How to choose a Tent for a family of 4 - Khyam

At Khyam, we have over 30 years of experience designing, manufacturing, and providing customers with family tents to enjoy the great outdoors. Throughout the past several decades, we have helped campers looking for anything and everything, from quick pitch tents for biketrails  to providing advice on how to choose a tent.

One of the questions we get asked the most is what is a good family tent? The answer depends on a wide range of factors such as budget, convenience, campsite limitations, and where you plan to go with your Khyam tent. We’re going to look at what sets the best 4-man tents in the UK apart and what you should look for when buying the best family tent available.


Camping under the stars is a great way to build lasting memories with your kids and enjoy the stunning natural surroundings of the English countryside. But what makes a good family tent? To figure this out you’ll need to consider several factors such as size (pack size and assembled size), durability, waterproof rating, set-up time, and any other unique features.

A family tent should tick all the boxes your family needs. Do you have young children or older kids that need more room? Is your family interested in exploring rough and rugged terrain or do you want to go to a campsite with swimming pools and power points?

To help you make sense of what you want to look for, here are some of our top Khyam tents for a family of 4 to help you consider your family’s needs.


The AirTek Tourer 4 is one of the best 4-man inflatable tents in the UK. This tent utilises the latest Khyam Inflatable technologies to offer the strength of a poled tent with the convenient set-up of smaller pop-up tents.

Made with a breathable polyester with sewn-in groundsheet and organiser pockets, this small family tent uses all the advancements and comforts of the AirTek 8 Pro including;

  • Quick, easy inflation set-up
  • Spacious and super comfortable
  • A large, generous bedroom (2+2 configuration)
  • Zipped room dividers
  • Sleep Easy darkened bedrooms
  • Comfortable head height

All of these features make the Airtek Tourer 4 one of the best tents for a family of 4 and a dream holiday home for years to come.


Poled tents, made using steel or fibreglass poles, have become the industry standard thanks to their simple setup, compact pack size, and sturdiness. To help you create the perfect summer escape; we have handpicked products to create the Chatsworth bundle.

This bundle combines the light, compact Khyam screendome with a modular bedroom annexe to give you ample living space and comfortable bedrooms. To pitch, you simply unfold the tent and lock the joints into place within a matter of seconds. This is perfect for family camping where you want to spend time enjoying your holidays and not worrying about pitching your tent. 

This bundle is packed with even more features including;

  • Clip-in groundsheets
  • Soft, comfortable carpeting
  • 280cm x 230cm bedroom compartment (4-sleeper)
  • Tall central shelter for a comfortable head height
  • High-performance materials to protect you from the elements
  • Khyam Rapidex™ Quick Erect Pole System

The screendome’s bespoke design also allows for additional tent annexes and groundsheets, enabling you to add to your camping set-up as and when you need. This modular design makes our bundle incredibly versatile and one of the best family tents to buy and is ideal for small family holidays, as well big group holidays with friends and family.


Last, but not least, we have a small three-berth tent for families who want to take their kids to new and exciting places. The Khyam Biker Plus Special Edition, designed for life on the move provides a brilliant camping experience with enhanced height for extra headroom and a sewn-in groundsheet. 

A separate SPS groundsheet is available to purchase to cover the whole area of the Biker Plus SE for additional protection from the elements. This small tent is super-lightweight and can be set up within two minutes! The pop-up construction makes for an easy set-up in all weather conditions, so if the famous English rain comes knocking you can set up a warm, dry campsite instantly.

  • Easy pop-up structure
  • Extended front porch providing loads of storage space,
  • Panoramic front porch windows
  • Ample room for three people

This compact, lightweight tent is great for families with a young child, or an adult with two children, who don’t need loads of room. The simplicity of this tent also allows you to focus on enjoying time with your young family instead of spending more time than is necessary pitching your tent.


The secret to a good family camping trip is comfort. Having enough room to sleep and live makes enjoying the natural environment that much easier to enjoy. That being said, the right size tent is whatever you need it to be. If you and your partner have a young child then a two or three person tent will suffice. For families with older children or more than one child, a four-man tent is the perfect size for a family of four.

We also offer completely bespoke tents, like our Screenhub or driveaway awnings which give you the freedom to add annexe tents as and when you need them.

The right size tent also depends on the length of your stay. The general rule of thumb is that a 4-man tent is ideal for a group of 4 people for a short break, while sizing up is recommended for longer holidays. If you’re planning a long trip or think you will need more space, then a 6-man tent might be your preferred option, see our AirTek 6 to find out more.

At Khyam, our tents are designed with ample space for a comfortable night’s sleep and maximum headroom space so you can recreate the comforts of home out in the countryside. For more information on the exact size of our tents please feel free to investigate the specifications of specific models or contact us today and allow one of our helpful team members to assist you.


All tents broadly fall into three different types, based on their structure. These are poled tents, inflatable tents, and pop-up tents. 

Pop-up tents are the easiest to set up as they are the smallest, lightest, and generally least complicated structures. However, to accommodate the simple pop-up, pop-down design these tents have to be streamlined which may mean fewer rooms, less headroom, and fewer entry points. 

Inflatable tents combine the convenience of a semi-automated set up with the luxury of larger, more complex tents. Khyam inflatable tents, for example, use high pressure air tubes to provide a sturdy structure that can be inflated in a matter of minutes.

Poled tents require the most setup time, although with modern designs this process is a lot simpler than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Our poled tents use lightweight yet tough poles that are easy to slot into the sewn-in flysheet. This takes no time at all and with a few practice tries can be sped up even more. 

For more tent buying advice, view our tent fabric and materials guide or check out our family camping tips. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to one of our team members to help you find one of the best 4 man tents in the UK please contact us today.


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