Sauna Door Sizing Guidelines

Outside of choosing the correct heater size for your Sauna, the door is one of the most important parts of any Sauna. A Sauna door is so much more than a way to simply get in and out of your Sauna. As far as appearance goes, the right Sauna Door makes or breaks the look of the room. Like a portal to another world, passing through the door of your Sauna should wash away the stresses of daily life and welcome you to the ultimate, refreshing, relaxing escape you’re about to experience each and every time you use it.

99% of Saunas Doors are either 72″ tall, or 80″ tall. All of our panel built Sauna kits come standard with a 72″ tall glass door. Where we see more variance in the size of Sauna Doors is in the width of them. The most common widths are 24″ wide, 30″ wide, or 36″ wide.

How To Choose The Right Size Sauna Door

The very first thing you should ask yourself when deciding what size Sauna door to build, or order, is the height of your room. There will need to be space on the top and bottom of the Sauna door, so if your ceiling is shorter than 8 feet tall, you will likely want to choose a 72″ tall door. The standard sauna door size is 72″ x 24″.

While it is possible to build your own Sauna door, many DIY Sauna Builders choose to order doors through us, due to the complexities of including glass, latching mechanisms, etc. All of our Sauna doors come pre hung with the exclusive Finnleo Door Latching System making it a 5-10 minute process to get your Sauna Door hung.

Have questions on Sauna Doors? Give us a call at (612)505-9700 or contact us online. We would be happy to answer any questions you have, even if you decide not to order your door through us.

Most Common Sauna Door Heights:

  • 72″ tall
  • 80″ tall

Most Common Sauna Door Widths:

  • 24″ wide
  • 30″ wide
  • 36″ wide

If you are building a sauna to ADA guidelines, your door minimum opening should be 32″. Our ADA compliant doors exceed this, with an opening width of 36″.

Rough Opening Sizing For Sauna Doors

Once you’ve made a choice on the size of your Sauna door, it’s time to get rough opening measurements. This is a critical piece of Sauna building and should be known prior to building the unit. If you’re installing a pre-hung door, the rough opening will need to be wider than the space itself. All of the doors we sell come pre-hung for ease of installation.

We can ship to your door, or you can visit our showroom for pickup.

While this is common sense for most people who have the ability to build their own Sauna, we’ve talked to a few to many people who built the entire unit only to size down their door later because the rough opening was incorrectly sized.

We recommend giving us a call for the correct rough opening guidelines for your Sauna door. For any quote or question on sauna door sizing, call (763)688-1488 or contact us and we’ll provide a quick estimate or answer any questions you may have.

Important Components Of A Sauna Door

Sizing the door of your Sauna incorrectly is one thing, building it in a way that it won’t seal is another. Heat escape in a Sauna is most likely due to poor door construction. With that being said, the door space is a weak point that can eventually fail either due to poor construction or poor quality.

  • Door seal
  • Door latching mechanism
  • Door jamb

Door seal

Sauna doors must seal properly, as the number one source of heat escape in a sauna is through the door. Any door that is homemade will likely have more opportunities for heat escape than one that was factory built, but it’s not necessarily a reason to shy away from building one yourself.

Door latching mechanism

Your door should latch properly each and every time, ensuring heat does not escape while you are utilizing your Sauna. One of the main reasons folks ultimately end up buying a sauna door from us instead of building one themselves is because of the unique latching mechanism of Finnleo sauna doors.

These doors are built to latch properly each and every time, for years. They’re by far the best latching sauna door on the market. If you’re considering building your own latching mechanism, take a look at our sauna door ideas for some creative inspiration.

Door jamb

When building a sauna, knowing the correct size for your door jamb is critical, especially if you’re up to the challenge of building your own door. If you’re buying a sauna door through us, we will need to know the width of your sauna so that we can build your sauna door jamb to the exact size. A seamless fit allows you to trim correctly both inside and outside the sauna room, if you choose.

All of our sauna doors come pre-hung, so that you may install it effortlessly.

Glass Versus Wood Sauna Doors

All of the saunas we sell come standard with an all glass door. Glass doors offer an improved aesthetic of the Sauna itself, giving even the smallest of Sauna rooms a unique, high end feel.

Why a glass sauna door is better than a wood sauna door

  • Glass sauna doors, contrary to popular belief, actually contain heat more effectively than a wood sauna door.
  • Glass sauna doors are more affordable than a wood sauna door
  • Glass sauna doors seal better than a wood sauna door

It’s a myth that all glass Sauna doors let off more heat escape than a wood Sauna door. In fact, all glass offers a huge advantage that a standard wood door cannot. Over the use of your Sauna, wood naturally expands and contracts, where as glass does not. Provided you do not run into your door carrying a hammer, an all glass door typically lasts longer than a wood door.

Reasons for choosing a wood sauna door vs a glass sauna door

  • A wood sauna door offers more privacy than an all glass or partial glass sauna door
  • Wood sauna doors offer a more rustic aesthetic to a sauna room
  • Wood sauna doors work well on outdoor saunas

When built correctly, a wood Sauna door will stand the test of time. The door shown to the right was built by Finnleo over a decade ago (before glass doors were as popular), has been used near daily since and still seals very well. Eventually, it will need to be replaced and I will opt for one of the glass doors we sell.

How To Latch A Sauna Door

Latching mechanisms are the hardest part of building a Sauna door yourself. While I’ve known hundreds of people who have built their own Saunas and have had success building the latching system, it’s a truly custom part of building the Sauna. The majority of people who build their own doors end up with a handle that latches through the door itself, allowing the user to keep it shut and open it from both sides of the door.

All of our doors come with Finnleo’s latching system that is designed to last for years of daily use. Don’t take our word for it, go ask somebody who owns one. My personal Sauna features a Finnleo door with latching system. It was there before I owned the home and it’ll be there long after I’m gone. They just simply work.

Choosing A Sauna Door Handle

There are several options to choose from should you decide to order your Sauna door through us. Our most popular Sauna Door handle is a built of Douglas Fir and laser etched. We offer handles for all glass doors as well as those with stainless steel handoffs shown in the photo below.

Got this far and still have questions on your Sauna door? Give us a call. We would be happy to answer any questions you have. Or, contact us with your questions. We are committed to offering the most hands on level of customer service we can possibly provide.

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