5 Must-Haves for a DIY Home Gym

Meet your fitness goals, without sacrificing your stylish home in the process.

You want to skip the stares from strangers and reach peak physical fitness from the comforts of your own home. Your dilemma? Figuring out how to store all that clunky exercise equipment after breaking a sweat. It doesn’t exactly go with your mod-minimalist style or mesh well with your transitional apartment, right?

Home Gym

Home Gym

A simple swap of drapery turns the space from bright and dainty to cool and calming. To outfit the same space as a home gym, a cushier rug was added along with a collapsible side table perfect for keeping workout routines front and center while a full-length mirror lets homeowners keep an eye on their form.

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But don’t think you’re off the hook just yet, my friend! This is the year of #NoExcuses and not even the tackiest of gear will throw you off your track. Our solution? Sleek storage, creative vision and decor that serves up equal parts style and function.

From Wine, To Water

Bar Cart

Bar Cart

Bar carts are one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your home. Of all items in this dining space, the bar cart is the one that remains for all three purposes. Here it's outfitted as a drink station and a designated spot for keeping fresh towels within arm's reach as well as bottled water and open storage.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Transform that old bar cart into a hydration station by stocking it with loads of H2O. We love the way interior designer, Brian Patrick Flynn, stored fluffy white towels and additional weights on the cart as well. Plus, the oversized, ombre basket serves as an ultra-pretty place to toss sweaty towels post workout or stash less-than-sightly handheld equipment.

3 Ways to Use Your Dining Room

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Look #1: Casual Dining Room

For day-to-day use, this open space is used for casual, laid-back dining. The cool, pastel palette keeps the room looking fresh, and the unexpected use of kitchen island lighting over the table helps keep the spot brightly lit at night.

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Look #2: Bright + Inspiring Workspace

By adding a book tower to one corner and incorporating a rolling caddy to house craft supplies, the space is perfectly equipped to use for creative and work purposes any day of the week.

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Look #2: Eclectic Decor

One of the best ways to maximize your money when furnishing one space for several uses is to consider an eclectic style. This creative workstation consists of a variety of midcentury modern and coastal cottage furniture, a transitional table, a geometric rug and industrial-style lighting.

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Look #2: Playful Seating

If you're using your dining space for work purposes, keep things as bright as possible to make the spot more enticing. While the walls and wainscoting are light and neutral with white and dove-gray finishes, the colorful accent pieces stand out and add personality.

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Look #2: Textural Pieces

Mix-and-match seating is a clever way to add creative flair to a workspace. When you're mixing seating styles, consider the textural value of each piece. The molded Eames-style chairs add shape and color, while the woven wicker chairs pull in rich texture.

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Look #2: Graphic Rugs

The quickest way to transform a space is with an area rug, like this flat-weave wool rug. It's lightweight, easy to care for and easy to move around. Any time you're using area rugs in high-traffic spaces, invest in a rug pad to ensure it stays in place and eliminates any trip hazards.

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Look #2: Tabletop Touches

To use the table for artistic purposes, outfit with practical organizers. An upcycled soup can keeps paintbrushes handy, while a tabletop easel allows resident artists to work on their masterpieces.

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Look #2: Keep It Mobile

Keep creative workstations clutter-free by coralling supplies to a mobile office cart. When the area is not in use, crafting supplies can be wheeled away and stored inside of a closet.

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Look #2: Stack 'Em Up

To add height and visual interest, a wooden book tower is added. This is an excellent way to allow your favorite hardbacks to serve double-duty as accessories. The best way to showcase books is to remove the jackets and let their true colors shine.

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Look #3: Yoga Space

A simple drapery swap turns the space into a cool and calming oasis. To outfit the same space as a home gym and yoga space, a comfier underfoot is added along with a collapsible side table perfect for keeping workout routines front and center. Plus, a full-length mirror lets yogis keep an eye on their form.

