6 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Sauna


Building a sauna in your home is not only exciting but also can be beneficial for your health and well being. That being said, you want to make sure you build a sauna that works for you. Since this is a big job, there are mistakes that you want to avoid making. Being certain to avoid these mistakes will save you money and hassle. Here are 6 things you need to know about avoiding mistakes when building a sauna.

Getting the Right Type of Sauna For You

Before going over the mistakes, getting the right kind of sauna is your first priority. It is important to do your research before committing to the type of sauna you want. There are a few different types of saunas you can buy. You will want to make sure you figure out what type of sauna is going to be best for you and your family. The main types are wood burning, electric and infrared. Also, you can rent a mobile sauna if you are looking for a more practical option. All of them have pros and cons. Look into each type to decide which one will work with your property and set up.

If you have your own lumber then, of course, building a homemade sauna is a great idea rather than buying an expensive one.  The process is both simple and complex, depending on the instructions you’re following. There are many  DIY sauna kits available which make the assembly a breeze. These include everything needed to build a home sauna.

Get the Right Size

Once you decide what type of sauna you want to get, be sure to figure out what size sauna is going to work. Is it just you who will be using it, or are there others in your family? Do you intend to invite friends over? It might seem like a small consideration, but there are different types of saunas. Size is also important when considering where you will put it. Will it go in your home or outside your home in your yard?

Put the Light on a Separate Circuit

The light in your sauna should be on its own circuit inside your home. This is because they usually are 110 volts, so you want to avoid tripping the circuit. It is also a good idea to get a light that can dim, thus saving some electricity, but also creating a nice ambiance inside the sauna to help you better relax.

Be Careful of What You Find on the Internet

While the internet can have great information, it can also lead you in the wrong direction. When considering sauna kits, listen to the recommendations from those who already have saunas. They will be able to tell you how difficult the process was and give you advice on how to make the project go smoothly. If you are using the internet, make sure it is a trusted source to help you through the process.

Not Doing Research on Health Benefits

Whether you are getting a sauna to relax more or to improve your health, it is important to know which type is best for your level of health improvement and what you are looking for. Since the heat in the aforementioned sauna types is different, they have different health benefits. An infrared sauna may not emit as much heat as the others, an electric sauna may not have as good of a ventilation system as the wood burning sauna, and wood-burning saunas give off the smell of burning wood. Since the saunas are run differently, there are slightly different health benefits of each.

Not Hiring Help When You Need It

Unless you are a certified electrician, it is important to look into hiring someone when installing an electric sauna. You don’t want to make mistakes when it comes to messing with the electrical wiring in your house. This can be a costly and dangerous mistake. Be aware that even if companies will come and install your sauna for you, they are usually not licensed to do the electrical work. This is because it needs to be done by a professional who knows what they are doing. It is more important to get help when you need it instead of trying to cut costs.

Not Paying Attention to the Warranty

Hopefully, your sauna won’t have any problems, but just like when you are buying a car, you want to know that you are covered if something were to happen. Building a sauna in your home or on your property is a big commitment, both in terms of time and money. Look into the warranty that comes along with your sauna, so you know what you are getting into if something happened to need replacement. Many people make the mistake of not paying attention to the warranty offered, which could impact their pocket in the future.

Final Words

Building a sauna is a very exciting project. The health benefits of having a sauna can be life-changing. Spending time in a sauna can reduce stress and anxiety, help your skin, keep your heart healthy and alleviate joint and muscle pain. There are so many benefits to having a sauna, but you likely want the process of building it to be smooth. This is why it is important to avoid the mistakes mentioned above.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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