Treadmills are by no means compact pieces of equipment, and before purchasing one, you will need to ensure that you have enough space in your home or garage to accommodate one.
Not only will you need a space that is big enough for your treadmill, but you will also need to account for some safety space around it and ceiling clearance for when you stand on top of the machine.
On average, you will need an 8ft ceiling clearance for a treadmill and an area of 7 x 12. You should always allow 6ft of space behind the machine, 2ft of extra space on each side and 2ft in front of the machine.
So as you can make sure your treadmill is of the right size and will fit in your home, we have put together our best sizing guide below, as well as if you should buy a folding model and the best place to put it.
Let's get into it!
So as we mentioned above, your room should allow for some extra space around your treadmill for you to use it properly and safely.
Most treadmills only measure 3 x 6 x 5 (ft), however, you should allow for the following space requirements below.
Now we know the space needed for your treadmill, let's focus on finding the right sized model for you, meaning you will need to take into account several different factors before purchasing your machine.
We have listed a few of these essential factors out below for you to consider.
If you want to use the area your treadmill is in for other activities or you are looking to save on space, you could also opt for a folding treadmill. Folding models are more common nowadays as people don't want the deck to be taking up excess space.
We have compared the two types of treadmills below to see if a folding treadmill could be right for you.
Let's start with folding treadmills, these types of machines have the advantage that they save space, as they fold up to small dimensions for storage, allowing you to use the space that would have been covered by the deck for other purposes. These treadmills additionally tend to come with wheels which makes them more portable and easy to move around.
Cleaning is also much easier with this kind of treadmill as you can just vacuum underneath, preventing dust and dirt build-up on the underside of your machine.
Drawbacks of folding treadmill have to be there stability and durability, due to the fact these machines have to fold, this makes them less stable than non-folding models, explaining why premium treadmills can't fold.
This could mean you might feel a folding treadmill wobbling more than a non-folding one.
Regular treadmills on the other hand are available in more premium quality and offer much more stability when you use them.
These models tend to have more powerful motors and belts and are suitable for heavier people and intense workouts.
The obvious downfalls of non-folding models are that they can't be folded, which makes cleaning under the machine difficult and uses up more space, preventing you from utilising the area underneath the deck.
Overall, if your short on space and a folding treadmill is your best option, you should go for it. The stability difference between the two machines is very minor, and if you want to use the space around your treadmill for something else when it's folded this is the best solution.
However, if you are after a more premium model and have a larger area, then a high-quality non-folding treadmill could be a great option too.
Now we know how much space a treadmill needs and how to choose the right sized treadmill for your use, let's get into the best places to put your treadmill around your home.
We have listed out a couple of areas around your home for some inspiration to put your treadmill if you are short on space.
What are the most important parts of a treadmill to consider size wise?
You should consider the size of your treadmills motor, belt, roller, deck and overall frame as these can impact how well your treadmill will operate.
How do I pick the right sized motor for my treadmill?
The size of the motor that you pick will come down to how you are going to use the treadmill and how much you weigh, for example, if you are heavier then you will need a more powerful motor, and if you are going to be using the motor for longer periods and intense sessions it will also need to be more powerful than if it was just for walking.
Why do I need space around my treadmill?
Space around your treadmill is important for safety in case you fall off and also for ventilation of the motor so as it cannot overheat while in use.
To round up our size guide for treadmills, you should always follow the above tips and tricks to get the right-sized treadmill for your space. It's always best to overestimate measurements like height if your not sure than get a treadmill that is too big and uncomfortable to use.
Also do check the specific measurements of the room and model of the treadmill rather than use averages to see if your machine will fit comfortably, this will give you a more accurate result.