A hot tub makes a wonderful addition to any home. It provides the perfect place to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work or just because.
Regardless of why you have a hot tub or where you put it, however, you are going to need an enclosure for it.
Our 5 Top Hot Tub Enclosures
Fortunately, there are all kinds of ideas for hot tub enclosures. We’ve got a few to share with you, and we hope that you’ll consider them as you install your own hot tub.
1.Try A Simple Frame with Curtains
If your plan is to have your hot tub outdoors, then you don’t really need a fancy enclosure. As long as the temperatures in your area don’t dip too far below freezing, you won’t need a lot of protection or insulation to keep things toasty and safe.
When that’s the case, you can get away with a more simple enclosure.
Our suggestion is just a simple frame, made of wood or metal, which you can build yourself or pick up at a home goods store.
You can keep the frame plain, but, if you want to add a little luxury and style to the enclosure, then we suggest draping it with curtains.
Just make sure you choose strong, durable curtains that can stand up to regular moisture exposure and also to being constantly exposed to the great outdoors. You can go with lesser quality curtains if you really want to, but keep in mind that, if you do, you are going to be changing them out very frequently.
2. Raise it Up
While hot tub enclosures are great, it’s also true that you don’t necessarily have to enclose your hot tub.
If your area doesn’t require a lot of protection, then you can try raising your hot tub instead of enclosing it.
In fact, raising it up high can actually help the hot tub to get more ventilation, which can prevent issues like mold and mildew.
It’s easy to build a raised platform to put your hot tub on. You can do this yourself or hire someone to build a raised patio or deck to house your hot tub.
Whether you want to get to it via a rustic ladder or some fancily-designed stairs, everyone is sure to enjoy the novelty and style of a raised hot tub instead of a traditionally enclosed one.
3. Build a Room Around It
For those who are up to a real project, it’s totally possible to make a room specifically for your hot tub.
You can do this for outdoor tubs by building a special shed or other enclosure to house your hot tub.
Or, for indoor hot tubs, you can turn any well-ventilated room into a hot tub enclosure with the help of the right contractor.
No matter how you go about it, if you choose to have an entire hot tub room, you’ll have the fun of decorating it however you like and adding in fun accessories, like towel racks and bathing suit closets.
In fact, we happen to think that the customization and novelty of having a full room for your hot tub just adds to the fun and enjoyment.
4. Use a Gazebo
Hot tub enclosures can sometimes be made out of other things.
For example, a cute gazebo can often be turned into a perfect enclosure that will add charm to your backyard.
If you can find a gazebo that works, as is, for your hot tub, then it’s as simple as getting the hot tub in there and hooked up.
More often than not, though, you may have to customize a pre-built gazebo in order to get it right. People will often open up the front and back of a standard gazebo a bit more to more easily accommodate a hot tub and also to make getting into and out of the enclosure easier.
Just bear in mind that most gazebos are not going to provide a lot of weatherproofing, so this idea might not work well for areas that are prone to extreme weather.
5. Enclose it with a Bench
Another good idea for areas that are not prone to extreme weather is just to build a simple, wooden bench going around all of the hot tub or around all but one side for easier entry.
Some people like to make this bench super tall, making it easy for people to dip their feet into the hot tub.
Others like a shorter bench so that most of the hot tub is exposed. You can make the bench any way you like. In fact, you can even paint it to suit your color and design preferences.
Just keep in mind that whatever wood you use for your bench will need to be treated properly to allow it to stand up to regular moisture exposure. Using untreated wood will lead to a bench that rots and/or warps quickly, which is the last thing you want.
Tips for Using Your Hot Tub Safely
No matter what type of enclosure you choose, the most important thing isn’t how your hot tub looks. No, instead, the most important thing is knowing how to use your hot tub in such a way that you and your guests avoid injury.
And, while some hot tub enclosures may present more of a hazard than others, if you know some general safety tips, chances are that you will not have any issues when it comes to enjoying your hot tub.
Don’t Use a Hot Tub While Pregnant OR Limit Your Time to 10 Minutes
We don’t recommend that you use a hot tub at all while pregnant because the heat could potentially affect you or your un-born child.
However, if you must use a hot tub for any reason, the Mayo Clinic recommends limiting your usage to a maximum of 10 minutes – and you must keep a close eye on the time and how you feel.
Be sure to get out immediately and cool down if you start to sweat or feel unwell.
You also should not use a hot tub while pregnant at all if you are not in good health or if your temperature is already high from a fever, sauna, exercise, etc.
And, of course, always listen to your doctor over anything you find online. If they’ve told you not to use a hot tub – don’t risk it!
Don’t Soak for Too Long
First things first, we know that soaking in a warm hot tub feels absolutely amazing, especially when it’s a bit chilly outside.
However, as much as you may enjoy your soak, remember that staying in too long can be hazardous to your health.
Your temperature could climb dangerously high if you stay in too long. You also run the risk of dehydrating yourself and getting dizzy or even passing out.
Thus, our suggestion is to avoid staying in the hot tub for too long. 20-minute increments is your safest bet. You can always take a break and get back in, but just make sure you never soak for too long at one time.
Never Leave Children Unattended
People of all ages can, and do, enjoy relaxing in a hot tub.
However, keep in mind that children should never be left unattended, even for a minute, in the hot tub.
Even though the water may not be very deep in a hot tub, there is still a possibility of drowning. Children are also likely to play around with heat settings and other controls, which can easily lead to burns and injuries. At the very least, it could lead to a damaged hot tub.
Furthermore, children are not good at monitoring how long they spend in a hot tub or the effect that it is having on them. It’s all too easy for a child to get overheated and pass out in a hot tub, leading to disaster.
Thus, if children are going to be using your hot tub, stay with them and keep a watchful eye on them at all times.
Don’t Soak Under the Influence
Let’s face it. Having a beer and relaxing in the hot tub sounds like a near perfect combination.
However, if you’re not careful, it can also be a deadly combination.
While no one is going to stop you from having a drink or two, try and keep it under control.
Drinking too much can lead to faster dehydration and could also cause you to stay in the hot tub too long or even to pass out while you’re in there.
Likewise, be careful about taking prescription or even over the counter drugs, especially those that can cause drowsiness, before entering the hot tub.
Make Your Hot Tub Area a “No Running Zone”
Running near a hot tub can prove dangerous. As you can imagine, the area surrounding a hot tub is often wet and slippery.
Thus, running can easily lead to slips and falls, which can sometimes have serious consequences.
Thus, enforce a rule that everyone in the area of your hot tub should move slowly and carefully. As much fun as horseplay and running may be, they can prove dangerous, so don’t allow this kind of behavior around your hot tub, no matter what.
Enjoy Your Hot Tub to the Fullest
Now that you are equipped with some awesome ideas for enclosing your hot tub, as well as some general safety tips, there is nothing left to do but to make the most of your hot tub and to enjoy it.
By following the advice and tips we have presented here, your hot tub should prove to be nothing but a wonderful addition to your home, one that brings a lot of joy and togetherness to everyone who uses it.