How to Build Your
Own Sauna

Installing a sauna can be less complicated than many think. Pre-built saunas can be purchased and installed in less than half an hour, or kits are available for assembly for those with woodworking skills. Those looking for a challenge can build a sauna from scratch. This project can be undertaken by any person with basic carpentry skills.

The location of the sauna is the most important consideration during the building process. The design of the sauna will depend greatly on whether it will be in a rural or city setting, whether it is freestanding or installed in an existing room, and whether it will be inside the home or be built as an outdoor unit.

Once this decision has been made, the next decision is what kind of stove to use. Choices for a stove include electric, wood-burning, gas or oil. For saunas in a rural area a wood-burning stove would be the obvious choice, while a suburban or city sauna would be better of with gas, electric or oil. Electric is the most popular choice for city units.

Another consideration is washing and changing facilities. Ideally, a shower will be placed just outside the sauna for bathers to use before they enter the room. The shower will need hot water so plumbing needs to be considered in this decision.


The ideal location for a sauna would be close to a lake, river or swimming pool, to allow for a dip in the cool water after bathing. If these are not possible a shower should be installed directly outside the sauna.

Saunas built in rural areas are almost always a free standing structure. It is more practical to place a sauna inside the home in city or suburban areas. The sauna should be close to a bathroom to allow bathers to shower before entering the sauna and after.

Careful consideration should be taken in turning and existing room into a sauna because of the moisture that accompanies the unit. The room will need to be insulated and have a vapor barrier to prevent any moisture from damaging the structural integrity of the building.

Sauna Heater

Many bathers agree that wood-burning heaters provide the most satisfying bathing experience. For saunas in rural areas this is the obvious choice. A wood-burning stove is not practical for city use; electric would be the next best choice. Gas and oil heaters produce an odor when being used that many users do not like.

Which ever type of heater you choose, it will have to have the proper electrical and plumbing connections. Hiring a plumber, and electrician will most likely be necessary in the city and is advised even in rural locations. The connections are one of the first tasks that should be preformed when building the sauna.

The next article will discuss actual sauna construction methods.

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