, their exercise regime will surely match their tastes. If you value clean lines, strict geometry and pure functionality you cannot go past a setting like this. An internal courtyard is the highlight of the space, filling the room with light as well as providing an interesting focus point for an intense work out session. Encompassing elements of Japanese and Feng Sui design, you can surely set up a yoga mat and say 'Namaste' to the sunrise!

Stair climbs

Often times we have an unused landing space at the top of our staircases and are faced with the option of either leaving it bare, or turning it into something more. Creating a functional area is great for those who are lacking in space to begin with but have the burning desire to exercise in the confines on their own homes.

Floor it

 Gym by WARCO Bodenbeläge
WARCO Bodenbeläge


WARCO Bodenbeläge

Another important aspect to consider aside from space and location, is the type of flooring to support your work out space. If you are adding your gym equipment into an existing area, this may not be a point of consideration for you. However, if you are building from scratch or converting a room with the aim of a gym being its sole purpose, you have the liberty to install state of the art fitness centre flooring like pictured above. Suitable for both residential and commercial use, this type of tiling is perfect to ensure any falls or injuries will be prevented due to the fact your fall is remarkably softened.


Small spaces rejoice! All you need is your equipment, and in this case a TV or a stunning view and you are ready to go. Whilst this example is set within the confines of a wellness centre, the space is a perfect illustration that you don't need a huge amount of room or lots of different pieces of equipment to put together your own gym.

For more exciting home ideas see ’How to prepare your home for summer and High tech gadgets for the home’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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