Introduction: PVC Yurt

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Here's a cheap, easy, and fun solution to your camping shade structure needs! The whole thing will cost you around 200 dollars and an afternoon's worth of pvc cutting. The result? a 12ft diameter, octagonal yurt that fits into a snowboard bag for easy transportation. I used a parachute ($60 included in the total cost) to cover it  which works great as far as size however it is not very breathable so rolling up the sides helps during the day.

Now the fun! because it's so cheap to make, spend a little time on paint (helps with keeping the various parts organized). Also, the roof is almost 10ft in the middle leaving plenty of room for hanging lights.

Detailed plans coming soon!


cblum12 (author)2015-06-25

if your worried about the wind you might be able to fill the pipes with sand as you do each section and then put the uprights in the base first then fill.....ok so as i type it starts to sound like a pain, BUT if you needed it stronger and heavier and had the time.....

HardyG2 (author)cblum122016-09-06

....or just add water into the pipes.

1 liter water is 1 kilogram.
50 l = 50 kg...
well you know math.
But obviously, you'll need to close the end of each section.

VilmaS1 (author)2015-08-16

imserrano made it! (author)2014-08-17

I just finished this fantastic structure! I used 1 1/4" schedule 40 PVC. It's pretty sturdy. I'm going to burning man next week, and I'll be taking it with me. I'm going to screw all the joints and anchor it down with rope. I hope it works! It's a great size. Very manageable to put up with 2 people, and you don't even need a ladder.

Thank you so much!

How did you make this? I really want to make one? Maybe since maxquest didnt post plans you could share how you made yours?

​I used 1 1/4" PVC Pipe and it worked great.
You'll need:

32- 5' pieces

8- 6' pieces

8- 1' pieces

32- 45degree joints

32- T joints

Rubber Mallet

Once you have all the pieces its really quite easy to assemble by looking at the picture maxquest put up. I started with assembling the little octagon with the 1' pieces first, then the bigger octagon with the 5' pieces, and then joining them together with the 6' pieces. I also prepped all my pieces by hammering the joints onto the ends of the poles so i new they were hammered all the way in.

You can do this all by yourself, except when putting on the legs, then you'll need a least one other person.

I hope this helps.

I love mine. Since coming back from burning man it's been erected in our backyard as our getaway house.

KarrMcDebt (author)imserrano2015-04-13

I came up with a completely different part count;

48 @ 3/4" Tee

24 @ 3/4" 45deg

aprox 25 @ 3/4 X 10' Sch 40 PVC or Conduit (includes extra to compensate for scrap)

Top ring takes 8 @ Tees, 8 @ 45deg, and 1 @ 3/4 X 10' *

middle ring takes 24 @ Tees, 8 @ 45deg, 4 @ 3/4 X 10'

Bottom ring takes 16 @ Tees, 8 @ 45deg, 4@ 3/4 X 10'

Uprights take 8 @ 3/4" X 6' to connect top ring to middle ring (8 @ 3/4 X 10'), * use the left over ends to make the short pieces for the top ring.*

16 @ 3/4" X 5' to connect middle ring to bottom. (8 @ 3/4" X 10')

Can anyone confirm or refute this? I've only done it on paper so far.

KarrMcDebt (author)KarrMcDebt2015-04-21

Will have an updated parts list and better instructions coming soon, as well as an idea how to get vertical supports on the corners.

Thank you soooo much for your quick reply! What did you use to cover it with? canvas? Also, if you don't mind, how much did it cost you to construct?

I used fabric that I've been collecting for years now to make a quilted cover. The cover is the hardest part.

I'd say all in all it cost $250

PVC pipe is expensive. I would go on craigslist and see if there are any contractors trying to get rid of some.

yisraelite (author)2014-08-17

Do you have the plans for this? I would like to make one.

slivie (author)2014-05-18

Pretty interesting. Nice blue print too. I am wondering why you didn't make the expandable lattice that genuine yurts have. They are lightweight but strong and you wouldn't need big old 2 inch thick pipes. I'm thinking 1/2" pop riveted together in a lattice would be preferable. I loved the parachute idea. The reason I looked this up was I am thinking a yurt frame would make a great green house.

racoontnn (author)2014-02-08

Very interesting version of the yurt! Forward a detailed plan.

skipernicus (author)2014-01-16

This is important: parachutes do not stop the wavelengths of light that cause sunburn. So, you will have shade, but you can still get sunburn!

griddim (author)2011-07-19

this looks perfect! when can we expect the detailed plans?!?!?!

Dr.Bill (author)griddim2013-07-01

It is now July 2013 still no plans.....

magnadude (author)2012-05-27

Simply tie rope in an X between the rectangle areas of the walls. Your problem is that squares and rectangles aren't very rigid, but adding some braces between two opposite corners should work well and save you alot in time redesigning and materials.

MaxQuest (author)2011-09-08

PVC YURT UPDATE! Important! I have just returned from testing this yurt at Burning man and it was sadly unable to withstand the strong gusts of wind coming off the playa. I was able to keep it up for the first few days using pvc cement glue at the joints but ultimately it collapsed. After being on the playa for the first time this year I see that most structures of this size are made of steal however I am confident this structure will be playa proofed by next year. THE KEY IS THICKER PVC! 2 inch instead of the 3/4. Also i want to look into making a better cover as the parachute catches the wind like it's supposed to. THIS YURT IS STILL SUPER FUN. If you aren't fighting the worst conditions possible it should stay up and provide plenty of sheltered space. I'm broke now so yurt 2.0 will not be in production untill proper funding is obtained.

Helter (author)MaxQuest2012-01-10

You'll probably get better results by using a more traditional yurt design. Increasing the diameter of the PVC will increase the rigidity of the poles, but your underlying problem is that the joints can't flex, and under high wind/stress they'll need to.
You're also increasing your costs and decreasing your portability significantly.

tricker69 (author)MaxQuest2011-11-28

Well this post answered my wind question. I wonder how some thicker walled aluminum tubing would hold up. It would still be light weight to carry the whole bundle around. A lot lighter than with a whole wooden wall frame.

busterfan1 (author)2011-09-07

This is FANTASTIC! We used an online program to play around with some of the measurements so we're off to the hardware store to pick up supplies. Just a quick question. Where did you pick up a parachute for so cheap?

jfarley3 (author)busterfan12011-09-28

I have another question, which online program did you use to play with measurements?

jerropa (author)2011-09-19


SashaDensikoff (author)2011-09-11

someone else has done a yurt with a wood frame.
It may cost a little more, but it certainly looks more resiliant, and the step by step instructions seem to be really thorough. Comes with pictures.

Hope it helps. :)

mruland (author)2011-08-25

Any news on when the detailed plans will be coming? Looking forward to trying this out...looks like something that even I can do...

MaxQuest (author)2011-07-28

look for detailed plans next week

sbilby (author)2011-07-28

I want one! When you post your instructions, I will be starting.

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