There are many kinds of saunas in the world. An authentic Finnish sauna is truly a pleasurable experience when the design and construction are made correctly.

Where to start with designing a Finnish sauna, then? We gathered a few tips for you:

The main elements and solutions required for the Finnish sauna are proper ventilation, insulation, sewerage, sauna stove on which you can throw water to create löyly, wooden walls, and wooden benches which have been placed on a correct level. Taking care of the measurements of every element in the sauna is especially important to guarantee safety and enjoyment. Think about the space available for the sauna and what kind of possibilities does the environment of the sauna give for insulation, ventilation, and drains.

Look for inspiration for your solution on Finnish sauna websites (use keywords like ”sauna trendit” or “sauna suunnittelu”). The current sauna design trends in Finland are the use of glass surfaces (e.g., glass walls in the sauna) and dark wood with paneling and benches, building extra wide benches, using uniquely designed sauna stoves, and playing with the lighting.

Consult a professional with the design of the sauna. Harvia has a free sauna design tool Sauna Designer which helps to review the options. You can request a quote after you are ready with your design.

What kind of sauna stove should you choose?

The most important thing is that the stove has enough power to heat the sauna, but not too much. Electric sauna stoves are more commonly approved in the cities than wood-burning ones and easier to use. Saunologi has written about choosing a sauna stove for various kinds of use.

A Finnish sauna is not ready without all the sauna equipment! When you’re ready with your sauna design, prepare for sauna bathing by acquiring e.g., linen bench covers from Jokipiin Pellava, sauna bucket and ladle from KOLO sauna, towels from Luin Living, slippers and sauna hat from Lahtiset, sauna scents from Nystad Sauna Company, shampoos, and soaps from Osmia and lovely soapstone sauna elf from Hukka Design. After the sauna, wrap up in a soft blanket by Lapuan Kankurit and enjoy the relaxed feeling.

Article written in co-operation with Sauna from Finland’s strategic partner Harvia.

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