Best Cabin Tent For Maximum Interior Space

We all want our own little cabin in the woods, but who has the time to build one? The best cabin tents are your home away from home that also happens to fit in the trunk of your car.
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Our Best Choice Overall: The Big Agnes Bunk House 4

There’s nothing quite like camping in a cabin tent. Cabin tents are incredibly spacious, tall enough to walk around in without stooping, and packed to the brim with all the features you need for a proper car camping expedition. We’ve always been big fans of these premium camping tents, so we decided to round up the best cabin tents on the market for all you car-camping aficionados out there.

After testing and analyzing dozens of shelters, we found that the Big Agnes Bunk House 4 is the best cabin tent currently available. The Bunk House combines everything we love in a good cabin (tons of space, tall ceilings, weather protection, and storage), then adds a set of unique features into the mix that truly set it apart in terms of quality and versatility.

The Bunk House certainly isn’t the only great offering out there though, and it won’t be the top pick for every camper. Some folks want even more space to spread out, some want the easiest set-up possible, and others just want a ton of tent without spending a ton of money. 

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in the list below. And, of course, if you’re not quite sure what to look for in the best cabin tent, we’ve also included a handy buyer’s guide down below to help explain the stand out features that make these shelters worth buying.

Ok, let’s get started!

TentSummary
Big Agnes Bunk House 4: Best OverallPremium quality materials throughout, a feature rich rainfly, and an optional stand-alone shelter mode. Impressively large, yet easy to pitch. See Review
Whiteduck Prota Canvas Cabin: Best Overall QualityAbsolutely bulletproof materials and outstanding weather protection. New reflective roof fabric reduces interior temps on hot days. See Review
Core 9 Person Instant Cabin: Best On A BudgetAll the floor space and head room you could ever want, delivered at a price that’s hard to believe. Insanely fast set-up thanks to instant-tent construction. See Review
REI Co-op Skyward 6High quality materials at an entry-level price point. Incredibly roomy with great ventilation and a versatile front vestibule. See Review
Eureka Copper Canyon LX8Generously sized eight person model with the tallest ceilings on our list. Arguably the most well-designed two-room floor plan on the market. See Review
Bushnell Shield 12 Person Instant CabinOutstanding weather protection for hot days, pouring rain, and everything in-between. Extra tough materials combined with a convenient instant cabin set-up. See Review
Ozark Trail 12 Person Instant CabinA massive instant cabin with a unique layout. Fantastic livability for large groups at an affordable price. See Review

Our Picks For The Best Cabin Tents

Big Agnes Bunk House 4: Best Cabin Tent Overall

Big Agnes Bunk House 4

Specs:
Weight: 14.2 lbs (6.5 kg)
Packed size: 27” x 16” x 9” (67cm x 41cm x 24cm)
Floor size: 92” x 90” (233cm x 228cm)
Peak height: 70” (178cm)
Rooms: 1
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Three season family camping
Price: $$

Taking our top spot this year is the Big Agnes Bunk House 4, an incredibly roomy and versatile cabin tent with a laundry list of lovable and luxurious features.

Materials are top notch as we’ve come to expect from Big Agnes: The DAC tent poles are made from DA17 aluminum, the fabric is seam-taped and treated with a 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating, and smooth-moving, high-quality zippers are specced throughout the shelter. Set-up is fast and intuitive thanks to color-coded buckles and pre-attached guylines on the rainfly.

In typical Big Agnes fashion, you’ll also find no shortage of premium features built into the Bunk House 4. The massive front vestibule is pole supported, so it offers a ton of dry storage when it’s raining, but also converts into a shady awning when the sun is out. And while we’re talking about the rainfly, we’ll also point out that the Bunk House’s fly functions as a stand-alone shelter using the included poleset, so it’s great to take out to the beach to keep the sun off your shoulders. Lastly, how about that carry sack? We know it’s a small detail, but we love that Big Agnes designed the Bunk House’s carry bag to function as a backpack, so you can haul it around hands-free.

