10 Ways to Transform Your Spare Room Into a Gym

If you have an extra room in your house that you don't know what to do with, turning it into a gym can be a great way to save space while staying healthy. Aside from allowing you to achieve your fitness goals in the privacy of your own house, having a home gym can save you a lot of money by removing the cost of a gym subscription and reducing your drive time from the freeway to the hallway. Whether you have a large or small space, a room can easily be converted into a gym, regardless of your budget constraints. Some websites provide a wealth of knowledge on the best methods and strategies for transforming rooms, but if you only want to change your spare bedroom into a gym, here are a few ideas in no particular order.

1. Stocked Workout Bar

If you have a corner you're not using, consider adding a minifridge to your new workout space. An exercise bar can include sports drinks, protein bars, your best pre workout mix, along with your favorite post-workout snacks and drinks. Having cool drinks at hand can help you make it through a tough workout without having to leave the room.

2. Get a Bench

A bench is a key piece of equipment that will essentially set the stage for the primary location of your gym, whether your concentration is arms, legs, or just an ordinary exercise routine. If you only use dumbbells, a single utility bench can help you save room. This simple bench can be moved about simply without any barbell attachments, making it great for storing if you aren't using it on a regular basis.

3. Consolidate Your Weights

Consolidating your weight collection is a wonderful choice for individuals trying to reduce space. If you have multiple pairs of the identical weights, consider whether you truly need them. If there are a handful you can get rid of, go ahead and do so. Extra weights are sometimes donated to local schools or senior centers by those who have them. Simply some fuel for thinking.

4. Get a Power Tower

If you want more variety in your workout routine but don't want to spend a lot of money on equipment, a power tower is a great option. It allows you to conduct numerous workouts with just one piece of equipment. If you're short on space, this is another wonderful choice. Power Towers are available in select stores and on the internet.

5. Get a Cardio Machine

Even if you prefer to get your cardio exercise outside, sometimes your schedule or the weather just won't allow it. Having a cardio machine in your workout room can help you get your exercise anytime. The type of machine depends on your preferred method of cardio. Treadmills are the traditional choice. Fold up models can help save space in your room. Other choices include, max-trainers, stairmasters, rockwall climbers, or rowing machines. You can always pedal indoors with an indoor bike if you don't live in the most bicycle-friendly community. While many individuals enjoy Peloton cycles because of the high-intensity environment they provide, there are many other bikes that are more customized or cost-effective.

6. Put Down Floor Mats

When lifting large weights at home, the last thing you want to do is drop them and damage your wood floor or wake up your downstairs neighbor. To help with sound absorption and to protect your floors from heavy weights, use a padded mat. In addition, the mats can be used as a place to stretch or meditate. If you'd like to go step further than a rollup workout mat, you could consider putting down gym tiles. These can usually be found at big box hardware stores and, depending on your current flooring can be installed over your carpet. 

7. Pullup/Pushup Bar

Adding a pull-up bar to a room is the quickest way to turn it into a gym. These can be found at a variety of sporting goods stores as well as online at sites like Amazon. You can workout your upper body and core with just a simple door frame and a pull up bar. You might also want to think about getting a set of push-up bars. These can assist you create sculpted pecs and boost upper body strength. They're not pricey and may be obtained at a variety of stores. You can even find pullup bars that double as pushup bars. 

8. Add Mirrors

Try adding full-length mirrors around the room to help check your form and obtain the greatest results if you're aiming to furnish a complete space for optimal workout effectiveness.

Buying a pack of square mirrors with adhesive on the back is an easy method to add mirrors to your walls. You can also find used mirrors at your local thrift shop or home restore. If the mirrors are light enough, you can use velcro strips to mount them on your wall. 

9. Add a Barbell to Your Bench

If you want to acquire a true workout and add additional weight to your training, get a bench with barbell attachments so you can bench press with a barbell. Barbells are available for purchase both online and at some retail stores. Furthermore, gyms replace their equipment on a regular basis, which may be an ideal opportunity to receive their old equipment for free. It's not a bad idea to call and inquire.

10. Use the Closet Space

Chances are the bedroom you are transforming has a closet as well. Consider incorporating this extra space to accommodate storage for your growing collection of weights and workout gear. 

Weight racks can find a cozy home in the closet along with elastic bands, belts, gloves, and even towels. They can all be kept out of the way and organized, creating more space in the main room to workout. 


It may appear difficult to set up a home gym, but it is easier than you think. You may turn that extra space into a sanctuary of wellbeing by combining common sense and creativity.

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