Can A Treadmill Be Placed On A Carpet?

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By Simon Gould

So you've bought a new treadmill, maybe you've had it delivered and assembled. Or maybe you're thinking of buying one and researching everything you need. You have the ideal place in your home to have it. Do you have it on a hard floor or a carpet? The location is important for where you want to put your treadmill.

Hard floor or carpet?

This could be a choice you have to make. A treadmill is better on a hard floor, but go with your preferred location first. Even if that is a carpet. A hard floor is a sturdy base for a treadmill as they can weigh up to 300 lbs. They do indent a carpet but then all furniture does. Carpets are sometimes all you have in your home.

With a carpet you have dust and other fibers that build up. These can damage a treadmill over time. They can get in the moving parts like the belt and the motor. Regular maintenance is far more important to be done when a treadmill is placed on a carpet. You can't really prevent these particles from getting in your machine as they naturally occur.

Buy a treadmill mat

Even if the treadmill is on a hard floor and especially if it's on a carpet, invest in a mat. It's another expense but worth the price. They don't cost too much and can extend the life of your treadmill. The dirt and dust build up, even if you vacuum often, which you should. You spend a lot of money on a treadmill so everything you can do to protect it, is worth it.

As to which treadmill mat you should buy, I would go for the most heavy duty. You need a thick mat between the treadmill and the floor. It also needs to extend to the whole of the footprint of the machine and slightly beyond. Carpet fibers can still be affected at the edge of the treadmill, so get a bigger mat. You can usually buy one from the manufacturer when you buy the treadmill or here on Amazon*


A treadmill mat reduces vibrations which can also affect the life of the machine. All in all, a mat is a must have. I always advise that you should pay for treadmill assembly, and it is so much easier to install a mat if you have it before the treadmill itself. Let the assembler know you have one and they'll know where to put it.

Don't let the care of your new treadmill end with the mat. Regular maintenance is essential and will prevent any common problems you may encounter if you don't do it. These problems like a stuck belt can occur very quickly. If you need to, you can call a technician out to service the machine so you know it will last as it improves your health.

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Meet The Author

Simon Gould

I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.

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