2021 Best Home Gym Flooring Options – Flooring Inc

by fitness journalist

Published: January 1, 2021 |  Updated: January 20, 2021

Get started on your home gym with our five options for home gym flooring. Use this guide to choose from rubber, foam, carpet, turf, or vinyl, and find the best option for you.

So you’re ready to build your home gym. It’s so exciting! You can finally get in your workout even when you can’t make it to the local gym. You’ve picked your equipment, ordered your weights, and added all of the home workouts to your Pinterest board.

But wait! There’s one critical piece that is often forgotten – your floor!

The floor is one of the most essential pieces in your home gym. It’s important to choose a floor that can protect both your joints and your subfloor from the demands of your fitness routine.

There is a wide variety of floor covering options available for home gym flooring. Often, picking out the right solution can seem like a difficult task. The most popular flooring options for use in home gyms and exercise rooms are rubber, foam, carpet, turf, and vinyl flooring.

Learn all about the benefits of each option, and choose the right fit for you!

Rubber Gym Flooring

Rubber is the premier gym flooring option. Walk into just about any gym or fitness studio and you’re certain to see they use rubber flooring.

While you have many choices when it comes to gym flooring options, rubber is the most versatile, lending itself to just about any workout. It is also the most likely to protect your subfloor from the impact of heavy weights while you lift.

Rubber gym flooring is available in tiles, rolls, and mats. Each option has a wide range of thickness options to suit your needs.

To make your space look sharp, you can choose between a wide variety of color and color fleck options. My gym uses the orange color fleck rolls to match their orange accent wall. You have lots of possibilities.

Let’s take a look at your options.

Rubber Gym Floor Tiles

Rubber tiles are the most popular home gym flooring option on the market. They are durable, affordable, and known for their easy, DIY, interlocking installation.

Homeowners love that installing rubber tiles is just like putting together a giant, life-size rubber puzzle. Each tile contains interlocking edges that fit together in seconds.

Choose from multiple thickness options to find the right choice to protect your subfloor. If you plan to drop some 100 lb. dumbbells, you’ll want to choose a thicker rubber tile.

Rubber Gym Flooring Rolls

Rubber rolls are known for their seamless appearance. When installed correctly, it is nearly impossible to see where one roll ends and another begins.

Rubber gym flooring rolls come in a variety of different thickness options to suit your needs. You can even purchase high-impact rubber rolls specially designed to keep your joints safe during high-impact, plyometric movements.

Sometimes it’s more convenient to have a rubber mat to provide you with the right amount of durability, density, and portability for your home gym. Especially if you are working on your elliptical while watching your favorite reality tv show.

But seriously, sometimes you just need to cover a small area, for example, a weightlifting station, underneath your treadmill, or just a small space to do your ab work without your tailbone digging into your tile floor.

Rubber mats are perfect for that!

You can choose anything from thin for bodyweight exercises up to, which are specially designed to handle the impact of heavy Olympic weightlifting and dumbbell exercises.

Cons of Rubber Gym Flooring

Rubber Gym Flooring Installation

Rubber gym flooring is super easy to install on your own or with a little help from your friends. You have a few options when it comes to installation methods.

For the lightest and most affordable home gym flooring, soft foam tiles are where it’s at. With tons of fun colors and beautiful wood looks to choose from, you can easily jazz up your space with this popular home gym flooring option.

Foam is great for bodyweight exercises and light workouts. Installation is truly a DIY dream. Just lay your foam down, interlock the tiles (if you choose tiles), and voila! Foam gym flooring in minutes,

I mentioned that rubber flooring is pretty heavy. It’s like the bodybuilder of gym flooring. Foam is super light, more like a long-distance runner.

While it can’t hold up to intense dumbbells and Olympic lifting the way rubber can, it is a great option for any starter home gym.

Foam gym flooring is typically sold in interlocking tiles and mats. The tiles are most commonly referred to as soft tiles, foam tiles, or puzzle lock tiles.

Choose from different thicknesses and looks to find the perfect foam home gym flooring for your space.

HD Foam Gym Flooring

So I know I said foam flooring wasn’t a great option for heavier workouts, but I have an amendment to that statement.

HD Soft Tiles and Premium HD Soft Tiles are the exceptions to the rule. They give you the cost of foam gym flooring with the versatility and durability of rubber.

These soft foam tiles can take the abuse of heavy weights and plyometric (jumping) movements.

Our HD Soft Tiles are made from high-density foam, making them durable to stand up to your heavy power cleans. They are so sturdy, you can even use them for horse stalls!

Color and look options: Many home users also choose foam tiles since they can mix and match colors to form custom designs like checkerboard or border patterns.

Cons of Foam Gym Flooring

Note: The above statements do not apply to the HD Soft Tiles.

Foam Gym Flooring Installation

Foam gym flooring is super easy to install on your own in just minutes. You have a few options when it comes to installation methods.

Carpet is the most popular floor covering option in America. All-purpose, relatively inexpensive, comfortable to the touch, and fairly easy to clean and maintain, carpet is an excellent home gym flooring solution.

