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Sweat It Out: How to Design Your Own At-Home Gym

For many of us, our gyms have been closed for months due to shelter in place ordinances. While some areas of the country are opening back up again, others will remain closed for quite some time. But we can’t just sit around waiting for the gym to open again to break a sweat!

We’re huge proponents of getting outside and going on walks or runs where it’s safe to do so. But sometimes the weather doesn’t allow it, or you just want to do a different type of activity. That’s where a home gym comes in. With just a little bit of space—or a lot if you have the square footage available—you can create an at-home workout zone with a few of our home gym ideas and tips.

It’s time to get moving, break a sweat, and work out some of that angst. Keep reading for a couple of our favorite home gym ideas, from creating a workout space, integrating exercise equipment into your home, and different ways to approach layout for gyms at home!

If you have a whole room to dedicate to your home gym…

First off, lucky you. If you have a separate room that you can work out and store all of your equipment in, take a little time to make this space feel really special. We like the idea of making this room as close to the real gym as possible.

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Start by breaking up the room by activity—a cardio machine, a space to roll out your mat and stretch or practice yoga, a zone for weightlifting. In this room, we have two cardio machines and extra floor space—but you can tailor your space to your preferred workouts and needs! Perhaps you want to install a wall-mounted ballet barre instead, or dedicate a part of the room to weight machines!

But it’s not just about the equipment. If you have a whole room to work with, a few small upgrades will make it feel much more like a real gym! Consider hanging up some mirrors to help spot check your form while you’re working out! In this room, we mounted three infinity mirrors on the wall to give the effect of the gym’s wall-to-wall mirrors. Then, make sure you have the proper ventilation. You don’t want this room to get stinky! We recommend installing a ceiling fan in addition to having a plug-in floor fan going throughout your workout. You could even mount a flatscreen TV in the corner for watching a show while you’re on the treadmill or for streaming online workout classes!

It’s also essential to have storage and organization for your workout gear—from resistance bands and foam rollers to dumbbells and jump ropes! In this space, we used baskets for simple, stashable storage and easy access. But we also love the idea of rolling storage pieces, which are easy to move around if you need to rearrange for a specific workout. You could also add wall hooks for towels or jump ropes and resistance bands if you prefer that to baskets.

Want to add a moment of indulgence? Place a mini fridge in the corner, where you can keep bottled water chilled—and perhaps even some cool, rolled towels dabbed with essential oils for use after an intense workout! A refreshment station isn’t totally necessary since you’re already at home and your kitchen is probably nearby—but we love the idea of treating yourself to that small indulgence and making your gym at home feel like more of a destination!

If you’re rearranging your space to make room for working out…

You may not have a whole room to dedicate toward working out—most of us don’t—but that doesn’t mean you can’t create space to break a sweat within your home! In fact, there are some creative ways to create a workout space that doesn’t take over your whole room.

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Obviously, every home has a different layout, but in general, we recommend letting your practice help you reimagine how you’re going to move things around. So, look at the furniture and objects in your space, and make layout changes based on what you preferred workout is. You want to make sure you have enough space to comfortably work out and engage in your practice!

You don’t necessarily need to get rid of any furniture. Simply get creative in how you’re using your space! And if you do need to rearrange, start by moving around pieces that are easiest to move—like chairs, versus your sofa, or shifting side tables and plants.

Below are a couple of specific home gym ideas for ways you can rearrange your living room layout to accommodate space for a workout zone. We designed these home gym ideas within a living room, but the same principles apply if you’re integrating a gym in your bedroom or another space.

Integrate your gear into your existing layout.

If your preferred at-home workout involves a cardio machine—whether it’s a bike, treadmill, or elliptical—you can potentially get by without making any layout changes! In this living room, we simply placed the machine behind the sofa. It’s out of the walkway, so it doesn’t interfere with the space when it’s not in use. And having it in your living area, rather than tucked in the dark basement, will hopefully remind you to hop on and break a sweat more often!

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We strategically placed the machine near the built-in storage in this living room. Using the bottom shelf or two gives you the perfect place to store towels, a phone charger, or whatever other workout gear you may need.

We love that this approach fits seamlessly into the rest of the space. You’re relying on pieces and elements of your existing layout (like the built-in shelves) to help incorporate the new needs of your now-multi use space. So, lean into the existing elements of your space to make this layout work!

