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A Guide to Designing a Garden Room Gym

One of the more popular uses for a garden room is to create a home gym.

This is a place where you can enjoy private workout sessions without any distractions or a lengthy commute (and don’t forget about avoiding the gym membership).

If you’re a fitness enthusiast and you’re thinking of adding a garden room gym to your property, then a key part of the process is design.

Get this right, and you can have a bespoke gym tailored just for you. Get it wrong and it simply won’t feel right.

So, how can you design a garden gym room perfect for you?

Well, here at InFrame, we have years of experience designing and constructing garden gyms, and we’ve compiled a list of seven hints to help you design yours.

Let’s take a look.

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Why a Steel Frame Garden Room is Ideal for a Garden Gym Room

If you’re looking to install a garden room, then why not opt for a steel-framed structure?

There are many reasons steel-framed garden rooms make a great choice for a gym, and here are three of them:

  • Strength – Steel frames are much stronger than SIPs or timber frames. This means that you can hang items on them such as gym bags without any need for extra support, and you can rest assured your frame will be able to hold the pressure. You can also leave large openings with a steel frame, such as windows, without the fear of them falling, which can help keep your gym full of natural light.
  • Versatility – The perfect gym may look very different to different people. With a steel-framed garden room, you get a flexible material that can be designed in many different ways to always ensure the perfect layout for you.
  • Longevity – A garden room gym isn’t something that you want for a short while. It is an addition to your home that you hope will last for many years. With a steel frame, you get a long-lasting and durable structure that is resistant to environmental factors and fire-resistant. This means that being open to the elements won’t do any major harm and that it will require little to no maintenance throughout its lifespan.

So, if you’re thinking of getting a steel-framed garden room gym, then here are seven tips to help you design it.

7 Tips on Designing a Garden Gym

Work Out What You Want to Achieve

The first step to designing your perfect garden room gym is working out exactly what you want.

Determining your fitness goal will allow you clearly envision how your gym will look.

Are you someone who loves a bit of cardio? Then you will probably have large equipment such as treadmills. A gym for a bodybuilder will look much different.

By working out this, you should get an idea of how much space and equipment is required to create the ideal gym, which should help when choosing your structure and layout.

Set Your Budget Early

It is important to have a budget in mind and to stick to it throughout the process.

Remember, it isn’t just the garden room that is going to cost you money, but the equipment and materials needed to kit out the gym as well.

For example, a good quality treadmill could set you back at least £1000, which could be a big chunk out of your budget.

Make a calculation of what you will need and how much you think it will cost. Once you have the equipment and furnishings accounted for, the rest of your budget can go on your garden gym.

Flooring is Vital

Something that is extremely important when it comes to workout space is the floor.

There are a few things to consider here.

Firstly, a non-stick floor is always good in a gym when sweat and drinks may get spilled and make it slippery. The last thing you need is to slip over when holding heavy weights, and choosing safe flooring is a big step in avoiding that.

Your floor must also be strong, as it will have heavy weights dropping onto it at times and will undergo a lot of pressure as you work out. Having good insulation to drown out noise is also a good idea.

And finally, gym floors get messy, so opt for something that is easy to clean to avoid lingering sweat stains.

Plan Your Layout

When it comes to planning your layout, the style of gym you would like is important.

While the space you have may force your hand slightly here, it is vital you measure the equipment that you are going to place in the gym and make sure it all fits comfortably.

If you plan on doing some exercise that needs a bit of space, such as yoga or lifting free weights, then you must make sure that you have a section of flooring devoted to this.

When planning your layout take into account windows and other design aspects so that you have something to keep you entertained while exercising and you’re not facing a bare wall.

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Think About Electrical Equipment

Your garden gym will need electrics for many reasons.

Firstly, and most importantly, you need to keep things lit up if you’re planning some late-night workouts.

It’s also important that you consider entertainment. If you’ve ever tried to endure a long session on a treadmill with nothing but a wall to stare at, you will know it can be pretty tricky.

Think about setting up a television or perhaps a sound system to provide something to take your mind off your session. This is also a great idea if you are planning on following a workout video that you will be able to put on in front of you.

You must consult a professional electrician and get all work signed off as safe before use, or else you may be putting your safety at risk, which brings me nicely to my next point.

If you choose to work with InFrame, our team will be able to handle this for you during installation.

Take a Safety-First Approach

Safety is paramount, especially in a gym setting when you will be surrounded by heavy and potentially harmful equipment.

You must prioritise safety in your garden gym room design and make sure you have clear pathways when moving between equipment in your plan, proper electrical installation, and non-stick flooring, as mentioned earlier.

It is also a good idea to make sure your garden room is well insulated so it doesn’t get too hot or cold, and that there is good ventilation to ensure you are breathing in fresh air as you work up a sweat.

Don’t Forget About the Décor

Finally, don’t forget that your gym must also look nice.

While we’ve focused on many structural aspects, it’s also important that your gym has the right atmosphere and feel.

This is when having your own private gym reaps the rewards, as you can design it to your own personal taste with no interference.

Everything from the colour of the walls to artwork and motivational quotes that may inspire you can be added to provide the perfect workout space.

Some other nice additions are mirrors to assess your form.

And don’t forget about the exterior, where you can add signs and more colour to really make your garden gym room one of a kind.

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Garden Room Gyms with InFrame

If you’re looking for a company with years of experience to help you design and install a garden room gym, then InFrame is the team for you.

We can construct and install a bespoke steel-framed garden gym that is designed to fit your needs perfectly.

Want to know more? Then get in touch today.

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