How To Turn a Garden Shed Into a Gym [Six tips] ?

You want to start exercising, but the late office sittings and haywire commitments schedule are keeping you away from it?

How about getting a home gym?

Imagine being able to workout on your schedule without paying an expensive membership fee?

Isn’t it amazing? Indeed It is!

Home gyms are a sigh of relief for anyone who has a tight schedule and can’t hit the gyms.

You can easily convert any spare space as a garden shed into a spectacular workout zone.

Not sure whether a home gym is a good idea?

Head out to our previous post on the effectiveness of home gyms and clear out the confusion!

If you have made up your mind to give your garden storage bastion a makeover into the gym, then hear us out! 

Things To Focus On For Turning “Garden” Shed Into ‘Gym’ Shed

Before calling the contractor or taking out your tool kit (if you want a DIY garden shed gym), it’s necessary to determine whether your shed can be converted into a home gym.

To decide whether your existing shed is a home gym convertible, focus on the following points.

Keep in mind that the same factors help get a new garden shed gym if you don’t already have a shed.

1.   Size of the shed

Even a minimalist gym with not more than 2-3 gym equipment requires enough space for comfortable workouts.

It is therefore essential to check whether your garden shed is big enough to cram in the equipment.

Although a garden shed of 5’ by 8’ size is big enough for cardio equipment, it agrees with everyone.

If you want to create a weight-lifting gym, you need a minimum of 8’ x 8’ (244cm x 244cm) space.

A gym with space can easily have a power rack, weights, bench, barbells, dumbbells, with enough room to stretch/deadlifts.

If you want to add a gym bike, a treadmill, or both, a space of 8’ x 10’ (244cm x305cm) or 10′ x 10′ would be ideal.

Click here to find our post on best home gym practices and maintenance tips!

2.   Height of the shed

The height of the shed ceiling is another critical factor.

In usual practice, garden sheds are built with low-height ceilings.

And unless you don’t want your head hitting up the roof for pull-ups, you need to pay attention!

The minimum ceiling height for a garden shed suitable to be a gym is 7’.

At this height, you can do your cardio exercises with comfort.

Even at this height, you may need to make some adjustments.

The ideal garden shed height to create a home gym is 9’.

A pro-tip, if your shed has an A-frame roof, you can go for lower walls and leaving the ceiling open.

This adjustment will allow you to comfortably workout under a low ceiling.

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3.   Shed flooring

Are you a fan of training with heavy-duty gym gear and equipment?

Is weight-lifting your go-to workout routine?

If yes, then you need solid shed flooring and foundation (for the shed convertible gym).

Almost all the garden sheds use wooden planks as the floor.

These wooden planks, no matter how durable, don’t stand a chance against gym equipment.

The floor wouldn’t break immediately, but eventually, it will.

Also, the squeaky noise of the planks will ruin your perfect workout moment.

So hence, don’t overlook your shed flooring if you are thinking of converting it into a home gym. 

4.   Legality

Every state has particular regulations about home additions.

The laws imply the height, size, design, structure, etc., of the home additions.

It is hard to tell what is legal in your location, as the rules vary from location to location, and county to country.

In some countries or states, you need a permit from the local authorities to build a new structure.

So your first course of action should be finding out the legal laws on home additions.

Otherwise, there is a high chance the authorities will take down your structure.

It’s always better safe than sorry!

5.   Gym Layout and Equipment

Everyone has personal preferences about the layout of their gym.

Also, your fitness goals take a toll in deciding what kind of gym and equipment you need.

It is essential to discuss the gym layout with your contractor.

Plus, if you don’t know which equipment and gear you need for your fitness training, don’t shy away from asking a fitness trainer.

Whether you are doing a DIY garden, shed gym, or a contractor, choosing someone who has experience converting sheds into home gyms is best. 

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Turning Your Lawn-mower Mansion Into a Cardio-cabin

1.   Clear out the shed

The first step is to make space for your brand-new home-shed gym.

Yes, you are getting it right. You need to clear out your garden shed.

It includes everything, from lawnmowers to floating shelves.

Also, remove anything on the wall, like racks and tool hangers, etc.

You may think these items are out of the way, but your lush gym flooring, walls, and ceilings may not agree with your approach.

2.   Gym Flooring

Once you are done with measurements and clearing out the shed, it’s time to re-do the flooring.

Unless you wish to create a zero-equipment gym, the wooden planks aren’t much of a help.

The gym flooring must be strong and flexible enough to bear the load and force of workout equipment.

The best practice for garden shed gym flooring is the marble tiles.

But not everyone can afford these expensive tiles.

You can also coat the floor with an epoxy seal.

To add more strength and protection, combine the seal with foam floor or rubber.

3.   Ventilation System

 Any gym is worthless if it’s not breathable.

Plus, if you want to keep your gym pleasant and fresh, then air circulation is essential.

Most garden sheds are designed with no window, hence zero ventilation.

So, the next step should be getting some windows and vents in your shed.

Also, add a ceiling fan or portable AC to keep the shed gym cool during hot summer days.

4.   Insulation

Workout is not something seasonal.

So your goal should be to create a gym that allows you to train comfortably throughout the year.

For this purpose, insulate the shed doors, windows, and vents.

Not only does the insulation keep the shed warmer in winters, but it also keeps it more relaxed in summer.

You can use the standard Rockwool or drywall to insulate your shed. 

5.   Power Connection

The cardio machines, light bulbs, fan, AC, and heaters require a power connection.

And we all know that most garden sheds don’t have more than a bulb.

Hire a professional electrician to give the shed an electrical connection.

It is best to consult the electrician before starting the gym transformation.

6.   Get The Right Equipment

The last but the most crucial step of creating a home gym into a garden shed is the equipment and machines.

Most people in trying to develop commercial gym-like space stuff their home gyms with unnecessary equipment.

Remember that a garden shed doesn’t have much space to squeeze in all kinds of machines while giving you room to stretch and deadlift.

When getting the equipment for your home gym, consider your fitness goals and needs.

If you have no idea about the use of gym equipment, consult a fitness expert.

It will not only save you money but will also help you to create an ideal gym space.

Read out the tips for choosing the right gym equipment over here!

Final takeaways!

Now you know the basics about converting a garden shed into a gym.

How about giving it a try?

Garden shed gyms are easy-peasy to create.

With just a few adjustments, your dusty mower storage can be converted into a great gym.

On top of everything, in comparison to other home spaces, garden sheds cost you less.

Also, you save money on the commute to commercial gyms and membership fees.

In short, a garden shed is an excellent option for a home gym.

So what’s stopping you from trying to save a shed-load of money in the long run?

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