Whether by choice or necessity, having a dedicated space to exercise without leaving the house can make it easier to keep fit and to integrate workouts into your daily schedule. Depending on the size of your home, your budget, and your preferred ways to work up a sweat, having an at-home workout space can mean anything from a converted spare room to a finished basement to an auxiliary building designed to allow you to practice your favorite sports.
If you are looking for inspiration on how to equip a corner of the attic or the garage, spruce up a spare bedroom, build a home basketball court, or convert an old barn into the yoga studio of your dreams, these ideas that range from DIY achievable to wildly aspirational will help inspire you to design a home gym that is as stylish as it is functional.
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Use Natural Materials
This handsome and spacious London home workout room from NW3 Interiors rivals any gym. The space has a timeless, built-to-last quality that maximizes natural light, features exposed brick and herringbone patterned wood floors, and is equipped with gear made from noble materials like leather and wood that add warmth and contrast with the black metal throughout.Continue to 2 of 35 below.
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Raise the Barn
This freestanding workout studio located next to the main house on a large Wyoming property from WRJ Design and CLB Architects has a wall of windows offering wide open views of the Grand Teton and surrounding landscape. The architects call the structure "a modern reimagining of a traditional hay barn" that includes the top floor workout studio as well as guest quarters and a garage.
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Create a Zen Space
This repurposed tool shed yoga studio from Leanne Ford Interiors is a whitewashed, atmospheric designer yogi's dream, equipped with neutral-toned accessories that create a cohesive aesthetic and lend the space a tranquil zen feel.Continue to 5 of 35 below.
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Make It an En Suite
This primary bedroom en suite gym from Michelle Berwick Design is located steps from the bed and can be hidden behind a rustic barn door when not in use.Continue to 7 of 35 below.
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Add a Wall of Windows
This spacious and airy home gym from Crisp Architects has a pale neutral palette, well defined zones, and a wall of white-paned windows that provide a feel-good view of the greenery outside.Continue to 9 of 35 below.
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Lighten It Up
Blinding white paint, built-in ceiling lights, plenty of glass, and an edited selection of equipment give this basement home gym from Michelle Berwick Design a bright and upbeat feel.Continue to 11 of 35 below.
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Follow Your Passion
San Francisco-based Geddes Ulinskas Architects created an at-home basement space tailored to a client's love of golf. "The owner wanted a very striking space that would provide a unique experience for practicing golf and gathering with friends," Ulinskas says. "The space for the installation of this golf simulator was in an enclosed basement space, but we wanted the owner to have the feeling of being outside."
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Add a Striking Ceiling
To elevate the design of this home basement golf room, San Francisco-based Geddes Ulinskas Architects created a custom ceiling. "The ceiling was designed to evoke the feeling of rolling clouds overhead," Ulinskas says. "The folding, curving forms of the ceiling conceal structural beams and ductwork that hang low in the space while arching upward into the highest spaces of the structure. Although the ceiling forms have a space-age look, they were constructed with traditional plaster techniques used by generations of plaster artisans."
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This home-based squash court from Crisp Architects has an open feel thanks to glass walls that allow a view of the curving black metal staircase and gallery seating on the floor above for spectators.
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Use the Space You Have
This NYC apartment home office workout space from interior designer Alvin Wayne keeps it simple with an exercise bike parked in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows, conveniently located so that you can get your workout in no matter how busy your workday is.Continue to 16 of 35 below.
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Add Sliding Doors
This home gym from Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions is closed off by opaque glass paned and metal sliding doors that allow light to flow into the space while providing privacy, and can be slid closed to keep gym equipment out of sight.Continue to 17 of 35 below.
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One of the advantages of decorating your own home gym is that you can make it as personal as you want. Kelly Rinzema of The Lily Pad Cottage hung a row of black-and-white framed prints of dogs lifting weights that made her laugh and keeps her motivated during workout sessions in her home gym. If a gallery of dog-themed art makes it more fun for you and the whole family to work out, you do you.
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Accent With Wood
Large swaths of warm wood on walls and flooring warms up this gray-and-white home gym from Heather Hilliard Design.
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Make It Kid-Friendly
Adding an indoor basketball hoop to a playroom, finished basement, or large family room can encourage kids to get off their screens and burn off some energy on rainy days. Emily Henderson Design chose a hoop made of wood and black net mounted on a white shiplap wall and added a black wire basket to hold extra balls to keep the decor looking sharp.Continue to 21 of 35 below.
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Frame the View
To make her small workout room feel larger than it is, Kelly Rinzema of The Lily Pad Cottage hung two large identical framed mirrors on the wall opposite the windows that reflects the room, doubles the view, and bounces the light around, all while making it easy to check form. Instead of choosing to install a large single piece of glass, these mirrors were sourced online at half the cost and look more at home in a residential setting.Continue to 22 of 35 below.
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Add Decor Details
Adding a few decor details can give your home gym design a lift, like the tiled risers on the stairs leading to this contemporary basement gym from Michelle Berwick Design.Continue to 24 of 35 below.
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Designate a Place for Equipment
Kelly Rinzema of The Lily Pad Cottage used simple storage solutions concentrated along one wall to keep her equipment organized, accessible, and in plain sight. She added wall hooks to hang towels, hoodies, and jump ropes; wall racks to store and display yoga mats; simple metal shelving for storing weights; and a row of storage baskets to neatly stow exercise bands.
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Double Space With a Large Mirror
This home gym from Crisp Architects is packed with equipment, but a large mirror on the walls offers a place to check form while also doubling the perception of space and increasing sightlines.
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Keep the Windows Bare
The equipment in this home gym from Crisp Architects faces the unadorned windows, kept open to bring in natural light and offer views.
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Climb the Walls
This kid-friendly climbing wall from Emily Henderson Design gives children a fun place to get off their screens and build their skills that is part of the decor and doesn't have to be cleaned up after use.
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If you don't have a spare room, float an exercise bike in the corner of the living room and be sure to decorate around it, like this Spanish bungalow in Long Beach, CA from Blanco Bungalow.Continue to 31 of 35 below.
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Convert the Spare Room
This simple set-up from Living with Lolo turns a modest sized spare room into a home gym, with large equipment pushed up against each wall to leave plenty of floor space, and a few decorative accents like a piece of wall art and a small wooden bench with a plant to make it feel like part of the home.Continue to 33 of 35 below.
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Reimagine the Attic
This converted attic home gym from Brad Ramsey Interiors keeps the focus on the workout and the view with pale neutral colors on the walls, ceilings, and flooring that reflect all that natural light from the picture window.Continue to 34 of 35 below.
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Textured wallpaper adds some dimension to this bare bones, neutral-toned home gym from Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions.Continue to 35 of 35 below.
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Add a Sunken Putting Green
This at-home putting green from Kate Marker Interiors is sunken into the family room, allowing armchair golfers to comment from the couch.