Handy Tips to Build Your Own Tent: A Beginner Guide

A tent can serve as a shelter from the wind, rain, and excessive sun. Whether you’re on a camping trip or simply want to make a new entertainment for your kids in the backyard, the knowledge of building a tent will come in handy. Following this guide, you will do it without any problem.A-Guide-To-Choosing-The-Best-Camping-Tents

Stage #1: Locating the Tent

  • Use the natural surroundings.

Inspect the area and find the place with as little bumps as possible. It’s important to locate your tent on a slight elevation, so it’s not suddenly flooded with rainwater. You can also use trees as part of your construction. Besides, the shade of the tree will create an additional comfort on one of those hot summer days.

  • Don’t put it close to a fireplace.

Either you’re barbecuing in your garden or making a fire in camping, make sure the tent you install is at a safe distance to keep smoke and heat away. Note that a sudden gust of wind can throw sparks at a considerable distance.

  • Choose a place with easy access.

While you and your kids might want to play around the tent, make sure it’s accessible from all sides. It will also be useful if you suddenly decide to make a slight remodel or add a sort of completion.

Stage #2: Constructing the Frame, the Walls, and the Floor

  • Make the floor.

To provide a comfortable floor inside your tent, make sure the ground is smooth and free of rocks and pebbles. You can use a couple of sleeping mats covered by blankets or you can install an inflatable mattress to provide extra softness and comfort. While you and your family might want to have a short nap in the tent, ensure the whole floor area is soft and suitable for sleeping.

  • Construct the frame.

There are plenty of solutions to create the frame for your tent. From wood planks and PVC pipes to heavy-duty ropes and trekking poles, you may apply whatever your imagination and engineering skills allow. As long as the construction is stable and strong, the choice of materials is unimportant. Just make sure they are safe and don’t bear potential threats.

  • Install the walls.tent-camping3

You can use all sorts of cloth to cover the frame. It doesn’t matter whether you opt for conventional sheets or choose lace fabrics. It’s most important to fasten them to the frame in a way, so they’re not torn by the wind. And don’t worry if the fabric you’ve used is not waterproof. You can always throw a plastic cover on top in case the rain is about to begin.

Practical Hints for Easier Installation

  • Use stakes.

If you want to add more stability to your construction, you can always use laces and bind them to stakes hammered into the ground. The stakes don’t necessarily have to be metal and you can always use a wood stick to cut out a couple of them. And in case you don’t have a hammer handy, you can apply a large rock to hammer the stakes into the ground.

  • Choose a suitable ground.

Before placing your tent, make sure the ground is soft enough (even a bit moist) so you’ll be able to drive in the elements of your construction into it. Try to avoid rocky surfaces, not to have issues with fastening and stake hammering.

  • Use rocks.

In case you don’t have a rope to keep your tent cloth in place, you can always pin it down with a rock, so it’s not blown away. You can also use rocks to keep the whole construction upright by putting them around the supporting elements.

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