For one reason or another, you’re trying to figure out how to hide a treadmill in your living room and I’m here to give you a solution! Whether you are making some lifestyle changes by introducing a treadmill to your fitness routine, or you are moving and will no longer have an alternative space for your treadmill, this is a common predicament for those of us short on space at home.
The problem is that most traditional treadmills are HUGE. When you think about it, the support bars and center console are the most difficult parts to cover up and that’s what makes your treadmill take up a huge amount of space. So unless you have a living room with lots of empty floor and wall space, you are going to struggle to hide a treadmill in your living room if you go down the traditional route.
Note I’m saying traditional here. That’s because there is another type of treadmill you can buy that will be easily hidden in your living room.
Enter: The folding treadmill.
What Is A Folding Treadmill?
A folding treadmill is the best option for figuring out how to hide a treadmill in your living room. You may have heard me talk about folding treadmills before as that is exactly what I have in my DIY treadmill desk setup.
A folding treadmill is typically a more compact version of the traditional treadmill, with a collapsible upper part of the treadmill and wheels to quickly move it around your home. Some will even stand upright when not in use.
Just a little tip from me, a folding treadmill is also known as an under desk treadmill depending on where you’re shopping for it.
How To Hide A Folding Treadmill In Your Living Room
The beauty of a folding treadmill is that when you are finished using it, the support bars and center console will collapse, leaving you with just the base of the treadmill to hide.
They usually come on wheels, meaning you can tip your treadmill up at one end and roll it to another place in the room. And don’t worry, they are definitely lighter than a traditional treadmill!
Are you seeing where I’m going with this?
A folding treadmill can easily be hidden underneath your couch, dining table, or any other bits of furniture with space underneath, making it the perfect treadmill for you if you need to hide a treadmill in your living room when it’s not in use!
As I mentioned earlier, some folding treadmills will stand upright when not in use. This opens you up to even more options on how to hide a folding treadmill in your living room. You could hide it behind a door, bookcase, or, well, really in any corner of the room. Because it’s taking up such little floor space when it’s stood up, you’ll have a lot more places you can keep it out of sight when you’re not using it.
What Is The Best Folding Treadmill?
If you like the look of the folding treadmill I’ve shared in this post then you can find my exact under desk treadmill here. If you want to shop around a little bit, I’ve shared the best under desk treadmills I’ve found online, and as I said, a folding treadmill and an under desk treadmill work pretty much in the same way. Just make sure you choose one with a supporting bar if you’re planning to run on your treadmill.
What About If You Already Have A Treadmill?
If you’ve already got a treadmill and it’s not a folding treadmill then you’re going to have to get creative about how to hide it. There are no two ways about it, your treadmill is likely to take up a lot of space in your living room and be difficult to move when not in use.
One option is to consider selling your treadmill and replacing it with a folding treadmill. Folding treadmills are a lot cheaper than traditional treadmills and chances are the money you’ll make from selling your treadmill will cover the cost of a new folding treadmill.
Alternatively, that’s where creativity will come into play!
How To Hide A Treadmill In Your Living Room
Without seeing your living room, I can’t give you exact advice on how to configure your furniture. But what I’m hoping to do is give you some ideas on how to hide a treadmill in your living room so you can apply the relevant ones to you.
- Hide the base of the treadmill between your coach and the wall
- Place a room divider in front of the treadmill
- Position your treadmill behind an open door
- Double-check your treadmill in case you can fold it down
- Hang a curtain from your ceiling to divide the room
Obviously, some of these suggestions rely on your furniture or doors being in a certain place so if all else fails, I think a room divider could be the best option for you.