Do a little rearranging.

For this approach, we slightly rearranged the space to make room for spreading out. We shifted the accent chairs to be perpendicular to the sofa rather than directly across from it and pulled all of the furniture back a bit. We also moved the plant from the left side of the fireplace to over by the window.

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Both of these more “permanent” moves allow for an open, multipurpose space within a layout. It’s perfect for those who want to roll out their mat to practice yoga or pilates or do some mid-day stretching. It also gives you space to do more high-intensity workouts like zumba, kick-boxing, or jump-roping! Since the open space is facing the TV, it allows you to stream workouts and easily view the screen. And you can even move the coffee table out of the way if you need more space!

More of a weightlifter than a yogi? Use the open space for a bench—whether a weightlifting bench or just a solid backless bench that you can use for sitting on when not weightlifting! Just make sure any furniture that you’re using to assist in a workout has a solid enough build to handle the weight and strain you’ll be putting on it.

However you end up using your workout zone—whether for yoga, cardio, or weightlifting—the open space gives your kids room to play on the rug and opens up the walkway on the left half of the room, even when you aren’t working out.

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Designing With Modsy: 9 Reasons Virtual Interior Design Might Be Right for You

Home design projects can be a fun way to get the most out of your space. Working with an interior designer can give your home a style upgrade and make your space more functional for everyday life. While traditional interior design is not without its perks it can be costly and time-consuming, making the experience not well-suited for many peoples’ budgets or needs.

At Modsy, we believe that interior design is for everyone, so we work to make the experience as accessible as possible. Plus, using our service is risk-free, thanks to unlimited design revisions and our money-back guarantee.

Read on to learn more from our handy list of online design benefits that prove why it’s an excellent option for you.

1. Try Before You Buy

Let’s say that you want to buy a new sofa, but you’re having a hard time deciding what would work best for you. Maybe you aren’t sure about the color, size, or if it will fit in your space? Regardless of the reason, we understand how hard it can be to choose a piece of furniture without knowing what it will look like in your home. With online interior design, you can see exactly how new furniture and decor will look (and fit) in your exact room! How? All of our designs are sent to you as photo-real 3D images (aka a 3D rendering). No more guesswork required.

2. Explore on Layouts, Without the Heavy Lifting

Have you ever spent a whole day pushing furniture around your room only to end up back where you started? With Modsy’s virtual interior design services, trying on layout ideas has never been easier. Once you’ve signed up for an account, we’ll walk you through some super fun steps and show you how you can make unlimited changes in a pinch. Plus, our design team is always there to help make revisions for you, all you have to do is send a quick email, and you’ve got a brand new layout ready and waiting for you.

Want to try out your interior design skills? Easily make edits to your designs on your own with our one-of-a kind, drag-and-drop 3D interior design tools (it’s kind of like The Sims but with real furniture and your exact room, all to scale). You can also experiment with our Live-Swap feature, which lets you swap in new furniture and decor into your design in seconds. Easy-peasy.

Either way, you won’t have to throw your back out, pushing a sofa around your living room all day.

3. Pay Per Room, Not Per Hour

Many working with a traditional designer service can be great for a super hands-on experience, but the costs can add up fast! Most designers charge an hourly rate, or others might require you to purchase a minimum amount of furniture through them. But with online design services like ours, you don’t need to worry about any of those issues because: you’ll pay per room and not per hour.

4. Design Your Home From the Comfort of Your Sofa

In today’s turbulent world, it’s so important to have a home that feels like a sanctuary. But, with social distancing in place, it’s impractical to hire a designer that requires a home visit to design your house. Plus, finding the time to coordinate a consultation can be tricky.

But using an online design service means you can work on your design anytime, anywhere. Our designers are always available to help, and you can choose the communication method that works for you. So you’re getting all the contact a traditional design service would provide without the hassle of figuring out an in-person meeting.

5. Discover Your Style

A lot of people have trouble deciding on an interior design style that fits their needs, hence the need for design assistance. A massive benefit of online interior design is learning to identify what you like. When you start your project, we’ll ask you a series of questions in our super-accurate (and fun!) Style Quiz. Your results will help your designer nail your style and deliver designs with furniture and decor you’ll love. Who knows, you may end up enjoying a style you never expected was right for you.

