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Best Home Gym Flooring

Home gym floors take a beating. They have to be durable enough to withstand dropped weights, countless sit-ups, and the wear and tear of daily agility training. Since 2020 the number of home gyms has skyrocketed and we’ve helped a countless number of customers explore the best home gym flooring options based on their needs and budget. Here’s our favorite home gym flooring options

The Options

Foam Carpet Tiles
Rubber Tiles
Rubber Rolls
Turf

Turf

Our favorite option for home gym flooring is probably the most over-looked, so we’re talking about it first. A padded turf is not only durable enough to handle dropped weights, it’s also comfortable enough to handle high intensity agility work.

When shopping for a turf for home gyms, pay close attention to the weight of the turf tay away from the lighter faced turfs. The thickness of the turf face factors into the durability. Turf face thickness is measured in ounces. The higher the number, the thicker the turf. To meet the durability demands of a home gym, we wouldn’t recommend anything less than a 36 oz face.

Padded or Unpadded?

In a word? Padded.

If you’re laying down unpadded turf on a surface like concrete, you might as well have nothing there at all.

Your feet instantly know when they’re stepping on a padded or unpadded turf surface. And if you plan on doing any body weight exercises on that surface, you’ll want a padded turf.

Installation

Turf is usually sold by the square foot and come in 12 or 15 ft wide rolls, so you may need to do some trimming onsite. A utility knife with a fresh blade will do the trick, but be sure to cut from the backing, and not from the turf face.

Depending on the size of the turf roll and the surface below it, the turf may slide around on you. If that’s the case, pick up some double sided seaming tape to hold your turf in place.

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Rubber Rolls

While rubber rolls are inexpensive and easy to install, they aren’t necessarily the most attractive option for your home gym floor.

If your gym is located in an unfinished basement, then rubber rolls are likely a great solution for you.

However, if you’re using a flooring option to define a workout space in your studio apartment, you will likely want a more attractive surface. (Turf, we’re looking at you over there.)

The other major factor to keep in mind with rubber rolls is durability. You’ll want a thick enough roll to hold up to the wear and tear of dropped weights. With that in mind, be sure to select a product that is at least 1/4 inch thick.

Installation

Depending on the surface you’re installing the rolls on, you may need to apply a double-sided seaming tape to keep them from sliding around. A utility knife with a fresh blade will help you cut rolls down to size when fitting them in the area you’ve defined for your home gym.

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Rubber Tiles

We love rubber tiles because they’re easy to maintain and provide excellent support.

You can simply run the vacuum over the tiles occasionally to spruce them up. Spills can be easily wiped up with a damp cloth.

Just like with rubber rolls, we recommend a thickness of at least 1/4 inch to help protect your sub flooring from the potential damage of dropped weights. A thicker tile will also provide more cushion and comfort for high intensity agility training.

Installation

If you’re installing your rubber tiles from wall to wall, you won’t need to worry about the tiles sliding around underfoot. If you’re not installing wall to wall, additional adhesive may be necessary. We recommend trying a double-sided carpet tape to see if that does the trick, before escalating to the nuclear option of flooring glue.

Be sure to have a utility knife with a fresh blade handy in case you need to trim any tiles to fit. A t-square can come in handy to keep your cuts straight.

Always be sure to order more tiles than you think you need. Having spares will help if you make mistakes during the installation process. If a tile does become damaged at some point, you’ll have a replacement tile ready to go.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the contacts below, email us at info@practicesports.com, or give us a call M – F between 9 am and 5 pm.

Be sure to check back with us as we update this article with new home gym flooring favorites.

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