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Affordable Tiny Homes

Who Should Build a Yurt?

Would a yurt work for you? Of course! Over the years we have worked with an incredibly diverse range of clients around the world.

No longer seen as an “alternative” structure, we have designed and built yurts for all uses and personality types. The combination of low-cost, low-resource impact and low maintenance make Shelter Designs yurts the ideal choice for a diverse range of uses.  

From the hard-working rancher to the big city suburbanite, we have provided yurts for personal use ranging from full-time residences and affordable tiny homes to yurt guest houses, backyard yurt offices, and kids’ play spaces. For commercial use, we have seen yurts used at almost every turn. They are incredibly economical rental units for glamping businesses, Air BnBs, VRBOs, resorts, retreat centers and campgrounds. We have also built commercial yurts that are used as restaurants, retail spaces, yoga spaces, and more. The only limit to who should build a yurt is your imagination!

Personal Yurts


From full time residences to guest housing, offices to backyard play spaces, Shelter Designs yurts can be used for a wide variety of personal uses to meet your needs.

Commercial Yurts


We have seen yurts used widely as commercial businesses. They are incredibly economical rental units for glamping yurts, Air BnB’s, resorts, retreat centers and campgrounds.

The folks at Shelter Designs were great to work with throughout the whole process. The yurt assembly went well with no surprises, it is truly a quality product. We use it as a restaurant here at our ski area and the guests love it. We look forward to many years of use and would definitely buy another one.Jeff Schmidt, General Manager Red Lodge Mountain

The yurt worked fabulously last fall for our field project. The public and our crews really enjoyed the new space, and it functioned perfectly. We are looking forward to next season and having the yurt set up from the beginning. Thanks again!Greg, Idaho Bird Observatory, Boise State University

We ordered three 20 foot yurts from Shelter Designs to use at our summer camp for camper housing units to replace our aging cabins. These yurts greatly exceeded our expectations for craftsmanship and the ease of assembly. They look great and have been well received by our guests. We comfortably can fit 5 bunk beds in each yurt so we can put a full cabin group of 10 kids in each one. We went with the big 8 foot screen openings and a couple windows that overlook the lake so the views through the walls are spectacular. We had a boy scout take on the assembly of one of the yurts as his Eagle project. With no previous experience other than watching the video, he was able to assemble the entire yurt with 5 other youth in about 6 hours. We couldn’t be more pleased with the Shelter Designs Yurts.
Steve Meyer, Camp Lutherhaven, Couer d’ Alene, Idaho

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