What Is A Frame Tent?

Outdoor parties are great, aren’t they? Soaking up the sun, enjoying a cocktail or five, and having the smell and sounds of nature around you is one of the many things we love about summer.

But what about when it rains? Or there's a slight wind? Or we fancy some coverage? That is where party tents enter, offering protection from the elements and often an elegant touch to our outdoor soiree. 

Party tents are one of the best inventions for outdoor events, but selecting the right one can be tricky. It’s difficult to know which tent should be used where and when.

After all, the last thing you want to do is plan an event and have the tent collapse on your guests or blow away with the wind.

Thankfully, we are here to save your party from a tent-related disaster! Stay tuned for all your frame tent queries to help you select the right tent for your needs!

What is a frame tent

What is a frame tent?

A frame tent has a roof-like structure built with tent poles that work to keep the tent up.  There are no poles in the tent’s center, which frees up space inside the tent, allowing you to create a layout that suits your needs. 

These tents range in size but generally feature 8ft tall perimeter poles, but they can be seen up to 20ft poles used! They can be quite large, making them perfect for larger outdoor parties.

Frame tents are the preferred tent for long-term installations or windier climates as they are incredibly sturdy. They can be used on grass or asphalt surfaces with stakes drilled into the ground to ensure their stability. 

They can also be used on concrete too, with lugs sunk into the concrete or water barrels, but these can be costly installations and only worth doing if the tent will be erected on a long-term basis.  

The sturdy structure and stability make the tent the perfect choice for events such as parties and weddings!  Now that we have covered what a frame tent is let’s answer some of your burning questions!

What is the difference between a pole tent and a frame tent?

Pole tents and frame tents differ when it comes to their structure and uses.

Pole tents feature perimeter poles and large poles that run through the tent’s center, roughly every 20 feet that keep the tent up and offer that swooping effect style popular at weddings. 

Pole tents require more stakes and poles than their frame tent counterparts, often taking longer to set up. These stakes can be inserted into the grass to offer coverage at outdoor events. 

Pole tents tend to be easier to install and dismantle and are a cheaper alternative to frame tents. Pole tents also require a 10ft perimeter around the tent so that they can be installed correctly.

While frame tents are the more expensive option and take longer to install, they are sturdier than pole tents and feature a higher wind tolerance.

They can also be installed on concrete surfaces too, offering more diversity compared to pole tents.

Frame tents are also better suited to long-term installations such as over outdoor seating areas that will be used constantly. 

When deciding between the two, it's worth considering these factors to find the best tent for you and your needs. 

When should I use an A frame tent?

You should use A frame tents for more extended periods, such as a few days or a week. The robust structures can withstand a range of weather conditions, making them perfect for unpredictable weather too! 

Use an A frame tent when you want to add solid flooring too. The tent’s roof will protect dance floors, wooden panels, or other surfaces.

These tents are perfect for weddings or parties, as you can hang decorations and lighting from the rooftop. 

They are an ideal option for high-scale parties due to their size and reliability. As they have no poles in the center of the tent area, they are perfect for those that want unrestricted space too! 

Where can I use an A frame tent?

You can use an A frame tent on multiple surfaces such as grass and concrete. Thanks to their concrete stakes or water barrels that anchor the tent, it's perfect for use wherever you see fit!

Ensure the area has been correctly measured beforehand to ensure the tent fits and you are good to go!

Frame tents are commonly used on grass or concrete areas, as floors can be added too, but they would work on a manner or surfaces providing the stakes can be plunged into the ground.  

Chippings and gravel surfaces are likely to be successful too. 

When it comes to events, A frame tents are perfect for weddings, corporate events, or parties!

Andrew Mullen
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