Honestly there’s not much to complain about with this tent. It’s a four-person model, so you won’t be getting as much interior space as some of the more “glamping friendly” cabins on our list, but the Bunk House is no slouch in the interior department itself. Aside from that, we’ll simply point out that Big Agnes is a high-performance, high-tech company, and they price their products accordingly. The Bunk House is more expensive than some of the budget-friendly shelters below, but with this much livability on offer, we think it’s worth every penny.

Pros:Cons:
– Big Agnes quality materials and design
– Incredibly versatile rainfly/vestibule
– Packed full of thoughtful features like corner bin pockets and pre-cut guylines.
– Little pricey
– 4 person size limits “glamping” potential



Whiteduck Prota Canvas Cabin Tent: Best Overall Quality

Whiteduck Prota Canvas Cabin

Specs:
Weight: 66 lbs (29.9 kg)
Packed size: 46” x 14” x 11” (117cm x 36cm x 28cm)
Floor size: 168” x 120” (419cm x 305cm)
Peak height: 78” (198cm)
Rooms: 1
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Glamping with friends or family
Price: $$$

We’ve long been fans of Whiteduck’s line of durable canvas tents, and their new and improved Prota is by far our favorite canvas cabin currently available.

We love the Whiteduck Prota because it combines the generous interior space of a cabin shape with the tough-as-nails construction of a “Springbar-style” shelter. This combination of thick and waterproof cotton canvas and a galvanized steel frame is about as indestructible as it gets, and makes the Prota a smart investment that will last for years of use and abuse.

Other perks of the Whiteduck Prota include a reflective roof panel that keeps the interior temperature several degrees cooler in the hot months, a convertible awning for the front door that stakes out to make a shady place to hang out in good weather, and six and a half feet of headroom throughout the interior of the tent. The tension pole system is also surprisingly quick and easy to set up once you get the hang of it, and is tough enough to handle heavy winds without breaking a sweat.

Price is the main sticking point of the Whiteduck Prota, which is the case for pretty much any canvas tent worth owning. Again, tents like these are an investment we expect to last a lifetime with proper care, but the sticker price can be a little scary if you’re new to canvas shelters. Aside from that, the only other downside of the Prota is that it’s considerably heavier and bulkier than most any polyester or nylon shelter of similar size. There’s just something particularly special about staying in a canvas tent though, and if you’re sold on the cabin layout, this is the canvas cabin to beat.

Pros:Cons:
– Incredibly tough materials throughout
– Sturdy and dry even in the worst weather
– Reflective roof panel helps keep interior cool in hot weather
– Expensive
– Heavy/bulky



Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent: Best On A Budget

Core 9 Person Instant Cabin

Specs:
Weight: 27.6 lbs (12.5 kg)
Packed size: 48” x 11” x 12” (122cm x 28cm x 30cm)
Floor size: 168” x 108” (427cm x 274cm)
Peak height: 78” (198cm)
Rooms: 2
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Three season family camping
Price: $

The Core 9 Person Instant Cabin is one of the best selling and highest rated cabins on the internet, and for good reason.

The main selling point of the Core is its price, which is an incredible value for a tent this good. For your money you’re getting oodles of floor space, stand-up height ceilings throughout, two separate rooms, two separate doors, and some of the best ventilation on the market.

You’re also getting an incredibly easy shelter to set-up thanks to the “instant-tent” design that uses pre-attached poles and hubs. Essentially all you need to do is pull the Core Cabin out of the bag, unfold it, and extend its legs. This cabin tent also comes with respectable weather protection thanks to heat-sealed seams and DWR-coated fly, the combination of which far outperforms Core’s claimed 600mm hydrostatic head rating.