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Look #3: Chic Storage

Bar carts are one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your home. Of all items in this dining space, the bar cart is the one that remains for all three purposes. Here, it's outfitted as a drink station and a designated spot for keeping fresh towels within arm's reach.

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Look #3: Cool-Down Station

Collapsible leaf tables are perfect for versatile rooms. When the area is in use as a yoga space, the leaves are kept up to offer a spot to cool down post-workout and review progress on a tablet. Stackable chairs can be away when the space is not in use, and a full-length mirror allows for keeping an eye on proper form.

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Look #3: Underfoot Surfaces

Keep stretching comfortable by adding a lightweight wool rug in a calming shade of blue. For extra comfort, yoga mats are layered on top of the rug.

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Look #4: Kids' Play Space

Create a fun space for kids with comfy seating, round tables and color palettes they can grow into. This room is given a playful transformation using punchy earth tones in shades of burnt orange and grassy greens.

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Look #4: Safe Furniture

Thanks to round tabletops, there are no edges or corners for kids to harm themselves.

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Look #4: Playful Patterns

Inject some energy into the play space with a patterned area rug made from durable materials. This rug pulls together the earth-toned color scheme while also adding a touch of modern Southwestern flair to the room.

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Look #4: Kid-Friendly Surfaces

Durable metal furnishings are a great fit for spaces occupied by energetic kids. Rather than choosing super shiny, super polished metallic, opt for pieces with weathered finishes which will help camouflage any nicks or dings. Here, a hammered copper finish coordinates with the warm palette and also offers a carefree surface that can easily be wiped clean.

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Baskets Are Blessings

Baskets can be used in more ways than one in your makeshift gym. Create easy-access storage with woven or wire baskets for additional (obnoxiously-colored) equipment. Our top tip? Select a basket style that meshes well with the rest of your interior. Bohemian space? Find a fun, fringe option. Farmhouse-chic? Galvanized bins are great!

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Working It Out

It's no secret that exercise is crucial, but consistently going to the gym isn't always realistic. And while most people don't think they have the space or money for a home gym, it may actually be within your reach. We'll show you how a few changes in your dining space can give you the home gym of your dreams.

Something Soft Underfoot

Once you clear out the dining table and chairs, the first step is to lay down a rubber tile floor. This is especially crucial if you have hardwood floors. It's inexpensive and easy to install, and trust us, your body will thank you.

A Case for Baskets

A wire basket provides a great place to store yoga mats, weights, exercise bands and more. And since you can always see what's in the basket, you'll always know exactly what's available to you.

Bring in Life

Hanging plants are welcome decor as they don't take up any floor space, and they also aid in purifying the air. Plus, let's face it. They're pretty, and this is a zen gym after all!

Mirror, Mirror

There's no reason to cover every wall with mirrors, but a couple of modular floor mirrors will help you see your progress and make sure you are executing every workout.

Borrowed From Ballerinas

Great for toning and firming your muscles, a ballet barre is easy to install and definitely budget friendly. Plus, it takes up very little space and is much more attractive than other bulkier equipment. Find out how you can install a DIY ballet barre here.

Choose Versatility

A clothing rack is an easy option for hanging workout clothes and even some equipment. Bonus? It doubles as a coat rack when guests come over!

Basic Bench

We also suggest a simple, attractive workout bench as a sleek (and much cheaper) alternative to space-hogging machines.

Find Fresh Air

Bright and Airy

Bright and Airy

Large windows allow lots of natural light inside, that when open provide much-needed fresh air for this serious workout space.

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Sarah Dorio/Flynnside Out Productions, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Set up your sweat-station near a window or door so that you can easily access cool, fresh air between sets. The windows seen above are ideal because, along with air, they offer a wealth of energizing, natural sunlight.

Check Yourself Out

Advanced Incline Trainer

Advanced Incline Trainer

The gym's advanced incline trainer includes a quiet and consistent motor and interactive technology that tracks progress, replicates real-life runs and custom-tailors workouts to meet specific goals.

