How to assemble a tent

How to assemble a tent

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Don’t forget to do the tarp when the frame is down, or you will have a much tougher time when the frame is fully erect.

Tent canopies can be used for a variety of different things such as shielding an outdoor party from the rain or sun as well as providing a sheltered outdoor workspace. The assembly of the tent canopy is rather simple but can be awkward at times, and a person could struggle to lift the tent canopy into place on their own.

Compare the pieces you were given to the sheet included from the manufacturer. You do this to make sure that you have all the pieces required before getting started. You don’t want to be halfway through and realize you are missing a crucial piece to complete the canopy.

Lay out the straight tubing and corner to complete the framing of the top. End corner pieces will have one side without an opening, and middle corner pieces will have an opening on both sides. All of your corner pieces should be used in the step.

Assemble the roof. Once you have the pipes laid out appropriately, connect them so that the roof is erected on the ground.

Lay the roof tarp over the assembled roof frame and bungee it down using the bungee cords supplied by the manufacturers. The tarp should also have eyelets that should line up with the pipes so the bungee can grab the tarp. These bungees will often have a ball and loop. Place the loop end through the eyelet on the tarp. Wrap the bungee around the pipe and place the loop around the ball.

Raise the tent. Raise the tent by inserting leg pipes on one of the side. This will support the tent evenly when you are inserting the pipes on the other side.

Insert the leg posts on the opposite side. Here is where having an extra person comes in handy. One person should raise the side and support it while the other person inserts the leg posts. If you are doing this on your own, then raise and insert from the middle and work your way out. This will support the tent while you are moving from post to post.

Make sure everything is secure and attach the walls if necessary. Most tent canopies will come with walls to guard from extra sunlight and winds. These aren’t required to support the tent, but are there if you need them.

Introduction: How to Put Up a Dome Tent

How to assemble a tent

How to assemble a tent

How to assemble a tent

I’ve been camping and backpacking with my family pretty much since I was born and I’ve put up my fair share of tents over the years. All tents are different, but one of the most basic and popular designs is the dome tent. They usually have 2 or 3 poles for the tent and sometimes 1 or 2 for the rain fly.
In this instructable, I will be showing you how to assemble this specific, 2-person, 3 pole dome tent, but the same general idea can be applied to most other dome style tents.

Step 1: Pick a Location

Find a flat spot that it free of large rocks and branches that is big enough for your tent to fit. If there are smaller rocks, twigs or pine cones on the ground, move them out of the area to make a smoother surface for sleeping. Your back will thank you!
If you want shade so you don’t roast in your tent every morning, try to find a spot that is sheltered by trees.

Step 2: Tarp and Unfolding the Tent

Lay out your tarp on the flat piece of ground you have chosen. It helps if your tarp is near the size of the footprint of your tent, but it’s ok if it’s a bit smaller or bigger. The tarp protects the bottom of your tent from getting damaged and also will keep you dry if the ground is damp or if it rains.
Unfold your tent over your tarp and locate the poles, rain fly, and stakes. For now, set aside everything except the tent and lay that on top of your tarp as flat as you can. Don’t worry about the location of the door or anything, you can arrange it more easily one you have the poles in!

Step 3: Assemble Poles

Take your poles out and separate them from each other. They might be a bit tangled but they shouldn’t be too hard to separate. They probably come in short sections held together with an elastic cord running through the center that holds the pieces together securely once you fit them together.

Step 4: Attach Poles to Tent

Your tent poles might attache a little bit differently but usually there should be some tube of fabric for the tent poles to slide through. Attach one end of the poles to the edge of the tent. Our tent has grommets that the ends of the poles fit into.

Step 5: Pop Up the Tent!

This step can be easier with two people, but it can be done with one person. To get the tent to stand up, start with one of the poles at an end that is not already attached to a corner of the tent. Bend the pole up enough that you can connect the unconnected end to its corresponding corner and repeat for each pole. By the last pole this might be more difficult because the tent will be stretched tightly up to retain its shape.

Step 6: Rain Protection

To keep yourself as dry as possible, put the rain fly on your tent and use paracord to pull it taught so that when rain drips down, it won’t land directly on your tent. Make sure that your tarp is tucked underneath the tent so that water doesn’t land on it and run underneath, and flood your tent! Also, digging shallow trenches to help divert rain water can help avoid flooding.

