Thinking of building a sensory deprivation tank? This post will help you compare the choice of DIY vs Buying
So you want to be able to experience the benefits of floating from home. Do you build a float tank or just buy one? That is the question.
Just a few years ago the choice between building a DIY tank or buying a float tank use to be a very easy one if the main concern was cost.
You were going to spend at least $12,000+ for a new one or you might find a used one on Craigslist for around $6,000 if you were really lucky. Even then, you would have to freight it in and some how move it into your home. Not an easy task.
So with the cost of building a float tank at only $2,500-$3,000, the DIY route used to be the most affordable option. However, the invention of the Float Tent changed all of that drastically.
Now, you can own a float tank for around $2,000 and have it shipped anywhere in the world for relatively nothing. This is a big game changer and largely why our Kickstarter back in April of 2014 did so well.
Though there still are reasons you may consider building over buying. Let's cover them below:
The Pros of a DIY Float Tank
Basically, if you are a handy builder type you may enjoy the process of crafting your own tank just how you like it. You could could make it bigger, or smaller, or do a killer outer design. You could make it match your float room perfectly. All sorts of ideas come to mind.
You could even do a Float Room which would allow you to stand up in the tank when getting in. The options are endless, but the budget will be too. If you build a bare bones DIY float tank like the one on IsolationTankPlans.com, it's going to run you at least $3,000+ and that doesn't include the salt.
The other pro would be sound dampening. Currently the Float Tent does not provide much sound dampening, but usually a float room is quiet and you're wearing ear plugs when you float so it's not an issue. Seriously, go lay down in your bathtub with your earplugs in and your ears under water–you won't be able to hear much.
Or the other option would be to custom build a float room that's quiet and still get a Float Tent. Your call on that one but it comes down again to how much time and money you want to save in the process.
The Pros of Buying A Tank
I've personally gone down both routes and can speak from experience that the most convenient and affordable way to float at home is in a Float Tent.
You'll save time from buying over building, which will ensure that you'll be floating that much sooner. Not to mention, the Float Tent comes with a 10-year warranty so if anything goes wrong, you're covered.
The other big advantage is that they are light and easy to ship, so it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. Plus, they're portable in case you need to move or relocate.