How to Build a Tent Cabin

How to Build a Tent Cabin
If you've got a large camping trip planned, you may want to consider building a tent cabin to house your friends or family. With its multiple rooms and large interior, a tent cabin affords campers more privacy and space than traditional tents. Though a tent cabin can be very expensive, building your own is a great way to save money and may lead to the better enjoyment of your camping trip.


Difficulty: Moderate

Set Up the Frame

Things You’ll Need:
  • 4 waterproof, fire-resistant tarps, 6 feet by 8 feet
  • 1 waterproof, fire-resistant tarp, 12 feet by 16 feet
  • 24 or more short (under a foot long) bungee cords
  • 8 tent stakes and ropes
  • 4 PVC rigid pipes, 4 feet long, 1.5 inches diameter
  • 2 PVC T's, 1.5 inches diameter
  • 6 PVC side outlet 90s, 1.5 inches diameter
  • 4 PVC 3-way side outlet tees, 1.5 inches diameter
  • 4 PVC 45 degree elbows, 1.5 inches diameter
  • 8 PVC rigid pipes, 6 feet long, 1.5 inches diameter
  • 8 PVC rigid pipes, 8 feet long, 1.5 inches diameter
Step 1
Clear off the area where you want to build the tent cabin. You do not want to leave any rocks or other objects that would make your experience uncomfortable. Lay down the tarp. Lay down four of the PVC side outlet 90s on the four corners of the tarp. The outlet 90s should form right angles around the tarp's corners.
Step 2
Place a 6-foot-long PVC pipe into each of the side outlet 90s you just laid down. There should now be PVC pipes sticking straight up out of the outlet 90s.
Step 3
On a different area of ground, repeat steps 1 and 2 with the PVC pies, creating another square with four PVC pipes sticking out. The four PVC pipes should be angled inward (like the roof of a cabin), with another PVC pipe acting as a crossbar. This additional pipe should bisect the square and be connected with a PVC connection.
Step 4
Put a side outlet T on top of the PVC corner pipes. This will create the corners for the next square. Place an 8-foot PVC pipe between two opposite sides of this square, so it looks like two square outlines flush with each other.
Step 5
Assemble the remaining square sides, connecting them together in the middle with an 8-foot PVC pipe. Combined with the PVC pipe from step 4, this will create what looks like the letter "H."
Step 6
Using an 8-foot pipe as the letter H's crossbar, put PVC T's at both ends of the pipe, and then put a 4-foot pipe into each end of those T's. Put one of the sides of the H into the other end of the side outlet T. Put the other H side into the other side outlet T's. This will complete the wall frames.
Step 7
Next, create the roof's peak. Put a 45-degree elbow into the connection at the top of each of the corner posts. They should be facing each other. You will have formed a triangle, which will be joined down the center with an 8-foot pipe.

Complete the roof's peak by using the last two-side outlet 90s. Put the four 6-foot pipes on the four 45-degree elbows. This will make a triangle at the peak when you join both triangles at both peaks with the 8-foot pipe. You may need to cut the 6-foot pieces if they are too long to fit into the slips.

Assemble the tent

Step 1
Attach the 6-by-8-foot tarps to each side of the frame. Do so by running bungee chords through grommets. Wrap these cords around the PVC pipes, and then connect them to the same grommets once more. You should leave one side of the tent unattached. This will be your door.
Step 2
Put the 12-by-16-foot tarp on the top of the tent. Secure the tarp to the ground by pounding tent stakes into the ground and attaching the stakes and the tarp to each other with ropes.
Step 3
You may want to hang a blanket from the roof to divide the cabin into two rooms. You may also want to add a mosquito net to your door area.

Article Written By Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.

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