klafs brings retractable modular sauna for apartment living

klafs brings retractable modular sauna for apartment living

klafs brings retractable modular sauna for apartment living
all images courtesy of klafs




forget everything you already know about where saunas can be installed. german company klafs now wants everyone to enjoy the calming experience (even in tiny apartments) with the ‘S1’ – a retractable sauna roughly the size of a bookcase.

the three layered expansion

the klafs ‘S1’ sauna system




when it came to it, there was always one drawback to private saunas – space. with that in mind, the designers at klafs created a completely self-contained, mobile system that can be moved just like a closet. after about three years of intensive development work and a whole range of technological developments, the sauna is only 60 centimeters deep fully retracted. by pressing a button on the front control panel, the ‘S1’ extends in just 20 seconds. the ‘eMove’ technology consists of three elements which can be completely fitted into each other virtually silently.

in just 20 seconds, the sauna expands 60 centimeters




inside, a reclining bench can be easily pulled forward after the cabin has been extended offering additional comfort. an extremely robust wood sandwich wall construction is 40% lighter than the one used in a conventional sauna. the company provides trims in either knot-free eastern hemlock or waxed walnut as well as swiss pine.klafs-S1-expandable-sauna-designboom-04
‘eMove’ consists of three elements




the compact ‘varius’ heater features an elegant flock finish that automatically moves out of its ‘garage’ under the bench when the sauna is opening. to provide a full service experience, klaf also introduced a flush-mounted LED lighting system with six preset colors and loudspeakers that connect to a smartphone via bluetooth.

the control panel

inside, the wooden benches fold in different variations

the ‘varius’ heater

the ‘S1’ sauna is a great addition to a workout room or office

the flush lighting system



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  • what are the prices for the expandable saunas and are they available in the US?

    John Pereira says:

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