Cabin tents are designed with families and larger groups in mind, which means they provide more room than all other tent types. However, like all other tents, their stated capacity is calculated at a tight fit. What does it mean?
In a nutshell, it means that the manufacturer specifies how many adults could fit in a tent if they were sleeping in sleeping bags directly on the floor.
But that’s not a purpose of a cabin tent. Cabin tents are usually preferred by campers who value comfort, so the rule of thumb is that the stated capacity should be halved to figure out how many people could actually fit comfortably.
With this in mind, a 4-person cabin tent is usually ideal for two adults sleeping on an air mattress or camping cots, or two adults plus a small child or dog.
A family of four plus gear should go for a 6- or 8-person cabin tent, while a group of 6 adults would probably fit comfortably in a 10-person or larger shelter.