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12 Brilliant Home Gym Ideas Inspiring Our Workout Shed

A round up of smart home gym ideas for inexpensive decor, organizing solutions, and ways to repurpose rooms to the max to create an inspiring workout space.

What started out as a “hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we…” kind of moment for our shed, has quickly morphed into a massive home gym renovation! So we are gathering all of the home gym ideas to implement in our own.

If you have a spare bedroom, garage, shed, basement, or flex space anywhere in your house, there is definite opportunity to turn it into a DIY home gym!

12 brilliant home gym ideas

12 Brilliant Home Gym Ideas

These 12 home gyms in this post are full of great ideas, if it’s a project you’ve ever thought about doing yourself.

Our Repurposed DIY Home Gym Shed

UPDATE: We were so inspired, we turned our own backyard shed into a gym. We officially dubbed it the “Shred Shed” aka the “Sweat Shack”.

Take the full backyard gym shed tour here.

DIY home gym shed makeover
backyard shed before

How to Gradually Build Your Home Gym for Any Budget

Check out our Guide to Gradually Build Your Home Gym Equipment.

It’s not often that Robert gets to tap into his Exercise Science degree these days, but we thought, since our situation of owning SO MUCH gym equipment is not typical, that we could share ways to create building blocks for gradually starting your own workout setup at home.

These 12 exercise rooms, yoga studios, and home gym designs are full of smart storage solutions for exercise equipment and DIY decorating ideas to inspire your own home workout space.

1. A Focal Wall

This home gym decor has so much more wow factor with that big wall of pattern.

Since it’s a wall you’ll probably be staring at during your 20th dumbbell row anyway, you might as well stare at something interesting while you muscle through the burn.

workout room with focal wall
Source: HGTV

2. Workout Room Inspirational Wall Art

Pick a few quotes that you can repeat to yourself to give you the extra confidence boost when you need it. Scream it so your neighbors can hear it. Make it weird.

3. Open the Ceiling to Expose Joists

I don’t know what it is about an exposed ceiling, but it feels industrial and rugged and perfect for picking up heavy things and putting them down. Plus, it’s great for making small spaces like a cramped shed or basement feel bigger.

home gym with exposed ceiling and large mirrors
Source: Happily Hughes

4. Go Wild With Color

That burst of color could maybe give you the bit of extra energy you need, right? When painting your home gym, remember that color plays a key part in your mindset.

home gym with bright colored accents
Source: Home With B

5. Use Pegboard for Organizing Workout Room Gear

Using pegboard hooks and pegboard baskets is a great small home gym idea for wall mounted yoga blocks, resistance bands, yoga mats, and jump ropes if you’re tight on storage space.

workout room with wall organizer pegboard for small workout equipment
Source: Lela Burris

6. Hang a Smart TV

So that you can stream all of your workouts via an instructor… or to watch Great British Baking Show just to drool over carbs as you get in your cardio. (Whatever helps. No judgement here.)

workout room with TV, large mirror, and rug
Source: Xolivi

7. Transform Your Garage Into a Workout Room

If you don’t have a spare room or shed to turn into a home gym, make one out of your garage instead. Hang up a curtain to use as a room divider so you can still use the other side of your garage for other things, if needed.

8. Use Brushstrokes for a Wallpaper Look

For a cheaper alternative to wallpaper, use any spare paint you have to make random brushstrokes on the wall. It adds a dose of happy to this once boring basement gym.

home gym with brushstroke accent wall in a basement
Source: What Karly Said

9. Put Down a Padded Floor

It makes those high impact workouts so much easier on your joints.

home gym with padded floor and weights
Source: Katie Lamb

10. Add Lockers

Keep a lookout on local classifieds for old lockers that you can use as workout equipment storage that doubles as cute home gym decor.

11. Hang Full Length Frameless Mirrors

You can find them for less than $100 at Lowe’s or Home Depot so that you can always check your form.

home gym with padded floor and large mirror
Source: Kailee Wright

12. Keep a Shelf Handy

Use it for placing towels, water bottles, and a smart speaker to stream music.

Do you have a home gym? Any other home gym ideas you would add to the list that help inspire your fit goals?

We have a gigantic mess on our hands at the moment now that the demo has started, but with a whole lot of hard work and patience, it’s going to be so cool when it’s finished. So ready!

The makeover will be a workout all on its own, that’s for sure.

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