Home gyms are a sensible home addition more and more people are finding worth the expense.  Personal home gyms allow homeowners to work out at their own convenience, to spend more time with family and to exercise confidently and freely.

If you decide to create a personal home gym to save your waistline, and to free up more social time, you’ll first want to consider the space you’re converting into a gym. Basements can be ideal for home gyms.

There are many factors to weigh when creating a home gym, such as your personal workout needs and preferences.  Here is a checklist of considerations that can help guide the design process:


The room will need to be large enough to accommodate all equipment you may add in the future with adequate room around the various stations.  Also a ceiling height of 7 feet or more will make sure there is plenty of room for stretching.


Adequate lighting is essential to a comfortable, energizing fitness room.

Electrical connections

The room should have enough to power all the exercise equipment and entertainment system components.

Heating and cooling

An exercise area needs proper ventilation


Exercise rooms need floors that can withstand heavy use


Paint that can be cleaned easily might be a good choice

Everyone’s idea of the perfect gym is different, but here’s a quick list of some of the equipment in a well-rounded gym:

  • Dumbbells ranging from 5-40 lbs
  • Workout bench
  • Cardio equipment, such as an elliptical trainer and exercise bike
  • Non-slip mat for stretching

We’ve built many home gyms that fit our clients’ workout goals, budgets and space constraints.  Give our design team a call to learn how we can help you build yours.