The Complete Cost-Benefit Analysis For a DIY Sensory Deprivation Tank
It is not uncommon that straight after your very first float you decide that you want a home float tank of your own!
Floating is addictive in all the good ways you can imagine. If you’ve read stories about first-time experiences with floating, you’ll know that extremely stressed individuals, who haven’t felt quiet and peace for months or even years are able to completely switch off, shut down all racing thoughts and enter a deep relaxation state almost miraculously within their very first float.
The above mentioned reasons are just about enough to have a float tank of your own, because what can outprice the value of mental and physical health?
Two or three years ago, building a DIY sensory deprivation tank at your home was a no-brainer unless you had unlimited resources to spend 10-12K (at least) on a commercial float tank adapted for your home. With transportation and construction costs the sum could go up to 15-20K. However,
Now that the Zen Float Tent is here – it is a no brainer to opt for its affordability, lightweight, and ease of use!
As I like to say, I have created Float Tank Whiz to make decision-making super easy for you and leave you with peace of mind that you have chosen the absolutely best solution for yourself, your personality type, and lifestyle.
This is why I will start with weighing in
The Pros of a DIY Sensory Deprivation Tank
- It is a creative activity you might want to get involved in if you are a DYI type of person
- It is a more customizable solution if you have the time and resources to invest into it
- You can manage to achieve a good job at soundproofing the tank itself (although this is easily achievable with the Zen Float Tent too; see 5 Zen Float Tricks You Never Considered)
To elaborate further on these points, I would say that a DIY tank is a good idea for a builder, designer-type of person, who has an above average skill level at building and plumbing. You would be able to satisfy all your whims in terms of tank and float room design, but this will come at a cost, of course.
The least you can spend on a DIY sensory deprivation tank is about $1000 for materials and about $1000-$1200 for plumbing alone. An average type of DIY tank would cost you about $3000 which is already twice the price of the Zen Float Tent.
Finally, something you might consider an advantage is the soundproofing. As you know, the Zen Float Tent is not soundproof, which, however is not really an issue considering there are cheap ways to make a quiet float room, and in combination with ear plugs (plus your ears being underwater) – you already have a soundproof environment. You might want to go the extra mile with your DIY sensory deprivation tank, and of course – this is your call.
Well, this is basically it for the pros. Now here are
The Cons and Considerations for a DIY Sensory Deprivation Tank
- It is way more time consuming and expensive than purchasing a Zen Float Tent
- It takes up more space
- Not a good idea unless you are an absolute DIY pro and you highly enjoy the process itself (i.e. it’s not just about the tank, but you actually want to get involved into building it)
- You will waste a lot of time on building rather than actually floating – with the Zen Float Tent you can start floating at home in three weeks or less!
To give you an idea about it, here are the basics of what you will need for a DIY sensory deprivation tank:
- You will need to find a way of building or purchasing a waterproof, lightproof insulated box. If you are considering to have just a soundproof float room, things can get even more complicated, because to actually build a non-enclosed ‘pool’ may get you to face a variety of issues. You will have to prepare the room for an open, warm body of water, and the cost and complications of maintaining such a room is a lot higher than building an enclosed tank.
- You will also need to heat your water – what is usually used for a DIY tank is a waterbed heater with a thermostat, which is an inferior solution to the radiant heating system of the Zen Float Tent, which ensures a low cost constant heating of water and longer float times.
- Plumbing is the next consideration to have in mind – you will need a swimming pool pump, which is suitable for the dense float tank solution as well as a filter, PVC piping and an UV sanitizer or ozonator.
- These are the mere basics. There are a huge number of considerations to take in mind, starting from size, design (how will you get in and out of the tank), safety (especially when heating the water), water maintenance and density (with the Zen Float Tank you have the hydrometer, which makes it extremely easy and foolproof to check water saturation).
Will there be electronics going into the cabin and how will you ensure safety?
How will you install it plus choice of parts – they need to fit into any existing room.
Choice of materials – durability vs health risks – substantial amount of research is needed on this.
Non-corrosive materials in a high salt and moisty environment.
Water condensation – prevention of dripping.
Airflow and tank ventilation system (big safety considerations here as well).
The list can go on, but you get the point – a DIY float tank is not just costly and time-consuming – you need to take great care with health and safety considerations as well.
On the other hand, here are the
Pros Of The Zen Float Tent
- Cheapest, most affordable solution that still provides a 100% authentic floating experience
- Lightweight and extremely easy to set up
- No time spent on building (start floating at home in 3 weeks or less)
- Easy to drain and move
The Zen Float Tent certainly is a breakthrough innovation acting as the first real home isolation tank. I don’t really consider the fact that it is not soundproof a drawback since its advantages greatly outweigh its disadvantages (if any). I would also argue that its design is not simply awesome and drip-proof.
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To sum it up, if you are considering a DIY sensory deprivation tank – get the Zen Float Tent – it will be the best purchase decision you’ll ever make!