In terms of downsides, the Core’s main issue is its fabric durability. Core specs 68D polyester throughout the Instant Cabin’s construction, which is solid for a lightweight backpacking tent, but lower than we prefer to see on a family camping model like this. Our second gripe with this tent is that although it’s quite literally packed wall to wall with mesh windows and doors, the water resistant backing fabric on the windows doesn’t include any toggles or stash pockets to use when you’ve got them rolled down. That means you basically have to either let them hang or tuck them down into the window opening itself, which is a little annoying. Still, we believe the Core 9 Instant Cabin is hands down the most tent for the money out there, and will make a fantastic shelter for any family camping trip.

Pros:Cons:
– Tons of features at a great price
– Large floor plan with tall ceilings
– Solid weather protection
– Would prefer to see thicker fabric
– Doors and windows could use a redesign



REI Co-op Skyward 6

REI Co-op Skyward 6

Specs:
Weight: 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
Packed size: 28” x 10” x 10”  (71cm x 25cm x 25cm)
Floor size: 120” x 100” (305cm x 254cm)
Peak height: 78” (198cm)
Rooms: 1
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Three season family camping
Price: $$

REI made some serious renovations to their camping tent lineup for 2022, and the REI Co-op Skyward 6 is the stand out model of the year in our opinion.

Our favorite feature of the Skyward is its overall build quality. Every pole on the tent is made from thick aluminum (including the roof and brow pole), the polyester fabric is properly tough with a 75D fly and 150D floor, and although the Skyward employs a fairly minimalist rainfly, the Co-op did their due diligence in waterproofing the canopy fabric and applying high-quality seam taping throughout the tent. We’re also big fans of the Skyward’s front vestibule, which functions independently of the rainfly and can be converted to a sun awning using a set of tarp poles.

Interestingly enough, the Skyward is also REI’s designated “entry level” shelter in their line of cabin-style camping tents, which means it happens to be the most affordable cabin in their lineup. Granted, the Skyward doesn’t have quite as many features as the new Wonderland 6 (or the absolute tank that is the new Wonderland X), but it’s combination of affordability, interior space, high quality materials, and outstanding waterproofing will be a home run for your average family camping trip.

All things considered we believe REI was smart with their compromises here, but as you might expect, the features they left out of their entry level model are its main shortcomings. For instance, the Skyward features a single door at the front of the shelter rather than the double doors found on their more expensive models. It’s also worth mentioning that although the Skyward is exceptionally well ventilated (even with the fly in place), the side walls of the shelter have no windows or mesh of their own, which limits the “airy/open” feeling of the tent. We also have to nit pick the lack of a zippable panel on the front door: The large mesh window is nice to have, but if you need privacy for changing clothes (or whatever else), you have to zip up the front vestibule to get it. Luckily these are all minor complaints for an otherwise exceptionally well rounded shelter that’s well worth the investment.

Pros:Cons:
– Properly tall and spacious floor plan
– High quality materials at a great price
– Front vestibule doubles as a shaded awning
– Front window doesn’t close, zipped vestibule required for privacy
– Single door for entry/exit
– No side windows/mesh



Eureka Copper Canyon LX 8

Eureka Copper Canyon LX8

Specs:
Weight: 34.9 lbs (15.8 kg)
Packed size: 29” x 11” x 11” (74cm x 28cm x 28cm)
Floor size: 156” x 120” (396cm x 305cm)
Peak height: 84” (213 cm)
Rooms: 2
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Three season family camping
Price: $$

The Eureka Copper Canyon series of cabin tents have been around for years, but Eureka updated their flagship LX8 model for 2022 with a host of standout upgrades that made it an easy choice for our roundup.

The most notable upgrade is an increase in interior space thanks to an impressively tall peak height, which, at 84 inces, is the tallest in our lineup. That extra interior space also inspired the folks at Eureka to add a room divider to the Copper Canyon, and they really nailed the two-room layout by adding a second door at the opposite corner of the tent. This gives the shelter a “private entrance” feel for each room, which you’ll really appreciate if you’re splitting the tent between two couples. Each room also gets it’s own set of stash pockets and it’s own separate gear loft, so there’s no need to bounce back and forth between rooms.

