The most important component of any successful camping trip is the tent. A tent is your home away from home. If you and your family are not comfortable, odds are, you will not be camping often. While similar in form and function, all tents are not the same. Tents come in two styles: dome style and cabin style. Dome style tents are tall in the center but the sides slope down toward the ground which helps the tent stay strong in bad weather. Dome tents are favored by backpackers and primitive campers. Cabin style tents have nearly vertical walls which maximize the space and ceiling height. For family camping trips, cabin tents are the best choice.
When choosing the best tent for a camping adventure, it is important to consider the living space, set up time, capacity, water resistance, and added amenities a tent has to offer. This guide will provide information on the best family cabin tents on the market today.
Table of the Best Family Cabin Tents
01. CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
This tent is a beautiful choice for those not expecting rain on their trip. With mesh windows and an all mesh ceiling, campers can have an amazing view of their environs while avoiding no-seeums. If the rain does come, pre-attached poles make the fully-taped rain fly a quick addition. This tent is made using CORE H2O Block Technology with active bead technology so the water rolls right off. One of the fastest set ups on this list, this tent can be fully assembled in 90 seconds. At 14’x9’, this spacious tent can fit 2 queen air mattresses and has a room divider to create separate living and sleeping areas. Campers can easily bring electricity into the tent through an access port.
02. Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent
A number of Coleman tents are featured on this list as the Coleman brand has a sterling reputation for creating quality outdoor recreation products. Coleman offers three different set up styles: conventional pitch which takes 10-20 minutes for set up, fast pitch which is 5-10 minutes, and instant set up which is a 60 second pop up. This 13’x9’ fast pitch tent has a 6’8” center height and has an eight person capacity. Gear and supplies are cleverly stored in a built-in closet with a hanger bar that attaches to the back of the tent. Coleman tents all offer superior weatherproofing with their WeatherTec system which includes inverted seams, wind strong frames, zipper cuffs, and waterproof floors. This tent also has a fully detachable rain fly and an E-port to bring an extension cord into the tent.
03. Ozark Trail Base Camp 14 Person Cabin Tent
Ozark Trail tents are also a favorite among seasoned campers. Shaped as a plus (+), this tent has a generous 235 square feet of living space and a 20’x20’ footprint. Four dividers allow the space to be sectioned into a central common area and four rooms, each with its own door and large enough to hold a queen air mattress. This tent’s size and shape does make it difficult for one person to assemble alone but two people can set it up within 20 minutes. This tent has a fully detachable rain fly that uses guy lines for stability. An E-port adds the extra convenience of electricity.
04. Coleman Tenaya Lake 6 Person Fast Pitch Cabin
Similar to the Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Tent that comes in as number 3 on our list in both style and function, this six person tent offers built in storage with two 2’x2’ cabinets. These ingenious pop-outs are attached to the back of the tent and don’t take up any important living space. Each with a multi-level cargo sling, these cabinets work great to provide personal storage space for campers. A room divider lets you separate the space of this 13’x7’ tent. Each room can fit a queen air mattress. This tent, along with other Coleman options, features reflective guy lines to help prevent injury as you approach the tent in the dark.
05. Ozark Trail 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent
The unique L-shape of this tent creates an open-air gathering spot in its corner. Covered by an awning, it provides an excellent place to enjoy the shade or stay out of the rain. This 16’x16 tent separates into 3 rooms with 2 room dividers and can easily hold 3 queen air mattresses. Seven windows let the outside in but also close fully in inclement weather. One of Ozark Trail’s instant tent, it sets up in 2 minutes. This tent also includes an E-port to easily bring an extension cord into the tent.
06. Timber Ridge 8 Man Log Cabin Tent
Though the log and stone cabin façade might make it look like a novelty, this tent has some rugged features that make it great for camping in wet environments. In addition to its waterproof fly, this 13’x12’ tent has a waterproof coating, sealed seams, and a tub floor. Tub floors are seamless and the floor material wraps up onto the walls eliminating the chance that water will seep into your tent if it flows through your campsite. At 7’2”, this tent has one of the highest ceiling peaks on our list. It also has a screened front “porch” to enjoy some outdoors bug-free fun. For campers desirous of the convenience of electricity, this tent has an electrical access port.
07. Ozark Trail Family Cabin Tent
This line of cabin tents from Ozark Trail comes in a variety of sizes. They each come with a full coverage rain fly and are available in a variety of colors. The smallest, a 4 person model, comes with 1 queen air mattress. Both the 6 person and the 8 person tent come with 2 twin air mattresses. The 9 person tent is available with either 2 twin air mattresses or 1 queen and 1 twin. The 10 person includes 1 queen and 1 twin air mattress and has an attached screened porch. The 12 person also has a screened porch and comes with 2 queen air mattresses. Each of these tents have wall pockets for gear storage and include a rain fly to keep you dry in poor weather.
08. Standing Room Family Cabin Tent
This utilitarian tent is quite unique in that it does not come with a frame. Instead, it will fit on any 10’x10’ canopy or gazebo frame with straight legs. Its square, four D-style door design allows it to connect to other Standing Room Family Cabin Tents, allowing for endless possibilities and configurations. With 8.5 feet of headroom and 2 zippered skylights, this tent will feel open and airy. Constructed of fully waterproof fabric, its tub floor will keep its occupants dry. The company so believes in this tent, that they offer a 30 day money back guarantee.
09. Coleman Instant Cabin
Anyone who has had the misfortune of making camp in the rain knows that a fast set-up can be key. This tent has the fastest set up on the list, clocking in at only 60 seconds. Its 10’x9’ foot print makes room for 2 queen air mattresses. This tent only has a 6’ center height which might make it a poor choice for taller families. However, its set up speed, Coleman’s WeatherTec system, and its integrated rain fly make it a great choice for backpackers and primitive campers. This tent is constructed of Polyguard 2x double thick fabric for added durability.
10. Coleman Prairie Breeze 9 Person Cabin Tent
This tent by Coleman aims to feel more like a home than a tent. With color-coded poles, set up is a breeze and takes less than 15 minutes. Generously sized at 14’x10’, with a 7 foot center height, this tent easily manages 2 queen air mattresses. Constructed with Coleman’s WeatherTec system, this tent features six oversized windows, a mesh roof, and a detachable rain fly. It also offers a surprising, built-in, modern convenience: an LED lighted fan system. Fully detachable and battery operated, the fan/light snaps in to the center of the tent peak.
Things to keep in mind:
Tent capacity is usually based on campers lying in an alternating pattern of head to foot. Generally, these measurements do not include the use of air mattresses but rather small sleeping pads. When figuring out the tent size you need, be sure to consider if your needs lean toward the utilitarian or toward comfort. Its a good rule of thumb to add on at least one person if you are a large family, have small children, are camping with pets, or have a lot of gear.
Choosing a tent with multiple doors can make camping with a family a bit easier. After you’ve lugged all of your gear and supplies to your campsite, setting up your tent can be tiring. Having a tent with a quick and easy set up is always a plus.
Whether you are looking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the modern world or in search of an inexpensive, yet engaging activity, a camping trip can be the vacation your family never forgets. Camping is the only truly customizable vacation. Able to accommodate almost any age, you can camp all over the world with as many people as your family cabin tent can hold.