How to Build Your Own Mini Sauna

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Writing for New Life Journal, Massage and Body Therapist Linda Davis notes the body detoxifies by expelling waste through open pores as sweat glands start to excrete during the intense heat of a sauna.

A home sauna is not only a doable project, but brings with it benefits such as privacy, convenience, economy, and accessibility. It could be just the right complement to a home gym and a way to relax after a good workout.

Plan the dimensions of your sauna. If you want to lie down inside of it, you'll need a larger space than if you prefer to sit as you sweat.

Frame the space with 2-by-4 lumber. You can skip this step if you've decided to convert a small room or closet in your home into a sauna. However, if you want to create a new space, for instance in the corner of your basement, you should make sure the structure is sound.

Make the ceiling approximately 7 feet high in order to allow for enough headroom but avoid heating excess space.

Place fibreglass insulation in the stud cavities. This will keep the heat inside the sauna. Be sure to add a moisture barrier on top of the insulation.

Panel the interior of the sauna with tongue-and-groove wood, kiln-dried. Cedar, white spruce, aspen, hemlock, and redwood have good insulation properties and can handle the temperature and humidity changes you'll experience inside the sauna.

Install the heat panels, wiring them to a junction box near the thermostat. Do this before you finish the outside of the sauna to give yourself extra elbowroom.

Finish the exterior of the sauna if you've built a freestanding unit. This is not only for cosmetic purposes but to add to the insulation properties of the sauna.

Hang the door and don't try for an airtight fit. While you can add a layer of wood panelling for insulation, you will want a little ventilation.

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