Now, we don’t mean a thick, plush living room carpet. That isn’t gonna work. Instead, for home gym flooring, we recommend a short, thin, low-pile carpet.

Low-pile is usually much more durable than fluffy shag or even soft style carpets often found in homes. Commercial-grade carpet also works very well for home gyms due to its tight-knit loops.  

One other form of carpet often used for exercise flooring is interlocking carpet tiles. These tiles interlock and are super DIY-friendly.

Pros of Carpet Tile Gym Flooring

Cons of Carpet Tile Gym Flooring

Carpet Tile Gym Flooring Installation

Carpet is hit or miss when it comes to ease of installation. Interlocking and loose lay tile options can be done in a day, while broadloom carpets require a professional. Here are a few installation options.

Synthetic turf floors allow you to transform your workout area into a space where you can challenge yourself in fun and varied ways. From strength training and conditioning to yoga and stretching, you can reach your full potential in your workouts with a safe and resilient surface beneath you.

Gym turf is a durable and long-lasting option that is perfect for pulling or pushing sleds, completing your CrossFit WOD, or performing HIIT workouts.

Plus, you can always purchase cushioned turf, which comes with extra benefits. While its sound-absorbing qualities make padded turf perfect for weight lifting and high-intensity work, the softness of the artificial grass provides an inviting space for your yoga mat. Take advantage of the flat, cushioned surface for body-weight work and stretching. Please note: not all turf is suitable for floor exercises because some products are too abrasive. Consider this factor when choosing your product.

Training for a 5k or warrior dash? Many runners practice speedwork on grass because of the lower impact.

If bad weather hits, you can take your workout inside while still getting the safety benefits of grass. Padded gym turf products make a great surface for speed and agility training because they’re made to absorb impact, helping to prevent athletic injuries. However, non-padded turf isn’t designed to absorb as much impact, so make sure you consider the padding before making a purchase.

While indoor sports turf is most common in commercial gyms, it’s also a great option for sharp and functional home gyms.

Pros of Turf Gym Flooring

Cons of Turf Gym Flooring

Turf Gym Flooring Installation

Depending on which product you choose, you have three options when installing indoor sports turf.

Soft PVC Vinyl Gym Floor Tiles

Originally designed as a garage flooring option, soft PVC vinyl tiles are now popular in home gyms, particularly in garage gyms.

Because they were originally created as garage flooring, they are ultra-durable, specially designed to hold up to the weight of heavy vehicles. And your heaviest lifts.

Soft PVC vinyl gym tiles are perfect for the DIY homeowner, with no installation professional necessary.

Customers love the flexibility, durability, and creative looks available with vinyl gym flooring. It’s especially great for a multi-use garage where you can both park your vehicle and get fit.

Pros of Vinyl Gym Flooring

Cons of Vinyl Gym Flooring

Vinyl Gym Flooring Installation

Vinyl gym flooring is super easy to install on your own or with a little help from your friends. Here’s what you do when it comes to installation.

That’s quite a bit of information! Still have a few questions? Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions about home gym flooring.

What’s the best flooring for home gyms?

Rubber gym floor tiles are by far the most popular home gym flooring option. They are durable, shock-absorbent, and easy to install.

Our most popular home gym flooring tile is our 8mm Strong Rubber Tile. These tiles are perfect for most home workouts and quite affordable. They give the athlete everything they need in one neat little package.

How thick should home gym flooring be?

8mm is the most popular thickness for home gym flooring. However, for CrossFit workouts and Olympic lifting, you’ll want at least ⅜”. If you plan to repeatedly drop super heavy dumbbells and/or kettlebells, we recommend choosing the ½” just to be safe.

Can you install home gym flooring over carpet?

Yes, you can! You can easily install rubber gym flooring over a short, low-pile carpet. Additionally, you can even install ultra-thick 1” rubber tiles, such as over plush carpets.

If you go for a different material or thinner tile or rubber roll and cannot rip up your plush carpet, you can lay ¼” plywood over the plush carpet and install your home gym flooring over your plywood.

How do you clean home gym flooring?

It depends on which option you go with. Most gym flooring options require a simple cleaning solution of mild soap and water.

Each product offers specific instructions on cleaning and maintenance.

Ari Ziskin is our resident expert in all things fitness, dance and flooring trends. After five years of blogging at Ari’s Menu, where she was featured on sites like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, Ari decided to pursue writing full-time. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her knowledge to help people create their gyms and begin their fitness journey.

8mm Strong Rubber Tiles

The premier home gym flooring option versatile enough for almost any workout

Eco-Soft+ Foam Tiles

Soft, cushiony and DIY-friendly foam tiles perfect for beginner home gyms

Crete II Carpet Tiles

Low-pile, Berber-style gym carpeting specially designed for heavy, commercial use

Launch Turf Rolls

Short-pile artificial grass gym flooring perfect for sled pulls, plyometrics and more

Diamond Flex Tiles

Ultra-durable, multi-use, soft PVC vinyl garage gym tiles

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