The basement can easily turn into a cluttered storage area with darkened corners and spiderwebs. If you’re a homeowner, you’re actually losing out on prime square footage. True, it does take some elbow grease to get the area looking good enough to use each day. When you want a home gym, however, the basement is the perfect stomping grounds for sweat, music and personal glory. Who wouldn’t want a personal retreat where their mind and body is the top priority?
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Take Care of the Structure First
Notice just how perfect this basement gym floor and walls appear in the photo. You can’t even begin to turn your basement into a home gym until the sub floor and bare walls are waterproofed. Have a professional verify that no moisture is seeping into the basement. Not only does mold become a problem when waterproofing isn’t performed, but your flooring and paint will bubble and appear unsightly in a matter of weeks or months. A dry basement is your initial palette for decorating and installing workout gear.
Do Add Rubber Flooring
What kind of exercises do you imagine yourself performing in the basement? For cardiovascular enthusiasts, elliptical or treadmill machines may be the ultimate goal. If so, the flooring could be laminate or other composite wood. However, most gyms are well-suited to rubber flooring. If you want to use free weights, rubber flooring protects the concrete below from cracks and nicks. You still want to preserve the home’s structural integrity even when dropping weights is a possibility.
Keep Clutter Contained
Adding a workout mat and exercise ball to the basement is a fantastic idea this decorator employed, but find ways to store it otherwise. Although some basements are relatively large, most areas are more compact. Mats and balls strewn about the space could become tripping hazards. Be clutter-free by adding a stylish container along a wall. Choose a container size that accommodates all the mats and balls. Pull them out when necessary while keeping them tucked away otherwise. Injuries in the basement aren’t the goal here.
Alter the HVAC System
Is it hot in here? One item often overlooked in the basement is air circulation. Even with a fan plugged into the wall, you still need air circulation to stay comfortable. See if a professional can alter your existing central air system to siphon some air into the basement area. This process could be as simple as adding another duct and snaking it toward the workout area. Your body will thank you for this clever gym addition.
Color the Walls
Undoubtedly, your basement walls aren’t painted the most brilliant color. Take a day or two to paint all the walls an inspiring color. Even if it’s just a neutral beige, it’s better than concrete gray. Add a chalkboard like this decorator did or use specialized chalkboard paint to cover an entire wall. Use this area to write down goals, track workout times or send a message to a loved one.