Check out how we built a yoga mat rack to hang in our gym.
We were back at work on a new DIY project for our home gym this weekend. We built a yoga mat rack to hang on the wall in our gym. Now before you go thinking Brent and I are a pair of yoga masters, let me stop you right there and say we are not. In fact it is safe to say we have a long way to go in the flexibility department. We use an iPad app and follow along with a virtual instructor so she is never too strict with us.
Our favorite pose is the reverse corpse which basically just feels like we are taking a nap by laying on our stomachs with our arms stretched out in front of us. Actually, there was the one time that I looked over and Brent was still doing reverse corpse even though we were three poses past that one and I realized he had indeed fallen asleep.
We don’t take it too seriously and until this weekend I didn’t even have a yoga mat so most of the time I forget to take off my socks after running and try to do the poses on just our gym mats which almost always results in me slipping and falling making Brent laugh hysterically. We are still working on that whole taking the time to reflect and find your inner peace thing.
However, all joking aside we have found that we really enjoy this time together and how it is an activity that allows us to relax and unwind after work in the evenings and the more we do it the better I feel. I need to do some serious stretching for my back after sitting at a desk all day.
Now that I had my new yoga mat we needed a place to store our mats. Brent designed and built our awesome yoga mat rack that we hung on the wall in our home gym. It turned out great! This was an easy build that took about three hours to complete and we have the free plans he drew up included at the end of this post if you are interested in making your own! If you are not in need of a yoga mat rack, it could also make for a cool towel rack or shelf.
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How To Build A Yoga Mat Rack
- (3) 1″x12″x36″ Paint Kiln-Dried Elliotis Pine Panels
- (16) 1-1/2″ Finishing Nails
- (8) 1-1/2″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Rust-Oleum Wood Stain, Kona
- Square + Pencil
- Nail Gun
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1. First we printed off the side panel template. After cutting the template out and taping it together we used the template to trace the two side panels.
2. We then used our jigsaw to cut out the shape we traced on the side panels.
After making all of our cuts, these are what our pieces looked liked.
3. Using our drill we pre-drilled four holes through the back panel into each side panel. We attached the back panel to the side panel using 1-1/2″ screws. We made sure the screws were aligned with each rung of rack.
4. On the two inside shelves we used a square and a pencil to mark reference lines indicating where the shelf needed to be attached so it would be level. We applied a thin bead of wood glue to the three sides of each shelf that would touch the side and back panels.
5. We used clamps to hold each shelf in place while the glue dried.
6. We secured each shelf in place by using a staple gun to drive four finishing nails through the side panel and into each shelf.
7. Finally, we stained it with our favorite Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona.
8. To secure the rack to the wall we used a stud finder to locate a stud, used a level to make sure it was straight and then drilled two screws (one at the top of the rack and one at the bottom) through the back panel into the stud.
Our completed rack is ready to hold some yoga mats! Like I mentioned earlier it could also be made to hold rolled up towels or to use as shelves to display smaller items.
By building and installing our yoga mat rack this weekend we are on our way to filling up the big empty wall in this room. The perk of being late in the game to pick out yoga mats is that I could match them to the rug in this room.
Even though the rack is meant for storage and organization purposes, we still wanted it to stand out as a good-looking decor piece for the room and I think Brent did a fantastic job making it happen.