There are a lot of health benefits to be had from taking regular sauna baths. It’s not surprising therefore to want to have your own sauna room at home. If you decide to build your own sauna, you should know that there are sauna kits already available in the market, which definitely makes your job a lot easier.

Before you begin constructing your DIY sauna, the drywall of the room where the sauna will be installed should be removed. Also, make sure that the flooring is non-permeable. Vinyl or tiles are ideal. Once the room has been prepped up, next on the agenda is checking out various sauna kits and locating the perfect one for your home.

What to Look for in a Sauna Kit

Generally, DIY saunas provide you with the materials necessary for lining the room, i.e. pre-cut lumber and hardware, plus lumber for sauna benches, accessories and equipment. There are some DIY kits however that do not include the heater so you will have to look for one that already includes the heater if you don’t already have a particular one in mind for your project.

Some manufacturers and suppliers also allow you to order a customized kit. You can send them your layout and they can cut the lumber to a size that will fit your design. Additionally, suppliers should also allow you to choose the type of wood for your sauna. These are kiln-dried wood available in the following options:

  • Western Red Cedar
  • Hemlock
  • Poplar

These have properties that differ apart from mere aesthetics, so before choosing the type of wood included in sauna kits, it’s best to ask the manufacturer/supplier for recommendations. They have the expertise to help you determine the right type of wood for your DIY sauna, taking particular note of how often you would like to use the sauna.

Once you have everything you need, you’re looking at anywhere from 16 to24 hours to complete your project.