How to Build an Infrared Sauna – A DIY Home Guide
Infrared saunas offer a plethora of benefits to those who use them.
Many studies have shown infrared saunas can help with physical and health ailments, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chronic Pain In Muscles And Joints
Also, athletes and people who exercise a lot can benefit from the use of infrared saunas.
Since there are so many obvious advantages to using an infrared sauna, why aren’t more people using them?
The answer is simple: cost.
An infrared sauna can go for anywhere between $2,000 to over $5,000. That’s not small change for the majority of people, especially those already plagued with medical bills from their health problems.
Fortunately, we’ll show you today how to avoid a ruinous bill by building a sauna cheaply.
Things to Consider
Before we double down on the details and building instructions, there are a few things we should point out.
When taking on the task of building an infrared sauna, you need to ensure it’s done correctly. Otherwise, the DIY route could prove a terrible move economically.
Think closely about these factors before getting started.
Are Homemade Infrared Saunas Safe?
Many people worry about the EMF radiation said to come from infrared lights. It’s true that infrared light can emit EMF radiation, and too much of this radiation can be dangerous to people.
However, when used while keeping a safe distance from the bulbs, there’s no risk of danger from EMF radiation while using your homemade infrared sauna.
Also, be absolutely sure you take precautions with other materials used to create your infrared sauna.
Are You Going To Build a Near-Infrared Sauna or Far-infrared Sauna?
There are actually 3 different spectrums of infrared light that can be used in an infrared sauna. Near, mid, and far infrared. Each offers distinct benefits.
Near-Infrared Light can help rejuvenate your skin, heal your cells, increase your immunity, relieve your pain, and heal your wounds.
Mid-Infrared Light can assist with circulation and pain relief, and it can also promote weight loss.
Far-Infrared Light can help you relax and detox your body, and it can also help with weight loss and blood pressure.
You can find options that provide full-spectrum infrared, meaning they offer the benefits from all these different wavelengths of infrared light.
Generally, homemade infrared saunas will emit far-infrared light.
Do You Have Adequate Space to Build and Store Your Sauna?
Believe it or not, you really don’t need a large area in which to build your sauna. Actually, the smaller the space you use for your infrared sauna, the quicker things will heat up, meaning you’ll experience the benefits in even less time.
There’s a broad spread of options available. You can find portable infrared sauna structures available to purchase online if you’re willing to spend more money. But we’re trying to do this on the cheap!
Small rooms are one great choice for building your infrared sauna. If you’ve got an empty closet waiting to be used, you can appropriate that for your sauna room. If there’s no other purpose for the closet, it can remain a permanent sauna room, saving you time as well as money.
If you don’t have space like that available, you could use a small bathroom instead. It might be a bit more time consuming as you’ll need to set up and tear down the infrared light rig each time you use it, but the benefits you receive will make it all worthwhile.
You could also construct a small tent-like enclosure to use if you’ve got no other type of space to use.
Building Your Infrared Sauna
We’ve discussed the benefits of an infrared sauna, and we’ve gone over some initial questions you might have had about taking on this task. Let’s now look at how to build an infrared sauna the easy way.
To build your infrared sauna, you need some necessary supplies.
- Infrared Light Bulbs: The obvious starting point when building your infrared sauna are the infrared bulbs. There are several excellent choices available. Our preference is RubyLux bulbs. You can save a few bucks by going with Phillips infrared bulbs as well.
- Clamps: You need lamp clamps to hold your infrared bulbs as well as attach them to your stand. Look for “brooder” clamps. These are generally used for chickens. These clamps have ceramic sockets and can withstand the heat and power of the infrared bulbs.
- Power: You need to get a power strip that can accommodate all your lights. Be sure to look for one that can handle the electrical load. Look out too for a cord that’s cut long enough not to be restrictive.
- Stand: You will also need a stand of some sort so you can attach the lights. You can build one from wood. Stay away from pine or other wood that tends to be sap-filled. Or just find something that works for you. Some people use metal baker’s racks or a PVC contraption. Or you can simply clamp the lights to the towel rack in a bathroom.
- Eye Protection: Tanning goggles are an excellent choice.
- Space Heater: This additional heat source will allow the room to heat up quickly so you can get the maximum benefit more quickly.
Building your set up is easy once you’ve got all your supplies in place.
Assemble your stand. If you’ve built a contraption from wood or PVC pipe, make sure it’s ready to go.
Screw your infrared bulbs into the light sockets in the clamps for your lamps and clamp them to the stand.
Plug the lamps into the power strip and turn them on.
If you’re using the space heater, turn it on as well, and allow the room to heat up.
Using Your Infrared Sauna
Now that everything is in place and functioning correctly, you need to wait a short while before entering.
Allow the room to heat up until it reaches 100°F/38°C.
Put on your eye protection and enter your homemade infrared sauna.
Be sure to maintain a safe distance from the bulbs. Stay about 1 or 2 feet away.
Enjoy your infrared sauna for 20 minutes or so daily to enjoy the maximum benefit.
Here’s to you relaxing and improving your health!