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Looking at the likely key trends for cabins, small spaces and glamping in 2020.

Open Air magazine published an article in their January 2020 issue where Canopy and Stars gave a 2020 trend forecast for the Glamping industry. 

Their predictions also include new locations visitors will want to discover, the style and size of spaces that appeal and of course the importance of the eco-friendliness of the space. 

Read the full article here.

A quick evaluation of our own data at Life Space Cabins will show us when a trend pattern is emerging and certainly the popularity for glamping and land diversification is not slowing down any time soon. 

We are also able to see what trends are looking like in the domestic sector. 

Key trends for guest experience

Guest experience

Up and coming locations 

In 2019 Life Space Cabins exhibited at the Glamping Show and Farm Business Innovation Show. We met a number of landowners and businesses already offering glamping spaces and those looking to diversify from all over the country.

The locations of Yorkshire, Wales, Norfolk and Shropshire seem to be the top places where new things were starting to happen. 

NFU Mutual’s 2020 Farm Diversification report was released on Friday 14 February, shows huge growth of the farm diversification industry over the past two years. 65% of UK farms have now diversified with 48% of farms that have not diversified looking to set up their own enterprises. This represents annual growth of 6% with the industry officially being valued at £740m.

Family Gatherings are on the rise

Celebrating key birthdays and anniversaries are bringing people to us too. They want a cabin where extended families can spend more time together. Whether that’s a combination of additional sleep spaces for an ever-growing family or a cabin which can host a larger family gathering with an outdoor eating area. 


Style of spaces

We have discovered that landowners who are providing an existing glamping holiday place are looking to offer more than a night under the canvas but permanent snug spaces that can give them a year-round rental scope and therefore their ROI will be quicker. (return on investment) 

Life Space Cabins knows this is down to a well designed, energy-efficient space. 


Guest Experience 

Guests are looking for more than a log burner and sheepskin rug. They want to be surprised and delighted on many levels. Canopy and Stars revealed in the article that outdoor bathing is a favourite activity and that ‘hot tubs’ views on their website has grown by 50% in the last year.

Life Spaces Cabins ethos are built upon wanting to create a sense of fun on all our projects. We love creating these quirky elements into our designs. Whether that’s a bed booth or a platform for a bath in a treetop canopy. 


Conscientious Clients 

By the very nature of the location, our clients wishing to build a cabin are those wanting to find off-grid solutions for cabins whilst acknowledging the responsibility they have for their land. 

Life Space Cabins is currently working on an exciting new project in Norfolk which combines some multiple cabin spaces which are being designed to fit within  their environment alongside a very conscientious decision for the client to rewild large areas of their land.  

All plus points as far as the environment is concerned. 

Key trends for rewilding

Considering the environment and Rewilding of the land.


These trends are not just in the UK. Life Space Cabins has been speaking to commercial ventures in the Netherlands and Belgium and similar patterns look to be happening across Europe


This post only gives our own opinions of trends and forecast for smaller spaces, any reference articles are linked and associated with them. The post is not intended to constitute advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the information is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However, no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy.

Every project and location is different so always seek specific professional advice.



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