Tips for Planning an Indoor Spa Room

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Tips for Planning an Indoor Spa Room

Creating an indoor spa room with a hot tub can provide numerous health benefits that include relieving aches and pains, reducing stress and depression, and even boosting your mood by helping to release “feel good” endorphins. They also can be an advantage if you decide to sell your home, according to real estate agents who claim that houses with hot tubs attract more buyers.

If you have decided on building an indoor spa room with a hot tub, here are some steps to consider as part of your design plan:

Overall Design

The overall design of your indoor spa room is completely up to you.  You can create a fairy-tale space like this spa from Notion Design, complete with cave like walls, rocky perimeter and starlight detail in the ceiling.

Notion Design Indoor Spa Room on the Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog


Perhaps  you want to design something with your favorite destination in mind.  This Asian inspired spam room from VictorEric Design Group uses natural wood, foliage and bamboo reeds to create a more exotic Asian theme.

VictorEric Design Group Spam Room on the Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog


Or you can create a more modern space, like this home from Martin Holub Architects & Planners

Indoor Spa from Martin Holub Architects & Planners


You also get to choose fun design elements like color, wall and window coverings and what style flooring you want.  Will you use wood flooring, tile, marble or another floor covering? 

Whatever your design inspiration, put together your ideas so you know exactly what you want.  An Interior Designer may be able to help you with space and interior design planning.  Click here if you need help finding an interior design.

Room Space and Setup

The installation of a hot tub requires a room with proper ventilation that will allow moisture to escape. The room should either have a bathroom fan or another type of venting system installed to prevent excess condensation. You also will need to ensure that the floor structure in the room can accommodate the filled weight of the tub with occupants; 1 gallon of water weighs about 8.35 pounds.

The tub needs to be placed on an even, structurally sound surface to avoid damage that would void any warranty. You may want to consult with a structural engineer to find out about floor reinforcements.

Outline your space plan for your new spa room with care, making note of where the hot tub, cabinetry and furniture or decorative elements might go.  This will ensure that everything will “fit” and also that construction plans are designed and implemented with your entire space plan in mind.

Drainage and Water Damage

A floor drain is important since water will be splashed from the tub, and at some point it will need to be completely replaced. It is essential to use ceramic porcelain tile or sheet vinyl on the floor of the room and avoid the use of any type of carpet. A carpeted surface supports the formation of mold in areas that are damp. Tile flooring is easier to clean and can be bleached to kill mold.

The interior walls of the room should be painted with a moisture-resistant paint. When constructing a new room, use drywall that is highly moisture resistant; ideally the ceiling should be built at least 8 feet high so that moisture can escape upward. In addition to a venting system, installing a ceiling fan can help to distribute moisture so that it doesn’t collect in any areas where mold could form.

Choosing the Spa Size and Cabinet

There are a variety of spa sizes to choose from, from small 2-person spa's to the larger spa that seats 8 or 10 people.  It is important to think about who will be using your spa and plan accordingly.

Once you decide on the size spa you want, you can choose the cabinet.  This encases the hot tub. The spa cabinets can come in a variety of natural materials such as wood, and synthetic plastics and polymers.  Hot tub parts like these also come in a range of colors.

Choosing a spa cabinet decor is mostly a matter of personal style. You’ll want to match it with the design of the tub, the visible foundation that is built around it, as well as the walls.  You may even want to match it to the wood floors you have.   Calspa's have some great cabinet options if you are looking for ideas!

Hercules Cabinet Panels on the Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog


Storage and Other Accessories

In addition to accounting for space for the hot tub and allowing for enough room to get in and out of it, consider the items that are important to have readily accessible for use. When designing a new room, allow for the installation of cabinets and shelving that can accommodate towels and chemicals.  Or if you are working with an existing room, make sure there is space for these items. 

If you are already working with a custom cabinet company for your kitchen and bathrooms, this company can include the cabinetry for the spa room in the design as well, so you have access to all the same wood, finish and hardware options. 

Installing a television or stereo in the room can provide entertainment while you enjoy your new spa.  Your builder or electrician should use caution when installing these items to ensure that all wiring and cables are not exposed to water.   Some companies, like Marquis, even offer wi-fi controls for your hot tub!

Jan Gleysteen Architects Indoor Spa on the Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog

The addition of sky lights can also help create an especially alluring atmosphere that helps bring the outdoors inside.

Indoor Spa from Origins Residential Design on CArlisle Wide Plank Floors Blog


Have you designed an indoor spa for your home recently? Do you have any tips for our readers?

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