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18 Sauna Bench Plans You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

Sauna

One of the greatest ways to unwind after a long day is to spend some time in the sauna! A sauna and the benches that are inside are both great projects for (at) home builders looking to craft a space of serenity. In this article, we focus on the seating arrangements—with a collection of beautiful sauna benches and sauna plans that are sure to stoke to the flames of inspiration.

Whether you are a first-time builder or are an experienced carpenter looking for a challenge, we’ve got a sauna bench design for your next luxurious project. Quick—don’t let the heat out! Let’s step into this list of sauna bench plans that will have you relaxing in style in no time.

A quick note: as many sauna benches are built into the rooms, many of these plans feature specs for the whole sauna. These can easily be adapted to just adding benches to your existing structure.

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The Top 18 DIY Sauna Bench Plans

1. Two-Level Sauna Corner Bench

Materials: 2x4s, 2x6s
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Square, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner

We’re starting things off simple, easy, and functional with plans for a two-layered sauna bench. This design is great for somebody just starting out with DIY projects. This design has plans available in 3 different sizes, so whether you are looking to build a small, medium, or large sauna bench, this is a great place to start looking.

The simplicity of these plans means that beginner DIYers will be able to knock this project out without much of a problem. These sauna bench plans are a great way to feel the satisfaction that comes with building your very own sauna bench, without going to extreme lengths to complete the project. With a couple of basic tools and some 2x4s, your days of steaming are just around the corner.


2. Corbel Supported Sauna Bench

Materials: 2x4s, Plywood
Tools: Jigsaw, Circular Saw, Glue, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill, String, Clamps
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This is a neat design that features corbels. A corbel is a decorative support, usually in the shape of a small triangle. They can be found up and down the eaves of large roofs, as well as on this unique DIY project. While you should be comfortable running a jigsaw to make the curved and more decorative cuts, this is a fairly easy design to manage.

If you’re a beginner and you’re willing to burn a couple of pieces of plywood in the name of building a great design and learning a new tool, then have at it, just be safe. Here’s a big hint: the key to making a good cut is getting the layout perfect. The laminate plywood corbels are a really great way to build a unique and interesting design.


3. T-brace Sauna Bench

Materials: 2x4s, 1x4s, Cedar1x6s
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Square, Tape Measure, Power Drill, String, Clamps
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This is another bench design from a sauna that features a corner bench, but this time only on the lower level. This bench features a slightly different style of support. It isn’t seen in the finished project, giving these relatively easy-to-build sauna benches the appearance of floating. The T-brace arms are a solid design, and the floating bench illusion, coupled with the sleek design make this sauna seat a very satisfying DIY project.


4. Shuffle Bench Sauna

Materials: 2x4s, 2x6s
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill, String, Clamps
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This is a very cool design from some sauna builders in Russia. It features a unique bench layout. The neat thing about this design is that it solves some issues that are associated with corner benches. Instead of having dead space in the corner where nobody really sits, the lower bench becomes more of a footrest.

This increases the seating capacity by one, rather than having people sitting in the corner and knocking their knees. Don’t get me wrong, corner benches are great, but this idea is simultaneously sharp-looking and solves a minor design flaw. It’s also an easy build with nothing but square cuts and a simple footing design. Beautiful!


5. Wall-Mounted Retractable Sauna Bench

Materials: 2x4s, Hinges, Brackets
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill, String, Clamps
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Here’s a smart, functional design for the more experienced woodworking DIYers.

Saunas are a large part of social life around the world – especially in Eastern Europe. This next design also comes from a Russian sauna designer. You’ll have to scroll down a bit, but you’ll find a schematic for a wall-mounted, hinged bench that slides.

This was designed to make it easier to clean underneath the bench, which is a common issue with saunas. Taking the extra time to build a hinged and sliding bench solves a potentially big issue with the sauna as the area underneath the bench is prone to molding if it isn’t cleaned.


6. Finnish Style Sauna

Materials: 2x4s 2x2s,
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Here is a tasteful Finnish style of design that features 2×2 slats with spaces in between rather than 2x4s that run the length of the bench as we’ve seen a few times. This is a very beautiful design, and especially so when it is coupled with a nice underlighting like how it is in the photos!

This style of design is a fair amount of work and will require skill in cutting and laying out the slats. Consistency is the key—with a sharp pencil and a sharper wit, you should have no trouble adapting this style of bench into your sauna.


7. Advanced Finnish Bench

Materials: 2x4s 1x4s,
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill Clamps
Difficulty Level: Advanced

If you consider yourself to be a pretty decent carpenter and you’re up for a challenge, then have a look at these Finnish sauna benches. Those angular, asymmetrical slats are a work of both art and math. If you enjoy puzzles then you will likely enjoy testing yourself with this amazing design!

The curved wood and modern look of these awesome benches is stunning. If you value a beautiful design, then check this out. It’s certainly common knowledge that the Finns love their saunas and apparently; they build their benches right, too.


8. Curved L Sauna Benches

Materials: 2x4s 1x4s
Tools: Circular Saw, Table saw Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill Clamps
Difficulty Level: Advanced

Here is another beautiful set of designs from another company in Russia, where the word for bench translates into ‘shelves’ in English. These designs are both exuberant and functional. By curving the corners of the benches, these designers have taken a big piece of the corner bench’s design flaw out of the picture.

Most people would typically never sit at a 45° angle in the corner of a bench with a 90° angle—it would be uncomfortable. Putting a curve on that inside corner is a simple yet very clever detail. If your sauna’s heater is installed and functional, it provides the perfect environment for bending the wood to create the curve. Also, an inside corner where the wood is fixed is one of the easiest bends to make, it’s just a matter of steam and patience.


