12 Garage Gym Ideas (Half & Full Garages) | MuscleSquad

icon Jun 14, 2024 - Cameron Brierley

12 Functional Garage Gym Ideas

Decking out your garage until you’ve made your local gym so jealous that they’re knocking on your door is the dream for a lot of us. Something about having a workout space that’s entirely yours is deeply tempting, not to mention the money and time you save in the long run from cancelling your gym membership.

But how do you even go about building a garage gym? What equipment should you prioritise and where does everything fit? We’ve answered those questions by designing 12 garage gym ideas — six for half garages and six for full garages. We’ve also split the gym designs by goal, allowing you to browse cardio or strength-based setups depending on what you’re working towards. By the end, we think you’ll have a much clearer idea of what you want your garage gym to achieve.

All of these designs are based on common UK garage measurements and won’t necessarily match yours. Always conduct your own measurements before buying fitness equipment, and invest in proper gym flooring to protect your home’s foundations.

Ready? Let’s go!

Half garage designs (3.6m x 4.8m)

#1: Strength training on a starter budget

Low budget garage gym design

Includes: Approximate cost:
  • £1,000
Starting things off with a simple but effective training space. While it’s not flashy, this garage gym unlocks all of the essential moves you’d want to access in a strength program. Your rack, barbell and weight plate set can be used for compound lifts like squats and deadlifts, the bench and adjustable dumbbell pair are perfect for upper body movements while the kettlebell set is there to strengthen your lower body and functional fitness. 

#2: Strength training on a medium budget

Garage gym mid budget

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £1,500 - £2,000

Building from our first design, this idea has a lot of the same benefits with a few additional ones, too. Combining a squat rack and a pulley system means you can perform cable exercises like lat pulldowns and low rows in the same space that you do your compound lifts, which is good news for our budget and floorspace. Plus, a dedicated dumbbell set means you don’t have to be as careful when placing the weights down after a set and makes it much more accessible for two people to train at once.

#3: Strength training on a large budget

Strength training garage gym design

Includes:

Approximate cost: £4,000

Now we’re getting serious. How’s a 5-50kg dumbbell set for bringing the full gym experience to the comfort of your own home? This design places a real emphasis on building muscle. The functional trainer provides us with dual cable pulleys, perfect for chest flys on those big push days, while a full set of dumbbells means you’ll never be left wanting for a weight. We’ve upped the weight plate set to 150kg for those ambitious deadlifts, too. This one sends a statement.

#4: Cardio training on a starter budget

Low budget garage gym design

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £650

Clean and simple, this setup gives you all the cardio essentials without any of the fluff. A folding treadmill lets you run day and night, whatever the weather, while a kettlebell set is the perfect companion to a HIIT workout that you might find on YouTube. Add in an exercise mat and you’re ready to bring floor exercises like burpees, mountain climbers and ab work into your routine.

#5: Cardio training on a medium budget

Garage gym design ideas

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £1,500

Let’s blend cardio and light strength training. We’ve upgraded the treadmill in this design to our P200 running machine, but you can use whichever model suits you. Then we’ve added slam balls which are brilliant for getting your heart racing while shedding fat and a weight bench with adjustable dumbbells to open the door to strength movements. We’ve kept the kettlebells and exercise mat because, well, they’re as much a cardio staple as a treadmill is!

#6: Cardio training on a large budget

High budget cardio garage gym

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £2,350

The main addition to this cardio-inspired gym design is the plyo box and the heavier set of adjustable dumbbells. A plyo box might look innocent from the outside, but you’ll be amazed how quickly they’ll burn your legs out. Add in the heavier adjustable dumbbells (we’ve gone with 40kg ones in this design) and you have the ability to train both your upper and lower body, while still leaving plenty of room for cardio work.

Double garage designs (6m x 6m)

#1: Strength training on a starter budget

Double garage gym design

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £2,000

Utilising the extra space of a double garage, we’ve upgraded the squat rack into a full freestanding power cage that’s ideal for performing compound lifts within. A reliable pair of adjustable dumbbells and weight bench are there for the rest of your upper body movements, and the introduction of a trap bar allows you to use the 70kg of weight plates to set your lower body on fire.

#2: Strength training on a medium budget

Double garage gym floorplan

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £3,800

We’ve been a bit ambitious with this one, so you can easily shave the treadmill off this setup to keep it solely strength-focused and take £800 off the total cost, but we like how it looks. A power rack with dual cables means you have all of your cable and compound lifts in one place, while the 5-30kg dumbbell set is great for convenient training with a high weight limit. The weight plate storage tree is great for housing your plates when not in use and adds to the aesthetic of the room.

#3: Strength training on a large budget

High spec double garage gym

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £9,000

The ultimate strength setup from home. This design was inspired by several builds that we’ve completed for top-tier athletes in the UK, so you can rest assured that it’s uncompromising on performance. The gym’s focal point is the commercial-grade squat system, complete with a smith machine and dual cable pulleys on a 1:1 and 2:1 ratio. The 5-50kg dumbbell set allows you to max out in the free weight area with our commercial-grade bench, and the trusty trap bar is back for your deadlifts. We’ve topped things off with an elite treadmill to keep you fit beneath the surface, too. When we say this setup does it all, we mean it.

#4: Cardio training on a starter budget

Cardio based garage gym

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £1,500

Our inspiration here? Let’s make the toughest HIIT routine possible on a modest budget. Hear us out: you start on the treadmill by performing intermittent sprints, then move over to the exercise mat for some kettlebell swings. Next, it’s down to the plyo box to wake those legs back up before moving to the slam balls for a full-body activation of jumping slams. Finally, a sprint on the exercise bike brings the circuit to a close. Not bad, right? Though we’re out of breath just thinking about it…

#5: Cardio training on a medium budget

Double garage gym inspiration

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £2,750

A similar setup to the last but with the introduction of a power rack and drop pads. Our thought here is to add some Olympic weightlifting into the mix. A 70kg set of weight plates is plenty for most people looking to perform snatches, clean and jerks and other explosive barbell exercises. Besides that, you have the usual suspects of a treadmill, kettlebell set and the addition of a rowing machine. Think cardio, with a hint of muscle-building.

#6: Cardio training on a large budget

Double garage gym conversion ideas

Includes:

Approximate cost:

  • £7,500

One gym to do it all — where do we even start? Our advanced treadmill with honeycomb shock absorption handles all your running needs. A ski erg in the corner is another great cardio machine, while the functional fitness needs are taken care of by a 5-30kg dumbbell set, plyo box, kettlebells and our commercial-grade weight bench. To up the tempo of this gym’s fat burning capabilities, we’ve added a boxing hook to the squat rack for you to hang a punch bag from. Finally, the reoccurrence of the drop pads keeps Olympic weightlifting as an option for you if have anything left in the tank after training in this gym (spoiler: you won’t).


There we have it! 12 garage gym designs to help get your creative juices flowing when planning your own space. These are all templates to work from; we encourage you to make all the little tweaks necessary to make your gym work for you.

If you’d like to speak to our expert team about designing a bespoke gym space for you, then simply get in touch through our gym design services and they’ll be happy to walk you through the process.

Feeling motivated? We certainly are. Safe training out there! 👊

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