Many people think of basements as that section of the house for storage. However, it doesn’t have to be the case. You can change things in your basement so it is put to better use and there are so many interesting ideas to think about. Turning your damp, unfinished basement into a home gym is one of the options available to you. Setting up a gym is not an easy task on its own. You also have to deal with finishing up the basement to make it look welcoming for your workout sessions. Here are some tips to consider when you want to turn your unfinished basement into a home gym.

Do some cleaning and checks

Basements are never designed for people to live in. Therefore, if you must turn it into a gym area, you would need to first change the appearance to look like a place someone would want to spend some time in. Before restructuring, you need to clean out the basement and inspect it for any sign of water damage or mold growth.

Remodel the area

After cleaning out the basement, you need to decide how you want the room to look and communicate that with a home remodeling company that you will be hiring. If you didn’t have too many windows installed before, it would be a great time to fix more and maybe change the ones that were there before. Insulating the walls too is very necessary. In fact, this is one of the things you should consider given that you are going to be using the basement more regularly.

Work on the flooring

After doing the wall remodeling, you can work on the floor of the basement. It should look and feel like those used in regular gyms. A rubber gym flooring is generally accepted as the best for floor protection. If you will be lifting weights and dropping them more regularly, you can make the walls thicker to dampen the sounds reaching your neighbors.

Apply paints

After remodeling the place, you can then do some painting to change the whole ambiance. Painting can change the appearance of a room within an instant and while at it. All you need is to consider lively colors that would encourage you to work out. Active colors are warm, bright, and animated. For example, a room painted in orange, yellow, or red shades stimulates the mind and adds energy to the space. 

Add some lighting

After painting the refurbished basement, add some lighting to it to further brighten the area. Using dull colors will kill the intent of the bright-colored painting and this is what you must guide against. The recommended lighting since you are turning it into a home gym is a bulb with a Kelvin range of 2000K to 6500K. This would give you a cooler blue-white which can help you feel more energized. You can install warmer shades of light for your recovery periods.

Beautify the area

After cleaning out and having a remodel firm work on it, the next step would be to beautify the new space. You can adorn the walls with some works of art to motivate you to work out. You can also put workout posters on the walls. Natural wood floors and baseboards would add elegance to your new home gym. If you are a lover of plants, you can add some greenery to the decoration of your new home gym. Plants will aid the supply of oxygen to the basement and also extract all impurities in the air. An interior remodeling professional can help you in this case.

Buy and equip your new home gym

This is the last stage of turning your basement into a home gym. You can do the shopping for your gym equipment and you will have to consider the size of your basement while at it. No matter how small the space available is, there are some pieces of equipment that you can get regardless. Some of them are weight plates, barbells, racks, dumbbells, bands, or kettlebells. Other equipment includes treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, and jump ropes.

Final word

Working out or engaging in other physical activities in the form of exercising is good for the body. Most people usually do not have the zeal to go to public gyms. Therefore, they do not bother trying to keep fit. Bringing the gym to your home can help solve that and maybe it is time you converted that unfinished basement into a home gym. Make sure your gym has these three things, a section to train, resistance to train with, and an indoor cardio option. The tips here will guide you to your dream home gym.


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