Home gym inspiration: Working out is the new staying in

Bored by queuing for the treadmill? Whether you’ve got an entire floor or just a few square feet, here’s how to create your own private gym at home.

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The basement home gym of fashion editor Deborah Brett and her film director husband Tom Edmunds oozes sophistication and vintage glamour. 

‘I wanted to move away from the sterile white walls and harsh lighting traditionally associated with gyms,’ says Deborah. ‘And it was important to us that this felt like a natural progression of our home rather than a late addition.’ 

The couple’s kitchen boasts greens and the hallway is painted in a moody petrol tone. ‘We wanted to continue this “grown-up” feel in the gym,’ says Deborah.

She resisted the inclination to paint everything white, the idea being that you need to incorporate more light.

Instead, Deborah collaborated with Hubert Zandberg Interiors (hzinteriors.com) on her gym design and went for a cool clean palette of Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue (farrow-ball.com), with textured panelling and warm woods. ‘Hubert’s genius idea of adding oversized wooden-framed mirrors hung with thick rope from wooden pegs was so clever as it means we can move the mirror placement and change the look of the space over time,’ says Deborah.

Wall bars, £399, johnlewis.com

Exercise bike, £2,249, nohrd.com

Boxing gloves, £169, fruugo.co.uk

Kettlebell, £29.99, gorillasports.co.uk

Rug, £125, frenchconnection.com

Smart rope, £80, conranshop.co.uk

Bench, £495, steuartpadwick.co.uk

Weighted ball, £30.57, amazon.co.uk

Dumbbells, £825, conranshop.co.uk

The gym in a cupboard

If you’re short on space, check out the workout area of Lorraine fashion expert Mark Heyes, which was once a cluttered cubbyhole in his spare bedroom.

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‘I painted the ceiling in the same shade as the walls to draw the eye upwards and make the space appear larger than it is.’ 


‘I took the room measurements, along with a roll of masking tape and a tape measure to a gym store and started marking out on the shop floor where each item would fit, leaving enough space around the equipment for yoga sessions and a walkway.’ 


‘I opted for shelving that is positioned high enough to be able to fit gym equipment underneath and a vintage gym clock above.’


‘Almost every item in my gym is portable, from the stacks of dumbbells on wheels to an extendable gym seat and sandbells housed in storage units. These items can be easily moved to change the look and feel of the room, which is key for motivation.’


‘I don’t really enjoy working out, so it was essential that I created a space that made me feel comfortable and I wanted to spend time in. Personalise it with your favourite pieces.’ 

Whatever your workout style… we’ve got the kit

For circuit lovers

Alarm clock, £35, conranshop.co.uk

Punchbag, £22.50, redcandy.co.uk

Weights tower, £499, johnlewis.com

Dumbbells, £21.99, amazon.co.uk

Good Vibes Only light, £115, amazon.co.uk

Trampoline, from £418, bellicon.com

TRX resistance-band trainer, £79.95, johnlewis.com 

Yoga gurus’ go-tos

Yoga block, £6.99, yogi-bare.co.uk

Foam roller, £48, lululemon.co.uk

Bath towel, £39, chalkandmoss.com

Weighted exercise bracelet, £50, conranshop.co.uk

Yoga mat, £160, saialondon.com

Chalk room diffuser, £100, haeckels.co.uk

Seat ball, £99.90, amazon.co.uk 

Zen den essentials

Room and pillow mist, £15, madebycoopers.com

Chair, £275, coxandcox.co.uk

Namaste print, £6.95 (unframed), desenio.co.uk

Candle, £48, conranshop.co.uk

Hand, £19, rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Amethyst bottle, £74, net-a-porter.com

Vertical planter, £608, chalkandmoss.com 

Hot for cardio queens

Strada 2 bike, £400, raleigh.co.uk

Cactus wall rack, £20, redcandy.co.uk

Foot scrub, £22, cowshed.com

Manual treadmill, £5,295, conranshop.co.uk

Trainer rack, £80, iamfy.co

Food blender, £179.95, johnlewis.com

Virtual reality headset, from around £139, amazon.co.uk