The Copper Canyon doesn’t use an instant tent construction like some models on our list, but it still gets high marks for ease of setup. Eureka uses a combination of sleeves at the roof and quick clips on the sides of the Copper Canyon, so once you’ve got the roof structure set up, everything else just clips into place.  Guy line stash pockets make guying and staking the Copper Canyon drama-free if you’re expecting rain, and Eureka also includes awnings at the front of each door for drip-free entry and exit in the wet.

The Copper Canyon is a great tent at a fair price (especially for its size), but it isn’t perfect. Our main complaint here is that Eureka still uses fiberglass poles for the roof assembly: Granted the steel side poles handle most of the grunt work when the wind gets whipping, but at this price we don’t think aluminum poles are too much to ask for. The other downside to the Copper Canyon is the rainfly: Partial coverage means a lot rides on the fabric treatment and seam taping of the canopy, and exterior storage is a no-go. Of course if you’re buying a tent this big, we’ll wager you’ll have plenty of protected storage in your vehicle, but we’d still like a place to stash a cooler or a few camp chairs outside. Pound for pound this is still our favorite two-room cabin layout on the market, and a strong candidate for larger groups who are sharing a shelter but still want some privacy.

Pros:Cons:
– High quality materials at a reasonable price
– Large floor plan and seven-foot ceilings
– Smart layout with two rooms and double doors    
– Roof poles made from fiberglass
– Partial coverage fly with no exterior storage



Bushnell Shield 12 Person Instant Cabin

Bushnell Shield 12

Specs:
Weight: 62 lbs (28 kg)
Packed size: 49” x 11.5” x 11.5” (125cm x 29cm x 29cm)
Floor size: 216” x 132” (549cm x 335cm)
Peak height: 80” (203cm)
Rooms: 3
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Three season family camping
Price: $$

The folks at Bushnell may be best known for their hunting gear, but they also happen to make a fantastic cabin tent called the Bushnell Shield.

The Bushnell Shield is one of our favorites thanks to its combination of outstanding interior space and top-notch weather protection. In terms of space, the Shield 12 boats a full 18 feet of width, which conveniently divides into three separate rooms as needed (all of which have room for a queen-size mattress). On the weather protection front, the Bushnell uses a combination of water repellent “Weather Shield” fabric (which is 150D thick polyester with fully-taped seams) and Bushnell’s proprietary “Heat Shield” treatment, which adds a reflective layer to the underside of the canopy to lower the interior temperature of the tent.

You’ll also find a full “instant tent” design in the shield series, which uses the same pre-attached pole/hub system as other tents on our list like the Core Instant Cabin above. Bushnell claims this gives the Shield a two-minute setup time, which is a little optimistic but one person can absolutely get the Shield pitched and ready to go in five minutes or so.

In terms of drawbacks, the instant cabin construction on this shelter makes the packed size a bit bulky and awkward to tote around. It’s not the bulkiest or the heaviest by any means, but you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the space to store/transport it before pulling the trigger. Aside from that, we’re a little shocked to see that Bushnell only put a single door on a shelter this size. Not a huge deal if you’re only splitting the Sheild with a few other campers, but if you’re sleeping anywhere near the tent’s 12 person capacity, you’ll be stepping over a lot of people for those late night bathroom breaks.

Pros:Cons:
– Great weather protection
– Tough 150D fabric
– Instant tent convenience
– Bulky packed size
– One door for twelve people



Ozark Trail 12 Person 3 Room Cabin

Ozark Trail 12 Person Instant Cabin

Specs:
Weight: 55 lbs (25 kg)
Packed size: 52” x 14” x 13” (132cm x 36cm x 33cm)
Floor size: 192” x 192” (488cm x 488cm)
Peak height: 82” ( 208cm)
Rooms: 3
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Three season family camping
Price: $$

Say what you want about Wal-Mart’s in-house Ozark Trail brand, but you can’t say they don’t bring a ton of value to the table. If a huge tent at a great price is what you’re after, check out the Ozark Trail 12 Person 3 Room Cabin.

