Planning DIY Sauna Rooms at Home

by Northern Lights Cedar Barrel Sauna Manufacturer & Supplier of Barrel Saunas in Canada

The Finnish sauna rooms are relatively affordable. They can be built to fit any indoor space or outdoor. The size of sauna depends on the number of people likely to use simultaneously. Here are a few things you should keep in mind to plan the perfect sauna space of your dreams at home:


The top bench should be at least 20” wide and 36” from the floor. The benches are kept on wall supports and legs if required. It’s highly recommended that you should maintain 2” X 4” cedar with ½” space between the boards. The cubic footage of a sauna room is necessary to determine the capacity of the heating unit.


Ventilation is extremely necessary to get the ultimate in satisfaction and pleasure. It will enhance the reheating the sauna room. The shortage of fresh air due to inadequate ventilation can create an uncomfortable feeling. This often results in breathing related issues or burning sensation of the skin.

The expanded hot air in the sauna has proportionately less oxygen than the denser atmosphere of the surrounding. Sauna enthusiasts may faint unless the air is changed regularly. A sufficient amount of fresh air enters every time when the door opens.

Generally, two ventilators are built into the walls. The inlet should be present below the heating unit (generally, a bottom gap in the sauna door or a door vent) and the outlet is located on the opposite side, on the ceiling or just below the ceiling. The ventilation openings of 4”- 6” diameter is recommended, depending on the size of sauna rooms.

Planning the right size

Try to keep your sauna room smaller rather than larger. Allow for the depth of every bench and plan around 19” each for your heater and an area of 4” around the front as well as two sides for the fence guard.

Building a smaller room permits using a smaller heater, smaller circuit breakers within your panel while providing more efficient heating. The upper and lower benches are the main components that you will use to sit and lay down in the sauna.

Please keep in mind that most sauna lovers like to stretch out on the upper and lower benches. So try to have the main bench wall 6 feet or longer. The ceiling height for a sauna can be from 6 ½- 7 feet.

When the heat rises, you want the benefit of warmer air in the sauna while lying on the upper bench. So, a ceiling height of 8 or 9 feet won’t be right and your heater will not function properly.

The size of the heater

The sauna room packages come pre-sized with the optimal sauna heater for the cubic space. You can install two heaters, if you want to service a very large room in your home.

Planning the layout of the sauna rooms

  • Plan the size of your sauna room. Saunas can be built any size or shape. If you love lying down in your home sauna, allow 6’ in at least one direction.
  • You should plan the door location and direction of its swing perfectly. Remember that, a sauna door must swing out of the room, not inside. For a better layout of the benches, you keep your door and heater on a long wall next to each other, if possible.
  • Plan the right location of your heater, desirably up close to the door wall. Please keep in mind that the cold air will be drawn from the door naturally along the floor to the heater where it will be heated and lead to the ceiling.
  • You should prepare the bench layout. The normal bench depth is 20”; height may be 36” for the upper or 19” high for the lower bench. You can customize the size.

Please consider above discussed tips and suggestions to build sauna rooms of your style and enjoy sauna year-round in the comfort of your home.

This article is written by Cedar Barrel Saunas, which specializes in providing easy to install DIY sauna rooms at the affordable prices. for more information about sauna rooms please Click Here.

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