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Going to the gym is not always that easy, especially during pandemic times. This is why so many homeowners decided to recreate the gym experience at home. Before we knew it, everybody got a treadmill or a Peloton bike at home.

Would you like to do the same? If so, how to hide exercise equipment in the living room?

At first sight, it seems that our living space can’t afford an actual home gym, but is this the case? We are about to convince you that a well-organized storage system does allow you to bring your fitness equipment home!

How to hide exercise equipment in the living room?

There are many efficient gym equipment storage solutions you can apply. This way, the gear will always be within reach and you will no longer have excuses to skip the daily workout.

Let us tell share some excellent tips and ideas:

Stack gym equipment behind a decorative folding screen

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Folding screens are the obvious choice of many homeowners and for a good reason. They can accommodate as many pieces of equipment as you may have, they are easily replaced, and they don’t cost a fortune.

Folding screen panels can also become an intentional focal point in the living room. Visitors will admire them without even knowing there is workout equipment hidden behind them.

A very subtle and tasteful solution would be a carved wood panel large enough to keep your treadmill out of sight. We also recommend the traditional Japanese room dividers. They consist of three double-sided panels and look beautiful on both sides.

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If these panels are too heavy on the budget, consider getting a rice paper, rattan, or bamboo panel. They are very cost-efficient and do an equally good job hiding your yoga mat or stationary bike. Plus, they come in all colors and textures, and you can incorporate them easily in any design scenario.

Last but not least, consider mirrored panels. They will guarantee a wow effect in any living room, and you can easily turn them around and use the mirrors while exercising.

Retro-inspired metal lockers

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If you are looking for a room divider that is both beautiful and functional, consider buying retro-styled metal lockers. They will successfully hide your exercise space, and provide extra storage for the workout equipment at the same time.

The classic locker design consists of six metal bins where you can store small gym gear, as well as clothes, towels, and drinks. It comes in weathered white and smoky gunmetal tones, so choose the one that works the best with your living space.

Enhance the looks even more with inspirational notes and magnets, and your training will be even more fun.

Create a cozy workout space with boxes and baskets

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Of course, the first association of the gym is metal and weight racks, but this is not a must. You can make a much more comfortable home gym with boxes and baskets, and keep equipment out of sight.

There are many cute storage items you can get online, and which will look adorable in any living room. The better your home gym looks, the more motivated you will feel to work out daily.

Divide the home gym with curtains and drapes

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Beautiful full-length curtains can easily camouflage home gyms and decrease clutter. This is how:

  • Rolling screens with inserted curtains
  • Curtain rods mounted on the ceiling
  • Wall-to-wall bays with bow-shaped curtain rods

Best of all, you will be the only person to know that there is no window behind the curtain. You can easily swing the curtains open when you want to train, and close them again once you are finished. If the drapery is coordinated with the room decor, it can turn into the main focal point of the room.

A caster cart

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This great storage system will also help you keep your workout equipment hidden. Mount everything on a rolling cart with casters and store it in the closet. The basket can hide a variety of items, such as towels or resistance bands. You can use the other tiers to enclose weights, sneakers, or even drinks.

Carts with casters have a multi-level sport-friendly design, and they are available in all standard colors. You will also be able to pick the height that works the best with your room, as well as attach additional shelves or bins where you need them.

Traditional room dividers

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Hiding towels and weights are not that much of a challenge, but if you are a treadmill owner you have to take storage to the next level.

If none of our options worked, roll up your sleeves and construct your room divider. Alternatively, you can get a bookshelf and enclose the workout area, while also securing some extra storage space.

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Check the local home improvement store for panel ideas. You can get your thin wall and decorate it to your wish. Depending on the space you have available, you can add all sorts of features and decorations to the designated area. You can even get a private mini fridge with drinks and refreshments.

Purchase a customized cover for the treadmill

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Sometimes, all you need to keep the treadmill out of sight is a designated cover. These covers are available in all colors, shapes, sizes, and styles. You only need to be creative!

Treadmill and elliptical machine covers hide exercise very successfully. The bonus is, that they also protect it from dampness and dust accumulation. You should have one in any case, if you are storing workout equipment in the basement or the garage.

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Next to their beautiful looks and interesting patterns, the covers should be easy to wash and cost-efficient. Note – there are dedicated covers for any machine type, including the exercise bike, elliptical machine, or any other cardio machine.

Portable DIY workout bench with a storage capacity

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This is what we like to call an all-in-one storage solution! You can create your workout bench that looks adorable, and lets you perform hops, jumps, or bench presses. Such benches are easy to build and can be customized to fit other gear you own.

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If you are not a DIY person, research the internet for storage benches. You will discover many interesting and cost-efficient options, depending on the equipment you want to store.

Note – you don’t have to buy a dedicated workout bench. If the bench is sturdy enough, you can use it as part of your home decor and enable some extra seating when guests are around.

Turn the hall wardrobe into a treadmill cupboard

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Treadmills are large, so it is always a good idea to keep them outside our living space. We will suggest a couple of innovative solutions that will help you store the treadmill outside the living room.

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Your hall closet, for instance, can be a great temporary hiding place for the treadmill or the stationary bike. You will just need to remove the closet rails and shelves to secure enough space for the gadgets. Note, however, that closets can’t hold heavy gym items and large, professional treadmills.

How to hide workout equipment in plain sight

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If you don’t want your visitors to see the treadmill or the exercise bike, you can achieve this without moving those at all. It will be enough to turn attention in the other direction, by making the surroundings look more attractive.

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As an example, you can put some beautiful artwork in front of the treadmill or even on top of it. Some homeowners even painted the wall in the same color as the treadmill, so that it can have a chameleon effect and blend in unnoticed.

If you like plants, you can also use the thin treadmill surface to host a small living room garden. Your guests will be impressed!

Turn your home gym project into an art project

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This can be a fun process and not a daunting one! Better yet, if you are a passionate gym-goer with some expensive workout equipment, there is no reason to hide that equipment away. Simply decorate it with any piece of art, and the home gym will be complete.

What you will be doing here is celebrating the treadmill’s form and function. A detail as small as this one will show your friends how committed and dedicated you are, and you will inspire them to do the same. You can even use a cure yoga mat instead of a standard rug – the result will be amazing.

In conclusion

Learning how to hide exercise equipment in the living room certainly disclosed some ideas you never thought of. As you saw, the process doesn’t have to be all that difficult – just make the best of your equipment and have fun!

If you liked this article about how to hide exercise equipment in the living room, you should check out these on how to decorate a living room with wood paneling, how to hide the office in a living room, or how to fill the empty space in the living room.

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