Mostly located in spas, hotels, and gyms, steam rooms are places where you can sit down, relax, and sweat. The steam and the sweating can help you relax and rejuvenate your muscles and can flush out all the toxins built up in your body. Unfortunately, not everybody can afford to go to spas and hotels regularly. Other people can’t even afford to pay a monthly membership to a gym. If that is the case with you, know that you can create a steam room right at home. The process of creating a room of sweat is not as costly as you would think. Plus, you will be able to use it anytime you want. Here are some tips.
- Designate a room for it. The first thing that you will have to do is decide which room in your house will be converted into a steam room. If you have a spare bedroom, then you can use that but bear in mind that you will have to do a lot of construction and renovation work to convert it. The best place for a steam room will always be the bathroom. If you have an extra one, then use that one. This is better since water will not be a problem and because bathrooms are already tiled up so you will no longer need to tile it up.
- Start the renovation. Whether you are using a bathroom or bedroom, there will be some renovation to be done. Assuming that you went with your extra bathroom, the first thing that you will need to work on is sealing the windows and all the other gaps or holes apparent in it. This is crucial since you will want to seal the heat in. The only gap that can be tolerated for airflow is the bottom part of a door. However, this gap should be very minute. If you have windows, close them shut and line them with silicone for maximum sealing. If there are holes or gaps, use silicone to seal them as well. With regards to the ceiling, technically, a steam room must have a ceiling not higher than 9 feet. If your extra bathroom is 9 feet high or lower, then that is good. If not, then you will have to create a lower ceiling. Have a contractor work on it.
- Set the steam generator up. You can purchase this at your local appliance store. There are portable ones and much larger ones with an external unit. Select one that you think will produce enough steam for your steam room. The machine itself will come with a set of instructions that will teach you how to properly install and maintain it. If the instructions are too complex, have a contractor work on the installation.
Once the steam generator has been installed, test it out and see if the room steams up. If it does, then you can enjoy a nice steam. For your seat, you will want a tall stool that is pretty high, higher that the lower half of the wall. The reason for this is because steam tends to float upwards. By sitting higher or nearer to the ceiling, you will be exposed to the steam more.