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It’s been a few years since I started offering online fitness from the living room of my one-bedroom apartment. As time has gone by, I have had to come up with some good home gym storage ideas as the amount of equipment I own has increased.
Let’s be honest, one of the biggest challenges of working out at home, especially when you live in a smaller place, is finding a way to store all your gear (and bikes for me, too). Personally, I’m trying not to let all my weights and other equipment take up all of my valuable living room space.
If you’re having a hard time finding a way to store your home gym equipment, don’t worry. There are a number of creative and affordable storage solutions available. Here are some ideas to get started:
1. Use your wall space
One of the best ways to save space in a small home gym is to use wall space for storage. You can hang dumbbells, kettlebells, and other heavy equipment on hooks or shelves, as long as your walls are strong enough.
You can also use wall-mounted shelving to store smaller items like resistance bands, yoga mats, and water bottles.
This also doesn’t have to be a wall in one of your main spaces… if you have a storage cabinet in your home, you can increase the capacity by using the wall space there. I have shelves in my storage closet.
2. Invest in a storage cabinet
A storage cabinet is a great way to keep your home gym equipment organized and out of sight. If like you, you have a fairly large hallway, that’s a great place to put it so you can also store things like shoes and umbrellas.
There are many different types of storage cabinets available, such as freestanding cabinets or even cabinets that can be mounted under a desk or table. I’m a big fan of old school ‘locker’ style cabinets…in a bright color to add some character.
3. Use a bench, baskets or bins
Baskets and bins are a great way to store smaller items like resistance bands, foam rollers, and water bottles. You can store baskets and bins on shelves or on the floor.
4. Get creative with storage
Getting one of those beds that pulls up and becomes a full shelf might be out of the box, but there may be more affordable storage solutions if you get creative.
Pinterest is always a good place to start when looking for creative ideas, right?
Here are some of the ideas I’ve used:
- fitness equipment stored under my tv stand
- my bar fits nicely behind the living room door
- weights under a coffee table
- walkpad next to a wall in the hallway
5. Use under-bed storage
Whether it’s in an extra bedroom or the master bedroom, under-bed storage is a good option. Get yourself some baskets, bins, or drawers that fit under the bed to store your gear.
6. If you have a garage, use it
If you have a garage, it is the perfect space to set up as a small home gym. I love the ‘rugged’ look of metal cabinets, racks or shelving, which would match/work well with the garage which is also used to store tools.
Hopefully, these home gym storage ideas have given you some food for thought to use whatever space you have for equipment.
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If you have any other tips, tricks, or ideas, leave them in the comments below!
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