Guide to introducing a sauna to your home

Adding a sauna to your home (or business) can provide numerous health benefits (see examples here) and create a relaxing retreat for you and your family.

However, proper planning and consideration of various factors are crucial to ensure that your sauna is a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable space.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you design and install your dream home sauna.

Choose the right location

In this case, size (and space) matters. Choosing the right location for your sauna is arguably the most important part of your planning.

Space availability: Ensure you have enough space for your sauna. Measure doorways and hallways to confirm that your sauna components can fit into your chosen location.

Indoor or outdoor: Decide if you want an indoor or outdoor sauna. Indoor saunas can be placed in a spare bathroom, basement, or a dedicated room. Outdoor saunas require a sturdy, level surface and adequate weatherproofing.

Accessibility: Choose a location that is convenient for you and your family. Easy access to showers or baths is beneficial, so proximity to a bathroom is ideal.

Ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial to prevent moisture buildup and ensure the removal of steam and odours. Install ample vents and ventilation devices to circulate fresh air.

Selecting the type of sauna

Wood-fired (traditional Finnish sauna):

  • Offers an authentic experience with high heat and low humidity.
  • Requires a chimney or proper venting for smoke.

Infrared sauna:

  • Uses infrared heaters to emit radiant heat.
  • Heats the body directly rather than the air, offering a milder temperature.

Steam sauna:

  • Utilises a steam generator to produce moist heat.
  • Needs proper drainage and waterproof materials.

Electrical and safety considerations

Qualified electrician: Ensure you have a qualified electrician to handle the electrical setup, especially if the sauna requires a high-power supply. If you need support with this, please get in touch with our team at We’re super experienced in this area, as our owner is an electrician by trade.

Safety features: Install temperature controls to regulate heat and use automatic timers to prevent overheating. Ensure you have a working emergency shut-off switch, which is essential for quick deactivation.

Space and size

Occupancy: Determine how many people will use the sauna simultaneously. Ensure there is enough space for everyone to sit or lie down comfortably. Consider future needs; a slightly larger sauna may be more versatile.

Sauna design: Decide on the interior setup. Would you prefer a design that mirrors a spa or a more functional layout? Would you like to include benches at different levels for varying heat experiences?

Privacy and accessibility

Privacy: Install doors and curtains to provide privacy during sauna sessions. Consider soundproofing if you want to block outside noise.

Accessibility: Ensure the sauna is accessible to all household members (or visitors, if it’s in a commercial space), including those with mobility challenges. If necessary, design doorways and seating to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility aids.


Regular cleaning: Regularly clean and sanitise your sauna to prevent mould, mildew, and bacteria. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintaining specialised components such as heaters and benches. Promptly address any issues to ensure the safety and longevity of your sauna investment.

Quick sauna installation checklist

  1. Indoor or outdoor: Decide where to place your sauna.
  2. Property limitations: Assess any restrictions or limitations of your property.
  3. Space dimensions: Measure the chosen space to ensure the sauna will fit.
  4. Electrical outlet: Verify the availability of a nearby electrical outlet.
  5. Accessibility: Ensure the sauna is easily accessible and consider the view from inside.
  6. Ventilation and plumbing: For steam saunas, ensure there is adequate ventilation and provision for drainage, plumbing, and electrical outlets.

Installing a sauna at home can be a wonderful addition, offering relaxation and health benefits. By carefully planning your sauna's location, type, and features, and ensuring proper safety and maintenance measures, you can create a serene oasis right in your home.

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