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Tips to Think About for Your Own Authentic Sauna Build

NOTE:  saunatimes begrudges no one for not applying any of the following sauna building tips to their sauna.  A working sauna is better than no sauna.

1.  A separate structure.

Worthy of retreat.  Not a converted closet or carved out corner in the basement.

An 8'x12' authentic sauna building. A separate space from living area.
An 8’x12′ authentic sauna building. A separate space from living area.

2.  An ample size changing room.

A wonderful hang out space.  Grocery stores have double doors for a reason.  Freezing outside temperatures are not meant to come in contact with wonderfully hot steamy sauna air.  Close the door!

A changing room with windows and hooks and space to chill out.
A changing room with windows and hooks and space to chill out.

3.  A changing room bench.

Not just for sauna use, but you can escape from the busy world and hang out in your changing room and read.

A cozy sauna changing room bench can double as a great hang out space - an "up North" lake cottage feeling steps out your back door.
A cozy sauna changing room bench can double as a great hang out space – an “up North” lake cottage feeling steps out your back door.

4.  A well sized hot room.

Finlanders use 10 cubic meters as a rule of thumb.  A 6’x8′ or 7’x7′ hot room is an ideal size.  7′ tall ceilings for sure.

A lively open hot room: sauna door, candle window and all cedar tongue and groove.
A lively open hot room: sauna door, candle window and all cedar tongue and groove.

5.  24″ wide sauna benches.

Yes, you can make them more narrow, butt you will notice.

Making decent sauna benches require clear cedar stock. 2"x4" material is solid. This design allows breathing.
Making decent sauna benches require clear cedar stock. 2″x4″ material is solid. This design allows breathing.

6.  Trim it nICE.

Trim around the sauna windows.
Trim around the sauna windows.
Trim around the sauna stove pipe along the ceiling.
Trim around the sauna stove pipe along the ceiling.

7.  A kick ass sauna stove.

There are lame stoves and there are great sauna stoves.  You and your sauna deserve a kick ass sauna stove.

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6 thoughts on “Tips to Think About for Your Own Authentic Sauna Build”

  1. Very nice Glen, I absolutely love traditional saunas to, I built a 8×7 outdoor with electric (harvia) heater, that I use 2 to 3 times daily. I will post some pictures in here sometime, but I put extras in like Cup holders next to the benches and towel & magazine rack, dimming light switch (but I prefer candles) and I found an old Viking sauna porcelain thermometer made in Finland but is in F which is rare. My average sauna temp is around 180 to 190F and I enjoy about 30 min sessions, with plenty of steam, so relaxing, it is like heaven, euphoric even.
    I find electric to be the most convenient for me because I keep mine on all the time. I work at home so when I take a break I like to go for a hot sauna/shower. Even with electric, the heat still comes through the rocks, for a softer heat.

  2. heippa jack,
    u write a lot 🙂
    less speaking n more sauna. have u ever been to a real finnish smoke sauna – in finland?

  3. Thanks for the tips for building a sauna! My wife and I want to have a suana built on our property, so we are trying to figure out what we want. I really like the trim around the sauna stove pipe in that picture. It is a really great accent that brings the room together, I will have to look into something like that.

  4. Ernest: Sauna building allows for both left and right brain thinking (and doing!). Glad you’re moving forward.

  5. Hi Myron: Please use the search bar on saunatimes. If you’re asking questions to build content for your own website, let me offer a suggestion that you first change your content about “infrared saunas” as infrared is not a sauna. Let’s start with that.

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