Tents and Canopy

Tents and Canopy

Tents and Canopy – Here are the important considerations in selecting appropriate types of tents and canopy:

Big Agnes Big House Tent: 6-Person 3-SeasonWhen selecting the proper floor area for your camping tents and canopy, decide how many people will sleep in or occupy the tents and canopy.  Will backpacks and gear stay inside or out your tents and canopy?  What about the dog?  Remember though, the roomier the camping tents and canopy, the heavier they will be.  The tents and canopy should be long enough so you can stretch out and high enough so you can sit up straight.  Choose camping tents and canopy that have a floor area of at least 20 square feet (give or take) per person.  For those looking to shave ounces (backpackers, bike campers), select camping tents and canopy that offer about 15 square feet per sleeper, though it will be a tight fit.  Look for vents or “windows” that allow air to circulate and help prevent condensation from forming on the inside.  3 season camping tents and canopy (spring, summer, fall) are lightweight and tend to be cooler in hot weather.  4 season camping tents and canopy (winter) can withstand snow and high winds, however, they are also heavier and more expensive.  Many people who camp year round have one for winter and another for the rest of the year.

Big Agnes Big House Vestibules Orange/Yellow, 6-Personvestibule is a floor-less storage space that is created by staking the rain fly out from the camping tent.  Just 5 square feet of vestibule space will allow a camper to keep a full-size pack out of the rain.  If you are forced to pick smaller tents and canopy to save weight, a vestibule will come in useful.

When selecting outdoors tents and canopy, decide whether you plan to transport your outdoor tents and canopy from place to place, or will leave it in a single spot.  If you plan to move it regularly, choose one that is easy to set up and break down.  Consider its weight and whether you can easily lift it into your vehicle.  Also consider its size and whether you can fit it inside or onto the roof of your vehicle.  If you plan to leave the outdoor tents and canopy standing, choose a sturdy design, one that can withstand ongoing exposure to the elements. Larger, heavier tents and canopy tend to be sturdier than smaller, lighter models.

ShelterLogic™ Ultra Max Big Country Canopy, 30x50'When selecting the appropriate event tents and canopy, you will need to consider what kind of surface will it be placed on.  What are the dimensions of tent site?  How many people do you wish to accommodate and in what configuration: All seated at tables, partial seating, cocktail party setting?  What other items would you like to have under the tent: buffet, bar, cake table, dance floor, stage, etc.?  Do you wish to enclose any portion of the tent?  Will you need accessory tents and canopy for caterer’s prep station, beverage service station, or to feature a focal point such as an ice sculpture or wedding cake?

Some typical tents and canopy sizes include:

  • A 20′ x 40′ tent could accommodate 100 seated theater style (rows of chairs with an aisle up the middle) or 64 seated at round tables of 8.
  • A 30′ x 60′ tent could accommodate 225 seated theater style, 144 seated at round tables of 8, or 180 seated cafeteria style (rows of 8′ banquet tables).
  • A 40′ x 60′ tent could accommodate 120 seated at round tables of 8 with a buffet, bar, cake table and dance floor.

Whether you are planning for camping trips or special events, do your research to determine the appropriate floor area and height for your tents and canopy.


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