How to Use a Treadmill on the Second Floor

    Add together the weights of the treadmill and the heaviest person who will use it. Find out if your floor on the second story will support this weight by consulting with the home builder or the building department of your local government.

    If weight is not a problem, determine how the treadmill will be transported to the second floor. Measure the treadmill and the space it will have to go through. You will probably have to hire professionals to transport it safely.

    Determine where you will place the treadmill on the second floor. Make sure you can connect it without overloading the circuits or causing a hazard with the electrical cords. Ask yourself if you will be able to look out a window or watch television while working out -- because you might get bored looking at a wall. Consider the option of placing the treadmill on a carpet, which may buffer the noise and vibration.

    If weight, space and equipment transportation problems can all be solved, make the arrangements to get your treadmill in it's home location.


  • Consider a lighter piece of equipment such as an exercise bike, if you cannot put a treadmill on the second floor and have no room for it on the ground floor.
  • Wherever you have your treadmill, it is a good idea to put it on a rubber mat. This accessory helps keep the motor from sucking up dust from the floor or carpet.


  • Do not take a chance by putting more weight on your floor than it can support.

Things Needed

  • Treadmill specifications
  • Building code specifications
  • Tape measure


About the Author

Joann Bally has been a writer since 1995. Her work has appeared in "Let's Live" and on Health Online. She also writes for HealthandFitness.com and is the author of a book on weight training. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California-Los Angeles and a fitness instructor certificate from UCLA Extension.