What to Put Under a Treadmill

Treadmill Mats

    Most sporting good stores and treadmill manufacturers sell rubber mats designed specifically for use under a treadmill. Placing one of these mats under the treadmill will minimize damage to the floor below. The mat will keep the treadmill from making permanent indentations in your carpet, and if you have a hardwood floor it will keep the treadmill from damaging the finish.


    If you have a hardwood or vinyl floor in your exercise room you may want to put a piece of carpet under the treadmill. In some cases carpeting can be less expensive than a formal treadmill mat, especially if you have leftover scraps from when you carpeted the other rooms in your house. The carpeting will keep the treadmill from scratching your hardwood floor or leaving cuts or marks on the vinyl. You also can use a carpet color that matches the rest of the room, making it more eye appealing than a mat made for treadmills.

Soundproofing Materials

    If you live in an apartment or condo you may need to place soundproofing material under your treadmill. To soundproof your floor so neighbors do not hear the whirl of the motor or the sound if your pounding feet, you will have to tear up your existing flooring. You will then add a soundproofing material to the joists and original floor, then recover the base with a new carpet or flooring of your choice. Placing soundproofing materials under your treadmill can be costly and should be considered as a last resort.

About the Author

Deborah Dera has been writing part-time for more than five years but in September of 2008 took the plunge into the world of full-time writing with several online content providers. She earned her associate's degree from Camden County College and furthered her education by taking classes through Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.