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10 A-frames you can rent right now

An A-frame available for vacation rentals in Yosemite, California.

It’s an A-frame state of mind

Ah, the A-frame. You might remember the quirky triangular structures from vacations of yore, full of shag carpet and tiny lofts cramped with beds. But thanks to Instagram, nostalgia, and the allure of a certain way of life, the A-frame is back and better than ever.

From coast to coast, entrepreneurial property owners are renovating—and sometimes even building—A-frames in order to rent them to architecture-loving vacationers. Often set in forests and always boasting the required front deck and the signature tall roofs, these A-frames cater to people who want a bit of style with their travel.

We’ve combed rental listings from across the country to bring you ten stunning A-frames you can rent right now. Know of one we missed? Tell us in the comments.

A newly renovated A-frame in New Jersey

 Photo by Michael James Murray, courtesy of Lokal A Frame
An A-frame in Dorchester, New Jersey run by the Lokal Hotel.

Less than one hour from Philadelphia, this three-bedroom, two-bath boutique A-frame by Stay Lokal has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and comes with Scandinavian and modern interiors. It’s also located on the Maurice River for easy...


An A-frame available for vacation rentals in Yosemite, California.

It’s an A-frame state of mind

Ah, the A-frame. You might remember the quirky triangular structures from vacations of yore, full of shag carpet and tiny lofts cramped with beds. But thanks to Instagram, nostalgia, and the allure of a certain way of life, the A-frame is back and better than ever.

From coast to coast, entrepreneurial property owners are renovating—and sometimes even building—A-frames in order to rent them to architecture-loving vacationers. Often set in forests and always boasting the required front deck and the signature tall roofs, these A-frames cater to people who want a bit of style with their travel.

We’ve combed rental listings from across the country to bring you ten stunning A-frames you can rent right now. Know of one we missed? Tell us in the comments.

A newly renovated A-frame in New Jersey

 Photo by Michael James Murray, courtesy of Lokal A Frame
An A-frame in Dorchester, New Jersey run by the Lokal Hotel.

Less than one hour from Philadelphia, this three-bedroom, two-bath boutique A-frame by Stay Lokal has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and comes with Scandinavian and modern interiors. It’s also located on the Maurice River for easy canoe or kayak access and can sleep eight people. Rates start at $250 per night. Interested in more A-frame rentals near Philly? Head over here.

An A-frame cabin in Utah

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Step inside this three-bedroom, two-bath A-frame in Heber City, Utah, and you’ll quickly see why it’s received dozens of 5-star reviews on Airbnb. Well-renovated interiors boast a cream and white color palette, and there’s also a fireplace and downright Instagrammable views. Throw in the property’s surrounding 20 acres and you might just never leave. Rates start at $199 per night.

A seaside A-frame in Malibu with a private beach

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If a beautiful beach is more your style, check out this renovated one-bedroom A-frame on a private beach in Malibu, California. The living room boasts 18-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and gorgeous views of the ocean. Throw in a second-floor loft, a custom bathroom, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a dip in the water, and this might be the perfect beach retreat. Rates start at $365.

An off-the-grid A-frame in Mt. Rainer National Park

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After gutting and renovating this Washington A-frame in 2015, the owners of the Little Owl Cabin now rent out the 700-square-foot abode to fellow adventurers. The cabin sleeps six total in two bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms, and 200 square feet of outdoor decking. Throw in the four-person cedar soaking tub, the outdoor fire pit, and a tent platform for summer guests and you might never leave. Rates start at $199 per night.

A red A-frame in Yosemite, California

 Photo via Far Meadow

Located in the Sierra National Forest at 7,000 feet, this remote A-frame provides access to meadows, swimming holes, and miles of hiking trails. The two levels sleep between two to four people and a plethora of windows make the space feel airy and modern. Rates start at $260 per night.

Two gorgeous A-frames in Washington

 Photo by Bryan Daugherty, courtesy of Tye River Cabin Co.
The Tye Haus, an A-frame just outside of Skykomish, Washington.

If the Tye Haus cabin looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen this Washington state cabin before. Dubbed the most Instagrammed cabin in the world, Tye Haus and its counterpart Sky Haus form the Tye River Cabin Co., a retreat located in the heart of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Tye Haus sleeps six and boasts an outdoor fire pit, while the newer Sky Haus accommodates a family of four and even comes with its own hot tub. Rates start around $180 per night.

A cottage getaway north of Charlottesville

 Photo via AirBnB

It’s hard to beat the views at the Gum Tree Lodge, a cozy A-frame surrounded by 70 acres of gorgeous forests in Virginia. The newly built structure uses lots of recycled materials including reclaimed wood flooring, beams, and siding. The one bedroom sits in the loft and an additional two guests can enjoy a sleeping sofa on the main floor. Rates start at $130 per night.

A double A-frame near Big Bear Lake in California

 Photo courtesy of Troy Kudlac

Not far from Snow Summit ski resort sits this completely renovated A-frame. It’s larger than most—think 2,200 square feet—thanks to its double-peaked roofs and nine-foot sliding doors that open to a spacious deck. The cabin can sleep 11 in three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and other amenities include a gas modfire, dining seating for 12, a hot tub, a shuffle board table and a vintage Ms Pac Man cocktail table and dart board. Rates start at $425 per night.

An A-Frame chalet near skiing in Utah

 Photo courtesy of Sanjay Tailor

Enjoy Utah’s beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range in this renovated 1969 A-Frame that sleeps four. The two-bedroom house is only four minutes away from Solitude Mountain Resort, 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, and boasts large front and back decks with views of a beautiful Aspen forest. Rates start at a reasonable $119 per night.

