If you live in a small apartment or condo, you know the struggle of trying to find the space to fit all of your stuff. Though it might be fun at first to think up creative and stylish ways of conserving space, it can become tiresome and a tad frustrating. A good solution for the space problem is creating multi-functional rooms that serve more than one purpose.

One popular example of dual purpose rooms or spaces is the home gym. While home gyms can be a great way to save time and money, finding space for it can be somewhat difficult, especially if you live in a tiny apartment.

Below, we present you with a handful of creative ideas for how to store workout equipment in a small apartment:

1. Ditch the Clunky Workout Equipment

Bulky machinery is just not feasible if you live in a smaller space. Fortunately, you don’t need excessively large exercise equipment to build a home gym. Many workouts, like cardio and bodyweight exercises, don’t require equipment at all. For workouts that require equipment, you can use smaller, more compact items that can be easily stored, like dumbbells, resistance bands, and ankle weights. 

MIRROR workouts don’t require large equipment, giving you the flexibility to work out anywhere in your home. Our digital weights and other accessories are compact and can be easily stored.
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2. Storage Cabinets and Baskets

Cabinets are a natural part of many rooms, making them the most inconspicuous storage unit for workout gear. No one would suspect that a rustic or minimalist wooden cabinet is holding exercise equipment inside of it. With the addition of compartments, a cabinet also allows you to store more than exercise equipment inside, making it an all-in-one tidy-upper.

Baskets, on the other hand, can help store items that may be too long to place in a cabinet, like an exercise mat or foam roller. Not only are baskets great for saving space, they can also be a beautiful addition to a room. There are a plethora of options when it comes to basket designs and colors, from wicker baskets to handwoven baskets to fabric baskets. If baskets are your storage item of choice, there are designs to accommodate every taste and sensibility. 

3. Storage Bench

Multipurpose furniture can be a perfect solution for those looking to store and organize workout equipment while still maintaining a space’s functionality and aesthetic appeal. One innovative storage solution is a storage bench. When the top is lifted, you can store dumbbells, resistance bands, yoga mats, foam rollers, and more. When closed, it functions as a piece of furniture that can complement the room’s look and style. The bench can also be used during your workouts or stretches. 

4. Wall-Mounted Options

Wall mounts can include hooks, racks, and shelves. You can find mounted options to store specific workout equipment, like a weight rack or racks that are specifically made to store yoga mats. The MIRROR functions as a home gym that can be mounted on a wall to save you space, while providing you with over 10,000 workout classes to suit your fitness needs. 

As for shelves, they’re an incredibly versatile option with different looks and designs. This means you can install shelves that store your exercise equipment while also conforming to the aesthetic of the room. Shelves, and wall mounts in general, help to save floor space by using your walls as tools for additional storage. 

5. Mobile Storage Cabinet

Living in a small space sometimes forces you to be more creative with the way you organize your belongings. For instance, consider that your exercise equipment storage doesn’t need to be stationary. If it’s difficult to figure out a polished way to store your gym equipment in a room that has a different purpose, it might make more sense for you to exercise in that room, but store the gym equipment elsewhere. A hassle-free way of doing this is to find a mobile storage cabinet or cart that can be rolled to the room when in use and then rolled back into a closet after use. 

How Do I Set Up a Home Gym in My Apartment?

Needless to say, adopting some (or all) of the tips above will help you get well underway. The most important factor to keep in mind is that your gym equipment doesn’t need to replicate the equipment found at a gym. Instead, it’s best to be conservative and personalize your own home gym equipment to suit your specific needs and goals. 

This means that instead of buying a bulky treadmill, for example, find other ways to incorporate cardio into your workout, like Dance Cardio and Kickboxing. These are all exercises that can be completed with little to no equipment and require minimal space so you can maintain the style of the room.

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How Can I Hide My Home Gym in My Living Room?

Using a combination of decorative, yet functional storage items like shelves and cabinets while staying true to the room’s color palette will help ensure that your space remains cohesive. If you’re concerned about hiding your fitness equipment so that it’s not visible, you can opt for storage units that close and conceal the items within them, such as a storage bench or cabinet. Who needs an expensive gym membership when you can find clever ways to work out from home?

Get Your Home Gym On

With limited space, there’s a greater need to be more inventive with how you organize your home. Though working with small spaces can be a challenge, it’s still possible to create a fully functional home gym. Whether you choose to add a home gym in your basement, living room, or office, there are many storage options that will help you to convert the space. It doesn't need to cost a fortune, either—begin by adding one or two storage units and watch how easy it becomes to transform the room into a multi-functional space.

MIRROR can be placed anywhere in your home and adds elegance and sophistication, making it the ultimate home workout gym. Try the MIRROR app free for 30 days and get access to unlimited live and on-demand workouts to help you put that workout equipment to use.