If you have a small home or apartment that has no area for a treadmill this just might make you rethink that. Our home was 1300 square feet and each room was fairly tiny. But my treadmill is important and I didn’t really want to stick it in the middle of the living room. This required some creativity. Below shows exactly what Roy and I did!
- Floor to ceiling curtains the width of your treadmill. I used blackout curtains.
- 1″x2″ wood strip the length of your treadmill plus a little extra.
- 2 or 3 screws
- Staple gun
Everyone’s home and situation will of course be different. But this basic idea can work in pretty much any room. You just need to make your own measurements.
My small bedroom. This shows where I want my treadmill to go.
We rearranged the room and put the treadmill in place. I also added a hanging light and a wall shelf in front of the treadmill.
Roy measured how long the 1″x2″ wood strip needed to be which was basically the length of the treadmill plus a few inches.
He then stapled the blackout curtain panels I had purchased onto the wood strip.
He determined where a stud (crossbeam) was in the ceiling so the he could make sure at least one screw was placed into a stud.
Then the wood strip with the attached curtains was screwed into the ceiling. We ended up only needing that single screw into a stud.
Here is the finished hidden treadmill nook!
The rest of the room.
I turned the area into a little exercise oasis.
Here’s the tutorial for how to make the motivational exercise posters you see on my walls.
We also have a tutorial for how to make a treadmill laptop desk.
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Hi! I know it’s been years since you did this but I came across your post when searching for “why do I need 2 feet on both sides of my treadmill”. All the safety recommendations I’ve seen say 4 to 6 feet space behind the treadmill in case you fall off – makes sense – looks like you have that. They also say 2 feet on each side to safely get on and off. So my question is, have you found any problem with having your treadmill almost flush with the wall? Do you also move the curtain out of the way when you’re using the treadmill?
Also, since it has been years…Anything you would’ve done differently or have changed after using the space?
I’ve always had a treadmill flush to a wall, with no space behind it (I like to face it out to watch TV). 25 years of this type of setup and never a problem.
Hi Janine! Sorry for the late reply. I did not have issues at the time but I can understand that some might. I kept the curtain down but it can easily be pulled back. We did this several years back and have moved from that home. Ü
Thanks Nancy! I ended up putting mine close to a wall on one side after seeing your post and haven’t found it unsafe or inconvenient at all. I get on from the back every time. I think I’ve stepped off the side once to retie my shoe. The only reason I would move it out a bit is to be able to reach my arms straight out to the side as I’m doing my walking cool down and stretching.
Good to know. Glad it worked out! Ü
Your treadmill nook is adorable, practical, and sooooo motivating. I love it!
Hello! I love this room! Can I ask where you found your awesome motivational fitness posters that are hung up on the right side of the room? I need to decorate my fitness room and love all of those! If you made them can I ask how you did it? Thank you!!!
UPDATE: I just realized the link was bad on this post~ Yikes. I’m so glad you asked about it. I’ve updated it and the link below. I’m so glad you liked the post. I made the posters myself and there is a link within this current post (above the third photo up from the bottom) that takes you to another post where I show how to make them. Here is the direct link again: https://craftyourhappiness.com/2014/04/25/motivational-wall-collage-tutorial/
I also supply the images for download and give full instructions.
You are brilliant 🙂
Why thank you! Ü That made my day.
This is so brilliant!! I have been trying so hard to figure out a way to do this at my tiny townhome and I think I could make this work in one of the rooms!! Thanks for the idea.
Yay! Glad you found it useful! Thanks for visiting. Ü