A modern A-frame in the Catskills in New York

 Courtesy of HomeAway

With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this newly renovated A-frame in the heart of the Catskills provides a gorgeous base to explore the Hudson Valley. A large deck is a serene spot to take in the forest while inside the house boasts a fire place, wooden floors, and plenty of light. Rates start at $240 per night on HomeAway.

An A-frame available for vacation rentals in Yosemite, California.

It’s an A-frame state of mind

Ah, the A-frame. You might remember the quirky triangular structures from vacations of yore, full of shag carpet and tiny lofts cramped with beds. But thanks to Instagram, nostalgia, and the allure of a certain way of life, the A-frame is back and better than ever.

From coast to coast, entrepreneurial property owners are renovating—and sometimes even building—A-frames in order to rent them to architecture-loving vacationers. Often set in forests and always boasting the required front deck and the signature tall roofs, these A-frames cater to people who want a bit of style with their travel.

We’ve combed rental listings from across the country to bring you ten stunning A-frames you can rent right now. Know of one we missed? Tell us in the comments.

A newly renovated A-frame in New Jersey

 Photo by Michael James Murray, courtesy of Lokal A Frame
An A-frame in Dorchester, New Jersey run by the Lokal Hotel.

Less than one hour from Philadelphia, this three-bedroom, two-bath boutique A-frame by Stay Lokal has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and comes with Scandinavian and modern interiors. It’s also located on the Maurice River for easy canoe or kayak access and can sleep eight people. Rates start at $250 per night. Interested in more A-frame rentals near Philly? Head over here.

An A-frame cabin in Utah

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by A-Frame Haus (@aframehaus) on

Step inside this three-bedroom, two-bath A-frame in Heber City, Utah, and you’ll quickly see why it’s received dozens of 5-star reviews on Airbnb. Well-renovated interiors boast a cream and white color palette, and there’s also a fireplace and downright Instagrammable views. Throw in the property’s surrounding 20 acres and you might just never leave. Rates start at $199 per night.

A seaside A-frame in Malibu with a private beach

 Courtesy of HomeAway

If a beautiful beach is more your style, check out this renovated one-bedroom A-frame on a private beach in Malibu, California. The living room boasts 18-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and gorgeous views of the ocean. Throw in a second-floor loft, a custom bathroom, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a dip in the water, and this might be the perfect beach retreat. Rates start at $365.

An off-the-grid A-frame in Mt. Rainer National Park

A post shared by Little Owl Cabin (@littleowlcabin) on

After gutting and renovating this Washington A-frame in 2015, the owners of the Little Owl Cabin now rent out the 700-square-foot abode to fellow adventurers. The cabin sleeps six total in two bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms, and 200 square feet of outdoor decking. Throw in the four-person cedar soaking tub, the outdoor fire pit, and a tent platform for summer guests and you might never leave. Rates start at $199 per night.

A red A-frame in Yosemite, California

 Photo via Far Meadow

Located in the Sierra National Forest at 7,000 feet, this remote A-frame provides access to meadows, swimming holes, and miles of hiking trails. The two levels sleep between two to four people and a plethora of windows make the space feel airy and modern. Rates start at $260 per night.

Two gorgeous A-frames in Washington

 Photo by Bryan Daugherty, courtesy of Tye River Cabin Co.
The Tye Haus, an A-frame just outside of Skykomish, Washington.

If the Tye Haus cabin looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen this Washington state cabin before. Dubbed the most Instagrammed cabin in the world, Tye Haus and its counterpart Sky Haus form the Tye River Cabin Co., a retreat located in the heart of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Tye Haus sleeps six and boasts an outdoor fire pit, while the newer Sky Haus accommodates a family of four and even comes with its own hot tub. Rates start around $180 per night.

A cottage getaway north of Charlottesville

 Photo via AirBnB

It’s hard to beat the views at the Gum Tree Lodge, a cozy A-frame surrounded by 70 acres of gorgeous forests in Virginia. The newly built structure uses lots of recycled materials including reclaimed wood flooring, beams, and siding. The one bedroom sits in the loft and an additional two guests can enjoy a sleeping sofa on the main floor. Rates start at $130 per night.

A double A-frame near Big Bear Lake in California

 Photo courtesy of Troy Kudlac

Not far from Snow Summit ski resort sits this completely renovated A-frame. It’s larger than most—think 2,200 square feet—thanks to its double-peaked roofs and nine-foot sliding doors that open to a spacious deck. The cabin can sleep 11 in three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and other amenities include a gas modfire, dining seating for 12, a hot tub, a shuffle board table and a vintage Ms Pac Man cocktail table and dart board. Rates start at $425 per night.

An A-Frame chalet near skiing in Utah

 Photo courtesy of Sanjay Tailor

Enjoy Utah’s beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range in this renovated 1969 A-Frame that sleeps four. The two-bedroom house is only four minutes away from Solitude Mountain Resort, 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, and boasts large front and back decks with views of a beautiful Aspen forest. Rates start at a reasonable $119 per night.

A modern A-frame in the Catskills in New York

 Courtesy of HomeAway

With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this newly renovated A-frame in the heart of the Catskills provides a gorgeous base to explore the Hudson Valley. A large deck is a serene spot to take in the forest while inside the house boasts a fire place, wooden floors, and plenty of light. Rates start at $240 per night on HomeAway.


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.