20 Beautiful Dry Heat Home Sauna Designs

If you have ever used a dry sauna and fell in love with it, then you already know how relaxing they can be. Once you fall in love with the sauna, it’s hard not to want one of your very own where you can pop into it anytime you want. After a long day at work, or after a hard workout, a few minutes in a sauna can do wonders for your mind, body, and spirit. There is still a lot of controversy as to whether or not saunas can really rid your body of toxins and cleanse you from the inside-out, but most people who are avid sauna users will probably tell you that they feel completely rejuvenated after hitting the sauna for 15-20 minutes a day. While there are two types of saunas, a wet and dry sauna. The difference between the two falls on the rocks in the sauna. Wet saunas get water splashed over them to create the steam, while a dry sauna’s rocks remain dry. Dry saunas are said to relieve stress, muscle tension, and increase your blood circulation. It also helps revitalize the skin by perspiring. Dry saunas are known to be more tolerable due to the dry heat, which may make it more tolerable to stay in for a bit longer than in the wet saunas.

If you have ever dreamed of owning your own dry sauna, there are unlimited styles and designs available, which mot only makes it possible to put one somewhere in your home, but find one that fits your budget, too. Whether you want to install a large dry sauna that fits multiple people, or a cozy dry sauna for one, or two, we’ve have some tips and ideas for you to help you choose the perfect dry sauna for your home.

Planning your sauna design

  • What type of power will it need? – It’s exciting to plan your sauna design. You want it to be in a convenient location so you will use it often, and in a place where the type of sauna you want is capable of supporting the type of power it will need. There are several types of power used for different types of saunas, so be sure to consider the source of power for your dry sauna and make your plans accordingly.
  • Size – If you plan to install the sauna inside your home, the size of the area where the sauna will be installed needs to be able to accommodate the size. While many people prefer to install a sauna in a predesignated area, such as a workout room, a bathroom, or a basement, there are other areas where a dry sauna can work in a home, however, if it will work will definitely depend on the space available compared to the size of the sauna you intend to install.
  • Consider the ceiling height – What’s important about the ceiling height? Well, we all know that heat rises so the best way to design the inside of the sauna so that the benches and seats are high enough that you will feel the full effects of the sauna heat. For larger dry saunas, a typical ceiling height would be between 6’6 and 7′ high. Multi-layered seating and benches allows you options for how high into the rising heat you want to get. No matter the square footage of the sauna, ceilings should be considerable height and layered seating and lounging benches should be designed into the plans.

Lighting but no ambiance

The sauna isn’t exactly the place for setting a certain mood. Of course, you need lighting in the sauna so you can see what you are doing and where you are in the close-quartered area. But ambiance isn’t necessarily the main focus. That being said, many people do like to have nice, warm and relaxing types of lighting to soften the mood. Since there are no windows, and the door should be thick and sturdy, try lighting your sauna with something different. Maybe some rope lights, or salt rock lamp lights, or lights on a dimmer. If you have one main light in the sauna, situating the switch close to the door can help you enter and exit safely. Other forms of lighting can help create the relaxing mood, but also keep you safe in the darkened area by preventing falls and other accidents.

Safety measures

You may or may not be surprised to hear that accidents do happen in saunas. Yes, saunas present their own set of safety issues, and if you think about it, it only makes sense. When you get overheated and perhaps a bit dehydrated, balance, cognitive skills can easily be lost. In order to keep you and your guests safe, consider setting up rails in strategic places for them to grab hold of when maneuvering about the sauna. When designing your benches, it’s a good idea to construct the lower bench as an extra wide bench, not only to give you more room to spread out with plenty of room to lounge, but it also serves a good base step for those who want to use it to maneuver themselves up to the higher benches. It will also come in handy to have better footing when retreating down from higher levels.

With so many dry sauna designs to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one that fits all your wants, from the size, the style, budget and much more. You can get ideas of different dry saunas by scrolling down and looking at the following 20 beautiful dry sauna designs to help inspire you to make this relaxing and healthy a must-have in your home.

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