Hacks Sauna

Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by JaGro


Sauna Hack / Re-Vamp Using Mandal Bedheads


Materials: 4 Mandal Bedheads

We recently had a sauna put in the cellar but were unhappy with the “rustic” look of the traditional wooden cladding because it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the house which is very modern. 4 Mandal headboards, some black carpet and black paint later it looked like this!

The carpet was cut to size and attached to the outside of the sauna using an electric tacker. The metal bars on the back of the headboards were then removed and painted black so they wouldn’t show up against the black carpet background. Extra holes (approx. two per bar) were then drilled into the metal bars. The wooden slats were cut to the right length before being reattached to the metal bars. The ones at the top were additionally cut to a 45° angle where they meet at the top corner. The headboards were then screwed onto the outside of the sauna via the additional holes made in the bars. The screws then got a little dab of black paint so they’re not visible on the black background.

A bit fiddly but well worth it!

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4 Responses to Sauna Hack / Re-Vamp Using Mandal Bedheads

  1. JaGro says:

    Hi SaunaMan,
    The wooden flooring is absolutely no problem. It’s a suana at the end of the day and not a steam room. Heat rises… and we have a drip tray underneath the oven in the event that any water should drip down after pouring water onto the stones – this has proved to be unnecessary though! Wooden floors are nowhere near as ‘delicate’ as many people seem to think. We also have oak beams in the bathroom which are simply oiled and we have absolutely no problems with water marks or anything else even though we have a seven year old son who loves to splash around in the bath. Having wood under foot is a lot nicer than tiles…

  2. SaunaMan says:

    Who buids a sauna on a hard wood floor?

  3. Bachus says:

    I love the look, but would be afraid of mold due to the carpet.

    Did you thought about using a textured coated board instead of carpet as background ? You could’ve fastened the mandal headboards from the rear than (neither screwhead-painting). Then face the sauna with the boards (Oh well .. at least some screwheads left to paint).
    Maybe some spacers the let the original wood breathe.

    Nevertheless, it looks splendid :)

  4. JaGro says:

    Hi Bonnie,
    We used carpet because we wanted to absorb the noise in the room somewhat. We thought about painting the wood but in order to get it completely black this would have ‘sealed’ the surface of the wood. The carpet still allows the wood to breathe.

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