With a twelve-person sleeping capacity, three separate rooms, and a unique L-shaped floorplan, it’s clear to see you’re getting a ton of tent for the money. We also love that Ozark Trail took full advantage of this cabin’s unique shape by working a sheltered awning into the shared outdoor space in the “elbow” of the shelter.

With dual ground level vents, this cabin is also exceptionally well ventilated (and air-conditioning friendly), even when you’ve got it packed to the brim with family and friends. We’ll also point out that this tent uses an “instant tent” design, which means the frame is pre-attached and one person can pitch it by themselves in about ten minutes.

With that being said, ten minutes is still a bit more involved than most “instant-tent” shelters, and once you factor in setting up the awning and staking out the massive rain fly, pitching the Ozark Trail is definitely a little more time intensive than most. Aside from that, our main complaint with this cabin is that it’s surprisingly lacking in the interior storage/organization department. We’d love to see some more integrated interior pockets inside the 3 Person Cabin, but truth be told, with this much floor space you’ll probably have enough room left over to drag a full-sized dresser and walk-in closet inside if you really want it.

Pros:Cons:
– Massive amount of interior space
– Unique L-shaped floor plan adds livability
– Instant tent construction for easy setup
– Set-up still takes longer than average
– Lacking interior storage and organization features



Buying Guide For The Best Cabin Tents

If space, comfort, and convenience are your top priorities in a camping shelter, the best cabin tents on the market should be your go-to tent of choice. Cabin tents are different from your typical camping tent in that they maximize interior space using vertical or near-vertical walls and high ceilings.

The result of this formula is a tent that is easy to pitch, easy to get in and out of, and easy to live in. Cabin tents are typically big enough to stand up and walk around in, which makes them ideal for multiple campers sharing a single shelter.

Size And Shape

Cabin tents take their name from traditional log cabins due to their tall and square shapes, but sizes vary wildly and not all cabin tents follow the “one big square” formula of a traditional log cabin.

In terms of size, we recommend starting your search by determining the maximum number of people that will be sleeping in your tent. Remember, “6 person” tents can technically sleep 6 people, but only if they’re all sleeping on the ground, side by side, in traditional sleeping bags. It’s generally a smart idea to “add two” to the ideal number of sleepers, so if you’re planning on sleeping 6 people, you’ll want an 8 person or larger shelter.

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Camp in style with the Whiteduck Prota Canvas Cabin!

Shapes of cabin tents can also vary a great deal, although many of them do stick to the “big square” or “big rectangle” format. Your main tradeoff with shapes is that the taller and more square a tent is, the less likely it is to hold up under strong winds. This is a non-issue for your typical rainy day, but if you’re considering doing some serious rain or shine camping in your cabin tent, you’ll want to consider a more streamlined/rounded model like the Big Agnes Bunkhouse.

Weight And Packed Size

All cabin tents are intended for car camping, so neither weight or packed size are a major concern here. So long as you can carry, transport, and store your tent of choosing, we recommend focusing on interior space rather than packed size or portability.

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The Big Agnes Bunk House 4 packed

With that being said, some cabin tents are much bulkier and heavier than others, so if you have any space concerns (like hauling your tent in the trunk of a car) you’ll want to keep an eye on the packed size. Generally speaking, “instant cabin” tents are much bigger and bulkier because they use pre-attached poles, which prevents them from packing down small. The same can be said for canvas tent, which use much heavier and bulkier materials, and often require two separate bags to pack and transport.