9. Easy 2 Layer Sauna Bench Plans

Materials: 2x4s, Cedar Strips, T&G, Brackets
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner

These highly functional two-layer bench plans are a gorgeous, simple way to get your sauna bench project completed. The site has plans for quite a few different sizes that will enable readers who are maybe a little less experienced. These benches are nothing fancy—straight, flat, and simple.

Sometimes simplicity is a beautiful thing—the 20” and 12″ benches proved a ton of space for 2 people to lie down comfortably. If this is just a touch too simple for you, check out number 17 for a great add-on idea.


10. Interlocking Sauna Benches

Materials: 2x4s, 4x4s Cedar Strips, Brackets
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Here is another unique set of sauna bench plans. These are essentially the same to build as the Simple Sauna Bench Plans above, however, they are in an L pattern at staggered elevations. Aside from aesthetics, there isn’t a whole lot of practicality gained from building in this pattern, however, we’ll admit it looks really slick. The little pockets underneath might make a good place for your water bottle or flip-flops—a neat, easy to put together design!


11. Finlandia Sauna Bench Plans

Materials: 2x4s, 2x2s
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This sauna bench idea can also be bought as a kit, making it super easy. If you don’t want to wait, however, they give you the specs for the bench so you can easily build it yourself with some 2x4s and 2x2s. It is just a simple L-shaped sauna bench and while there may be similar designs on this list, these plans do a nice job of laying out the measurements.

There are some nice instructional resources for readers here as well. When you just want a new bench in your sauna, it can help to look at how the whole room is built in the first place to figure out where to start!


12. Reclining Sauna Bench Plans

Materials: 2x4s, 4x4s Cedar Strips, Brackets
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Square, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

How high should my sauna bench be? These sauna bench plans tackle the question of height and also offer some reasonably easy reclining options. This is the next level of luxury in sauna bench design.

There are only so many ways you can variate a flat bench, but at the same time, the process required to bend wood and form it that way requires equipment that would be a little out of reach of the average DIYer, today anyways. These are some great ideas and simple plans for getting your lean on, and enjoying your sauna in comfort. These will require some angled cuts, making a great challenge for beginners who want to level up.


13. Simple Sauna Bench

Materials: 2x4s, 2x2s,
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner-Intermediate

These plans for a simple, single sauna bench are useful for adapting benches into a custom configuration. They are also a great way to learn some new skills and start with something basic, that can be replicated into more complex arrangements.

If you’re new to carpentry and woodworking and are looking to learn with a solid first project, you can start with a simple sauna bench. Try a couple more at different sizes, and arrange them for an easy to build, yet sophisticated-looking sauna bench project.


14. Step Up Sauna Benches

Materials: 2x4s, 1x4s, Cedar Strips
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Here are some simple sets of plans for sauna benches. These are various benches that step up with an enclosed staircase style of design within the sauna. There are a few different versions of these simple step-up designs depending on the size of sauna bench you are looking to build.

These are a great beginner project that you can take on today, without too much of a financial investment in materials. This style of sauna bench should come together quickly, so you don’t need to put aside weeks to complete the project, either.


15. Simple Sauna Benches with Headrests

Materials: 2x4s, 1x4s, Cedar Strips
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Don’t forget to build yourself something that is comfortable. These plans for sauna benches include headrests! You can use these plans to incorporate headrests onto just about any other sauna bench plans on this page, or just follow these plans to keep it simple. These are yet another great beginner project that will encourage skill-building.

You don’t need to be a beginner to want these though—headrests are an awesome sauna bench accessory that adds a degree of luxury to the experience.

Related Read: What Is The Best Wood for a Sauna? What You Need to Know!


16. Sauna Bench Configuration for Wheelchair Access

Materials: 2x4s, 2x2s 1x4s, Cedar Strips
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner-Intermediate

For readers who need to consider a larger door and bench configuration, here is a sauna bench layout that was built with your chair in mind. This site allows you to design your own custom sauna and bench layout right on the website, so don’t feel restricted to the specs given—they are just a standard example.

This site allows you to configure the plans to your particular needs, and for people who use a chair for mobility, the ability to adapt a design is important. If you’re looking to DIY a sauna bench for a loved one or friend who uses a mobility chair, these adaptable plans should be useful.


17. Sauna Bench Backrest Designs

Materials: 2x4s, 1x4s, Cedar Strips
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This is a great idea for adding comfort to any existing sauna benches. These DIY sauna bench backrests can take a dull design and transform your sauna into a place of comfort and luxury. These are a great idea because they take a huge part of the challenge of creating chaise-style sauna benches right out of the picture.

Long curved jigs that are required to make those backrests take a lot of experience to build correctly. This simple, modular style of the backrest can be added to any flat sauna bench, making this a piece of simple perfection. A brilliant sauna bench solution.


18. Hearth Wrapping Step Up Sauna Bench Hearth Wrapping

Materials: 2x4s, 2x2s
Tools: Circular Saw, Screws, Pencil, Tape Measure, Power Drill, Level
Difficulty Level: Beginner-Intermediate

This set of sauna bench designs is a fantastic resource for DIYers who are looking to toy with a few ideas. Peruse through these plans for a multitude of ideas that you can start working on today. Most of them are very simple, with straight cuts, features, and all different sizes for you to adapt your sauna bench project perfectly.

These also show you how to build the nice footrests that you find in many of the Eastern European sauna styles like these. These make a beautiful feature for the sauna bench, encouraging you to kick off your flip flops and feel the grains of the cedar under your feet. What could be more relaxing than steaming the day out in your sauna on your homemade bench?


Featured Image Credit: nkaminetskyy, Pixabay

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