Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

Your days are filled with a full-time job, running errands, folding laundry, preparing dinner, and making sure the kids make it to all of their activities on time. Let’s face it, you deserve a little rest and relaxation. Chances are, you do not have time to make it to the spa for a well-deserved massage or a much-needed mani-pedi. The good news is that you do not have too. You can have your very own resort-like spa in your backyard. Let’s take a look at 7 tips for turning your backyard shed into your personal spa resort. 

1. Find the Perfect Massage Chair

Every home spa needs a massage chair to relax from the hassles of the day. The kind of chair you decide on is based on personal preferences and overall goals. There are many different types of chairs on the market across all price ranges. Here are factors to take into consideration when researching the perfect chair:

  • What kind of massage track do you prefer?
  • Do you want automatic or manual roller adjustment technology?
  • Air massage capabilities
  • Control options for the chair (remote, touchpad, app)
  • What kind of therapeutic features sound appealing? (i.e. deep tissue, therapeutic heat, calf and foot massage, etc.)
  • How many reclining positions would you like your chair to have?
  • What kind of convenience features are important to you?

2. Install a Soothing Foot Spa

Let’s face it, your feet take a great deal of abuse. They certainly deserve pampering from time-to-time. Foot spas not only help you relax but they also provide the following benefits:

  • Are convenient
  • Enhance circulation
  • Improve overall foot health
  • Relieves swelling 

There are certain factors you should take into consideration when choosing a foot spa, including:

  • Do you want a heated spa?
  • How easy is it operate?
  • Is the device easy to drain after use?
  • Does it have water jets to gently massage your feet?
  • Is it easy to clean?
  • Does the machine produce a great deal of noise when operating?

How you answer these questions will help you determine which foot spa is right for your home spa resort.

3. Incorporate a Jacuzzi Tub

If you plan on running plumbing to your backyard shed turned home spa (which is advisable for convenience), the addition of a jacuzzi tub is an excellent way to completely unwind after a long day at work. There are all different styles and sizes to fit any space. Make sure that your jacuzzi tub has the following features:

  • Large enough for you to relax comfortably in
  • Adequate quantity and quality of jets 
  • Comfortable to sit in
  • Adequate filtration system

4. Design the Ultimate Nail Station

A mani-pedi is an essential part of any spa day. Incorporating a nail station into your space will allow you to give yourself the most amazing manicures and pedicures from the comfort of your backyard. Your nail station should have adequate lighting so that you can easily see what you are doing. Make sure there is plenty of storage for all of your materials and that they are in easy reach. 8′ x 12′ shed will do the trick.

Depending on the layout of your spa’s shed plans, you can choose to install a nail station against the wall or perhaps in front of a window so that you can enjoy the views of nature while you pamper yourself. 

5. Incorporate Your Favorite Music

Music is one of the best ways to relax. It can be frustrating to have to reposition your phone as you move from station to station in your home spa. Instead, install speakers throughout the space. Either have music on-hand such as CDs or if you really want to go old school, play records. The easiest method is to have a spa playlist on your phone ready to go that can be hooked up to your speaker system and play evenly throughout your entire spa. 

6. Light Candles

Candles are a great way to set the mood for a relaxing day or evening. Make sure you have plenty of candle holders set up around your spa. You will be amazed at the instant relaxation you will feel after you light the first one. Keep extra candles on hand to replace those that have burned out. 

Extra tip: Scented candles will take your home spa to the next level.

7. Choose Soothing Colors

A simple coat of paint can do wonders to transform the atmosphere of a space. Choose one or more colors that will lend themselves to helping you relax and allowing life stresses to melt away. Cool, calm colors such as lavenders, soft blues, and gentle greens tend to be a good choice as opposed to bright and vibrant colors.

Get Started on Your Very Own Spa Sanctuary

Having your very own space to relax is incredibly beneficial to your emotional, physical, and mental health. Following these 7 tips will ensure that your home spa is the ultimate getaway!