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Wellness in the garden: How to build your own garden sauna

If you like to go to the sauna, you will be delighted with your own garden sauna! Thus, it is not always necessary to visit a swimming pool or a spa to indulge in the pleasure. Saunas are now available in different sizes and variations. The advantages are obvious.

Why the garden sauna is so popular

The heater is the heart of the sauna

Nobody has to pay an entrance fee. In addition, the sauna is open around the clock. Whenever there is a need , the garden sauna can be used and enjoyed. May it be a little more infusion? No problem, because in your own sauna, everyone can do what he thinks is right.

But before it goes to the relaxation, of course, a garden sauna must be purchased. For this purpose, various products are available in specialized stores. Thus, everyone can get the right sauna for his needs.

What to consider when building a garden sauna?

Modern garden sauna with foundation

A garden sauna can be hidden behind a hedge or act as a focal point in the garden. First, think carefully about where the sauna will get its permanent place. After that, the various models can be sifted.

In addition to a fancy design sauna, classic and traditional variants are also available. Whether it is a prefabricated kit or a do-it-yourself sauna, the sauna can be assembled quickly and is available after a short time. However, there are a few important things to consider in this regard.

  • Before buying, weigh up exactly how large the sauna should be. To do this, plan for about 1.5 m² per person.
  • Check whether a foundation is necessary. Depending on the size of the sauna and the nature of the ground, a foundation may be essential.
  • Which sauna heater is the right one? There are different heater sets and systems. Here, it is necessary to clarify in advance which model should be shortlisted.

Build your own garden sauna tips for design and materials

Tip: German building law actually equates a garden sauna with a garden house. Accordingly, the building is to be regarded as a recreation room. Whether the sauna requires a permit therefore depends on the size and location of the sauna. Therefore, it is best to obtain information on local building regulations from the responsible building authority.

Which materials are recommended for a garden sauna?

What materials for a garden sauna


Many sauna lovers opt for wood as a building base. This material can be used to create a natural and pleasant atmosphere. However, not every type of wood is suitable for a sauna. For outdoor use, it is better to choose wood without resin. Spruce, aspen or hemlock are best suited for this purpose.

For the interior, go for soft and, above all, splinter-free material. Aspen is also a good choice for the garden sauna.

Sauna door tips for waterproofing

Note: In order for a sauna to fully perform its function, it is imperative that it be well sealed. Otherwise, too much valuable heat will be lost. Therefore, choose a wall thickness of at least 28 mm. Windows should also be well insulated and doors ideally closable.

Small details with big benefits

Garden sauna inside what material and equipment


The heart of every sauna is the heater. Choose a stove size that provides sufficient heat. A professional sauna heater also requires a power connection. It is essential to consult a professional for this.

Alternatively, an electric sauna heater is also an advantage. This can be used especially if there are no electrical connections in the immediate vicinity.

Keep in mind that the larger the garden sauna, the more powerful the stove should be. Suitable seating should also be created. This way, the whole family can sit down and relax. Lower seats are ideal for sauna beginners, upper seats are suitable for sauna professionals. Since everyone’s heat sensation is different, everyone can enjoy the sauna in peace as needed.