Frequently asked questions
How much does sauna installation cost?
In the UK, the cost of installing a sauna can vary depending on various factors, including the type of sauna, its size, materials, labour, and additional features. Prices may differ depending local building regulations, and the availability of materials. Here’s a general breakdown of potential costs:
- DIY sauna kits: Pre-fabricated DIY sauna kits in the UK can start from around £600 to £15,000 or more. A simple 1 person sauna can be installed in only a few hours, whereas a premium 6 person sauna could take days. As a result you can expect to pay anywhere from £300 to £2000 for your sauna to be installed correctly.
- Custom-built saunas: Custom-built saunas can cost anywhere from £4,000 to £10,000 for a standard traditional sauna. Larger or more luxurious custom-built saunas can exceed £20,000 or more, especially when incorporating high-quality materials and advanced features. The entire design, build and installation process can take weeks or even months to complete.
As with any construction project, it’s advisable to get quotes from multiple sauna suppliers to get a better understanding of the total cost. The final price of installation will depend on varying factors. Additionally, always ensure compliance with local building regulations and safety standards.
Is commercial sauna installation different to domestic?
Yes, there are many unique differences between commercial and domestic sauna installations. Primarily they relate to scale, design, regulations, and usage. Here are some pointers to consider:
- Scale and size:
- Domestic sauna: Typically smaller in size, designed for personal or household use. They may accommodate a limited number of people, often for private relaxation.
- Commercial sauna: Larger in scale, constructed to accommodate a higher capacity of users. These saunas are commonly found in gyms, hotels, spas, or wellness centres and can serve multiple users at once.
- Design and features:
- Domestic sauna: Often more customisable to fit personal preferences. They might have simpler features and fewer complex systems.
- Commercial sauna: Designed for durability and higher usage frequency. They might include additional features such as advanced sauna heating systems, lighting, specialised seating, and more robust construction to withstand frequent and extended use.
- Regulations and compliance:
- Domestic sauna: Usually subject to fewer regulations and building codes compared to commercial saunas. However, safety standards and electrical codes must still be adhered to.
- Commercial sauna: Subject to stricter regulations concerning safety, accessibility, and building codes. Designed to ensure compliance with commercial building standards and the safety of large numbers of users.
- Installation complexity:
- Domestic sauna: Installation might be more straightforward and could sometimes be a DIY sauna project. This is especially true for pre-fabricated or smaller sauna kits.
- Commercial sauna: Installation tends to be more complex due to the larger size and more sophisticated features. It often requires professional expertise, compliance with commercial building standards, and complex electrical and plumbing work.
- Intended use:
- Domestic sauna: Primarily for personal relaxation and health benefits for the household or individual users.
- Commercial sauna: Used in businesses to attract and serve customers, offering a wellness and relaxation amenity as part of a larger service package.
Whilst the fundamental concepts of installation might be similar, the scale, design and regulatory considerations often differ significantly between domestic and commercial sauna installations. Commercial installations generally involve more stringent requirements due to the higher user volumes and compliance with regulations.