Your home is your safe space, your comfort zone, the place where you can be unashamedly YOU. So of course, you have free reign when it comes to putting your space together. Everything from the colours you use to the functions of the rooms can make or break the feeling inside your home.
If sport is your thing, then you’re in luck. We’ve thrown together some home improvement ideas for sport enthusiasts to take your space from boring and generic to sporty, active, exciting, and filled with your passion. Get your DIY on and create your own space!
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7 ways sport enthusiasts can improve their home
1. Sports-themed man cave or she shed
Everyone needs their own cocoon. Somewhere you can go to spend some “me time”, enjoy quiet time doing something you love, or just take a nap in a safe, warm spot where you feel totally comfortable.
You can build your man cave or she-shed into whatever kind of room you want. If you’d like to be surrounded by sport-themed stuff while you’re relaxing in your space, consider things like a big screen TV (to watch the games, obviously), a bar fridge for in-game snacking, and comfy seating… For just you, or a couple of close friends.
Decorate the walls with your team jersey, decals, or posters. Embellish the space with sport-related memorabilia, fun items like sporty pillows, or anything else that makes you think of the game you love. This goes for any sport!
2. Golf lover’s dream
Golfers, get that golfing high any time you want by bringing it right into your home! If you’ve got a backyard, it’s the perfect place to create a mini putting green. You can also buy putting greens for indoor use, if you don’t have an appropriate outdoor space.
Or, if your budget allows for it and you have the space, a golf simulator is an amazing idea. This is the best way to bring golf right into your home and increase your playing time A LOT.
It’s the perfect way to train, work on your swing, practise your short game, and try new things, without even leaving the house. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to spend some time socialising, but prepare to be the ONLY friend anyone wants to visit if you’ve got golfing buddies.
3. Indoor climbing wall
This is an easy and fun way to sportify your home! Whether you’re a rock climbing enthusiast or you just love a challenge, it’s an enjoyable way to get a bit of exercise, work off some stress, and just have some plain old fun.
Make sure the wall you choose is strong and fortified. It’s a bit of a process to build a climbing wall properly, but for the sake of your walls and your safety, we recommend doing a bit of research on how to do it.
Don’t forget that you’ll also need to pad the floor underneath the wall. Nobody wants to fall, but it’s a possibility (or an inevitability?), so make sure there’s enough space and some well-padded mats to cushion any falls.
4. Home gym
For the fitness enthusiasts, this is a no-brainer. Why pay a gym membership when you can set yourself up in the comfort of your own home, not fight for equipment, and save cash in the long run?
Have fun putting together the equipment you want in your personal gym. Weights, benches, a squat rack, a pull-up bar, gymnastic rings, resistance bands, cardio equipment… The options are vast and you can lay it out however you want.
Choose rubberized flooring to protect your floors. You might also want to install a full-length mirror (or a few) so you can keep an eye on your form while you’re exercising. Buff it up with extras that you enjoy, like a great sound system or a massage chair for after the workout.
5. Themed game room
Sport doesn’t have to be outdoors. A games room could be a great way to get a bit of sporty fun in without breaking a sweat! If you’ve got a room to spare, kit it out with your choice of gamey things: a foosball table, a pool table, air hockey, dart board, corn hole, arcade basketball, or anything else that strikes your fancy.
Not only will you be able to let loose and be kid-like for a while, but you’ll also have a fun, wholesome activity for date nights, friend gatherings, or to do with the kids. It’s a super versatile choice!
6. Outdoor improvements
Got space outdoors? Transform your yard into something sporty, depending on what you really enjoy. The options are vast: cricket nets, a mini football pitch, a golf putting green, a basketball court, a tennis wall… Or Astroturf with various markings that can be used for a range of different sports.
Keep in mind that you’ll likely need to buy equipment for whatever sport you choose. Putters, cricket bats and balls, football goals, tennis racquets and balls… And you’ll need to find a way to weather-proof your equipment and your surfaces.
7. Sports pub or bar area
Stock up on your British lagers, ales, and your favourite drinks and snacks. Set up a dart board, put a big-screen TV in the corner, install a pool table, and get a table or two with high bar stools. Whatever makes your sports bar feel right to you.
Home improvements don’t have to be tedious or boring! With a few simple changes, some creativity, and a bit of work, you can turn a part of your home into a sporty, exciting space where you can get active, have fun, and enjoy some stress relief.
There are no right or wrong home improvement ideas for sports enthusiasts. It comes down to what you enjoy, the space you have, and how willing you are to put in the work to create your dream sporty space. Remember — if you’re renting, you’ll need to settle for something a little less permanent. Have fun!
About the author
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence.