Tent

Best Multi Room Tent

Written by: Dave NartinApril 3, 2020Updated: June 21, 2020

Guide Overview

If you’re planning to camp as a family or in a group on a regular basis, you’re probably ready for a tent with a bit more space. 

A multi room tent can be a real advantage for those needing lots of space, such as those who have kids and want to put them in their own room, or those with a lot of gear. Multi room tents are also ideal for those adventures where you want to set up a tent with rooms to use as a base camp for a long camping expedition.

But you have a lot of options when it comes to multi room tents, from 2 room camping tents to 4 room tents to those with the flexibility to be everything in between.

Let’s take a look at the factors you should keep in mind when choosing a camping tent with rooms.

Things To Consider in Choosing A Multi Room Tent

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Size 

When it comes to tents, people often think size refers to sleeping capacity. This is an important factor, but it isn’t the only one. And even sleeping capacity can be a deceptive indication of how many people should actually camp in a specific multiple person tent.

Here’s why.

A tent with a sleeping capacity of 8 may indeed be big enough to sleep 8 people. But once 8 sleeping bags are spread out in the tent, there may be little room for gear, or anything else.

It also depends on the group itself, as 4 adults and 4 small kids will take less space than 4 adults and 4 teenagers, for instance. Add a family dog or two and the quarters get cramped. So sleeping capacity is simply a guideline when it comes to size.

Another size factor is actual floor space, perhaps a better indicator of actual space. Perhaps you want one room larger than the other, so even the size of each room may be important.

And when it comes to multi-room tents, the number of rooms may also be key to your decision. Perhaps a 3-room tent is enough, but if you’re a family of 5, you might want a 4-room tent, or even a 5-room tent. If you want everybody to sleep in the same room, your choice will be different than if everybody wants a separate room.

The final factor with size is packing weight. The large multi room camping tents will fit a lot of people, but are likely suited for car camping only, as the extra size makes them extra heavy.  If you plan to be hiking or backpacking, you may be looking for something small and lightweight, such as two room tents. 

Even with car camping, the packing size may be a factor if you have a small vehicle, you already have a lot of gear and people filling your vehicle, or you will have to walk a long distance to your campsite. 

Many of the larger multi room tents do tend to be heavy and bulky to pack. 

Height

Height is important to some people who like to be able to stand inside a tent. The center height is the key factor to watch for in that instance.

However, if you camp in an environment that’s often windy, the extra height may be a detriment. A high cabin tent with open windows will catch the wind, whereas a tunnel or dome style tent may be a better choice among roomed tents when it comes to wind protection.

Number of Rooms

As mentioned in the discussion on size, the number of rooms is another important factor when looking at camping tents with rooms. 

Here are several reasons you may want several dedicated rooms.

If you have people who go to bed at different times, or need to nap, such as young children, you will want a dedicated space for them. If you have a lot of gear, you may want a room just to store stuff, keeping it away from your living area and your sleeping area.

Perhaps you desire personal space when camping, or your teenager likes time alone,  in which case separate rooms are a must. Privacy is where tents with rooms really earn their keep. 

If you don’t need quite that much space, you can also choose an excellent 2 room tent that will allow you to have a living space and a sleeping space.

So, you have the choice of a multi room tent with separate, dedicated rooms, anywhere from 2 to 5 rooms; or you have the choice of large tents with dividers that allow for flexibility, turning them from a 1 room tent to a 4 room tent, for instance.

Shape

The shape of a tent can be important to some campers. Some prefer a large cabin tent to a smaller tunnel tent, for instance. 

A cabin tent may provide more room but can also be more susceptible to the wind. A tunnel tent may stand up to the wind better, but a tall person may not be able to stand up in it. 

For other campers, shape isn’t as important as factors such as sleeping capacity or number of rooms.

So, now that you know what to watch for, let’s look at the best multi room tents, including our choice as the winner.

Best Multi Room Tents

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Coleman – 8-Person Tent for CampingColeman – 8-Person Tent for Camping

With the famous Coleman name backing it, this tent is ideal for groups up to 8 people. 

The large space of 17 x 10 feet is versatile in that you can leave it open for one big room, or use the dividers to create 3 separate rooms. The center height of 6 feet makes it comfortable to stand in, and it has a total square footage of 170 feet.

Coleman also has its WeatherTec system to keep you dry, featuring patented welded floors and the added protection of inverted seams, which means the needle holes are hidden inside the tent.

There’s one large door in the front that has a zipper cuff made of weather-resistant fabric, adding even more rain protection. The door has partial protection from the included rainfly, allowing the mesh window on the door to stay open even in the rain. There’s also a vent opening situated near the floor that allows for good air circulation.

Pros:

  • Create 3 separate rooms or leave the dividers open for one large space that sleeps 8.
  • Comes with the Coleman name, synonymous with camping equipment.

Cons:

  • You only get 3 rooms by using dividers.
  • Create 3 separate rooms or leave the dividers open for one large space that sleeps 8.
  • Comes with the Coleman name, synonymous with camping equipment.
  • You only get 3 rooms by using dividers.
Mountain Trails – Grand Pass 10 Person TentMountain Trails - Grand Pass 10 Person TentMountain Trails - Grand Pass 10 Person TentMountain Trails – Grand Pass 10 Person Tent

This is a spacious dome tent that can accommodate up to 10 people, ‘backpacker style’. 

This tent has an overall floor area of 18 foot by 10 foot, and the ceiling is 6 foot 4 inches at the highest point. There is a detachable divider which you can use to create two separate rooms within the tent, giving more private sleeping areas or splitting the space into areas for living and sleeping. Two D doors mean that each side of the partition has its own entrance and exit. 

This tent is made from nylon, with a shock-corded fibreglass frame. The pin and ring system allows for easy set-up. There are large mesh roof vents and windows to help air circulate, helping you stay cool in summer months whilst keeping bugs out. A detachable rainfly protects you from the elements. Once the rainfly is added, there’s a small awning above the D doors. 

The tent can comfortably fit at least two queen size air beds if you like to camp in comfort. Overall, this is a great 10 person family tent.

Pros:

  • Spacious floor area.
  • Good ceiling height at the highest point.
  • Detachable divider can be used to divide the space into two areas, giving extra flexibility.
  • Easy to assemble, with a shock-corded frame.
  • Mesh roof and windows offering ventilation.

Cons:

  • Best used in the summer months.
  • Spacious floor area.
  • Good ceiling height at the highest point.
  • Detachable divider can be used to divide the space into two areas, giving extra flexibility.
  • Easy to assemble, with a shock-corded frame.
  • Mesh roof and windows offering ventilation.
  • Best used in the summer months.
OZARK Trail – Base Camp 14-Person TentOZARK Trail - Base Camp 14-Person TentOZARK Trail - Base Camp 14-Person TentOZARK Trail – Base Camp 14-Person Tent

This grand-daddy of multi-room tents can sleep up to 14 people in up to 4 separate rooms. It has a floor size of 20 x 20 feet and a center height of 6.5 feet. It can hold up to 5 queen-sized air mattresses.

Use the 3 sewn-in room dividers to create as many rooms as you want, from one big room with the dividers tied open, to 2, 3 or 4 separate rooms. 

Each room has its own door, allowing for more privacy, and there are 12 windows providing great views and excellent ventilation. 

A port for electrical cords makes it handy to add a fan, heater or other appliance, and wall pockets keep items off the floor. It has a mesh ceiling with an included fly for rain protection, along with taped fly seams to prevent leakage. It does weigh 50 pounds so it’s ideal for car camping but not hiking.

Pros:

  • Lots of space, as it sleeps up to 14 and holds 5 queen mattresses.
  • Flexibility to have 1, 2, 3 or 4 rooms thanks to the sewn-in room dividers.

Cons:

  • At 50 pounds, you’ll likely only be able to use this car camping.
  • Lots of space, as it sleeps up to 14 and holds 5 queen mattresses.
  • Flexibility to have 1, 2, 3 or 4 rooms thanks to the sewn-in room dividers.
  • At 50 pounds, you’ll likely only be able to use this car camping.
Core – 12 Person 3 Room TentCore - 12 Person 3 Room TentCore - 12 Person 3 Room TentCore – 12 Person 3 Room Tent

This tent can fit 3 queen air mattresses, sleep 12 people in total, or hold fewer campers and more gear. It can be set up as one large room, or add the 2 room dividers to make a 3-room tent. 

Features an instant set-up and takedown with a pre-assembled frame and telescoping poles.

There are front and back doors, a T-shaped door and a D-shaped door, and both are protected by awnings. A removable rainfly will protect you in the elements or come off to allow for stargazing through oversized mesh ceiling panels. There are also ground vents for extra air flow.

Bonus wall storage pockets and a gear loft will keep your stuff organized and off the floor, and an electric cord port is fully closable when not being used. Comes with the rainfly, gear loft, 2 room dividers, tent stakes and a carry bag.

Total size is 18 x 10 feet with a center height of 6-foot-7; packing weight is 52 pounds.

Pros:

  • A large tent with the versatility of one large room or 3 rooms.
  • Two doors, ceiling and ground vents provide great air flow.

Cons:

  • Pre-assembled means it’s fairly large and has a packing weight of 52 pounds.
  • A large tent with the versatility of one large room or 3 rooms.
  • Two doors, ceiling and ground vents provide great air flow.
  • Pre-assembled means it’s fairly large and has a packing weight of 52 pounds.
Vango – Capri 400 TentVango - Capri 400 TentVango - Capri 400 TentVango – Capri 400 Tent

This tent is from the AirBeam collection made by Vango. The 4 AirBeams replace the need for poles, quickly inflating to make setup and take down a breeze. The flysheet and inner section pitch together to make it simple to pitch and to pack away. A tension band system ties down the tent to protect you from adverse weather conditions.

The Capri 400 is a 4-person tunnel tent, featuring a dedicated living area and an attached front extension or canopy for rain and sun protection and extra living space. At the back of the tent is the sleeping area, which is made of darker “lights out” material to allow you to sleep in even after the sun comes up. 

Features a large main entrance at the front and a D-shaped door at the side, with another door separating the living space from the sleeping space. The living area has large PVC windows on either side to let in natural light, with privacy curtains when you need them.

The beams are angled rather than in an arc, which creates more usable space inside the tent, and provides additional strength in a side wind. The tension bands add stability with internal connection points, which brace the beams and prevent movement in the wind. You can unclip and roll those away when you don’t need the extra bracing.

Total size is almost 20 feet long by 8.6 feet wide at the front, tapering slightly to a width of 8 feet at the back, where the sleeping area is located. The height is 6.67 feet, tapering slightly in the sleeping area to 6.4 feet, making it easy for almost anyone to stand inside. The packing weight is almost 48 pounds.

Pros:

  • Dedicated sleeping area with dark material makes it nice for sleeping in after sunrise.
  • Extra living space with the front extension or canopy is a bonus.

Cons:

  • No flexibility to add extra rooms or create one large room.
  • Dedicated sleeping area with dark material makes it nice for sleeping in after sunrise.
  • Extra living space with the front extension or canopy is a bonus.
  • No flexibility to add extra rooms or create one large room.
Coleman – Tenaya Lake TentColeman Tenaya Lake TentColeman Tenaya Lake TentColeman – Tenaya Lake Tent

The Tenaya Lake Lighted Tent has a built-in LED system with a fabric cover, and it gives a pleasant overhead light that makes in-tent activities much easier. The tent also has a built-in closet to keep your things organized throughout your trip, and it is dry and comfortable thanks to the WeatherTec system, protected seams and rainfly.

This tent looks the part with an aesthetically pleasing colour scheme, and it’s incredibly easy to assemble thanks to pre-attached, color-coded poles and hub, fast-fit feet, and snag-free Insta-Clip suspension.

Pros:

  • Built-in lighting gives an even light throughout – it’s great for activities.
  • It has a built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar to organize your belongings.
  • It withstands high winds well.
  • It is well ventilated.
  • The hinged door makes access easy.
  • There are storage pockets for your valuables.

Cons:

  • It is a little smaller than some comparable tents, but fits 2 queen sized airbeds with space left.
  • Poles may be less sturdy than comparable tents.
  • It takes more than 2 people to set it up easily.
  • Built-in lighting gives an even light throughout – it’s great for activities.
  • It has a built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar to organize your belongings.
  • It withstands high winds well.
  • It is well ventilated.
  • The hinged door makes access easy.
  • There are storage pockets for your valuables.
  • It is a little smaller than some comparable tents, but fits 2 queen sized airbeds with space left.
  • Poles may be less sturdy than comparable tents.
  • It takes more than 2 people to set it up easily.
Slumberjack – Adult Overland 10 TentSlumberjack - Adult Overland 10 TentSlumberjack - Adult Overland 10 TentSlumberjack – Adult Overland 10 Tent

This tent combines a good size with a light packing weight. Sleeps 10, with a large living space and room dividers that turn it into a 3-room tent.

Total size is 19 x 9 feet with a center height of 6.2 feet. Packing weight is only 26.8 pounds. The large windows can be opened and closed from inside the tent. Tunnel construction gives you good space inside the tent, with room for your gear. 

The large stand-up door opens into the living area, and combines with windows and a venting system to provide good airflow. Rooms are on either side of the living area, and each room has two windows. 

It’s relatively easy to set up, as you stake one end and move down the tent to unfold it and stake it as you go.

Pros:

  • Light packing weight.
  • Has a large entryway and windows for airflow.

Cons:

  • Might be difficult for one person to set up.
  • Light packing weight.
  • Has a large entryway and windows for airflow.
  • Might be difficult for one person to set up.
Outbound – 8-Person Dome TentOutbound - 8-Person Dome TentOutbound - 8-Person Dome TentOutbound – 8-Person Dome Tent

This is an ideal tent for backpacking, with a packing weight of only 18 pounds and a zippered duffle bag for carrying and storing. Also comes with tent stakes and guy lines for wind resistance.

The tent features an “easy up” technology with a fiberglass frame system, making for simple setup and take down of the dome tent, which actually resembles a tunnel style tent without the fly. 

The living space of the tent is 14 x 8 feet, and the porch sits in front at 14 x 5 feet. The inside height of the tent is 6 feet 4 inches. The porch has an extra pole for support and a removable floor. The tent can sleep 8 across its bathtub style floor, but that likely wouldn’t leave much room for gear.

The screen room has a zippered opening, and the tent itself has a D-shaped door, 2 windows and mesh roof panels for ventilation. It comes with a rainfly with a front canopy for protection from the elements.

Pros:

  • Its light weight makes it ideal for backpacking.
  • That light packing weight combines with a nice size to make it ideal for families or groups.

Cons:

  • It might be crowded to sleep 8 in this tent, or there wouldn't be room for much gear.
  • Its light weight makes it ideal for backpacking.
  • That light packing weight combines with a nice size to make it ideal for families or groups.
  • It might be crowded to sleep 8 in this tent, or there wouldn't be room for much gear.

Our Pick

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There are lots of great multi-room tents from which to choose, but we selected the Vango Capri 400 Tent as our winning product, and here’s why:

  • The AirBeam design makes it easy to set up and take down by simply inflating the 4 AirBeams that provide support in place of poles. 
  • The flysheet and the inner section pitch together which makes it easy to set up and to pack away. The beams are angled so the walls aren’t in a true arch shape, creating more usable space inside the tent. 
  • The angled beams also provide extra wind resistance.
  • The included tension band system adds even more stability in the wind with internal connection points to brace the beams. When you don’t need them, you can unclip them and roll them away.
  • While this is only a two room tent, it is a tent with separate rooms, a dedicated sleeping space and a dedicated living space. A pre-attached front extension or porch with a canopy gives you a little extra space and protects the main entrance from sun and rain.
  • It sleeps 4 in a sleeping area at the back of the tent, where the material has darker fabric incorporated into it to allow you to sleep in rather than wake up at sunrise.
  • The large main area has big PVC windows on either side to let in natural light, with privacy curtains when you need them.
  • It features a large entrance at the front and a D-shaped door at the side, with another door separating the living area from the sleeping area.
  • The tent is a nice size, at 20 feet long by 8.6 feet and a height of 6.67 feet.
Best Multi Room Tent With Porch

Outbound – 8-Person Dome Tent

Outbound - 8-Person Dome Tent

We can’t talk about multi-room tents without mentioning our favourite multi-room tent with a porch, the Outbound 8-Person Dome Tent. 

We love this camping tent with a screened porch for many reasons, starting with its great size. It has a living space of 14 x 8 feet and an inside height of 6 feet 4 inches. Even tall people will be able to hang out inside and be comfortable. 

And even with all that space, it’s ideal for backpacking, with a packing weight of only 18 pounds. You can use it for car camping too, since its light weight will make it easy to carry to any campsite.

Add to that a porch out front which brings another 14 x 5 feet, which you can zip closed, or leave open with the sides pulled back if you don’t want to use it. The screen room has a zippered opening, and the tent itself has a D-shaped door, 2 windows and mesh roof panels for ventilation. 

This tent can sleep 8 if necessary, and the fiberglass frame system makes it easy to set up and take down. It has a rainfly and a front canopy that provides protection from the rain, while the wind is held at bay by the included stakes and guy lines.

Pros:

  • Its light weight makes it ideal for backpacking.
  • That light packing weight combines with a nice size to make it ideal for families or groups.

Cons:

  • It might be crowded to sleep 8 in this tent, or there wouldn't be room for much gear.
Dave Nartin
Founder at Mountain Leon
Hi. Im Dave. Mountain Lion is the name of this travel blog. It came from my love for both the English and Spanish language, my favourite animal (Lion), and my favourite activity (mountain climbing). Enjoy!