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At Home Gym Shed Makeover on a Budget!

A messy backyard shed gets an inexpensive DIY transformation into an at home gym shed using secondhand workout equipment and small storage solutions.

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.

The home gym shed is packed with workout equipment and ready for shredding!

And by shredding, I mean puttering along on my cardio bike. 😉

Robert, Mr. Marine Corps over here, is more likely to do the shredding. But I might get into some weight lifting myself now since this gym shed makes me feel so inspired!!!

backyard at home gym shed

We managed this pool shed repurposing makeover on a super tight budget over the course if 2 weeks repurposing lumber, mixing cans of old paint, and replacing the walls with cheap faux brick panels.

pool shed before

Over the past 10 years, Robert has collected lots of gym equipment from Facebook Marketplace and secondhand sports stores; all of which he used in our dirty, grungy garage before we had this shed idea.

at home gym shed with cardio bike and weight lifting area
pool shed before

I added in some organizing items and a few necessities from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart, and now it feels like a tiny little health spa in our backyard!

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Home Gym Storage

We definitely needed some shelves for all of the smaller items in our gym like resistance bands and jump ropes, so this shelf with metal hooks worked perfectly.

wall shelves for storing home gym equipment

This industrial pipe shelf was the perfect fit for small items like our Bluetooth speaker, yoga blocks, an atomic clock, and foam roller for muscle recovery.

wall shelves for storing small gym equipment

Beside the door, I used this 3-cube shelf for holding a few hand weights, this wire basket for storing gym towels, and a mini fridge for keeping water bottles cold.

home gym shelves for storing mini fridge, hand weights, and gym towels
home gym shelves

(I gave the framed Theodore Roosevelt quote to Robert for his birthday last year. It fits right in that corner for a dose of motivation.)

Home Gym Floor Workout Area

For the floor, Robert found these heavy duty rubber gym mats secondhand from Facebook Marketplace that were still in great condition. You can get them as horse stall mats from your local farm supply store too.

at home gym shed with mirrors and faux brick walls

We hung up two of these huge black framed mirrors so we can check our form. I looked everywhere for mirrors this big and these Walmart ones were 3 times cheaper than anywhere else I could find them!

home gym cheap workout mirrors

Gym Lighting

Okay, this might be my favorite feature of the entire room. We had this ledge running all around the top of our faux brick walls, and we thought it would be a cool feature to place these color changing LED strip lights!

workout shed with squat rack and weight lifting bench

The light strips even have pre-programmed light shows. They make those dark 5 a.m. workouts more fun, that’s for sure. Perfect for cranking the music and having a blast.

workout shed with led lights

We added in an industrial style fan with lights and retractable blades too so we can have a breeze. Later, if we feel we need one when summer comes back around, we might add a wall a/c unit.

Gym Shed Cardio Area

This cardio bike is the only new piece of gym equipment we just got, so I’ll share more about it as I get used to it. I love that we put it right at the window so I can look out into the backyard pool area as I ride.

gym shed with cardio bike and small storage solutions

Weight Lifting Area

Robert had this squat rack crammed into our garage for years, and now this setup makes way more sense.

We’ll likely add a chalkboard where he can jot down workout circuits and goals. He has a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science, so now he can really put it to use in here.

home gym with led lights and weight lifting area

Tips for Creating a Home Gym on a Budget

  • Search local classifieds or secondhand sports stores for used equipment. Most of our workout equipment is secondhand and collected over the past decade.
  • Get creative to add interest to the walls without spending too much. Stencil the walls or hang a simple poster that inspires you.
  • Consider a small shelf to keep any small equipment organized and easy to find.
  • Use rubber flooring for joint support during workouts. Check your local farm supply store for stall mats.
  • If you’re starting your home gym from scratch, just some simple resistance bands, jump rope, and good running shoes is all you need to get a full strength/cardio workout.

Sources

These are all of the extra items we used in here from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart to complete the gym shed.

We already owned most of the other sources in here, but I’ll put together a blog post later with ways to build up to your own home gym as your budget allows over time.

Robert’s exercise background isn’t something we’ve ever really shared before, but it’s something he’s so knowledgable about that maybe it could help someone else needing a budget-focused home gym resource.

home gym shed repurposed from an old messy backyard shed

It’s hard to believe what the shed looked like just 2 weeks ago, right? I can’t get over how massive this change was.

Now I guess with all of the pool shed stuff shoved into the garage, a garage makeover is on the list for 2022. 😉

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21 Comments

  1. Lauren, this is such a great transformation. I’m sure it will be so much fun to use. You have inspired me to spruce up our gym basement area to be more functional and motivating. :). First up, is getting those mirrors. I’ve been looking everywhere for something like those!

  2. Wow, double wow‼️ What a great idea‼️ I had a shed built this past year for extra storage, 8×12. What size is your shed? Now I’m thinking, this is what I need to do with my shed!

  3. Lauren, you and Robert did such a great job here. Wow! Who would ever guess that this cool gym started out as a storage shed. I love seeing the projects you guys do together. I’m so inspired by them all. I’ve gotten so many ideas from you – and it’s really nice that you create beautiful spaces with some budget friendly purchases (I love that you share those with us too!) Your blog is the best!!

  4. Love this transformation! As usual, you did a superb job, but this is one of my favorites.
    Your choices to ad the items from Wal-Mart were well chosen and provided classic
    looks at reasonable prices! I will share this with my adult children who are contemplating
    something similar!

  5. I love it!!! Thank you for the inspiration! My mind is reeling about how I can make this work. I really appreciate you sharing about your sources. Great information! Thanks again for your thoughtfulness in relaying your experience. 💛

  6. Wow. This gym makeover is very impressive. What you managed to achieve so quickly and on your self imposed tight budget is truly amazing. Plus it’s fantastic looking! Great job!

  7. Hi Lauren, I’m in Melbourne, Australia. Just wanted to say how fabulous your gym shed has turned out. You & Robert never cease to stun me with your re-do rooms. You’re both very talented. I’d even get started on the weights if I had that room lol. Cheers from Melbourne (in lockdown number 6 uurrgghh)

  8. WOW!!! That is AWESOME, Lauren! You and Robert both deserve this – especially he does – he works so hard to make your incredible home so perfect. This is genius and I hope you both enjoy it very much.
    Genius putting the bike by the window – imagining next year’s hot summer bod is great motivation.

    Well done, you two. Whoot!!!!

  9. I’m fascinated by the ceiling fan with the retractable blades – never seen one before. Where are the blades? Great job on the Sweat Shack!!

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