machines-91849_640Going to the gym can be a real hassle when you add up the cost of a membership, the gas and time it takes you to get there, and the possible feelings of embarrassment you may experience while working out in front of strangers. For these reasons, many people who want to get into better shape are choosing to create a space at home where they can work out privately. Regardless of the size of your home, there are some steps that you can take to make room for an in-home gym or fitness area.

Relocate Your Furniture

A spare bedroom or basement storage space can be great places to create an in-home gym, but you may need to do some work to make these areas fitness ready. Consider relocating the furniture that is already in these rooms to different places in your home in order to make space for your fitness equipment. Furniture disassembly may be necessary in order to move larger pieces to other locations in your home, as narrow doorways, heavy items, and crowded hallways can make this process a challenge. 

Work with Space Available

If you don’t have an entire room available to dedicate to your in-home gym, use the space that you have to create a fitness-friendly area. Reposition your furniture so that you can maximize your available space. Relocate your couches, arm chairs, and side tables to the outer walls of the room so that the center area is free of clutter. If you intend to turn your living room into your exercise area, you may need a couch disassembly professional to help you move your sofa safely and without damage.

Choose Multi-Purpose Furniture

If your in-home gym is going to double as an office, den, or media room, choose multi-purpose furniture pieces. A TV cabinet can be a great way to discretely conceal some of your workout gear so that it doesn’t overpower your space, including free weights, shoes, and workout DVDs. Once you’ve finished exercising, you can simply close up the cabinets and use the room for its other purpose.

Decrease Your Clutter

A basement is a great place to set up a home gym, as this portion of your home is likely private, easily accessible, and has the most available space. However, you may need to do some reorganizing before you can get your new fitness area up and running, as many people use their basements simply as storage areas. Take a weekend to go through your clutter, get rid of the things that you don’t need, and move the items that you want to hold onto to a garage, shed, or other storage area.