Nothing is worse than being swarmed by bugs, mosquitos, and no-see-ums while you're trying to enjoy your camping trip.
That’s why some outdoor companies have begun to offer tents with screen rooms attached.
Not only are these rooms an incredible bug-free space to hang out in, but you also get:
- Extra space for your gear
- A place to keep your shoes overnight (and not worry about bugs crawling in them)
- Better ventilation throughout your tent
Exploring all the best tents with screen rooms reminds me of how much I love to hang out in a space outside, without worrying about bugs or creepy crawlies being near me.
One time, I was sitting at a picnic table, under a tarp during a thunderstorm, when my legs started itching real bad. I looked down to find a swarm of caterpillars on my legs, climbing their way up my body. No thank you, sir.
If you want to avoid tragic memories (that I can honestly laugh about now) like this one, get yourself a bug-free screen room.
Let's take a look at the best tents with screen rooms—because, really, why wouldn’t you want such a great feature?
In a Hurry? Here's My Top 3 Picks
The Best Tents With Screen Room
Coleman 6-Person Tent With Screen Room
The Coleman WeatherMaster has a large screened-in room and, due to its exceptional features, is at the top of my list.
This tent is best for groups of 2-4 people who want lots of space for all of their gear.
Coleman went the extra distance in weatherproofing this tent. While you should still use seam-sealer on all mid-grade tents, they seem to have done a really good job.
The rainfly seams are fully taped, all fabrics, threads, and webbing are polyester coated, and the seams are inverted.
The tent easily fits two queen-sized mattresses and offers storage pockets for small gear.
The front of the tent has a unique hinged door (think a car door on a tent), which sounds a lot nicer than a full-length zipper door. Just open the door and walk in, and it shuts behind you.
The tent can also be split in half with a room divider. A back door (regular) offers a separate entrance for when the room divider is up.
Coleman Dome Tent with Screened-In Porch
The Coleman Dome Tent With Screened-In Porch is my top pick for the most budget-friendly tent.
It offers a spacious sleeping room for 2-4 people and a large screened-in room with a full floor. This tent can fit 2 queen-sized air mattresses.
Like most Coleman tents, this one comes with weatherproofing such as inverted floor seams.
You should always seam-seal your Coleman tent before its first use. Even with a seam seal, this tent might not be ideal for those who want to camp in areas with questionable weather.
The rainfly does little to cover the screened-in porch, so if you’re storing your gear there, it won’t be protected from the rain.
The tent also has awnings over the windows, which is great for airflow, but terrible for rain protection.
Also, be aware that the back panel of this tent is one large screen, which some people love and others don’t. The screen does make for more ventilated sleeping, which can be nice on a hot night.
But it can mean the tent won’t hold in as much heat, making it colder if you are taking this tent out for a late summer trip. This is strictly a one-season tent.
All that said, if you are using this tent in a nice weather area, it can be a wonderful choice!
The full-floor screen room is a great place to get away from the bugs. Kick off your shoes in the screened-in room to keep dirt and grime out of your sleeping area.
Gazelle T4 Plus Pop Up Tent
This tent makes the top of my list because of its extreme weatherproofing, it's ease of use, and its overall size, as it can comfortably sleep 2-6 people.
We’ll get the biggest complaint out of the way first. This tent is hefty, weighing in at a whopping 58 lbs, with a carry bag that is 5 ft long.
That being said, you are getting 110 sq ft of floor space (including the screen room).
One of the best parts of this screen room is that it completely closes up with privacy panels for an extra sleeping space if needed.
The rainfly is also oversized, which helps keep the elements out of both the tent and the screen room, even if you don’t have the privacy panels on.
If you are using the front screen room as sleeping quarters, you’ll have two separate door entrances into this tent: the main one through the screen room, and a back door into the main portion of the tent.
This tent is not the most budget-friendly, but you do receive an extremely high-quality tent that will keep you dry and safe during rainstorms, snowstorms, and heavy winds.
Read also: Best Tents For Rain And Wind
Coleman Skylodge 12 Person Tent
The Colman Skylodge 12 Person Tent is another great option to bring along with you and your family on your next camping trip.
This tent can fit 3 queen-sized air mattresses with a little extra floor space.
The setup of this tent is nice and easy thanks to color-coded tent poles and will take about 20 minutes with 2 people.
This tent reportedly stands up well to strong winds because of its extra-thick poles.
However, this tent might not be completely waterproof against heavy rainfall compared to other tents.
One of the best parts of this tent is the massive screen room. It is 5’ x 10’ and can be converted into a sleeping area by closing up all the large windows with a zipper closure.
With a 5’ x 10’ area, you could use this space not only to hang out in to avoid bugs, but also to store gear and keep it dry.
Read also: Best 12 Person Camping Tents
Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
The Core Instant Cabin Tent can comfortably sleep 2-6 people inside its 14’ x 9’ floor plan. Instead of a full-screen room, this tent has one full mesh wall with a privacy tarp.
The tent is extremely well ventilated and is mostly mesh on all five sides, including the ceiling. On the floor, this tent has vents to help draw in cool air.
While it comes with a rainfly, the rainfly will not cover the windows or screen door. This tent is designed with the desert or beach in mind.
