4 Reasons to Use Carpet for Gym Flooring
There are lots of gym flooring options out there, but one you may not have considered is carpet tiles. Carpet, in particular, carpet tiles, is a great option for both home and commercial gyms. Find out why with these 4 reasons to use carpet for gym flooring.
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First thing’s first, we’re not talking about a luxurious, soft, high pile, plush carpet. There’s a whole other carpet world out there; outside the world of residential carpets.
Believe it or not, carpet is still one of the most popular flooring options in the United States. And not just in living rooms or bedrooms. Many people use carpet as their home gym flooring and you will even see carpet in many commercial gyms, as well.
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Pros of Carpet Gym Flooring
Okay, so let’s get down to business. You want to know why you should actually choose carpet, am I right? There are many benefits of using carpet as your gym flooring. Let’s take a look.
Carpet is smart. Carpet is kind…just kidding. Please tell me you’ve seen that movie? Okay, for real, now. I promise.
Carpet is Durable
While there are some duds out there that don’t hold up well, low pile gym carpeting is really very durable. This stuff is built to last, and it can handle the wear and tear of some pretty hardcore workouts.
Carpet is Cozy
Not sure you want to dedicate an entire area to working out? You can easily create a basement gym with some padded carpet tiles that doubles as a family area.
Although you’re not using an ultra-soft carpeting, it’s still cozier than trying to have a movie night on rubber flooring. I mean, I love me some rubber gym flooring, I just don’t want to lounge on it at home.Carpet has just the right softness and look to easily double as a natural living space.
In fact, some padded carpet tiles are even backed by a foam underlayment. This is great for working out (extra cushion on your joints!) and lounging around.
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Carpet is Approachable
If you’re just dipping your toes into the fitness world, traditional gym flooring options can seem overwhelming. Even as a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic, I still felt confused by the gym flooring world when I started learning about it.
If you’ve lived on this planet for any length of time, you’ve likely lived somewhere with carpet. You know what it looks like, what it feels like, and it’s a little easier to choose carpeting than some new flooring you’ve never heard of before.
Starting a new routine or making a big purchase like this for the first time is scary enough. Carpet isn’t. In fact, I think carpet is the least scary flooring. It’s like the teddy bear of floors.
Carpet Creates Fun, Colorful Looks
Okay, so this is probably not the most important part of your gym flooring, but color is fun! Think about it – you want a space that makes you want to be there and want to workout. There is nothing worse than dreading your workouts and, while that is sometimes unavoidable, I recommend doing everything you can to try!
Since you typically use carpet tiles for gym flooring, you have the option to create cool, unique designs. Many people go with the more traditional (but still fun!) checkerboard look. But really, you can be as creative as you like!
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Cons of Carpet Gym Flooring
It’s true, nothing is perfect. Except for you and me. I know we don’t know each other, but you’ve read this far so, to me, you’re perfect.
Actually, if you use interlocking carpet tiles or peel and stick carpet tiles, installation is a breeze! The interlocking and peel and stick tiles are perfect for even a first time DIY-er.
However, if you’re going the glue-down approach, we recommend going with a professional installer.
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You know how the harder we work out and the older we get, the less our bodies want to stretch? Well, carpet tiles are just the opposite.
Over years of hitting it hard in the gym, the carpet can stretch and become warped. If that happens, you will eventually need an installation professional to come in and fix things for you.
Unlike traditional rubber gym flooring, carpet can hold onto water. Most carpet tiles are built to resist water, but that doesn’t always do the trick, especially if you’re putting your gym in a flood-prone basement.
A little bit of water in a contained area isn’t the end of the world. If that happens, you can easily replace just the damaged tiles. But if you have an entire flood, you’ll be in the market for a whole new floor. And you probably won’t be thrilled about it.
Not Ideal for Heavy Lifting
Although you can put down a shock-absorbent underlayment, carpet isn’t designed to handle heavy barbells, especially if you’re like me and you like to be able to drop the barbell from any height.
Without a shock-absorbent flooring built to handle that kind of abuse, you can easily damage your subfloor and equipment.
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Is Carpet the Right Choice for Me?
While I’m not psychic and can’t speak exactly to you individually, here’s a nice little checklist to make sure you’re making the right choice.
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Carpet Might be Right for Your Gym If…
- You want a durable gym flooring that will last a long time
- You’re going to use your space for more than just workouts
- You want easy to maneuver materials
- You want fun design options
Carpet Might Not be Right for Your Gym If…
- Your gym is in your basement
- You’re not looking at either interlocking tiles or peel and stick tiles, but you still want to install your flooring yourself
- You want something extra shock absorbent for heavy lifting
- You do a lot of floor work and don’t like the feeling of carpet on your skin
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Best Gym Carpet Options
Sold on using carpet for your gym? Allow me to introduce you to a few customer favorites.
This is for the most basic home gym. If you’re doing yoga, core work, stretching and gentle movements, these carpet tiles are great. However, for more movement and impact, they will not stand up to the abuse.
These babies are durable, easy to maintain and a true staple for both home and commercial gyms. They won’t absorb moisture (unless there’s a lot of it, like a flood) and they stay looking sharp with just some simple vacuuming.
Extra durable with a 7 year warranty, these carpet tiles are tough enough to hold up to some serious workouts. You still don’t want to drop a 600# barbell, but you can definitely do most home workout programs.
For extra comfort! This carpet tile includes a 3/8″ foam pad underneath to keep your joints happy. They can stand up to lots of traffic and abuse. However, they do come at a higher price point and, for most home gyms, the Crete or Triton carpet tiles work perfectly.