Having one’s own home sauna has become popular today. An increasing number of people ask for this healthful facility with the hope to both enjoy sauna benefits and have a nice place where to stay in relaxation.
But how to design home saunas? In the measure that in-home saunas are more requested, sauna design becomes more and more sophisticated. In this post, 24 photos showing some great examples of luxury saunas are displayed, with the purpose of providing our readers with good inspirational material.
A home sauna is traditionally made out of birch wood, as this material has great insulating properties. The usage comes from Finland, the country of origin of modern home saunas. Huge glass panels are optional, they are often utilised in luxury saunas because they give a sense of elegance, as in this tasteful example.
Among saunas benefits, relaxation is the main. In this example of a luxury sauna the walls of the sauna cabinet have been made entirely in glass, so that guests can enjoy a scenic view upon the town. This is both esthetical and practical, as it increases the sense of relaxation of users.
Inside a classic home sauna. We see the typical layout on three/four steps of the wooden grid where guests sit down. The walls are covered with wooden panels, and the door as well. On a corner, the brazier, and in the foreground the typical bucket with water.
Another nice example of sauna design for in-home saunas. Wide glass panels are utilised to give the usual feeling of no separation with the outside environment, while the wall has been unusually covered with stone bricks. The brazier has been built in a small island, and the sauna cabinet is compact and perfectly space-optimized.
Home saunas are typically placed in bathrooms, as this is their best possible location. In this way, it is exalted the bathroom function as a place where you can both do toilette and relax. In this example, an in-home sauna has been conveniently placed near the bathtub, so that you can switch from sauna benefits to Jacuzzi comforts.
A Japanese influence is evident in many sauna designs. It doesn’t come surprising, as this exotic country has a long tradition of home saunas and public spas. While Finnish saunas are mostly made out of birch wood, in Japan the range of the materials that are utilized in building in-home saunas is much wider, and it includes also tiles and stones.
Being relatively small and easy-manageable, Finnish saunas are a natural complement of any bathroom. They add an element of great comfort to any house. Sauna benefits include deep detoxification and cardio-vascular reactivation, not to mention the sense of relaxation and welfare that we enjoy immediately after.
The photo above shows a detail of a classical sauna design for a home sauna. Raw birch wood is used almost everywhere. The floor is the only exception, being covered with dark grey ceramic tiles. Guests get access to the sauna through a classical small glass panel door through which we glimpse the bench set inside.
Innovation has affected also the conservative world of sauna designers. In this example of Luxury sauna, the utilization of glass panels, metal frames, fine wood panels and indirect lightning create an environment that is both practical and beautiful.
There aren’t only in-home saunas. The traditional hut-shaped Finnish wooden sauna is a very versatile formula that designers can easily adopt even on the making of outdoor solutions, like in this cool example of home sauna, where the sauna cabinet has been placed on the balcony.
A great example of an elegant in-home luxury sauna. The wide glass panel door leads inside a spacious and comfortable sauna equipped with the traditional raw birch benches, the brazier with volcanic stones, the bucket and the hourglasses. The towels are stored in the big wall cupboards before the entry.
Space optimization plays an important role in sauna design. Here, the sauna is reduced to a kind of modular element that can be added or removed to an interior space as you please. Small and compact, yet comfortable, this home sauna in wood can be placed almost everywhere.
In this example of home sauna, the floor made with wooden batons reminds orient and Japan. The design is really innovative, combining a shower box and a drying sauna in the same cabinet. This is practical, as everybody needs to take a refreshing shower after having sauna.
Another example of a beautiful luxury sauna. An elegant walnut wooden wall cupboard provides a practical place where to put towels and other toilette products. On one side of the cupboard, there is the sauna; on the other side, a comfortable big shower box where we can refresh waits for us.
A sauna design that breaks the traditional clichés of Finnish home saunas. The main material is still row wood, but the cabinet shape is not as squared as the ordinary in-home saunas, but irregular. This creates a sense of dynamism and variety, but without affecting in any way functionality.
Again, another luxury sauna with huge glass front wall. Inside, a linear design changes this home sauna into a posh yet relaxing environment, where the classical birch panels are masterfully converted into decorative elements. Notice the fine brazier painted with the same dark grey colour of the volcano stones.
Some decorative elements taken from the far east tradition (like the nice shape of the stools) makes this sauna design particularly beautiful. Red adds a note of colourful vivacity to the whole composition, while the metallized colours of the wall panels combines with their linear design to create a feeling of simple, unbeatable elegance.
In this luxury sauna, the glass panels of the cabinet create a sense of continuity between the sauna and the elegant bathroom where the sauna is placed. The traditional raw birch benches and panels are replaced with a single long bench made out of bleached wood and big squared tiles in ceramics that repeat the colours of the bathroom walls.
A classical raw bitch wooden home sauna of linear and simple design where space is highly optimized and walls are made out of glass in order to create the usual sense of continuity with the environment outside. Practical brazier in dark metal, and shower immediately at hand.
A luxury sauna that wisely combines modernity and tradition. The staircase shape bench makes the most of the small available space. Birch wood is still the main material, but the panel shape is modern and elegant. Notice the cute wooden bucket near the comfortable iron brazier.
A kitchen is a strange – and not practical – location for a home sauna, but this is it in this bizarre design. Inside, we have the classical Finnish sauna made out of raw wood and with the typical staircase shape raw birch benches. Strange but possible design.
A great example of posh and superbly elegant sauna design characterised by a cabinet that imitates a traditional canopy. The difference is that inside there is a sauna fully equipped with a metal brazier and authentic volcano stones, buckets in white ceramics, and comfortable raw birch benches, instead of the expected double bed.
Clean, bright and modern, this sauna design inserts the traditional elements of home saunas – birch benches, wooden racks, brazier and volcano stones – in a modern context. Notice its unusual location – the attic – and the irregular disposition of the glass wall that creates a sense of pleasant dynamism.
Again, a home sauna placed in an attic, but with a practical bathtub (and hopefully a whole bathroom) at hand this time. The shape of the sauna cabinet has been adapted to the roof, and the space perfectly optimized. We find again all classic elements of sauna design, from the usual metal brazier to the raw birch benches.