3 Easy Steps to Creating Your Home Sauna

Posted on 07 May 2020

With the ongoing stress of everyday life, there is nothing more important than investing in your health and wellness. Many people are choosing to integrate wellness practices into their everyday lives: practicing yoga and meditation, visiting the spa or sauna and following a fitness routine. However, some of these activities can become expensive or difficult for incorporation into a daily routine. Investing in an at-home sauna can allow you to gain all the health benefits of sauna use from the comfort of your own home. It is now easier than ever to purchase and install an at-home sauna for use year-round. At SaunaFin, our Sauna Material Kits combine all the materials you will need to build a custom, at-home sauna and are available in many sizes and styles. However, before you build your sauna, it is important to consider where it will go in your home and prepare the room accordingly. Below, we have outlined just a few of the steps you can take to help prepare your home for the installation of a new sauna. 

Find the Ideal Location

One of the most important considerations for your new at-home sauna is where it should be located. Depending on if you are permanently installing a sauna or building one in an existing room, it may affect where the sauna will be located. Many people prefer to place their indoor sauna close or adjacent to a bathroom for easy access to a cool shower between sessions. If you are planning a renovation that will incorporate a sauna, you can install the sauna directly into a bathroom or home gym. You will want to ensure that whatever location you choose is private and safely away from children or pets. 

The size of the room can also vary but we recommend something that is neither too big nor too small. Smaller rooms will heat up faster, making it easier to enjoy your at-home sauna. In general, we recommend about two feet of upper bench per person. Consider how big your sauna will be and how many people will frequently use it to determine how big of a room will be necessary. You will also want to select a location that does not block any windows or doors. Make sure you measure everything to ensure your new sauna will fit perfectly!

Prepare and Insulate a Room

Once you have found the ideal spot in your home for a new sauna, it is important to prepare the room prior to installation. You will want to frame and insulate the room ahead of installation. We recommend installing fibreglass insulation with a minimum of R-13 for the ceiling and R-11 for the walls. Depending on the kit you order, it should also include a foil faced vapor barrier to help improve insulation and reduce moisture build-up. To install the barrier, simply staple it to the frame of your walls and ceiling, ensuring to overlap each piece by approximately two inches to avoid any gaps. The barrier will then be covered by the panels of your sauna, which are usually boards that fit together via tongue and groove. Collectively, this process will create a sturdy and well-insulated sauna perfect for indoor use. 

Consider Electricity

Depending on the type of sauna you choose and the heating mechanism, it will likely be a good idea to contact your electrician. They can help ensure that the room you have prepared includes the appropriate power requirements for the new sauna. This step is much easier to complete before the sauna is installed, especially if you need to update any wiring or amperage. 

Sauna Material Kits

At SaunaFin, our Cedar Sauna Kits contain all the necessary materials for your new at-home sauna. Designed for experienced builders, these kits conveniently package all the interior components for an at-home sauna. Depending on your desired sauna, the kit can be personalized for any size or shape. These kits are the easiest and most affordable package for all your at-home sauna building needs. The kit includes a foil vapour barrier, all the Western red cedar necessary for the construction of walls, benches and the ceiling, the door and casing, all necessary hardware and the sauna heater and controls. With the kit materials, the only things you will need to supply are the fibreglass insulation as discussed above, wiring and any exterior finishes such as drywall or sheetrock. The kit also includes instructions to help you construct your new at-home sauna. These kits can be installed in about 14-20 hours, allowing you to enjoy your new at-home sauna in no time!

At SaunaFin, we have over 50 years of experience in the sauna industry. Our Sauna Material Kits include everything you will need to build your own indoor sauna. Our kits help make the process easy and efficient, saving you between $400-$800 in comparison to purchasing items individually. We are passionate about the build and quality of our products and all our kits include beautiful Western red cedar for a long-lasting, at-home sauna. With three types of kits available in a wide variety of sizes, you can easily find the perfect kit to fit your needs. If you are looking for a new project or a hands-on addition to your new home, look no further than our Sauna Material Kits

For more information on any of our kits, contact the SaunaFin team at 905-738-4017. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our showrooms are currently closed. However, we are still accepting orders for our Sauna Material Kits and Pre-Fab Kits. Easily order your desired Sauna Material Kit either online, through e-mail or over the phone. Currently, new orders can either be shipped directly to your home or picked-up at the warehouse via curbside delivery. Although our showrooms are closed, our team is still working hard to help you order and install your new at-home sauna. There is no better time than now to invest in your health and wellness and take the time to build and install a new sauna.

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