Learn how to make your own home sauna with this diy sauna guide

If you’re handy with a few tools and want to keep your costs down you may want to consider building your own sauna from a kit. This guide will introduce you to what’s involved in putting together a diy sauna.

This diy sauna guide won’t show you how to make a sauna from scratch. It will however, give you a run down on all the constituent parts you’ll need and a few important factors you’ll need to consider.

A diy home sauna if often a great way for the enthusiast to keep costs down. DIY Sauna Kits provide the great pleasure that comes from constructing your own project and all the benefits that come from sauna bathing. We can supply you with all the products you need to make your own sauna.

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Considerations for building your own sauna using diy sauna kits

Space & location planning

bespoke-saunasProper planning is key to any diy project whether it’s building a garden shed or a sauna. You will need to consider where and how much space you have available. For example, the minimum ceiling height of your diy home sauna needs to be 1900 mm for safety reasons. This is for a clear height over the sauna heater (especially with angled ceilings) because if the ceiling is any lower the risk of fire increases.

It is also a good idea to have bathroom facilities fairly close by although this isn’t absolutely necessary so many enthusiasts choose a spare bedroom or in the loft. If you’re planning on building a sauna against a ‘cold’ wall it’s a good idea to leave a gap between the wall and your sauna insulation which helps prevent any condensation building up over time.

Panelling for the walls & ceiling

For many people looking to build their own sauna the obvious choice for the walls is traditional wood panelling. This is accepted as being the best choice for both the sauna interior and exterior. There are many woods available to choose from but the main choices are spruce, cedar, aspen and alder.

In the past traditional saunas were made from solid wood logs which provided all the thermal insulation you needed for the sauna room. Nowadays it’s often not that straight forward to create a diy sauna in the same way so thermally insulated sauna panelling has taken its place.

Each type of wood has its own distinctive aroma which adds a huge amount to the overall sauna experience so choose carefully. The sauna panelling that we supply for diy sauna kits comes in packs which cover up to a 750mm run of wall.

For some a stone finish interior is the first choice and can create a really ancient ambience inside your sauna build. If you wish to use stone you need to understand that this will mean your sauna will take much longer to heat.

Sauna door & glass panels

When designing your sauna you will need to consider factors such as privacy and the overall external aesthetic. Some diy enthusiasts like to build a closed wooden sauna with a small window in the wooden door. As long as you have the privacy it is very popular to build your own sauna with a glass front made up of your sauna door and a number of glass panels.

For safety, sauna doors are almost always designed to open outwards and are help shut using a magnetic strip or self-closing hinges. This ensures that the sauna door can never jam or become impossible for someone to open.

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Choosing your sauna heater

There are various types of sauna heaters available such as the traditional wood fired sauna heaters or the more modern electric versions. If you’re thinking of installing a wood fired sauna heater you will need thorough ventilation through a dedicated chimney.

The size of your sauna will determine the sauna heater that is best suited to the room. Generally the rule for wooden saunas is 1kW for each 1.3 cubic metres of space. If your sauna interior is lined with large areas of glass, tiles, stone or other dense materials it’s a good idea to use a heater that has a higher output.

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Benches, backrests & skirting

If you’re building a home sauna for more than one person or even if you’re only building it for yourself you’re going to need somewhere to rest. Whilst it is not necessary, most enthusiasts like to have somewhere to lie down as well as sit should they wish to do so. A good quality bench and backrest will make your bathing experience all the more invigorating.

There are various types of wooden benches and backrests available with different slatted designs and produced from differing woods. Each type and style contributes towards the character of your diy home sauna and can accommodate varying numbers of bathers.

For extra safety, comfort and aesthetics you might want to think about adding downward skirting to your sauna benches.

Ventilating your sauna

When thinking about ventilating your sauna it’s a good idea to keep it simple and use the ‘natural draught’ principle and have both an air inlet and air outlet. You will need to place an air outlet at the top corner of your sauna diagonally opposite your sauna heater.

For your inlet you will need to place it close to the bottom of your sauna heater. Both the inlet and outlet must lead from and into the same room.

Controlling your sauna

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For complete control and perfect ambience you can also install a control panel with your diy sauna kit. For example the Tylo H1 electronic control panel allows you to programme your sauna to be ready for up to 24 hours in advance.

The H1 is a top quality control panel with touch screen control, multiple languages and temperature displays, 24 hour clock and can regulate all aspects of your sauna.

Chromatherapy lighting

There are a whole host of lighting systems for sauna bathing from simple wooden lampshades to lighting strips and optical fibre lighting. Choice of lighting is a major aspect of creating the perfect ambience for sauna bathing. This is such a large part of the overall sauna experience that it has grown into an industry all of its own called Chromatherapy.

Whether you want just a few lights to softly light up your sauna or the complete chromatherapy experience with colour changing optical fibre starry skies we can advise and supply them all.

  • Discounts are available on many products for trade and diy supply only sales. Prices include VAT and delivery. If you require installation please read our installation guide.



We offer bespoke installation on all products anywhere in the UK or abroad.

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