7 Free DIY Cabin Plans

A-frame log cabin

The Spruce / Margot Cavin 

Use one of the free cabin plans below to build the cabin of your dreams that you and your family can enjoy on vacation, the weekends, or even as a full-time home.

The plans include blueprints, step-by-step building directions, photos, and materials/cutting lists, so you can get right to work building your cabin.

You can use these cabin plans to build the cabin just how it's outlined or make some changes so you can get that custom cabin feel that's just right for your family.

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    The Cottage Life Bunkie Plan

    Picture of a small cabin with a porch

    Oxbow Timber Mart

    This cabin plan from Oxbow Timber Mart is perfect for the parents and a few of the kids, as it’s compact but also makes room for an adult-sized loft. This bunkie plan is perfect for giving privacy to overnight guests or just as a place where you can get away from it all.

    This free cabin plan is a 17-page PDF file that contains detailed instructions, a materials list, a shopping list, and plan drawings. You'll be taken through the process of building the floor, walls, loft, roof, windows, door, and trims/finishing.

    Unlike some of the other cabin plans from this list, The Cottage Life Bunkie doesn’t include a kitchen or bathroom.

    The Cottage Life Bunkie Plan from Oxbow Timber Mart

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    How to Build a 12' X 20' Cabin on a Budget

    A small wooden cabin


    This is a free cabin plan from Instructables that shows how to build a small cabin with a door and window. The cabin ends up being 12'x20' when finished. It's designed with a budget in mind and does a pretty good job sticking to it.

    Illustrations and real pictures are shown throughout the plan so you can be sure you're building it correctly. There's a total of 15 steps and almost 50 images to help you with this building project.

    Once finished, you can see the inside of this cabin for wiring details, insulation tips, flooring and wall finishing, and furniture ideas.

    How to Build a 12' X 20' Cabin on a Budget from Instructables

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    The Lookout Cabin

    The first page of a cabin plan

    Today's Plans

    This free cabin plan outlines a 460 square foot structure, which is perfect for building within the confines of a small space and would make a great tiny home.

    It has one small bedroom and a full bathroom, as well as an upstairs, lavatory, and balcony. Even though it's small, this cabin design builds an attractive home that's perfect for an individual or couple.

    The plan includes roof and wall framing details, electrical plans, foundation and floor plans, and more. The PDF file contains all the cabin blueprints you'll need to build it.

    The Lookout Cabin from Today's Plans

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    Two Bedroom Free Cabin Plan

    Blueprint of a front facing cabin plan

    Today's Plans

    Download this PDF for a free cabin plan that features two bedrooms with a loft and a basement.

    You’ll get 6 pages of large floor plans for the basement, main floor, and loft, as well as the roof schematic, list of electrical items, and more. There aren't any written instructions, so you'll need to depend only on the diagrams when building this cabin.

    Two-Bedroom Free Cabin Plan from Today's Plans

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    Three Bedroom Cabin Plan

    The first page of a free cabin plan

    LSU AgCenter

    This Chesterfield cabin plan has an open-floorplan living, dining, and kitchen on the first floor, as well as two bedrooms. The third bedroom is on the second floor.

    The plan—one of several offered by LSU AgCenter—includes a fireplace, wood porches, and two full baths. It has 1,164 square feet of living space.

    Three Bedroom Cabin Plan from LSU AgCenter

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    Dream Cabin With a Loft

    A blueprint of a finished cabin

    Cabin Plans 123

    Follow this free cabin plan and you'll have a cabin complete with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bath, and loft.

    This full cabin plan includes a materials list and instructions for choosing elevation, building the walls and foundation, and calculators for figuring out floor joists, rafters, porch roof beams, porch deck beams, and floor beams.

    Dream Cabin With a Loft from Cabin Plans 123

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    Off-Grid Cabin Plan from Instructables

    A cabin with solar panels


    Here's another free cabin plan from Instructables and this one will get you an off-grid cabin that's a small 8' X 8' size. It includes a kitchen, desk, and closet with storage cabinets, a bathroom, and an RV water system and propane system.

    You'll find a materials list, diagrams, and step-by-step directions to help you build this cabin.

    Off-Grid Cabin Plan from Instructables