Gym Sheds: Make Fitness Convenient

Finding time to prioritize fitness can be challenging in today’s fast-paced world. However, what if we told you that creating a dedicated workout space in your backyard could be the solution? Enter the concept of a gym shed – a versatile and convenient way to bring your fitness routine closer to home. Here at Hometown Structures we are known for our exceptional sheds and we’ll guide you through planning, designing, and creating your gym shed.

Planning Your Gym Shed

Before embarking on any construction project, proper planning is essential. When building your gym shed, determine your fitness needs and goals. Are you an avid weightlifter, a dedicated yogi, or someone who prefers cardio workouts? This will help you decide on the equipment and space required. If you are new to fitness you can check out this fitness guide for home workouts.

Next, consider the shed’s size and location within your backyard. Measure the available space and choose a shed size that accommodates your workout equipment and fits harmoniously into your outdoor environment. Hometown Structures offers a variety of shed styles to match your preferences and the aesthetic of your home.

Why Are Gym Sheds Better Than An In-Home Gym?

Setting up a home inside your home can be difficult, mainly if you have limited space. There are ways to get around the space issue, such as buying foldable equipment, dumbbells, and resistance bands. However, nothing is quite like having a dedicated workout space for yourself. 

If you try to squeeze a home gym into a tight space, you may get into other people’s space, and it won’t be as good of an experience as having an open workout room. Sure, we may be biased, but here at hometown structures, we believe gym sheds are the best solution to making your workouts convenient. Having a gym shed means you have a space to keep all your equipment (no need to store it away in-between workouts), and it will be right there waiting for your next workout.

Designing Your Ideal Gym Space

Designing the interior layout of your gym shed is a thrilling creative process. Begin by envisioning the placement of your exercise equipment. Consider factors such as natural light, accessibility, and visual appeal. Placing mirrors strategically can create an illusion of a larger space and help you maintain proper form during workouts.

Furthermore, decide whether you want designated areas for stretching, yoga, or high-intensity workouts. This thoughtful planning ensures that your gym shed caters seamlessly to all your fitness activities. Hometown Structures’ sheds are customizable, allowing you to add windows, doors, and other features that enhance your gym sheds functionality and ambiance.

What Size Shed Do I Need For A Gym?

What Size Shed Do I Need For A Gym? 

Anything over 150 square feet is a good size for the average gym, but you could have as little as 50 feet and still be able to complete a workout. While 150 square feet will give you enough room to have some equipment, 250+  feet will provide a better experience. You won’t feel nearly as cramped and will have more room to move between your equipment. You should also make sure your ceiling height is at least 8-9 feet high. If you plan to do total stretch weight lifts or jumping exercises, aiming for 9 feet high may be best. Our popular 10×12 shed is a great size for a gym. It has 120 square feet of space which is perfect for your gym shed. Or you can check out our other storage sheds and their dimensions. Another important question to consider before you buy your gym shed is “how much does a shed cost?”

What Workout Equipment Can Fit In A Shed? 

It may seem strange to keep things other than your garden tools in your shed, but here is a list of the workout equipment you can store.


The standard treadmill will need 30 square feet of space, so most sheds provide plenty of room for a treadmill. Consider that you will need electricity for the treadmill to run (no pun intended). Still, you’re probably already thinking about installing A/C, so you are most likely planning on electricity for your gym shed. 

Bench Press 

For a bench press, you will need a decent amount of space. You will want an area around 8-10 ft. long and 6-8 ft. wide to work out on a bench press comfortably. 

Weight Rack 

Although a weight rack and a bench press should be close to the same size, a weight rack requires a bit more space. A standard weight rack will be around 7 ½ feet tall, 4 feet wide, and 2-4 feet deep.

Choosing the Right Shed

Selecting the perfect shed is a critical step in the process. Hometown Structures offers an array of high-quality sheds in various sizes and styles, ensuring you find the one that aligns with your vision. Consider the shed’s materials, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Whether you prefer a rustic look or a modern design, there’s a shed to match your taste.

Durability is paramount; your gym sheds will be exposed to the elements year-round. Opt for sheds constructed from weather-resistant materials that withstand rain, snow, and varying temperatures. Hometown Structures’ sheds are built to last, providing a reliable and robust foundation for your fitness haven.

Preparing the Site

Once you’ve chosen the suitable shed, it’s time to prepare the site for construction. Clear the area of any debris, level the ground, and ensure proper drainage. A solid foundation is essential to prevent issues down the line. You might lay a concrete pad or build a gravel base – consult with professionals if needed.

During this stage, also consider the shed’s orientation. Placing it in a way that maximizes natural light while minimizing direct sunlight exposure can create a more comfortable workout environment. Proper positioning contributes to energy efficiency as well.

For more information, you can check out this article about ground preparation for a shed.

Customizing the Interior

customize your gym shed

With the shed in place, it’s time to bring your gym shed to life with thoughtful customization. Install appropriate flooring that suits your workout needs, whether rubber for weightlifting, laminate for yoga, or a combination that accommodates different activities. Wall-mounted storage solutions can help keep your equipment organized and your space clutter-free.

Paint the interior in light, motivating colors to enhance the ambiance. Personalize the space with motivational quotes or artwork that energizes your workouts. Hometown Structures’ sheds can have shelving, hooks, and other accessories that align with your fitness goals and storage requirements.

Ventilation, Insulation, and Climate Control

Creating a comfortable workout environment requires proper ventilation, insulation, and climate control. Adequate ventilation ensures fresh air circulation, while insulation helps regulate indoor temperatures throughout the year. Depending on your location, you might consider adding heating or cooling options for extreme weather conditions.

Hometown Structures’ sheds come with customization options that include windows, vents, and insulation, allowing you to create a comfortable and enjoyable space year-round. This attention to detail guarantees that your gym shed is as inviting during a summer workout as it is in the midst of winter.

You can also try our 3D shed builder to design the shed of your dreams, and its completely free!


Investing in a gym shed from Hometown Structures is more than just a construction project – it’s an investment in your health and well-being. By carefully planning, designing, and customizing your gym shed, you’re crafting a dedicated space that makes fitness a seamless part of your lifestyle. With the convenience of a gym just a few steps from your home, you’re more likely to stay motivated and consistent with your workouts. Plus, the creative freedom in designing your ideal gym space ensures a sanctuary that reflects your unique fitness journey. So, take the leap, build your gym shed, and enjoy the ease of pursuing your fitness goals without leaving the comfort of your Hometown shed.