The biggest benefit of this tent is its easy setup and takedown. The tent comes with an expandable bag, making it extremely easy to put the tent back into its bag—a big complaint about other tents.
Overall, the tent (and rainfly) will take less than 5 minutes to set up with 2 people.
Ozark Trail 14 Person Cabin Tent
This impressive Ozark tent is a literal movable lodge with a large screened-in porch.
It boasts 2 closets on either side of the main room with mesh shelving for lightweight storage.
The screen room is fully floored and has zip-up window covers to keep out any rain during a storm.
The biggest complaint about this tent is that it is difficult to put up. It is highly recommended that you set up this tent beforehand in a controlled area like your backyard.
It is also advised to seam-seal this tent and double-check for loose threads from manufacturing. You’ll want to take care of any of these issues before taking your tent out to the extremes.
Because this is a full moveable cabin, the weight is on the higher side, at 45 lbs.
That being said, you are getting a 14.5’ x 13’ floor plan with a 7’ center ceiling height. This is plenty of space. Large families of 5 or more say the size is perfect for them.
Read also: Best Ozark Trail Tents
Moon Lence Outdoor Camping Tent
Because 2 person tents are tiny, it’s hard to find one with a traditional screened room like you see on 6-14 person tents.
However, the Moon Lence Outdoor Camping Tent offers a very similar feature with a large attached vestibule in front.
Because this is technically a 4 person tent, it perfectly fits 2 people plus some gear.
Best 4 - 10 Person Tents With Screen Rooms
Ozark Trail 10-Person Dome Tent
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly family camping tent, the Ozark Trail 10-Person Tent might be for you.
This tent can easily sleep 2-8 people or fit 3 queen-sized air mattresses. It has 137 square feet of living space that can be split into 3 separate rooms with removable room dividers.
While the screen room doesn’t have a floor, the tent does come with a mud mat attached to the front door so you can easily store your shoes inside the screened-in area, keeping your living space much cleaner.
Be aware, however, that the screened entryway doesn’t have flaps to cover it in case of a rainstorm.
The tent overall is not the most weatherproof, so you should seam-seal or put a tarp over it in case of rainstorms.
Coleman Cabin Tent
The Coleman Cabin Camping Tent is a favorite on this list for a few reasons. One, the screened-in room adds 35% more space than a typical 6 person dome tent.
You can also close up the screen porch to create extra sleeping space if needed.
Along with this, a small vestibule extends beyond the screen room, ensuring extra protection from the outside elements.
This also acts as an amazing space to keep your gear or hang out to get a reprieve from the direct sun.
Keep in mind that this tent is almost entirely meshing. While that’s great for those who want to sleep without a rainfly, the meshing makes this tent ideal for warm, dry camping only.
Personally, I’d like to use this tent on a warm tropical beach!
Coleman Dome Tent with Screen Room
The Coleman Dome Tent is on this list because it is one of the only darkroom tents on the market with a screened-in porch.
Darkroom is a feature that keeps the interior of the tent dark even during the day, so you can sleep in longer and have more of a “cave-like” feel.
This is ideal for those who like to stay up late and sleep in even later.
The poles also come pre-attached to this tent for easier setup. While the first time might be tricky, the tent will set up extremely quickly with practice.
Unlike with other tents on the list, this particular screen room doesn’t have any protection from the rain; it is completely open.
While this might not be that big of a deal, keep in mind that you can’t rely on this room for extra sleeping space, gear storage, or a doggy bedroom in case of rain.
How to Choose a Tent With Screen Room
You might have noticed that I keep saying that the “comfortable” number of people in a tent is a lower number compared to the size of the tent.
For example, a 14 person tent will comfortably fit 12 people.
The reason for this is that tents are measured by the number of people sleeping side by side in sleeping bags—no gear, wiggle room, or extra space included.
This is why, for 2 people, it is recommended to have at least a 4 person tent.
I personally share my 8 person tent with my husband and dog and absolutely adore the extra space. We do have a true 2 person tent for backpacking, and there really is absolutely no extra space for gear.
So, when purchasing a tent, consider how much extra space you’d like to have and whether you want to keep your clothing and gear in the tent with you.
This will greatly influence the size of the tent you want.
Tent quality directly correlates with a tent's durability. Unfortunately, this often goes along with the price tag.
If you’re looking for a mid-grade or beginner tent, you might encounter downsides, such as leaking during storms, ripping easier, and overall tent failure in strong winds.
There are things to help prevent this from happening, such as putting up a tarp over your tent, using a footprint under your tent, and seam-sealing your tent before use.
Also, remember to purchase steel or high-quality plastic stakes to replace the small tent stakes that come with beginner tents.
The Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent With Screen Room is bound to check off every box you need on a camping trip.
Whether you are with your family, on a duo trip, or by yourself, the Coleman WeatherMaster is a great choice.
Check out this tent before your next outing and enjoy whatever the wilderness has in store for you!
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Kendall is a freelance outdoor adventure writer passionate about educating those who wish to explore the outdoors. When Kendall isn’t writing, she is exploring the woods of the US Northeast on foot or kayak.