6. Share With Friends and Family

It’s so important to stay connected with our friends and family these days. A really cool benefit of our online design experience is getting to share your interior design journey with everyone, you know. With the touch of a button, you can post your designs to Facebook or Instagram for the world to see. This way, you get to let everyone know what you’re up to, show off your space, and even get input from your online community.

7. Design With Pieces You Already Own

Have an item in your home you love but aren’t able to work into your decor? Maybe there’s an heirloom piece of furniture, like aunt Marge’s credenza, that you’d like to work into your living room layout? Another benefit of working with Modsy is being able to see pieces from your home included in your design. This way, you’ll be able to see how your favorite keep-sakes will look with your new layout and style designs. So we can make sure to find a place for that credenza that even old Marge would approve of!

8. Shop Your Look in One Easy Checkout

Buying furniture for a whole room can be a real hassle. For starters, you aren’t sure what items will look good together in your space because you haven’t seen them in a single design. Sometimes you’re buying from multiple retailers, trying to coordinate all the shipping costs, apply any deals, and manage a million open tabs all on your own. What a headache!

With Modsy, you can shop items from multiple retailers in one secure checkout. And, to top it off, we offer members-only sales that you can apply on top of retailers’ best prices. It’s all about saving you tons and making the whole shopping experience easy-peasy.

9. Your Happiness (and the Best Price) Guaranteed

At Modsy, when you purchase your favorite products, we match the lowest advertised price the day you place your order, including any applicable sales or promotions. Before placing your order, we’ll always triple-check with the retailers for any last-minute deals and make sure you’re getting the best price for all your items. Find a lower price elsewhere? Let us know within 24 hours of your purchase, and we’ll match it!

On top of all that, we promise to work on your design until you are entirely delighted with your space. We also offer an excellent money-back guarantee if you don’t find what you’re looking for with us. Because the only thing that matters more to use than high-quality, affordable interior design is your satisfaction as a customer.

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7 Hot Weather Design Tips to Help You Stay Cool in Style

hot weather design tipsIt’s hot out! Summer can usher in lots of fun, but the heat can also bring a rise in tempers. To help you keep your cool, we’re serving up some hot weather design tips so you can create the perfect escape from the sizzle of summer. Check out these 7 summer design tips for designing a space that helps you cool down and beat the heat.

1. Materials Matter

For beat-the-heat design, pick materials that make your home look and feel extra cool. Linens, stone, and metals are great choices because they look smooth and serene and don’t soak up heat. Avoid leather, which is no fun to sit on (or stand up after!) on a hot day.

hot weather design tips2. Cool Tones

When it comes to cooling down a space, half the battle is mental. Let your home help you by choosing cool tones for your walls, furniture, and accents that will promote chill, zen energy like these soft whites and pale blues. Stepping into a cool-colored room helps you chill out even when life turns up the heat.

3. Plants for Days

Not only do plants keep your air fresh, they also bring the outdoor vibes indoors. That way, even when you’re taking refuge in the AC on a sweltering hot day, you can still soak up a little of the great outdoors. (Bonus: Indoor plants help reduce stress, increase oxygen levels and boost your mood!)

4. Breezy Bedding

Summer heat doesn’t have to interfere with your sleep. Steer away from heavy fabrics like flannel sheets and opt for breezy bedding to help keep you cool at night. Double down with a cool colored duvet and make your bedroom a peaceful oasis.

5. Calming Curtains

Natural light is a great mood booster but letting too much sunshine into your home can quickly raise the temps! Keep the sun from heating things up with the right set of curtains. You can choose options that will help diffuse the direct sunlight but still allow enough rays to keep your space feeling cheery and bright.

hot weather design tips6. Libations at the Ready

Nothing helps cool you down on a hot day like an ice cold beverage. Stock a bar car with your favorite drink so they are ready when you need a quick cool-down. Plus, you’ll always be prepared when guests drop by.

7. Diffuse Good Vibes

A diffuser with a few drops of your favorite essential oil is a must-have when it comes to creating a zen space. While it can’t help you turn down the summer heat, it can promote good vibes to keep you feeling your best.

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