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Comparing Sizes of Yurts, Tents and Domes

Also see Photos Compairing Sizes

Note: that the measurements on this page and in this site are approximate and actual measurements may vary from time to time or upon how your dome is set up.

People often ask how many people can sit, sleep or stand in a certain size Shelter Systems' yurt or dome. Study the drawings below to make size and volume comparisons of our different domes.

You can also mark a full-size circle on the pavement. Have a friend hold to the ground a string equal in length to one half the diameter of the dome you are wondering about. Walk around your friend, keeping the string tight. Use chalk or small rocks to mark a circle "drawn" by the end of the string. After you get your circle marked ,put a sleeping bag, cot, chair, table, etc. inside the circle. You can also draw objects in the circle. Invite some friends over to size up your "dome." Draw some other sizes on the ground and compare.

How to Visualize Interior Space Size

The best way to get an idea of the space inside the dome is to print out a picture of the dome. Then mark a circle on the ground or pavement with chalk or small stones that is the diameter of your Yurt Dome by having a friend hold a cord that is 1/2 the diameter of your Yurt Dome to the ground while you walk around him keeping the cord taught and marking the ground. Next have your friend stand in the circle while you back away from him holding the picture of your Yurt Dome at arms length till the Yurt Dome's diameter in the picture matches the diameter of the the circle you have marked on the ground. Now you can move the picture, keeping it at arms length, over top of your friend and it's base will match the circle. Your photo will be to scale with your friend. You can have him move about inside this "dome" and get a clear idea how much interior space is inside.

Photos Comparing Different Size Domes With People

A drawing comparing the approximate sizes of 8'/2.4m, 11'/3.3m, 14'/4.2m, 18'/5.4m, and 20'/6m

Diagram of sizes


Comparing the approximate package size and weight, and door size of domes.

  8'-Yurt  11' Yurt  14' Yurt  18' Yurt  20' Yurt  30 ' Yurt
Pkg Size:            
Poles  40"x3"x3"  45"x3"x3"  46"x8"x8"  57"x11"x11"  64"x12"12"  62"x18"x15"
Covering  30"x 8"x 4"  35"x8"x5"  28"x13"x13"  31"x24"x18"  36"x18"x18"  43"x23"x23"
Poles  8 lbs  9 lbs  22 lbs  39 lbs  40 lbs  112 lbs
Covering  9 lbs  11 lbs  20 lbs  31 lbs  35 lbs  67 lbs

Approximate standable distance from wall and standable area for 6 feet or 1.8 meter person

  8'-Yurt  11' Yurt  14' Yurt  18' Yurt  20' Yurt  30 ' Yurt
 ft from wall   2 ft  5 ft  3.4 ft  2.8 ft  2.1 ft   3.3 ft
m from wall
  .6 m  1.5 m  1 m  .86 m  .64 m   1 m
sq feet
 28 sq ft  1 sq ft  36 sq ft  138 sq ft  196 sq ft
 429 sq ft
 sq meters  2.6 sq m  .09 sq m  3.3 sq m  12.8 sq m  18.2 sq m  40 sq m


Approximate relative size footprints

Approximate comparisons in square feet, square meters, cubic feet, and cubic meters per dome.

  8'-Yurt  11' Yurt  14' Yurt  18' Yurt  20' Yurt  30 ' Yurt
 sq ft  50  sq ft  95  sq ft  154  sq ft  254  sq ft  314  sq ft  706  sq ft
 sq m  4.65  sq m  8.84  sq m  14.32  sq m  23.62  sq m  29.2  sq m  65.66  sq m
 ft 3  183.5 ft 3  348 ft 3  718 ft 3  1526ft 3  2093 ft 3  4662.5 ft 3
 m 3  5.25  m 3  9.95  m 3  20.5  m 3  43.5  m 3  60  m 3  133 m 3


The approximate number of persons that can sleep in each dome.

Comparing the approximate Width and Height of the Doors
Note that the doors are not as wide at the top as they are at the bottom

  8' Yurt  11' Yurt  14' Yurt  18' Yurt  20' Yurt  30 ' Yurt
Door Size  50"x 50"  55"x55"  42"x42" 51"x51" 64"x64" 69"x69"


Comparing the approximate Width and Height of Open Arch of 14',18', 20', 30 and 31' in Opened Arch

 Dome Size

Width of Opening

 Height of Opening

Diameter at

 14' dome

11' 6"

 5' 6"

 18' dome

14' 6"


 20' dome

 16' 6"

 7' 5"

 30' dome

23' 5"

 7' 4"
 31' dome



Approximate relative volumes of the 30'er, 20' Bubble, 20'er, 18' Bubble, 18'er, 14' Bubble, 14'er, 10' Bubble, 11'er, and the 8'er


Approximate side view of 30'er, 20' Bubble, 20'er, and 18' Bubble


Approximate side view of 18'er, 14' Bubble, 14'er, 10' Bubble, 11'er, and 8'er


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