What is the Best Home Gym Carpet for an Exercise Room?

By Paige Cerulli Created: March, 2024 - Modified: April, 2024

In many situations, carpet can be a great flooring for your exercise room, but the wrong carpet can cause problems and even potentially lead to injuries. If you’re considering creating your own home gym, it’s important to choose the best home gym carpet for how you’ll be using the gym.

Benefits of Home Gym Carpet

There are many reasons to choose a home gym carpet. Carpet is an affordable flooring option, and with carpet tiles, it’s easy to install. Plus, the carpet’s softer surface can be more forgiving after a fall than a firmer gym floor, like rubber.

Carpet also helps to minimize noise, helping to muffle the sound so it’s less likely to carry through your whole house and disturb other family members.

Additionally, carpet can make for an aesthetically pleasing home gym. You’ll have your choice of numerous colors, and many homeowners find that a carpeted floor is more welcoming and pleasant to have in their homes than a black rubber floor.

But carpet isn’t always the right choice for your gym. If you have an existing thick carpet with a high pile height, that carpet can be slick and could contribute to injuries. You can also damage your carpet with exercise equipment, and your standard carpet might not offer the stain resistance that you want for a home gym. Rather than working with an existing carpet, it’s best to consider the carpet products available specifically for use in a home gym.

How to Choose the Right Home Gym Carpet

Can you put a home gym on carpet? Yes, but it’s important to choose the best carpet for an exercise room or gym. When you put a home gym on carpet, you’ll still need to create a surface that gives you the right amount of support and traction, or you could potentially experience injuries or have trouble with the equipment you use.

The best carpet for a workout room will depend on how you plan to use your gym. The best carpet will depend on whether you’re using the space for light exercise, gym equipment, or weightlifting. We’ve highlighted the best workout gym carpet options for each scenario to help you get started.

Gyms for Light Exercise

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If you’re using a space for light exercise and workouts, then cushioned carpet tiles or even your existing carpet are suitable. In these instances, you can use a slightly higher pile height and don’t necessarily need the support of a carpet tile backing.

An option like our Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile can work well in this situation. These carpet tiles deliver comfortable anti-fatigue benefits ideal for light workouts. They’re waterproof, so you can use them in spaces like garages and basements where moisture might be an issue. Plus, the tiles can be installed over a firm subfloor and interlock together like puzzle pieces for a DIY-friendly installation.

Gyms Featuring Gym Equipment

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If you plan to install exercise equipment, then the best carpet for your home gym will offer the firm support you need for that heavy equipment. Your carpet flooring should be a low-pile option, which creates stability. Additionally, the backing of carpet tiles creates extra firmness to help support the equipment. High or deep pile carpeting with a thick feel is too soft, unstable, and slippery to use with gym equipment, and the equipment will destroy the carpeting over time.

The Dominator LP Gym Carpet Tiles make an ideal carpet in a home gym that features equipment. These durable tiles feature a low pile and needle punch construction to prevent fraying. They’re backed by a five-year wear warranty and offer the firm support you need for gym equipment.

The Carpet Tiles Modular Squares are another great option. These carpet tiles for home gym use are both comfortable and durable. They’re built to withstand heavy loads and can be used in damp areas, like basements. They’re easy to install and can also be easily uninstalled if needed.

Gyms for Weightlifting

While a carpeted room can work for certain types of workouts, carpeting is not recommended for weightlifting. We offer many flooring products better suited to weightlifting spaces, including our rubber tiles, mats, and rolls.

Making the Most of Your Home Gym Carpet

Keep in mind that, just like with any carpet, regular cleaning is recommended after a few uses to help prevent bacteria and odors.

If you decide that a firmer surface would be a better choice for your home gym, we offer some gym floor products you can install over carpet.

Ordering Your Home Gym Carpet

As you explore the different home gym carpet options, contact our Greatmats customer service team with any questions. We’re happy to help you find the right product for your gym.