A sauna backrest that you can cut and nail together in less than an hour

Making these sauna backrests are easy

Especially during the tongue and groove stage of building your own authentic sauna, while tools are out and some extra remnant pieces are around.

sauna backrest


  1. 7 – 1″ x 2″ x 18″ cedar
  2. 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 18″ cedar
  3. A finish nailer or a hammer and some finish nails.


  1. Rip the 1×6 into a long triangle.
  2. Evenly space and nail 5 of the 1x2s as runners along the angle of the triangles.
  3. Nail one vertically in the back, to tie the runners together.
  4. Cut the final 1×2 to fit and nail along the base.

sauna backrest from behind

And while you’re at it, it’s just as easy to make two or three sauna backrests at one time.
a couple sauna backrestsAnd these sauna backrests can sit upright as shown or lay horizontally for when you want to lay horizontally.

These sauna backrests are sturdy

  • easy to clean
  • keep your sauna walls clean
  • create a comfy ergonomic feel as you enjoy your sauna session.

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6 thoughts on “A sauna backrest that you can cut and nail together in less than an hour”

  1. Thanks, just built this using mostly hand tools. Love the finish nailer idea. Simple and effective. Definitely glad I used cedar. Ripping with a Japanese saw worked well, but would have been impossible with the maple or oak I considered using.

  2. Perhaps my screen resolution is faulty but in the photos, the 1″ x 2″ x 15″ look a lot more like 1″x 4″ than 1″ x 2″.

    Could you please confirm the 1″ x 2″ dimension?

    thanks much

  3. The horizontal slats in the photo are remnant 1×6 t&g cedar ripped down the middle and tongue and groove sliced off, making them 3/4″ thick by 2 1/2″ wide actual dimensions. A guy can use stock 1×2’s or maybe 1×3’s, or even 1×4’s. No hard fast rule.

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