From dry January to ‘Veganuary’, many of us are kicking the excesses of the festive season into touch this month. And top of most resolutions is getting fit and healthy, with home gyms coming into their own post-pandemic. But how do you ensure good intentions last all year?
Here are our top tips to creating a space you’ll want to spend time in – whether you’re commandeering a corner of another room or creating a dedicated, fully equipped studio.
Create an uplifting space
If space is tight, think vertically. Keeping fitness equipment in a tall storage solution will free up precious floor space – and look super-slick too. Create an industrial vibe with vintage lockers, soften the edge with a beautiful wooden unit (hello Heals) or keep things minimal with a simple cube system. Ikea’s Kallax has the option to add doors, for a completely clutter-free look.
Give walls a workout
Smaller pieces – like yoga blocks, mats and resistance bands – can be tidied away into a wall-hung unit. Chic, contained and Marie-Kondo approved. Or you could experiment with a pegboard system, either going the DIY route or picking up one of Ikea’s ready-made combos. Pinterest is full of inspiration and step-by-step guides for these.
Think more flexibly
A few thoughtful touches will help seamlessly blend home and gym environments. Add an air-purifying plant, create a little nook for a chrome fan, keep some baskets for towels and workout-essentials. And don’t forget to make space for your sound dock. You could even lean a large mirror against the wall – the VAHA smart mirrors are currently available to rent on a 30-day free trial. Put one in front of your yoga mat, get out your skipping ropes and hand weights and work with your own virtual PT through their AI interface.
Get kitted out
If space is tight, consider smaller or multi-purpose pieces of equipment. TRX (Total Resistance Exercise) is an all-in-one system that simply clips onto a door – using your body weight and gravity to build strength, improve balance and increase flexibility. If you do have a larger piece, like a bike or rowing machine, try to position it in the corner and pop a screen in front for when it’s not in use. Amara has some really beautiful room dividers, or check out Wayfair for a huge range of styles and price-points.
With a stylish, functional space that meets your fitness and interior design goals, it will be so much easier to stay in the gym, and stay motivated. For extra tips and tricks, get in touch with our design team and book a free consultation to find out more about our tailored packages.