Introduction: How to Put Up a Dome Tent

How to assemble a tent

How to assemble a tent

How to assemble a tent

I’ve been camping and backpacking with my family pretty much since I was born and I’ve put up my fair share of tents over the years. All tents are different, but one of the most basic and popular designs is the dome tent. They usually have 2 or 3 poles for the tent and sometimes 1 or 2 for the rain fly.
In this instructable, I will be showing you how to assemble this specific, 2-person, 3 pole dome tent, but the same general idea can be applied to most other dome style tents.

Step 1: Pick a Location

Find a flat spot that it free of large rocks and branches that is big enough for your tent to fit. If there are smaller rocks, twigs or pine cones on the ground, move them out of the area to make a smoother surface for sleeping. Your back will thank you!
If you want shade so you don’t roast in your tent every morning, try to find a spot that is sheltered by trees.

Step 2: Tarp and Unfolding the Tent

Lay out your tarp on the flat piece of ground you have chosen. It helps if your tarp is near the size of the footprint of your tent, but it’s ok if it’s a bit smaller or bigger. The tarp protects the bottom of your tent from getting damaged and also will keep you dry if the ground is damp or if it rains.
Unfold your tent over your tarp and locate the poles, rain fly, and stakes. For now, set aside everything except the tent and lay that on top of your tarp as flat as you can. Don’t worry about the location of the door or anything, you can arrange it more easily one you have the poles in!

Step 3: Assemble Poles

Take your poles out and separate them from each other. They might be a bit tangled but they shouldn’t be too hard to separate. They probably come in short sections held together with an elastic cord running through the center that holds the pieces together securely once you fit them together.

Step 4: Attach Poles to Tent

Your tent poles might attache a little bit differently but usually there should be some tube of fabric for the tent poles to slide through. Attach one end of the poles to the edge of the tent. Our tent has grommets that the ends of the poles fit into.

Step 5: Pop Up the Tent!

This step can be easier with two people, but it can be done with one person. To get the tent to stand up, start with one of the poles at an end that is not already attached to a corner of the tent. Bend the pole up enough that you can connect the unconnected end to its corresponding corner and repeat for each pole. By the last pole this might be more difficult because the tent will be stretched tightly up to retain its shape.

Step 6: Rain Protection

To keep yourself as dry as possible, put the rain fly on your tent and use paracord to pull it taught so that when rain drips down, it won’t land directly on your tent. Make sure that your tarp is tucked underneath the tent so that water doesn’t land on it and run underneath, and flood your tent! Also, digging shallow trenches to help divert rain water can help avoid flooding.

Introduction: DIY A-Frame Play Tent

With school threatening to start and summer passing us by a lot quicker than I’d like to admit, we are trying to soak up the last of these long, lazy days any way that we can. As a result, today I am sharing the perfect DIY project for a summer weekend, this fun A-Frame Tent! This little cutie is just right for cozying up with a stack of books to make the most of summer reading, or for watching movies after dark while there’s still no school to get up early for the next day.

This tent was surprisingly simple to make (if you can drill 4 holes, you can make it!) and folds up for easy storage. Plus, we used the insanely gorgeous new Waverly Inspirations line (available now, exclusively at Walmart!) to take it to the next level with bold printed fabrics and a perfectly coordinated palette of super vibrant paint colors. This line is inspired by the stylish Waverly Inspirations Fabric and along with paint, includes coordinating brushes, tools, stencils and more! It’s all gorgeous. Here’s how we used our Waverly Inspirations supplies and built our tent:

Supplies

To build the tent:

  • 3 – 3/4″ x 48″ Poplar Dowels
  • 4 – 1″ x 2″ x 48″ Wood Moulding
  • Drill with a 3/4″ Spade Bit

For the Tent Cover:

  • 84″ x 51″ Waverly Inspirations Fabric (both the floral and the stripe I used are available at Walmart!)
  • Sewing Machine or Heat ‘N Bond
  • Glue Gun/Glue Sticks

To Paint the Tent:

  • Waverly Super Premium Paint and Brushes

Step 1: Build the Tent Frame

  • From the top of each moulding, measure and mark 6″ down.
  • With your drill and 3/4″ spade bit, drill a hole at your mark. Try to center the hole on your moulding. These holes will be for the top of your A-frame tent.
  • From the opposite end of your moulding, measure and mark 1.5″ down with your pencil.
  • With your drill and 3/4″ spade bit, drill a hole at your mark. Try to center the hole on your moulding. These holes will be for the bottom of your A-frame tent.

