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A timber garden shed and garden furniture in a backyard
Gym fees too expensive? Finding it difficult to carve out space for exercising at home? The solution could be your own home studio, an inspired makeover of a cedar shed, conveniently located at the bottom of your garden.

 

Make space to move

Finding the space – mental and physical – to exercise is tough, but worth it. Transforming a shed into a home gym is a fantastic way to overcome the usual barriers to exercise, making it as easy and convenient as possible. This space, characterised by blond timber and Scandi-style simplicity, has plenty of room to lay out the yoga mat, while a built-in daybed provides storage space for exercise equipment and a comfy padded top for meditation or relaxation. We started our shed transformation using this Stilla ‘Willow’ cedar shed.

A timber garden shed and garden furniture in a backyard

Prioritise comfort

The best part about having a dedicated exercise space separate from the house is the peace and quiet – you can focus on yourself. Maximise the serenity and set up your space as a comfortable meditation area. This custom D.I.Y. daybed fits snugly within the shed and takes a single mattress (with room to spare), so there’s plenty of space to sit and reflect, read a book, or take a rejuvenating nap. (Never underestimate the importance of being well-rested!)

A built-in seat with drawers underneath in a timber lined yoga studio

Set up for storage success

The most essential feature of a good home gym is space to stretch out. For that, you need good storage. Keep all your equipment off the floor with hooks for towels or a yoga mat, small shelves (set up high, so they don’t get knocked) and a couple of cupboards or drawers to keep clutter organised and out of sight. The drawers in the custom daybed have plenty of room for small weights, towels or whatever else you need for your session.

A yoga mat, chair and indoor plants in a home yoga studio

Add luxurious texture

Add texture and softness to create a welcoming space you’ll actually want to spend time in. Layer cushions to make a nest for reading or meditation, and add throws in case it gets cold. A fabric ceiling is an easy D.I.Y. addition that works wonders to visually warm a space and make it feel less like a functional shed and more like a luxury retreat.

A built-in seat with open drawers in a timber line home yoga studio

Working from home on a daily basis?

You might prefer our home office transformation instead.

 

Photo credit: Louise Roche

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.