D.I. Why Not? 7 Things to Consider Before You Build Your Own Equipment Storage
Is it cheaper in the long run?
Gym equipment can be a big investment, and although it is meant to take a beating, leaving your equipment strewn about the gym for people to run into or hit with other pieces of equipment, can have a heavy toll on the longevity. Not to mention nobody likes a messy workout space. There are a few ways to go about storing your equipment.
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Storage in Plain Sight
We get to see so many of your home gyms and some of the hacks and tricks you have seem so obvious. Here are a few DIY storage options that you may already have or re-purposed.
- A Stack of Bumpers - If you are stacking your bumpers along the wall, why not store your barbell when it is not in use. The taller the stack, the less likely it is to tip.
- Weight Horns - Your rack may already come equipped with weight horns that double as storage and added stability.
- Plyo Box Bins - Flip a plyo box and use it as a bin when not in use.
- Garage Peg Storage Board - If your gym is in your garage, you can utilize the peg storage for your weightlifting accessories, in addition to your power tools.
Comment below with your own tips and tricks for storage in a pinch.
We saw this suggestion in a gym affiliate group. They used Husky Stackable Storage bins for their Ab Trainers. About $15 per bin and you just mount to the wall.
Garage storage shelving and peg boards and also be used for most weightlifting equipment. Use what you have.
D.I. Why Not?
They always make it look or sound so easy, "Only 3 steps and $3 to make you're own DIY Squat Rack." I've seen my fair share of Pinterest craft and food fails. I typically scan the comments to see if anyone else comments if it is really that easy.
Here are some things to consider when you decide to build your own storage, or any piece of equipment, from scratch.
- Cost of Materials - "Measure twice, cut once," I always say. You may be able to slap some pieces of wood together and make something and you make also make some mistakes that will have you heading to the lumber yard more than you want. A quick internet search can give you an idea on how much you may end up spending.
- Have a Game Plan - The most cost-efficient way to start a build is to have a plan or some sort of template. If you have a game plan, you're less likely to make a mistake.
- Skills Level - Sometimes they make it look so easy. Read comments and research others that may have completed the same project, they may have some helpful tips.
- Time to Build - If you aren't a skilled craftsman this may take hours to days to complete. Time is money.
- Man Power - Some projects can be done faster and easier if you have a friend or two.
- The Right Tools - most DIY projects require a saw, drills, hammer, etc. You can have the manual version (the cheapest option) or the electric version (can make things so much easier and faster).
- Weight - Depending on what you're trying to store, keep in mind how heavy whatever you're storing will weigh. Especially if you have a lot of heavy things to store.