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Font for a bath – types, characteristics, how to choose and how to do it yourself

Font for a bath

The fashion for Russian baths was not always. Either the Turks tried to impose their bathing traditions on the Russians, the Greeks or the Finns. However, our habits and addictions were stronger than any trends and brands. Today, a Russian bath is, first of all, a way to relax, get a powerful charge of energy and energy, improve your health and just have a good time. The Russian bathhouse returned and took its rightful place among other institutions of this type. Together with her, traditions also returned, including a font for a bath. Let’s take a closer look at this wonderful device that carries health.


  • What is a font and why is it needed
  • Types of bathtub fonts
  • How to choose a capacity


  • Installation of a wooden font
  • How to build a font yourself?
  • What is a font and why is it needed

    The font is a large barrel made of wood, metal or plastic. During the reign of King Gorokh, such a structure stood in almost every bathhouse or near it, and where it was not possible to install it, people simply dived into the ice hole or the nearest body of water. Over time, the shape of the font underwent some changes, and the material for its manufacture also became different.

    Bath font – a thing extremely beneficial for health. The water in it should be cool, ideally generally cold. A man heated by a hot bathhouse and a vigorous birch broom, having dived into the font, receives such a powerful charge of vivacity that it can last for a whole week, or even two. Hardening has always been welcomed by doctors, and a sharp change in temperature regimes simply works wonders: blood circulation and heart function improve, the skin becomes smoother and more elastic, and mood improves. In addition, a wooden font “charges” water with life and it becomes alive. Saturated with useful oils and minerals, water has a beneficial effect on the human body, creating an additional barrier that prevents the penetration of various infections.

    Types of bathtub fonts

    Fonts for baths and saunas can be classified according to the following criteria:

    1. In the form:

    • round;
    • oval;
    • square.

    2. By type of material:

    • wooden;
    • plastic;
    • metal;
    • concrete.
    Metal font

    Oval metal font does not require special skills from future installers

    Plastic font

    Round plastic font – affordable option with excellent performance

    Font made of concrete

    Concrete font with mosaic finish according to the device technology resembles the construction of a home pool

    In turn, wooden fonts can also be divided into several types:

    • Cedar font

    Cedar font in the bathhouse is found everywhere. Cedar is very rich in essential oils with beneficial properties. Their effect is manifested at the cellular level, so do not be surprised if, within a few hours after the procedure, you notice an improvement in the condition of the skin. Water in a cedar barrel is saturated with volatile, which help strengthen immunity.

    • Larch font

    Larch has been used for centuries to create fonts. This natural material is durable and durable, practically not susceptible to decay and has the most positive effect on the human body: relaxes, improves immunity and general tone, reduces pressure.

    Round larch font

    Larch font – traditional Russian is a very useful option

    • Oak font

    Oak wood has high anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. Bathing in an oak font helps in healing wounds and scarring, improves metabolism, strengthens the nervous system and normalizes sleep.

    Oval font

    Admirers of bath procedures of any age can use the oval font from oak with a ladder

    In addition to these materials, fonts for the sauna are made of pine, birch and beech. In any case, natural materials are better than artificial materials, because they not only look much more aesthetically pleasing, but also have a number of advantages just listed above.

    Fonts differ in size: some can be very large, designed for several adults, while others have the shape of a barrel in which only one person can fit. In addition, the size of the font in the form of a barrel allows you to install it even in the apartment.

    How to choose a capacity

    Modern wooden fonts can be supplemented with a special water filter, a bench, a staircase, a hydromassage device and a heating system. If you do not need all this, then you will save a decent amount that you can spend on various accessories for your bathhouse. But aesthetes and those who value comfort and convenience will definitely think ten times before abandoning one or another additional option. For example, a heated font is ideal for bathing children, and some adults will not refuse to warm their frozen bones, especially after standing for many hours in the winter at a bus stop waiting for a bus.

    Pay attention to the size and shape of the font, so that later there will be no disagreement with the bathhouse, which simply “does not want” to accept a neighbor because the latter does not crawl into the doorway.

    Check the hoops that tighten the font – they should be made of stainless steel and fit snugly against the tree, and the adjusting bolts should sit securely in their nests and not hang in different directions.

    Also, the font can be processed with natural wax or polymer composition. These components help keep the wood of the vessel in excellent condition at almost any temperature (from -50 to +100 degrees).

    Large fonts, as a rule, are delivered disassembled, however, assembling them yourself is not difficult, because the package includes instructions.

    Installation of a wooden font

    Wooden bathtub font is installed on a perfectly flat surface. If the floor is uneven, then it is worth using special plastic linings that cram under the font legs. After the container has taken its place, a drain hose is brought in, however, there is a slight nuance here – the drain should not be located above 10 centimeters from the floor surface. The hose is fixed at one end with a gasket in the font hole, and the other is lowered into the sewer..

    After completing all installation work, check the fastening of the hoops tightening the planks of the font. If their tension is in doubt, it is better to tighten them with bolts. Only then can the tank be filled with water.

    How to build a font yourself?

    How to build a font yourself and can it be done at all? It is possible, but this process will take more than one day, and not even one week. Typically, a one-handed font is made of concrete. To do this, first you have to dig a hole of a suitable size and clean it “to shine”. Then, metal reinforcement is fixed to the bottom of the pit and its walls, a wooden formwork is installed and a concrete mortar is formed between the wall and the formwork. After it dries, the boards are removed, the surface of the font is leveled with putty.

    Next are the primer and paint work. You can lay out the font with tiles, or you can simply paint it with special paint. It remains only to bring water and you can swim.

    You can supplement the concrete font with a metal or wooden staircase.

    Digging a hole under the font

    Dig a hole and clean the bottom

    Preparatory work for the installation of formwork

    We fix the fittings and install the formwork

    Pouring concrete

    Pour concrete

    Font surface leveling works

    We level the bottom and walls with plaster

    Font surface painting

    We paint with a nice paint and set the stairs. Font is ready!

    To summarize: a bathhouse with a font is an ideal place for rest and relaxation, a place where a person receives an energy “kick” in the back, a place where you want to return again.


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