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Wellness meets interior design: How to design the perfect home gym

Learn about essential design elements such as color palette, flooring, equipment, and ventilation to create a home gym that promotes physical and mental wellbeing.

Beautiful spacious gym space by Pent Fitness
Wellness meets interior design: How to design the perfect home gym
Clara Carlino de Paz
January 10, 2024

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As more people prioritise their health and wellness, interior designers are bound to be asked to design more home gyms. And while their potential for increased mental and physical wellbeing is totally uncontested, their stylishness is. Home gyms, when done without a very specific set of design parameters, can tend to look a bit sloppy and disorganised. 

That’s why, in this article, we’ll go through all the main ways designers can create fruitful fitness spaces where clients can exercise but also enjoy themselves in. If you’re into interior design content that is curated for a professional audience, you can receive our newsletter weekly in your inbox .

01. Choose the perfect spot

Firstly, the location of your clients’ home gym is an essential consideration. The gym should be a space that is easily accessible but separate from the rest of the home; ideally, a spare room or an unused area. Alternatively, garages and basements can also make great fitness spaces if the square footage is tight. Having a place outside common house traffic is important, as it allows the client to focus on their fitness without distractions. 

Ornate home gym design by Ken Fulk and photography by Douglas Friedman

02. Differentiate the colour palette from traditional commercial gyms

Most gyms opt for bright colours in order to inspire brand awareness (think Orange Theory or Planet Fitness). However, when designing a private gym, that focus is completely irrelevant. The home gym must be a continuation of your clients’ taste and style, potentially subdued to the point that the space feels slightly different to the rest of the home

White yoga studio by Leanne Ford

03. Choose easy-to-clean flooring

Your choice for the home gym’s floors is a key factor to the success of a fitness room. A home gym requires a durable and non-porous surface, so we’d recommend installing rubber, vinyl, or cork flooring. These materials are both comfortable and slip-resistant, making them ideal for high-impact workouts. If your client prefers the look of hardwood, consider using a floating floor system that can withstand the weight of exercise equipment. Alternatively, consider putting a washable carpet or rug down so protect the existing flooring. Best of both worlds – form and function.

Relaxing and airy home gym by Regan Baker Design

04. Install the equipment the client needs and wants

When it comes to equipment, the client should have the full reins of the equipment they want to install. Whether they prefer cardio machines like a treadmill or stationary bike, or strength training equipment like weights or resistance bands, there are plenty of options available that can blend seamlessly into their interior design. When guiding their purchases, make sure to tell your clients to consider their current fitness levels but also their potential ones, as home gyms should be able to encourage growth beyond one or two years. So, design for maintenance but also for improvement.

Luxury home gym in London by Paragon Studio

05. Invest in chic storage space

One of the reasons home gyms tend to appear disorganised is because of their open storage spaces. When designing a home gym, consider incorporating storage solutions like shelving or cabinets to keep your equipment organised and out of sight when not in use. Custom-made storage solutions can be an excellent option to create a gym space that looks clean and tidy, yet still allows your clients to access their equipment quickly.

Classical masculine gym by Pent Fitness via ArchDaily

06. The equipment counts, but the extras add even more value

In addition to equipment, consider adding other elements that will enhance your clients’ workout experience. For example, a sound system can help set the tone for their workout, while mirrors can help them check their form and technique. A thoughtful light design can also help them feel confident and focused during their workout, and a plasma TV could keep them entertained while working out. Whatever your clients’ fitness requirements are, go to the next level when thinking about the “extras”.

Spa feature in home gym by Studio Griffiths

07. Don’t forget about ventilation and air quality

A well-ventilated gym is essential for maintaining a healthy indoor environment, especially if your clients will be sweating and moving weights around in a home gym. Installing a ventilation system or air purifier will ensure that the air in their home gym stays fresh and clean. This will also prevent bad odours, mould and mildew from developing, a must in any home luxury gym.

Spacious home gym design by MY PICK ONE Design Studio 

In conclusion, designing the perfect home gym is all about creating a space that is both functional and chic. By considering factors such as location, colour palette, flooring, equipment, and ventilation, you can create a space that promotes your clients’ physical and mental – without missing out on the sophisticated vibe you worked so hard to achieve in the rest of the home. 

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