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Full-length mirrors are a must, my friends! All vanity aside, a full-length mirror needs to be a priority in your home for two reasons. Number one, the mirror is a universally stylish decorative piece that adds loads of light and interest to any space. Number two? The mirror will allow you to maintain proper form throughout your workout. You’ll avoid injuries and have a sleek spot to take progress pics throughout your fitness journey, too!

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Well-Equipped Gym

What once was a room with no real purpose was transformed into this user-friendly home gym with top-notch exercise equipment and an earthy color palette.

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Stylish Seating

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Workout With Music

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Enjoy the View

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Large Antiqued Mirrors

Two large antiqued mirrors with solid pine frames, a distressed black finish and decorative dome medallion spacers offer a stylish step up from ordinary gym mirrors.

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Advanced Incline Trainer

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Web-Enabled Touchscreen

The incline trainer's web-enabled touchscreen offers interaction and entertainment, to help avoid workout monotony.

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Cushioned Floor

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Textured Walls

A grasscloth abstract 3D embossed wallpaper adds texture and coordinates with the brown and gray tones of the cushioned cork floor.

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Varied Equipment

Since a varied workout routine offers the best results, this home gym includes a pulley machine for weight resistance to build muscle, five and 10-pound hand weights, an ultra-support yoga mat and medicine ball.

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Interactive Gym

A tablet mount allows you to go online to track workouts or enjoy a movie or music while burning away the calories.

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Coordinated Colors

The raised panel door and trim in this home gym are painted a brown-gray color that picks up the neutral tones used for the walls and floor.

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Smart Floor Plan

The clever floor plan for this updated home has the gym sharing an easy connection with the living room, and a great view of the backyard, pool and water scenery.

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Tongue-and-Groove Ceiling

The gym's ceiling covered in tongue-and-groove pine and painted the same brown and gray tones found in the grasscloth wall covering adds a bit of architecture to the room.

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Lovely Lighting

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Rustic Barn Door

A rustic custom barn door that connects the home gym with the adjoining living room adds architectural interest and offers privacy when desired.

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Control the Colors

Ready to Go

Ready to Go

A full set of weights on a twin tier dumbbell rack are ready for use in front of the exercise room's graphic wall, which creates a dramatic backdrop for the space.

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Sarah Dorio/Flynnside Out Productions, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Limited on storage space and have no choice other than to keep your yoga mat rolled up in the corner? Totally understandable. Our advice is to keep your space feeling cohesive and organized by opting for neutral-hued equipment as much as possible. Try to coordinate with your home but if all else fails – a soft gray mat, black weights and white towels never look too out of place.

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Energetic Space

Located off the covered porch in the home's lower level, the energetic exercise room offers state-of-the-art equipment and lots of natural light.

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Well-Stocked

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Graphic Statement

Spanning the entire length of one wall, a graphic mural with dripping lines hand done by local Raleigh artist Scott Nurkin makes a bold statement that adds personality to the workout space.

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Exercise Room Essentials

A basket keeps easy-to-grab rolled towels close at hand, with exercise blocks available for yoga and other workout activities.

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Ready to Go

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Handy TV

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Smart Workout

The exercise room also includes a digital incline trainer treadmill for a good cardio workout, with a screen for surfing the web, watching TV, or working out anywhere in the world (like running on the beach in Malibu).

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Sturdy Floor

The exercise room floor looks like real wood, but has a lot of bounce and durable enough to stand up to the use of a home gym.

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Great Flow

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Extra Security

An alarm sensor on the sliding glass door into the exercise room is part of the home's completely wireless security system that installs in seconds and communicates to a hub in the center of the house.

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Workout Wonder

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Bright and Airy

Large windows allow lots of natural light inside, that when open provide much-needed fresh air for this serious workout space.

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Large Mirror

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User-Friendly Floor

The affordable and easy-to-maintain exercise room floor offers a durable surface that absorbs shock with the look of real wood.

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Varied Workout

An exercise ball and yoga mats, in addition to the exercise machines, provide different ways to get a good, varied workout.

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