How Do I Build A Steam Room In My Bathroom?


If you want to create a sauna environment in your bathroom, you’ll need to raise your water temperature and seal the area so steam can build up. To start, raise the temperature on your hot water heater up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Just be sure to turn in back down when you’re done to avoid burning yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to build a steam room?

Material and labor included, the average cost to build a steam room is $43 per square foot or between $22 and $65 per square foot. Customs versions can be twice this much, or $44 to $130 per square foot. Converting an existing shower to a steam room is about $2,515, depending on size.

Does a steam shower need to be enclosed?

The shower must be completely enclosed by an insulated, watertight door and enclosure; a steam shower door requires a special gasket to keep steam from escaping. Slip-proofing. Add textured tile or anti-skid strips to the floor to prevent slipping. Slope and drain.

What's the best way to steam a shower?

Have the hot handle turned as high as possible. You can either turn on the lower faucet or use the shower to fill the tub. If you’re using aromatherapy oils, you can put a few drops in the tub. The scent will disperse throughout the room. Keep your shower curtain or door open to let the heat and steam fill the room.

Where to place steam generator in steam room?

If space is limited, the steam generator can be located up to 20 feet away from the steam room and be connected with a long pipe. If possible though, locate the generator near the steam room for better efficiency. When installing tile, place backer boards over the wall and ceiling lumber. For a steam room, always use cement backer board.

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