It used to be, that you'd have to drop a hefty dollar to make your own sauna at home. The common ways would be to buy a prebuilt, or even turn an extra room into a wood covered piece of heaven. Now, with the help of my experimentation, and Amazon, You can do it for around $100.00
Yes, your read that right. All you need is partially enclosed tub shower unit, or an enclosed shower.
First I should mention, that mine is an enclosed garden tub, it's about double the depth, and width (or more) of a standard tub, so filling mine with steam, should be harder, than a regular tub as I have more space to fill.
I bought some clear vinyl, and stapled it at the back and sides of shower, I think you could use any thickness you wanted, but thicker is definitely better, for this project. I folded the edges under as I stapled, for more durability. I stapled it about every 6 or 8 inches, leaving enough of a drop in the front, about 10", to cover the top of the shower rod, and existing shower curtain. I figured the steam would waft out at the top, between the rod and the curtain, I was right. Note, I needed more than one width of plastic, rather than cut a little strip for one end, I chose to double up the vinyl and pull it until the ends could reach and be folded and stapled. So basically it's a double thickness in the center only, and the edges are single thickness. You could opt to sew or glue it, if you wanted to. Since mine was an experiment, I didn't go that far, when it comes time to replace the vinyl, I will most likely sew it. Something to keep in mind, when purchasing your vinyl, how your plan to join and affix.
Next I pulled my shower curtain closed, making sure to have the plastic inner curtain up close to the tile, for sealing the steam in. I routed the provided tube into the shower and tucked the plastic curtain up tight around it. My steam unit needed a hike, so I sat it on a trash can, just for the moment. Not sure what a longer tube would do, but you should be able to buy one at a local hardware store, that would make life easier, if it wouldn't influence the steam in any way. Next I fired up the unit.
It took about 5 minutes for this thing to get going and produce steam, I had it only about half full. Note, if you're impatient, like me, use warmest possible water, mine was room temp, probably close to 65 degrees ish. Pictures below were taken with in 5-8 minutes of firing this baby up.
I'm beyond thrilled, steam showers/saunas are a very healthy and relaxing thing. They are also supposed to help you remove toxins, from your body and aid in quitting smoking, which is why I purchased it. Tonight, I plan on having dinner in there, Italian Soup ! When you're done with your sauna, turn on the water, and rinse off. It's literally the best combo ever !!
If you wanted to take it a little further, you could put a plastic stool or plastic lawn chair, in your shower/tub. I'm using a folded towel to sit on, and I'm quite happy with that. You could also put the clear topper on with Velcro, if you didn't use it very much, I use mine everyday, or close to it, so I chose to go the more permanent route. I suspect, that at some point, I will have to replace the clear vinyl, just like you would any shower curtain, it will likely get mildewed at some point. I've posted all the Amazon links below, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so I appreciate the use of the links below, and I also appreciate share Thanks : )
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