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How to Know Where to Put an Infrared Sauna in Your Home

Infrared saunas offer a whole new way to relax and enjoy a gentle relaxing heat while sweating your way to better health. With so many gyms closing their saunas, you don’t have to find a sauna in a public place anymore when you want to experience the benefits of infrared saunas. Buying one for your home provides a convenient and permanent way to use an infrared sauna whenever you want. However, you’ll first need to determine where you should put one in your home before you order it. The following information can help you decide the best place to place your sauna.

Indoor or Outdoor

Infrared saunas have revolutionized the sauna experience and allow people to place a sauna anywhere inside their home, even in their bedroom. There are no drains or vents required. You can set it on any floor surface just like a clothing wardrobe, and plug it into the wall socket like a hairdryer. Outdoor saunas allow you to utilize your backyard space, but they are also inconvenient in winter, will require special electrical feeds running underground, or use a wood-fired system that requires a constant source of firewood and long heat-up times. Having an indoor infrared sauna allows you to put it close to your shower, close to your bedroom, and turn it on with the press of a button. With an indoor infrared sauna, you don’t have to worry about the weather or outdoor temperatures.


Where you put your sauna depends in part on how big it is. A small sauna can go just about anywhere in your home, depending on other factors. A larger sauna will need more space, so you should make sure you have enough room for it. Larger infrared saunas will also require specialized 220-volt outlets to handle the amperage load of extra heaters required to heat the larger space. When deciding on which size is best for you, consider the electrical requirements.   


Infrared saunas are not super-heavy compared to a built-in high-temperature sauna with insulation and a large high amperage heater.  They allow you to place it on any floor surface. If it’s going into an unfinished basement on a cold concrete floor in a northern climate, you should at least place a rug or a sheet of plywood underneath the sauna in order to create a buffer between your sauna floor, and the cold concrete. Otherwise, you can place an infrared sauna on carpet, hardwood or tile floors. 

Power Sources

When placing a sauna, keep in mind that it needs to be close to a power source. Most infrared saunas can easily plug into any household outlet. Larger units may require special 220 volt wiring. You might already have a convenient place for your infrared sauna that’s close to a regular household outlet. Otherwise, you might need to have an electrician install an outlet for it.


Bathrooms can be a good option for sauna placement. Being in this location in your home means you’ll be able to take a quick shower or bath after using your sauna, which can feel refreshing or help you cool off a bit. 

Humidity Levels

If placing your infrared sauna in a bathroom make sure there is a standard shower door so that water is not splashed directly onto it. Infrared saunas should easily handle the standard moist environment of a bathroom because the wood dries out every time you use it. Consistently high humidity levels could potentially damage sauna materials. Your sauna area should also have good drainage to prevent water from building up around the base. 

Contact Us for a Quality Infrared SaunaIf you’re looking for infrared saunas for your home, contact us today. We carry saunas that can fit between one and four people, as well as custom saunas. We can help you find the ideal sauna for your home.