Three cheers for transom windows

When designing and building our own saunas, it’s important to be thinking about windows.

In the “ole country” (Finland), with the exception of the candle window, few sauna hot rooms were built with windows.  Who knows why.  Maybe it was cultural timidity, or structural platitudes, or heat loss concerns.  Whatever the reason, today, the hot room window concept is “opening up!”.

Like music in the sauna, traditionalists may scoff, but any sauna bather of any origin sweating it out on the upper bench will smile that much wider being able to gaze out of their hot room and take in a bit of nature.

A transom window offers:

  • a great vista from the sauna bench.
  • privacy while standing.
  • natural light without being a fishbowl.

What size transom window?  Let’s start with 18″ tall by 36″ wide, cut in about 8″ below the 7′ ceiling.  A sauna with a hot room transom window and a common wall candle window feels airy and nICE.  Don’t have these windows?  No big deal.  We can make it happen with a sawzall or with your next sauna build.

Dual transom windows in Josh’s floating sauna (under construction).
Wisdom Woods sauna hot room


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3 thoughts on “Three cheers for transom windows”

  1. I absolutely agree, transom windows in the sauna add another level of pleasure-the view outside. It was mandatory (X2) in our sauna build!

  2. Thanks for this informative article. The use of a transom window in a sauna is a nice feature, since it offers light and vistas to the natural world, while providing some relative privacy, compared to a conventional sized window.

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