How to Set up a Gym Room at Home

Gym memberships don’t come along cheap, especially if you are motivated partially by ambience. IG-worthy gyms invest considerably in the interior, as well as premium equipments. The expenditures are subsequently imposed on your fees, along with maintenance and staffing costs.

The thing is, it’s hard to make the most out of the money you’re paying. Realistically, we can’t guarantee to make time every day. We likely only rotate between a few specific equipments out of the vast range offered. On top of that, we often have to spend a good portion of our time just on queuing.

All in all, it might be wise to set up a home gym in place of a subscription. Generally, the setup takes a one-time expense of about $1,000 to $1,500. Feel free to tailor it to your liking and budget, but here’s a basic guide on how to do it.

Allocate space

Start by allocating an appropriately-sized space or room for the gym.

It could be a corner in the living room or an empty bedroom. Depending on your preferred activities, the size varies. For instance, at least a 300 to 400 square feet space is required if you plan to purchase a few equipments.

Take into account whether anyone will be sharing the gym with you, or if personal trainers will be engaged. The headcount plays a part on the size needed.

For landed properties, it’s recommended to have the gym on the ground level. In HDB units, keep in mind that the maximum imposed load is 150 kg/m2.

Optimally, the space has good ventilation to diffuse perspiration.

Purchase Equipments

Of course, the sports equipments are ultimately the most important.


Understandably, most people go straight for a bulky treadmill that instantly fills the space with purpose. Believe it or not, a simple jump rope is enough to do the trick. It’s great for limited spaces and budgets. Crank up the intensity with weighted ones.


Into lifting weights and seeing your biceps burst? Barbell, weight plates (or a more space-efficient alternative balance discs), a squat rack, a bench – pick any one of these, or get all if you can afford to.

Besides, popular routines like the HIIT exercises only require a kettlebell, adjustable dumbbells, a pull-up bar, suspension trainers and a plyometric box.


Consider mounting one of the walls with mirror for you to check your form and postures. While full-length mirrors are expensive, mirror tiles are much more budget friendly.

If the space is lacking in natural air and light, air-conditioning and sufficient illumination are necessary to keep you safe.

Overlay your floor with non-slip materials. Materials like rubber mats help absorb noises and damage if you’re going to be dropping weights or jumping.

Install suitable storage systems and keep heavy objects away from fragile surfaces like glass and ceramic. If you have kids, a door with a higher handle that’s kept locked when not in use can prevent accidents from happening.

Optionally, equip the room with sound system or TV to elevate your experience.

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