How to turn a shed into a gym

Having a home gym space is an appealing prospect for a lot of people – no having to wait for machines to become free, open whenever you want to work up a sweat, and complete free (that is, once you’ve paid for all the equipment).

But when you think about how much a gym membership sets you back monthly – anywhere between £19 and £30 on average – then you realise you’re spending hundreds of pounds a year on fitness that could go towards investing in your own private gym.

This is where the home garden gym comes into play, as you can use some of your outdoor space to create your ideal garden gym that you don’t need to share with anyone. Plus, with the recent pandemic to take into consideration, a gym that belongs to you alone has even more benefits to it!

Creating your shed gym or summerhouse gym couldn’t be easier than with Tiger and our expertise, so we’ve put together this handy how-to guide along with some shed gym ideas you can use to tailor the space to your workouts.

Step 1 – Choosing the right shed for the job

The first thing to consider is what sort of shed is up to the task of becoming a garden fitness studio. As with any space that’s designed with a specific purpose in mind, there are a range of factors to take into consideration. How much floorspace will you need? Will it need to hold a large amount of weight? Is there adequate ventilation to prevent the room getting smelly?

Enter, Tiger – we’ve got a wide range of sheds summerhouses which have an ample amount of space that’s perfect for setting up a home gym in your garden. Both the Workman Apex and Retreat Summerhouse offer you all the room you to fit in all your equipment and plenty of natural light for your workouts. Alternatively, if you’d rather keep your workouts completely private, you can opt for windowless versions!

Making sure that your shed will give you plenty of space, both horizontally and vertically, will make sure you can do all your HIIT routines or yoga forms without feeling cramped or closed in. You’ll need to consider headroom if you plan on adding in a stepping machine or doing activities like skipping where things could catch on the roof.

Ensuring the base is sturdy enough to handle the amount of activity you’ll be doing without warping or breaking under the stress is also crucial. Tiger Shed floors have tongue and groove flooring as standing, which is considerably stronger than OSB board which you’ll see offered on other sheds out there which likely wouldn’t be up to the task.

Step 2 – Deciding where to place your shed

Once you’ve settled on which shed is the right one for the job, you’ll need to look at your outdoor space and have a think about whether the best place for it is. This isn’t just a practical decision, thinking about where the base can go and avoiding any obstructions, but also an aesthetic one. Are you an early riser and want any windows to catch the sun, or would you rather have the shed face into your garden so you can use it for other things as well?

Step 3 – Finding the right flooring

Since your primary use for the space will be for exercise, you’ll probably want to look at installing some form of hard wearing flooring that’ll be better suited for your workouts. This can be a material such as rubber, which is highly resistant to impact and has good grip so you won’t slip and injure yourself, or foam, which can provide more cushioning for pilates and yoga.

Making this decision comes down to personal preference and what sort of workouts you’ll mainly be doing, but it’s better to get proper flooring rather than relying on strategically placed yoga mats.

Step 4 – Creating your perfect gym set up

Now you have the space sorted and the flooring down, you can start to choose your gym equipment and begin crafting your ideal home gym in a shed – although it probably won’t feel like a shed now! Another benefit of choosing a Tiger product for your home gym is that you can mount some storage solutions to the walls for things like skipping ropes, dumbbells and other handheld equipment, helping to keep the floor space clear.

If exercise machines are more your thing then you can typically find compact or lightweight versions designed for home gyms, meaning they’re easy to move around or can condense down to fit snuggly into corner spaces. For those who’re looking to add heavyweight equipment like benches or squat racks, you’ll need to plan things out so equipment can be operated safely and have extra padding around areas where weights could be dropped.


Having your own outdoor home gym space can bring you a lot of peace of mind, especially while we’re all spending a lot more time at home. Using this additional space to break out of your usual routine and explore mindfulness or relaxation techniques can be a powerful tool to leave you feeling refreshed and centred, ready to take on the rest of the day. It can also allow you to do the exact type of workout you want without having to navigate the available equipment at the gym, meaning you can hit your goals unimpeded and plan your exercises properly.

If you’re interested in creating a gym shed in your own back garden, then take a look at what our range of large sheds and summerhouses can offer you. There’s a variety of sizes available to suit how big your outdoor space is, and the Tiger team are always on hand to help you find exactly what you need or provide some expert advice.


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