5 Great Dumbbell Storage Ideas For Your Home Gym

If you enjoy weightlifting, chances are you probably have a few sets of dumbbells kicking around, taking up space. But where should you keep them when you’re not using them? Here are 5 great dumbbell storage ideas to get you started!

Simple Dumbbell Storage Ideas For Your Home Gym

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How to store dumbbells in your home gym-Dumbbell storage ideas

1. Hang dumbbells on the wall- a simple dumbbell storage idea

If you’re short on storage space, one way to get around that is to store your dumbbells on the wall.

By attaching a dumbbell rack to your desired location on the wall, you can adjust its height so that the weights are within easy reach.

The only downside is that you need to make sure to mount the rack to studs within the wall so it can handle the dumbbells’ weight. You also won’t be able store more than a few sets of dumbbells without having multiple racks. These racks are designed for lighter weights.

If you’re not confident in your DIY skills like myself, you can save yourself the headache and purchase this vertical wall rack.

Or you can choose a horizontal dumbbell storage rack.

2. Get a dumbbell rack

A dumbbell rack is the best way to organize and store your dumbbells, especially if you have a lot of them.

They come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can find one that fits your needs and space requirements.

They are designed to accommodate either hex dumbbells or round dumbbells. Buy a rack with your future goals in mind. Will you be adding more dumbbells in a few months? If so keep that in mind and buy a rack that you’ll grow into.

In addition to storing dumbbells, some racks come with pegs to hang your weight plates from and also holes for your barbells.

They’ll keep your dumbbells off the ground and out of the way, which helps prevent accidents.

And, best of all, they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to find.

So if you’re looking for a way to organize your home gym, a dumbbell rack is a great option.

4 Simple Dumbbell Storage Ideas For Your Home Gym
Xplode dumbbell rack with side pegs for weight plates.

Here’s a similar rack to the Xplode dumbbell rack I have.

3. Use a storage bin

This is a fantastic choice if your bedroom doubles as a home gym.

You can purchase some excellent under the bed storage containers with rollers. Or another option is using a storage tote.

It might not be the most stylish option for storing you’re dumbbells, but it will keep your workout area tidy.

A storage container is an excellent alternative for keeping your dumbbells close at hand if you’re short on room.

4 Simple Dumbbell Storage Ideas For Your Home Gym

Similar under the bed dumbbell storage container.

4. On a shelf

If your workout room is in your garage, you can use a regular ol’ shelf to store your dumbbells. Just be sure it has a lip on it to prevent weights from falling off. But if you want to get fancy, there are lots of different heavy duty shelves you can buy to store dumbbells and other work out equipment.

5. Invest in adjustable dumbbells

If you’re tight on space then adjustable dumbbells might be the answer you’re looking for. With this compact option you’ll only be storing one set of dumbbells rather than multiple sets. It’s cost effective as well as a huge space saver.

There are a few brands out there to choose from depending on your fitness level and goals.

Powerblock Adjustable Dumbells are compact and you can change weights quickly and easily without the need for a tray or cradle.

A powerblock stand is an excellent way to organize and store your weights, keeping them at a comfortable height during your workout while you adjust the weight. By not making adjustments on the floor, this will help prevent any strain on your lower back.

Bowflex T552 adjustable dumbbells come with a weight selection dial for a convenient way to choose your weight. These space savers are great for the small home gym and come with cradles.

If you’re looking to not only to store your Bowflex adjustable dumbbells, but also want a workout aid, invest in the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand with Media Rack. It will make weight adjustments a breeze, and it also holds your tablet or phone so you can follow along with your favorite trainer.

With these ideas, you should be able to find the perfect way to store your dumbbells that works for you.

So get creative and start organizing your workout space today!

Storing weight plates

If you’re lifting at home, then you’ll need to find a way to store your weight plates. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

1. Store your weight plates vertically

These vertical weight plate storage racks are a great alternative to the tree racks. This is a great way to save floor space and keep your plates organized. Each peg will hold 250lbs of weight.

2. Get a weight plate rack

This is a great way to store your weight plates, as it keeps them organized and out of the way. There are many different styles of racks available, including tree racks, and A-frames. Therefore you should be able to find one that fits your needs.

I definitely recommend getting a rack that is made of sturdy materials (such as steel) and has a stable base. You don’t want your weight plates to fall off and get damaged. We’ve got the Cap Barbell Olympic 2″ Plate Rack which has pegs welded to the frame and holds 500lbs. It’s only 22″ wide and tucks away nicely.

A good weight plate rack is an essential piece of equipment for any serious weightlifter.

Keep in mind though, that similar to dumbbell storage racks, it is best practice to store the heaviest weights at the bottom.

4 Simple Dumbbell Storage Ideas For Your Home Gym
Cap Barbell Olympic 2″ Plate Rack in action

3. Use a dumbbell rack

Use a dumbbell storage rack: Some dumbbell racks feature optional side pegs for weight plates, as well as holes in the bottom of the frame for barbells. That way all your equipment will be conveniently located together.

4 Simple Dumbbell Storage Ideas For Your Home Gym

Xplode rack

4. Use a horizontal weight plate holder:

These horizontal holders will keep your weights off the floor and stored neatly.

A nice feature is the holders for 2 Olympic lifting bars and the rollers that will allow you to easily move the rack around the room.

General storage tips for weights

Regardless of the sort of strength-training equipment you are storing, follow these guidelines at home: 

  • Always follow the owner’s handbook and safety recommendations for the equipment.
  • Be sure to store the heaviest weights you have at the bottom of any rack.
  • It’s best to avoid storing any equipment on the floor in an area of the house that is at risk of water damage (basement floor)
  • Do not store your weights outside the elements can rust or wear
  • To keep the rack in position, make sure it has a solid and level foundation to stand on.
  • Make sure your floor is sturdy enough to support all of the weight

Final thoughts

So there you have it, 5 ways to store your dumbbells and weight plates at home. Hopefully, at least one of these storage ideas will work for you and help keep your workout area organized and looking great.

Got a clever way to store your weights that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear about it!

And be sure to check back soon for more helpful tips on how to organize your home gym.

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