How to Accommodate Sauna in Your Bathroom Design
How to Accommodate Sauna in Your Bathroom Design
Saunas are a true gift to mankind! Not only do they help our bodies and minds relax, but they also have numerous other health benefits. Since their history goes way back and they are present in numerous cultures, their true origin is somewhat murky. The general accord is that saunas we’re familiar with today were invented in Finland some 2000 years ago.
They were used for bathing and keeping warm during biting cold Scandinavian winters. In the past, saunas were dug into the earth and then lined with stone, while nowadays we can achieve the same effect by using different methods, like hot stones, hot embers, wood stoves, and even electricity.
Albeit the pleasure and other benefits that people get when visiting saunas, planning a trip to your local gym or spa is certainly time-consuming, not to mention how expensive it can get, depending on how often you frequent them.
Thankfully, Letta London is here to come to your rescue! For those of you who have a spacious bathroom or, ideally, multiple bathrooms, we offer a barrage of useful tips on how to easily incorporate a sauna into your bathroom space. On our website, you'll be able to find everything you need to make this happen.
You name it, we have it! We carry every little thing you may need, from tiles, showers, and shower enclosures to steam makers. Construction companies claim that the number of people who’d like to incorporate a sauna into their bathroom space has been growing for years. If you are one of them, here are some simple steps you should follow to alleviate the process.
Choose the Right Location
Incorporating a sauna into an already existing bathroom is not as difficult as it sounds. The most important thing is choosing the right location. If you have a spare bathroom, you can easily transform it into a sauna.
If not, make sure you “zone off” the area from the rest of your bathroom. Pay special attention to fixtures and fittings and opt for wood or porcelain tiles — they are the most resistant. Avoid putting tiles to areas that are used as back support since ceramics can heat up much more than wood. Instead, choose tiles for one accent wall and use wood for the rest of the room.
The smaller the space you select, the better. Interior designers claim that you can even fit a sauna into a space that’s not larger than 5'x5'. Quite logical reasoning, since you’ll be able to heat the area much quicker. They also suggest putting your sauna near the shower, making it easy for you to rinse off after.
Once you’ve decided on the location of your sauna, it’s time to talk about the essentials. First and foremost, you are going to need to heat your sauna, ideally between 150°F and 190°F. To do so, you can choose between several options.
You can go traditional and use a stone-and-coal heater, you can use an electric unit or even infrared heat. Another thing to consider is the seating; materials that heat up quickly and intensely are an obvious pass. The safest choice is a wooden bench; just make sure that the wood you select is not chemically treated.
Now onto the fun part — styling! Your options are limitless, so let your imagination run wild. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can choose inked or light wood panelling. If you want to create the illusion of a larger space stick to light neutrals, opt for tiled flooring, and add a glass wall. This look is highly suitable for smaller bathrooms.
If you want a more luxurious, dramatic feel, go for darker stained wood, concrete floors, and an accent wall. And don’t forget your change room! Here you can add a bathroom basin, fluffy towels, towel railings, hangers, and other accessories. This will be a place for you to relax and cool off after using the sauna, so make it as comfortable as you can.
Since we’ve covered all the basics, it’s time to make your sauna even more enjoyable. If your bathroom is spacious enough, you can add a steam room. This way you can have the best of both worlds. You can even use your shower space to make one, just make sure you choose an insulated enclosure and a high-quality steam generator.
To make the atmosphere in your brand new sauna even more enjoyable, you can install speakers. Then you can play your favourite music or nature sounds to help you completely unwind. What’s more, you can have your sauna ready beforehand with remote control settings on your smartphone.
Getting caught up in the moment is easy, especially when you feel relaxed. Therefore, frequent sauna goers recommend installing a thermometer and hygrometer in the sauna room. This way you can easily check temperature and humidity levels and avoid possible mishaps.
Now that your sauna is finally ready, it’s time to reap the rewards of your hard work. We all know that saunas have numerous health benefits, and here are a few of them:
- The most obvious one is their ability to promote relaxation and increase the release of endorphins, thus reducing your stress levels;
- They also improve your general health by increasing circulation, reducing cold and flu symptoms, and even alleviating symptoms of asthma;
- Some studies have shown that using saunas can improve one’s brain health and reduce the risks of getting Alzheimer’s and dementia;
- If you suffer from insomnia, we have good news! Research shows that saunas can help you fall into deeper, more relaxed sleep due to the increased amount of endorphins in your body;
- Muscle relaxation and decreased joint pain are also some of the numerous benefits of saunas.
Now that you’ve been presented with all the relevant pieces of information, it’s time to start working! Whether you have a separate space or have decided to incorporate a sauna into your large bathroom, getting it is an investment of a lifetime.
Make sure to follow our tips to get the best results. If you are still having second thoughts or just need some advice, our staff is here to assist you. You can consult them through our website or come straight to our showroom in North London. We’ll be happy to help you create the sauna of your dreams.