5 Things to Consider Before Situating Your Hot Tub

When you decide to buy a hot tub, you’ve surely got questions. Questions come to your mind like will a hot tub fit on my patio? Does my deck need an upgrade before I sit a hot tub on it? How about an indoor oasis? Can I put a spa in my basement? Here’s the good news. We’re happy to help with all those questions and more. That’s one of the great things about shopping local! To get you started, here are five of the most important things to consider when situating your hot tub. 

Indoors or Outside?

There are certainly pros to installing a hot tub in your basement, home gym, or in your sunroom. You’re guaranteed privacy in your oasis. You can comfortably use your hot tub on the warmest summer day. And you don’t even have to slide on your shoes to walk to your spa, just to name a few benefits! 

But, it does require more site preparation so your home can safely support the weight of your spa. Plus, you’ll need to plan for drainage, ventilation, and a few other factors. Read this for an in-depth look at the pros and cons of choosing an indoor hot tub. Whether you opt for an indoor hot tub or an outdoor one, we have the experience to make your installation a success!

Structural Requirements

You know hot tubs are heavy, but you may be surprised to learn that a large hot tub, filled with water and bathers, can weigh in at more than two tons! So, a good foundation is absolutely vital. We recommend a 4” thick concrete slab. Your deck (once you’ve had it inspected by a certified contractor to see if additional support is needed) is also a good option. 

Ease of Use

Besides making sure that your site is structurally sound, you want to make sure the location you choose is easy to use and access. For instance, a gazebo far away from the back door (and your neighbors) might offer lots of privacy, but will the distance hinder you from enjoying your hot tub soak when the weather isn’t cooperating?

Allow for Maintenance Access

To keep your hot tub in tip-top shape, it’s important to keep up with routine maintenance. And occasionally, your spa might need a repair or a part replaced. It’s important to leave enough room around your hot tub for the technician to easily reach the access panel. Plus, you need a little extra room around the sides for your cover lifter to operate. 


If you’re like most spa owners, your hot tub will quickly become your sanctuary and one of the best parts of your day. But, if neighbors loom over your backyard or your hot tub sits close to the road, the lack of privacy can become a barrier between you and your oasis! Keep privacy in mind as you choose the spot to install your hot tub. No completely private spot available? That’s okay. With some carefully designed landscaping or a privacy screen, you can create the isolation you’re craving. Here are a few more ideas. 

There you have it: the five basic things to keep in mind when it comes to situating your hot tub! Easy, right? Next, learn about the typical hot tub dimensions, so you’ll have an idea of how much space you’ll need. Then come see us at Backyard Oasis to pick the spa that’s right for you. With incredible brands like Hot Spring® and Freeflow®, we have just the hot tub you need for your space, lifestyle and budget.