How to Hide Exercise Equipment

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Keeping exercise equipment at home can be a convenient way to keep fit and avoid the hassle of going to the gym. But let's face it -- when it comes to home decorating, that same equipment can be bulky and unsightly. You need a fast way to disguise it when guests come over, or even when your workout is done and you just need a break from thinking about your physical fitness goals. Fortunately, many cheap and easy options exist for hiding that funny-looking exercise equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • Large sheet of fabric
  • Long piece of ribbon
  • Fasteners or hooks
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Closet or storage room
  • Sliding door
  • Partitions
  • Store your exercise equipment in a room you hardly use -- this is by far the simplest way to hide it. Simply shut the door when your workout is done and you don't feel like looking at the equipment any more. Consider installing a sliding door if your fitness area doesn't have hinged doors.

  • Keep your equipment in a closet or storage room -- this works best for small, portable gym essentials such as yoga mats, towels and hand weights. Put small machines, such as hand-held leg or arm exercisers, in these areas as well.

  • Take a large sheet of fabric and drape it over bigger pieces of exercise equipment, such as treadmills and ellipticals. Note that while this will hide the machines, it gives a somewhat awkward appearance, and individuals will typically be able to tell what is underneath.

  • Put a removable partition in front of your exercise equipment. Choose a style that suits your decorating taste -- partitions come in diverse colors and fashion choices. Use more than one if needed to cover several machines, or larger areas of the room.

  • Make a curtain out of a large sheet of fabric and put in around the area in which you store your equipment. Install a track system on the ceiling, if desired, to pull the fabric along the length of the track and around your gym machines. A very simple way to hang the curtain, however, is to place hooks at various points in the ceiling and hang the curtain from them, using a long ribbon to tie back the curtain when using your gym. Drill a pilot hole in several places in the ceiling, and screw the hooks in with a screwdriver. Cut small holes in the fabric at the desired points and hang it on the hooks. Place one hook against the wall with which to tie the fabric back.

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References

  • The Gold's Gym Beginner's Guide to Fitness; David Porter; 2004
  • Photo Credit exercise lady image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com
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