How to design a floor plan for a gym

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How to design a floor plan for a gym
Plan your gym floor plan to logically flow and leave room for working out. (black woman in gym image by Susan Rae Tannenbaum from

Designing the floor plan for your gym requires forethought and planning to ensure there's enough room for each activity and piece of equipment, as well as a logical flow. For example, placing the largest and bulkiest equipment near the entry can make your gym feel small and claustrophobic, as well as causing you and your guests to manoeuvre around it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Grid paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure the walls, windows and doors in your gym space and record each measurement. Do it again to confirm the accuracy.

  2. 2

    Draw the floor plan on grid paper, scaling the measurements one square-inch to one square-foot to keep it simple. Mark where door openings and windows are, as well as electrical sockets.

  3. 3

    Make small-scale drawings of the equipment you want to include, treadmill, bike or multigym machine, for example. Cut these out so you can move them around on your floor plan until you find a configuration that works.

  4. 4

    Place large, bulky equipment along the outer walls of the gym, near an electrical socket if required. Leave enough space around the equipment to comfortably work out, while leaving enough room for someone else to walk by. Position each piece to face a wall of mirrors or entertainment unit, such as a television or speakers.

  5. 5

    Leave the space nearest the doorway clear, with at least 30 or 40 square feet. Reserve the area for rolling out a mat for stretching, yoga or other floor exercises. Plan for a rack of free weights, shelves for extra storage of small items and a place to sit along the wall near the entrance.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't purchase equipment for your home gym unless you're sure you will use it.
  • Paint the walls in a light colour, cool colour such as white or ice blue to create a clean and fresh feeling for your workout space.

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