Livability

When we talk about livability, we’re referring to the day-to-day experience of using a tent. The best cabin tents should score high on livability, namely due to their abundance of interior space. Features like vertical walls and tall ceilings allow campers to stand up and walk around inside their tents, which makes things like changing clothes and setting up bedding a breeze.

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Cabin tents offer greater livability than most tents (Whiteduck Prota)

Cabin style tents often feature outside “living spaces” as well due to their large sizes, which contribute to the quality of your camping experience. If livability is high on your priority list, we recommend looking for a cabin tent with an exterior awning or vestibule that’s large enough to hang out under when the sun is bearing down. They’re great places to relax and read a book or enjoy a cold drink in the shade.

We also factor in storage and organization when rating a tents livability, and tents with lots of well thought-out pockets and storage areas score higher than those without. Ideally everyone sleeping in the tent has at least one pocket to themselves to store person items (electronics, keys, etc), but you can never really have too many pockets.

Weather Protection

As we mentioned above, the shape of most cabin style tents limits their ability to perform in strong winds, so the main consideration in terms of weather protection is typically waterproofing.

A tent’s rainfly is your primary line of defense against rain, so look over the features of your fly carefully. All rainflys should feature fully taped/sealed seams, as rain has a habit of leaking through the stitching of untapped seams in short order. Seam sealing on the inside canopy of a tent is also a common feature in higher-quality shelters, and adds peace of mind in heavier storms.

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The recipe of the ideal rainfly: waterproof material + taped/sealed seams

Durability And Materials

Cabin tents are family or group camping shelters at their core, and as such, they’re often subjected to some heavy foot traffic. For that reason, we strongly prefer the best cabin tents to feature highly durable floors made from thick fabrics.

The second feature to look out for in terms of durability is your tent’s pole system. The best cabin tents use poles made from aluminum, and as a general rule of thumb, the thicker the diameter the better.

Steel poles are also a common feature on cabin tents, and although it’s a bit heavier than aluminum, it provides a high strength frame that’s unlikely to buckle in poor weather. It’s also common to see fiberglass poles in these shelters, and while we prefer something stronger, fiberglass isn’t necessarily a deal breaker either.

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Aluminum poles are the most durable option (REI Co-op Skyward 6)

If you’re considering a tent with fiberglass poles, pay close attention to the thickness of each pole in the set, including those used in the roof of a shelter. Budget tents have a bad habit of using flimsy fiberglass poles in the auxiliary areas of a tent (particularly in awnings), which are prone to breaking in transit or during setup if you don’t handle them carefully.

Ease Of Setup

Finally, ease of setup is a huge feature in cabin shelters. The easiest by far is the “instant tent” design seen on a few of the shelters above because all of the poles and hubs are already attached and ready to go. These tents require little more than simply unfolding and staking out, which dramatically cuts down on setup time.

Not all cabins are instant though, and truth be told traditional pole in sleeve or clip in designs tend to be more reliable because they have less moving parts and are easier to repair should something go wrong. Ultimately it’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself, so just weigh your priorities carefully in terms of convenience and reliability

Conclusion

For all the factors listed above, we found the Big Agnes Bunk House 4 to be the best cabin tent currently on the market. It’s exceptional build quality, versatile design, and unique features combined with fantastic interior space truly set it apart from the pack.

If strength and reliability are you main priorities, we recommend checking out the Whiteduck Prota Canvas Cabin. There’s just nothing tougher than the Prota’s combination of thick cotton canvas and galvanized steel, which, combined with the Prota’s vintage frontier vibe, make it a smart investment for a long lasting shelter.

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Our Highest Quality Pick: The Whiteduck Prota Canvas Cabin

And, of course, if you’re craving the cabin life but are working on a budget, check out the Core Instant Cabin or REI Co-op Skyward 6. The Core is our pick for a cabin on the tightest of budgets, but if you’ve got a few extra bucks to spend, the material quality of the Skyward 6 is worth every penny.

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