How to make a spare room into a home gym

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a spare room in your home, why not make a personal gym? Why pay expensive gym costs when you don’t even have to leave your house? With just a little extra space and some funds to buy equipment, you can make a room in your house into a place where you can work out with privacy and convenience.

Get the size of your room. You’ll need the dimensions of your room so that you can purchase equipment that will fit without being too cramped. Measure your room’s width and length, adjusting for any items such as shelves, which will take away from your open space.

Purchase equipment. Find the type of gym equipment that you feel is best for you. If you have little space, try finding equipment that works all areas in one convenient machine. Locate affordable equipment by going to a second-hand store, or looking through the classifieds in the newspaper or online. If you do purchase new equipment, be sure to check on delivery and set-up costs.

Add extras such as fans, mirrors or a radio or television. Anything that will keep you in your home gym longer will be an asset to your room. A television or radio can help keep you distracted so that your workout time seems shorter. Add a telephone jack or bring your cordless or cell phone with you. Mirrors can help inspire you by letting you see yourself while exercising. A television and DVD player can be used to play workout videos.

Get the right flooring. Whether your room is carpeted or not, you’ll need padding for any warm-ups or floor exercises. You can purchase pads at most department and sporting goods stores to add to your existing floor.

Make your room pleasant. Whatever your style is, add some of that to your room so that you want to spend time there. If it helps inspire you, add motivational posters to the walls or add a piece of home in there to make yourself feel comfortable. The more at ease you are in your gym, the more inclined you will be to exercise longer.


If you have physical limitations or medical conditions, consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. Be sure to have a way to contact someone in case of an injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Exercise equipment
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