Is it a Good Idea to Live in a Yurt? (Pros and Cons)

interior of a yurt

You can live luxuriously in them…

Maybe you’ve been pitching your yurt on campsites across the country or all over the world.

Maybe you’re new to the wide world of yurts and are interested to learn more.

Either way, you’re sufficiently charmed and interested to be thinking about making the leap towards living in your yurt for an extended period of time.

Is it a good idea to live in a Yurt?

As with so many choices in life, there isn’t a clear Yes or No answer.

Rather, there are distinct pros and cons which you’ll want to weigh before determining whether living in a yurt is right for you.

Pro: Bottom Platform

One of the big drawbacks to pitching a traditional tent is the fact that it doesn’t have any bottom platform, meaning that you’re stuck having to deal with soil and bugs.

While that might make for a fun night of “roughing it” whilst camping, chances are that isn’t something you’ll want to live with for the long term.

Yurts, by contrast, offer a bottom platform, meaning you won’t have to worry about that.

What’s more, because these bottom platforms don’t dig into the soil like traditional tent poles, and it doesn’t require unearthing the ground like a home’s foundations, yurts are arguably eco-friendlier.

Con: Thin Walls

Yurts certainly aren’t designed with soundproofing in mind.

If you live in a yurt, you’ll hear everyone and everything else around you.

What’s more, while top-tier yurts can feature thick, durable walls, it’s still easier to rip through any kind of fabric than it is to bust through a typical home’s walls.

All it takes is one rip or hole to expose your interior and any possessions you may have with you to “the great outdoors” in a not so great way.

Pro: Portable Living

One of the obvious upsides to living in a yurt is the fact that it’s a portable home.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to pull up stakes and hit the road on a regular basis, having something like a yurt that’s portable, while still being relatively spacious, can feel quite liberating.

Con: Nomadic Living

On the other hand, maybe you’re not such a fan of the kind of impermanence portable living implies.

These were dwellings first developed by Central Asian nomads, after all.

If you want to own the land on which you live or don’t like the idea of nomadic living, this may not be an option for you.

Pro: Low Cost

With the cost of a home less palatable for today’s workers than past generations, yurts represent a far more affordable housing option.

If you don’t mind the single room setup, the one-time cost of only a few thousand dollars for a top-tier yurt may feel like a bargain.

Con: Less Privacy

As with so much in life, however, you get what you pay for – or, in this case, don’t pay for.

With that thin exterior and a lack of any locks, alarms, or home security systems, you won’t get much privacy or have a way to keep your possessions locked away from would-be burglars.

Ultimately, whether a yurt is right for you depends on what you’re looking for in a place to call home.