Step 2: Paint the Frame

  • After you have drilled all of your holes, it’s time to paint! Using the Waverly Inspirations Super Premium Paint and brushes makes this so easy since it covers beautifully. Start by painting your dowels and mouldings white. Let dry completely.
  • Tape off the top of the mouldings just above the drill holes. Paint with your accent color to create a dipped effect and let dry completely before removing the tape.

Step 3: Assemble the Tent

  • Cut your main fabric (in my case, the floral) into two 34″ x 51″ panels (this gives about a 2″ seam allowance). Cut the accent fabric (in my case, the stripe) into a 22″ x 51″ panel (this also gives about a 2″ seam allowance). Using a sewing machine or Heat N’ Bond and an iron, connect the three panels, with the accent fabric in the middle. Once connected, the panel should measure around 51″ x 84″.
  • Group dowels into pairs and line up the top holes. Push dowel through the holes of the top moulding (6″ down from top). The hole should have a pretty tight grip and keep the dowel in place. Repeat with the mouldings for the opposite end. Drape your tent cover on top.
  • Take the remaining dowels and push through the holes on the bottom of the mouldings. Apply hot glue to the bottom dowel on one side and roll fabric around the dowel until secure. Repeat with second dowel on the opposite side.

Step 4: Enjoy!

That’s it! Now it’s time to get lots of pillows and blankets and get cozy!

How to assemble a tent

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Printable Wall Tent Instructions

Click on the following links below to access the detailed printable instructions. Alternatively, you can right click and choose “save as.”

Setup videos are also available at the bottom of this page!

How to assemble a tent

Standard Angles (free with tent purchase)

Materials Needed

We sell frames that come with pole clips and bags, but you can make your own out of 3/4″ EMT (electrical) conduit. 3/4″ EMT has an outside diameter of .922″. EMT can be purchased at most hardware stores and comes in 10-foot sections. The angle pieces have an inside diameter of 1″. Floor pieces (front & back poles and 6 Common Poles) are not necessary but help keep the legs square and help when placing a tarp for the floor. The cost of making poles will be around $200 to $300 for a complete frame. Our frames come with pole clips so they can easily snap into the angles.

How to assemble a tent

Rafter System – 13 x 16 Canvas Wall Tent

Below is an example of a 4 rafter system for our 13×16 and our 13×20 canvas tents. The 13×13 tent is a 3 rafter system. We supply all of these angle pieces with the tent. Our 4 rafter wall tents come with the twelve 1″ angle pieces seen below. In addition to the angle pieces, the tent includes a wire truss system unique to our canvas tents. For ease of installation, the ridge angle pieces each come with a carabiner that attaches to the wire truss system. If you plan on having your canvas tent handle snow loads, you will needed additional trusses or supply vertical support. Additional angle pieces are for sale.

How to assemble a tent

Base Frame – 13 x 16 Wall Tent

The 13×16 and 13×20 wall tent come with an additional 8 angle pieces to build a base. The 13×13 wall tent comes with 6 pieces. The base is not necessary but helps keep the tent square and can provide you an object to tuck the ground cloth under. Having these bottom poles is also extremely helpful when placing a tarp down for a floor. Simply tuck the tarp under the poles and up between the wall and the wall poles. Tuck the ground cloth under tarp and base poles, making a nice tight floor. We know of no other company with canvas tents for sale that provides these additional pieces.

How to assemble a tent

NAME QTY LENGTH
Rafter 8 7-feet, 5-inches
Floor (Front & Back) 4 6-feet, 5 1/2-inches
Floor Splice * 2 2-feet
Common Pole 15 5-feet, 4 1/2-inches
Leg 8 4-feet, 9-inches

No Frame Option

How to assemble a tent

You can set the wall tent up a few different ways in the backcountry without a frame.

  • Run a rope through the eave openings and tie the ends to two trees.
  • Run a rope through the eave openings and build two “A” frames on each end to run the rope over and stake down.
  • Run a tree through the eve openings and rest on the two “A” frames. The center strap in the eve opening may need to be removed to make this options work.

Wall Tent Fly

How to assemble a tent

We recommend a tent fly. This will help protect your investment from embers as well as give you an additional layer of protection from the elements. Embers will burn a hole in any wall tent no matter the material or fire treatment. We sell a lightweight, waterproof fly made to fit your tent, but you can also use a standard tarp. A two-foot hole will need to be cut out around the stove pipe if you use a tarp. Our tents are treated to make them waterproof, but all fabric can and will leak eventually.

