Many homes have a treadmill or dumbbell these days, but a home gym is more than just an accumulation of equipment—it’s the product of a well-conceived design that’s as functional as it is motivating.
The good news is that it doesn’t take much space—nor does it require plumbing or a lot of rewiring—to set up a home gym. It does, however, take careful planning to optimize the square footage and create a sound, safe, and inviting workout space.
Before you start equipment shopping, settle on the location of your home gym. Space limitations will impact the size, quantity, and layout of your apparatus. According to the American Council on Exercise, free weights require 20 to 50 square feet of space to use properly, treadmills need about 30 square feet, and a multi-station gym necessitates 50 to 200 square feet.
“Maximizing smaller space comes down to choosing