What to put under a treadmill

Updated April 17, 2017

Bringing a treadmill into your home is a great way to ensure you always have exercise equipment handy, especially on rainy days or when you just don't feel like going to the gym. Because of the size and weight of your treadmill you will need to take special precautions to ensure it doesn't damage your flooring or disturb anyone who may live below you.

Treadmill Mats

Most sporting good stores and treadmill manufacturers sell rubber mats designed specifically for use under a treadmill. Placing one of these mats under the treadmill will minimise damage to the floor below. The mat will keep the treadmill from making permanent indentations in your carpet, and if you have a hardwood floor it will keep the treadmill from damaging the finish.


If you have a hardwood or vinyl floor in your exercise room you may want to put a piece of carpet under the treadmill. In some cases carpeting can be less expensive than a formal treadmill mat, especially if you have leftover scraps from when you carpeted the other rooms in your house. The carpeting will keep the treadmill from scratching your hardwood floor or leaving cuts or marks on the vinyl. You also can use a carpet colour that matches the rest of the room, making it more eye appealing than a mat made for treadmills.

Soundproofing Materials

If you live in an apartment or condo you may need to place soundproofing material under your treadmill. To soundproof your floor so neighbours do not hear the whirl of the motor or the sound if your pounding feet, you will have to tear up your existing flooring. You will then add a soundproofing material to the joists and original floor, then recover the base with a new carpet or flooring of your choice. Placing soundproofing materials under your treadmill can be costly and should be considered as a last resort.

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Deborah Dera has been writing part-time for more than five years but in September of 2008 took the plunge into the world of full-time writing with several online content providers. She earned her associate's degree from Camden County College and furthered her education by taking classes through Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.