Where Should I Put My Treadmill in My House?

Warming Up On Treadmill

With the increasing popularity of working out at home, many people are looking to purchase home gym equipment. However, it can be confusing to figure out where to put all this large gym equipment in your house. With a treadmill, this can be a concern since they take up so much space. 

The best places to put a treadmill in your house would be:

  • A spare bedroom
  • Basement
  • Home office space

Other alternatives could be:

  • Your bedroom
  • Living room

Choosing the best option depends on the open space in your house and your preferences.

Now that we’ve given you these options, you may still have some questions about which is the right one for you. Many factors can play into the right place to put your treadmill in your house. Keep reading to learn more about choosing and placing your treadmill.  

How to Determine Which Room Is Best for Your Treadmill

Man Running on Treadmill

Before you place your treadmill, you want to give some careful thought as to where it goes. Ideally, you want to set it up right in the room you want to use it without having to relocate it. Here are some ideas to consider: 

  • Spare bedroom: If you have a spare bedroom that is seldom used, this can be a good place to put your treadmill. A spare bedroom can be a great isolated place where you can close the door and focus on your workout. 
  • Basement: If you have a basement in your home, it can be an excellent place to put your treadmill. Many basements have wide-open spaces to accommodate workout equipment that takes up a lot of square footage. 
  • Home office space: If you have a home office, this can also be a good place to keep your treadmill. Storing it in your home office will depend on the size of the room and how much you use the office for work. You shouldn’t put it in your home office if it interrupts your workflow during the day. 
  • Your bedroom: For those with room to accommodate a treadmill in their bedroom, this can also be a good option. However, some could find this to be a distraction or nuisance depending on your living situation and if multiple people in your home will be using the treadmill. 
  • Living room: A living room can be a good wide open space to put your treadmill. This can be a good place to put it if multiple people in your household use it. However, some people may find it to be a nuisance as treadmills can be noisy and may look out of place in the main living space of the house. 

You should consider all these options along with your personal preferences when deciding the right place to put your treadmill in your home. You should also be sure to consider space constraints before making your purchase. 

How Much Space is Required for a Treadmill?

The Right Dimensions

When deciding which area of your house is the right place for a treadmill, you need to consider how much space you will need. This will allow you to take measurements before purchase, so you can make a well-thought-out buying decision. 

For most treadmills, you will need a minimum of a 7’ x 12’ floor space with at least an 8’ ceiling height. 

This will allow for enough room for the treadmill, as well as the required space to provide optimal safety to the user. Treadmills need a big enough space that will allow for proper ventilation of the motor when you’re using it. 

Different models of treadmills will have varying space requirements, so it is important to still take measurements and do research about space needs based on the specifications of the treadmill you’re purchasing. 

Can I Use a Treadmill Upstairs?

Treadmill Upstairs

It is safe to use a treadmill upstairs. The average weight capacity of a treadmill is between 250 – 300 lbs. With someone of this size running on a treadmill, any modern home that is up to code will be able to support that weight on the upstairs level. 

If your treadmill will be on an upstairs level, it is ideal if it’s over a room that won’t be too affected by the noise. Over the garage, a utility room or a spare room is a great option. 

Can You Put a Treadmill in an Apartment?

A modern apartment building that is up to code should be able to support the weight of a treadmill, even on an upstairs level. However, there are still some factors you need to consider before purchasing a treadmill to use in your apartment. 

  • Space: Treadmills take up a lot of space, and most apartments are smaller than a normal home. You need to make sure you have adequate space in your apartment before deciding to spend the money on a treadmill.
  • Neighbors: Disturbing your neighbors could be a concern when using a treadmill in an apartment building. Treadmills are noisy, and if you’re on an upstairs level, running on a treadmill could be very annoying for someone living below you. 
  • Landlord: You should make sure to check on your lease agreement with your landlord before purchasing a treadmill for an apartment. Certain lease agreements have restrictions on the use of things like workout equipment in the apartment building. 
  • Time of use: As mentioned earlier, you need to consider your neighbors. If you’re going to be using your treadmill either early in the morning or late at night, this could disturb someone’s sleep which will lead to a higher possibility of noise complaints.

While you can use a treadmill in an apartment, you will want to consider these elements before making your purchase. 

Can I Put my Treadmill in the Garage?

Treadmill with Incline

The garage can seem like a good wide open space to put a treadmill. However, most treadmill manufacturers advise against doing this for a few reasons. 

  • Exposed to the elements: Since most garages aren’t heated or air-conditioned, this leaves your treadmill more exposed to the outdoor weather conditions compared to other areas of your home. This can lead to quicker deterioration of the motor and other mechanical elements of the treadmill.
  • Dirty: A garage is dirtier than other places of your home since the garage door is frequently being opened and cars are driving in and out. This can cause a lot of dirt to buildup on your treadmill. With more dirt buildup, you will need to frequently clean your treadmill, and it could lead to mechanical issues over time. 
  • Warranty: Most treadmills come with a manufacturer’s warranty that includes proper usage guidelines. Since most manufacturers don’t recommend using a treadmill in your garage, this could void your warranty leading to any problems with the machine not being covered. 

If you’re considering putting your treadmill in your garage, you may want to think twice. Consider these elements before deciding if that’s the best place for your treadmill. 

Can I Use a Treadmill on a Hardwood Floor?

When deciding where to put your treadmill, you may also want to consider your flooring. A treadmill is heavy, which can create indents on a hardwood floor. The treadmill could also slide on a wood floor and cause scratches to appear. 

If you want to use your treadmill in an area with hardwood flooring, you can put down rubber mats or foam gym flooring tiles to protect your floor and keep the treadmill from sliding. 

It’s Important to Consider All the Variables When Deciding Where to Put a Treadmill

Woman on Treadmill

There are a lot of variables that go into deciding the best place to put your treadmill. You will want to consider:

  • Space: Can the room accommodate the size of a treadmill?
  • The number of users: How many people will be using the treadmill?
  • Noise: If you put it somewhere, will people in your home be bothered by the noise?
  • Appearance: Will you be bothered by the way it looks in a particular room?

A home gym can be a great investment. This is why many people are deciding to take the leap and purchase equipment. If you consider all these aspects and purchase a quality treadmill, you will be satisfied with your purchase for years to come. 

Sources

https://www.livestrong.com/article/289087-how-to-keep-treadmills-outdoors/

https://www.greatmats.com/do-rubber-mats-damage-hardwood-floors.php

Benny Laker

I am the owner of High Tech Fitness. I love testing any kind of exercise equipment and enjoy sharing my insights with you.

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