Wall Tent Floor

How to assemble a tent

Installing a floor is easy with the extra angle pieces we provide. We sell a heavy duty rubberized PVC floor that is made to fit your tent. They tie into place. You can also purchase a tarp that is slightly larger then the tent size. Tuck the tarp under the wall poles or under the base poles and pull the material up between the wall poles and the canvas. The ground cloth is then tucked under the tarp and poles.

How to assemble a tent

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Ozark Trail tents are inexpensive dome style tents that have solid construction and high quality materials. Fiberglass poles with stainless steel or aluminum grommets, reinforced corners, waterproof floor and removable rainfly all come standard on the Ozark Trail dome tents. Designed to fit two, four, or even six people, the Ozark Trail tent line has a model to fit many needs. Assembling Ozark Trail dome tents is relatively easy and can take as little as 5 to 10 minutes.

Items you will need

Tent and accessories

Unpack the tent and lay each bundle of pieces in a separate area. Make sure you have all poles and stakes as well as the rainfly. Unroll the tent on the area in which it will be pitched. Situate the door shield the interior from harsh weather, wind, and direct sun.

Pounding the stakes into the cloth loops at each corner and the middle of each side of the tent. Assemble the fiberglass poles by snapping each section into the metal endcaps. There will be two poles of similar length, a very long pole, and a shorter pole.

Slide one of the similar length poles in the line of loops that cut diagonally accross the top of the tent. Do the same thing with the other pole across the loops that cut diagonally across the tent. Slide the long pole in the loops going around the front door and snap the ends into the grommets on the bottom of the tent.

Pick up the rainfly and slide the short fiberglass pole through the door sleeve. The pole will bend and give the door its circular shape. Throw the rainfly over the tent and tie each of the four corners to the corresponding corner of your tent.

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How to assemble a tent

Ozark Trail Family Pentagonal Dome Tent Setup Instructions

Instructions for a Wenzel Tent

Hillary tents are manufactured by three different tent companies and sold by Sears department stores. Options range from backpacking dome tents to large-scale family dome tents with covered picnic flies. Almost all of the tents come with a rainfly and according to Sears, Edmund Hillary (the first man to summit Mt. Everest) was their camping equipment advisor for over 40 years. Hillary tested the tents that carry his name on numerous occasions. Assembling Hillary tents is not difficult.

Items you will need

Ground cloth (tarpulane)

Find a level, dry surface large enough to place your tent on and then decide which way you want the door to face. Remove any rocks, sticks, or debris from the ground and then unfold your ground cloth and spread it out where you are going to place your tent.

Pull the tent out of the bag and unroll it on top of the ground cloth. Have your helper assist in locating the door in the correct location and then find the tent stakes. Use the hammer to pound a stake into each corner loop and into the loop at the center of each side.

Unfold all of the tent poles and lay them next to one another. Consult the instruction manual to determine which pole goes where; however in general the two longest poles extend diagonally through the cloth sleeves from each corner (crossing in the center of the tent) and the short pole will keep the rainfly taut. Insert the poles in their respective cloth sleeves and secure the ends at each corner.

Unfold the rainfly, insert the appropriate pole into the cloth sleeve and then spread the rainfly over the top of the tent. Use the provided hooks at the corners of the rain fly to attach the fly to the corners of the tent.

The Disney Princess tent is designed to be used indoors since it is made of polyester material, but it can also be used outside in warm weather. It can be used either as a playhouse or as a sleeping area big enough for one child at least 4 years of age. Manufactured by Exxel Outdoors, this pink dome tent features the images of Cinderella, Snow White and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. When fully assembled, it is 3 feet high and 5 feet wide. The tent features a zippered “D” door and two poles for support.

Pick an area inside or outside that is at least 5 feet high for your tent. The tent is not that tall when fully erected, but the tent will be difficult to assemble without enough overhead space because the support poles only bend with the tent.

Remove the tent and poles from the packaging and lay all the materials on the ground. Pull on each corner of the tent so it is flat.

Insert each pole into the fabric pocket found on the front and back corners of the tent. Continue sliding the pole until it reaches the other end. The pole will bend with the tent and form a “U” shape.

Place the fabric roof on top of the tent. The square roof will fit any way you place it because the dimensions are the same for each side.

Attach the plastic hooks on each corner of the fabric roof to the loops on top of the pole sleeves. The fabric will stretch tight and cover the ventilation gap in the tent ceiling.

Warnings

Don’t over-flex the poles because this will put too much strain on the metal pieces.