Your own sauna cabin: tips and tricks
The cold season will certainly come and with it the desire for warmth and security - are you one of those who long for a woollen blanket and thick socks in the cold months and would like to hibernate in front of the fireplace? Then there is a way to warm yourself and do something for your health at the same time: your own sauna cabin!
Advantages of regular sauna use
Those who regularly visit the sauna are excellent at preventing illnesses. This is even scientifically proven. The immune system is strengthened and the entire immune system is stimulated. Certainly, even those who go to the sauna twice a week are not immune to flu and the like. But it has been proven that the number of antibodies in the blood is increased. The alternation of warm and cold has the effect that the blood circulation is stimulated and thus all cells of the body are better supplied with oxygen.
Unfortunately, frequent visits to the sauna are often hindered by the inner pig dog. He stands growling in front of the door and prevents you from going to the sauna in all weathers. What to do? Trick the annoying animal and build your own sauna. However, there are a few things you should be aware of.
Planning is the be-all and end-all
If you have decided to build your own sauna cabin, planning is the most important thing. The sauna should not only serve to prevent illnesses, but it should also be a place of rest and relaxation. A beautiful ambience is therefore simply part of it. Today, the sauna is no longer banned to the cellar, but partly even integrated into the living room. Of course your own preferences play a role here. But it has been proven that the sauna is visited more often if the users feel comfortable and the cabin is not hidden in the back corner of the house. If you have a large bathroom, this is just perfect. Here you can easily integrate the sauna cabin. But the cabin is also well suited for use in the garden, conservatory or in a converted attic. The most important thing is that the shower or bathtub is quickly accessible. The unobstructed view of the garden or nature is perceived as very relaxing, so a sauna with a large glass front is perhaps worth considering.
Requirements for the sauna cabin in your own house
The manufacturers of the sauna cabins focus on functionality and design. However, it is precisely the design that makes sauna cabins outstandingly adaptable even in the living room ambience. Nevertheless, there are a few points to consider.
1. the space
A sauna needs space, as well as connections for water and electricity. Think about whether you can find the space you need and whether a sauna really makes sense for you. Also consider the surface, which must be smooth and water-resistant. Tiles are the best choice here.
2. the ventilation
The sauna must have steam-tight insulation to prevent moisture damage to the entire room or house. However, this keeps a lot of moisture in the cabin. The sauna must therefore have good ventilation. Mechanical ventilation is a must, but a window is an alternative.
3. the cooling down
Heat and cold have to alternate so that the positive effect of the sauna starts. It is recommended that there is a shower in the immediate vicinity of the sauna cabin. In this way you can cool down your body directly after taking a sauna. It is also important that your body needs oxygen when it comes out of the "sweatbox". Ideally, you have direct access to fresh air. A patio door is the best solution.
4. relaxation after the sauna
The body needs relaxation after a sauna. Therefore, make sure that couches or sofas are located near the sauna cabin.
5. heating the cabin
If you set up a Finnish sauna, temperatures of up to 90 °C or even higher will prevail there. How quickly such high temperatures are reached depends on the size of the cabin. A 6 kW electric sauna heater heats a cabin with a size of 4.5 m³ quickly. For a sauna cabin of up to 14 m³ you need a 9 kW heater. If infusions are not so important to you, the installation of an under bench heater is a good option. This is particularly space-saving.
6. the electricity connection
For the sauna you usually need a power connection. Electrical supply lines are usually 400 volts - this is a matter for a specialist. He lays the cables and makes sure that the sauna heater is connected correctly.
7. and the environment?
Surely you have already thought about the environmental aspects. If you want to sauna with a clear conscience, buy a sauna cabin that bears the FSC seal. Care has been taken to ensure that the raw materials for these products have been procured in an environmentally friendly manner. They are also subject to constant strict controls.
The cost of your own sauna cabin also plays a role. They vary depending on the manufacturer, size, personal contribution and design and range from 800 to several thousand euros. If you would like to take a sauna with the whole family, the cabin should suit everyone. This applies above all to the reclining furniture. Choose the size that fits the largest member of the family. If you build the reclining furniture yourself, choose abachi wood. This heats up only slightly.
For the construction of the sauna cabin you can, of course, use wood from the DIY store, provided you build the sauna on your own. In frame construction, square timbers with a thickness of 40 x 40 mm are recommended. Together with cross beams and the necessary panelling, this gives you a wall thickness of 85 mm. Chipboard is sufficient for the outer wall.